Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, where will we find you this year?
Ah, the holidays. A time for twinkling light displays, enthusiastic caroling, and copious amounts of eggnog. It’s literally the only time of year when someone can walk into your house, ask, “What’s that smell?” and the answer is *probably* a positive one. Yes, nothing beats the smell of a freashly cut Christmas tree in your home.
In the Portland-area, we’re a bit spoiled (but in a good way). With a quick road-trip in basically any direction, you’ll find a variety of Christmas Tree Farms. Better still, most of them have more than a quality Tannenbaum. We’re talking animals, hot cocoa, or even… a visit from Santa himself.
So, why not pack up the family and play lumberjack for a day?
(P.S. Many farms offer pre-cut trees as well if lumberjacking isn’t really your jam.)
Tips for a Fun Christmas Tree Farm Experience
Make it a Family Affair
Sure, the kids will have a great time, but don’t forget about grandparents, aunts, uncles, any one with additional hands and strong back. The more help you have loading your tree (or at least someone to watch the kids while you load the tree), the better.
When it comes to the agriculture side of things, trees are a whole different beast than say, a pumpkin. They have a much longer growing period and a year’s harvest is more impacted by the environment (like the weather, parasites, and so on).
If you’re looking for a particualr type of tree, call ahead. Nothing will put a damper on your holiday spirit like making your way out to the farm and returning empty-handed.
Because some years yield less than others, it’s possible your favorite farm could sell out of trees *gasps* BEFORE Christmas. Again, it’s best to call ahead.
Keep an Eye on the Kids
Many of these are working farms, which means there may be animals and heavy equipment present. Children need to be supervised. Make sure your kids are always being respectful of the farm and its occupants.
Layers and a Change of Clothes
Portland (and the surrounding area) can be cold and wet because… winter. Layers make it easier to keep everyone warm and a change of clothes comes in handy for the ride home if things get snowy/wet/muddy.
Prepare Your Tree for Travel
You’ve located the perfect Christmas tree for the family room. Now, you just have to get it home. Bring a layer (like a blanket or plastic sheet) to protect the top of your car from dents/scratches. Even with a roof rack, this might still be a good idea depending on the size of your tree and height of the rack.
Make sure to shake off your find. Be mindful, that you might find a living stowaway, but it’s better to find it before you get into your house.
Tie it down, tight. If your farm has some experienced hands offering extra help, take it! The last thing you want is for your tree to fall off on your way home circa Final Destination 2.
Good Luck and Happy Christmas Tree Hunting!
To the North
39336 NE Washougal River Rd (Washougal)
37920 SE Gibson Rd (Washougal)
7617 NE 119th St (Vancouver)
19818 NW Sauvie Island Rd (Portland)
To the East
12862 SE 352nd Ave (Boring)
18124 SE Richey Road (Gresham)
2330 NE Hogan Dr (Gresham)
3715 Browns Creek Road (The Dalles)
21885 S Eaden Rd (Oregon City)
36731 SE Hauglum Rd (Sandy)
19400 S Redland Rd (Oregon City)
To the West
Did we miss your favorite Christmas Tree Farm?
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