Wondering where you can get your tree to deck the halls? Patch has your guide to local tree farms and lots. While many of the farms are located several miles away in Half Moon Bay, the experience and activities are worth the drive for families with small children. For people stuck in a holiday time crunch, check out some of the lots in San Mateo and other cities on the Peninsula closer to Burlingame and Hillsborough.
Carlmont Nursery: (650) 591-6845, 2029 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Living Monrovia Christmas trees cost $35 each. Also offered are flocking, fire retardant, stands, bagging and delivery.
Christmas Tree Jamboree: (415) 378-4387, 531 Bayshore Blvd. San Francisco. Open 9 am - 9 pm. Located conveniently off Highway 101, this lot offers both Douglas and Noble Firs.
Deejohn's Christmas Trees: (650) 574-1594, San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo. Offers one day delivery within San Mateo County for a small fee.
Steve's Christmas Trees: Offers three locations in San Mateo county:
- (650) 508-8074, 475 El Camino Real, San Carlos.
- (650) 345-3272, 1801 South Delaware at Concar Ave., San Mateo.
- (650) 697-2944, 1800 El Camino Real at Trousdale Drive, Burlingame.
Cozzolino’s, San Mateo Road (on Highway 92), Half Moon Bay. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tree shoppers will want to consider the newcomer in town: Cozzolino's off Highway 92 next door to Spanish Town at 501 San Mateo Rd. This is the second year Tony Cozzolino will try his hand at selling Christmas trees, transforming his pumpkin patch of four years into a tree lot. What makes this tree vendor so unique is that it’s the only one open at night, featuring tabletop trees to 10-foot trees as well as wreaths and poinsettias.
“It’s hard for people who work all day to go out and find a tree since most places close at 5 p.m. on the Coast” said Cozzolino. “So with the overhead lights we can stay open late and cater to people who want to look for a tree later in the day and evening.”
Harbor Village Christmas Trees, (650) 726-2284, Harbor Village, 270 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 7 days per week through Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Harbor Village will be filled with holiday activities once again as their annual Christmas tree lot and events kick off starting end of November. The Christmas tree lot will open the day after Thanksgiving and run until Christmas. The tree lot will have Douglas firs, noble firs, and grand firs that range from 2 feet high to 15 feet high with free local delivery and 10 percent going back to a Charity of your choice. Wreaths, garland, stands, and more will also be sold. The Farmers Market will be open every Sunday.
Santa's Tree Farm, (650) 342-3774, 78 Pilarcitos Creek Road (off of Highway 92), Half Moon Bay. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Here’s where you can cut your own or choose from pre-cut, in a wide variety, such as traditional Firs, Turkish, Grand or White Firs, Monterey Pine, and even Redwood.
Trees range in height from two-14 feet and run from $20-$70. Pesticide-free trees are available. Fire retardant treatments can be applied upon request. This tree farm offers tree delivery and post-holiday pick-up for recycling.
The kids can enjoy a train ride, visit the puppet theater, listen to story time with Mrs. Claus, and meet roaming costumed holiday characters. Inside Sleigh Bells Gift Shop, you'll find an assortment of holiday surprises, like wreaths, garland, a candy shop, and a full craft boutique.
4 C's, (650) 726-9614, 12731 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, weekends until 6 p.m.
Cut-your-own here or select from pre-cut varieties. Trees in the 5 to 9-foot range are available for $40-$90. Fire retardant treatment is offered for trees purchased for commercial buildings and snow flocking can be added to the tree, allowing 24 hours for it to dry.
Lemos Farm, (650) 726-2342, 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (for tree sales) and weekends (for tree sales and activities); open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. the weekend of December 20-23 for activities.
All pre-cut trees are Noble Firs, while cut-your-own offers Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress, Incense Cedar, and Douglas Fir. Trees come in all shapes and sizes, with prices varying from $29.99 for any cut-your-own to a 7-foot pre-cut at $50.
H. Pastorino, (650) 726-6440, 12391 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Small selection of cut trees with a Gift Barn, which is decked out in holiday décor for shoppers looking for wreaths, ornaments, trim, poinsettias, and centerpieces.
Repetto's, (650) 726-6414, 12331 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.
Pre-cut Douglas, Noble, and Grand Firs range from 2 to 13 feet, and in price from $35 to $350 for the largest.
Delivery, recycling, and treatments like snow flocking and flame retardant are also available. Repetto's also sells holiday plants, wreaths, garland, bows and other decorations.
Half Moon Bay Nursery, (650) 726-5392, 11691 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Offering pre-cut Noble Firs that can be tied to your car by staff, trees range from tabletop sizes to beyond seven feet. Prices vary, from as low as $15 to up, to $80 or more for the biggest trees.
Garland and cyclamen are popular items here. The nursery also offers a wide variety of seasonal plants, including live wreaths, poinsettia, and white hydrangeas.
Bongard's Nursery, (650) 726-4568, 12460 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except holidays.
Here tree shoppers will find holiday arrangements and potted living Christmas trees from $20 for a one-gallon pot on up at this floral and plant shop.
Tom and Pete's Produce, (650) 726-7500, Main Street location, Half Moon Bay. Hours vary. Call ahead.
Tom and Pete's Produce sells eight-footers or up to 18 feet of tree for $80 and up, with wreaths, garlands, and services like tying trees to cars. Smaller trees are also available.
Ocean Shore Hardware, (650) 726-5505, Main Street, Half Moon Bay
This Half Moon Bay establishment sells imitation trees, stands and other holiday hardware goods are available. This is also the place to go to get your lights for the Nights of Light Parade on Main Street Dec. 2.
Rancho Siempre Verde, (650) 326-9103, 2250 Cabrillo Highway (25 miles south of Half Moon Bay). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Open November 25-27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 and Monday the 19th.
Boasting "no plastic Santas" and no "parking-lot-style trees," Rancho Siempre Verde offers a place to picnic with an ocean view, enjoy outdoor fun like hay rides and wooden swings, and you can even bring your dog as you browse the 25 acres of Fir and Pine trees with saw in hand.
All trees, no matter what size or shape, are $60. This includes taxes, tying, and free boughs. Handmade wreaths for $20 are for sale, while marshmallows for roasting and tractor rides are free.
Or, make your own wreath. Metal wreath rings may be purchased for $7 (10 inch) or $9 (14 inch). The Ranch provides a variety of fresh greens, clippers, pinecones, and tips from our resident wreath makers. Specially equipped tables make wreath assembly easy.
Skyline Tree Farm, (408) 395-0337, Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) one mile south of Page Mill Road. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Owned and operated by the same family since its first planting in 1958, Skyline offers Scotch Pines, Sequoia and Douglas Firs for cut-your-own, while a Noble Fir tree lot of pre-cut trees from table toppers to full-sized trees is also on the grounds.
Tree growers here have replanted seedlings to fill in the gaps where trees have been cut. They ask you to not step on the seedlings when you visit. Skyline Tree Farm claims 100 percent natural growing policies and encourages you to take your time, and even bring a tailgate picnic, as you cut your tree.
Webb Ranch, Inc., (650) 854-3134, 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Call for prices and sizes.
This tree farm, located in Silicon Valley, is full-service. Featuring a variety of cut trees from Washington and Oregon, Webb Ranch operates Santa's Village during the holidays, where they help you select, wrap, and load your tree. Delivery is also available, as is stand application, fire retardant, snow flocking, and shaking. Choose from Silver Tip, Douglas, Grand and Noble Firs. Fresh mistletoe, garland, and wreaths are also sold.