The tradition of the Christmas Tree starts long before the advent of Christianity. Pine, Spruce and Fir trees had special meaning for people in winter, especially because they stayed green all year round. Evergreen boughs were hung over doors and winter to keep evil spirits and illness away.
The Christmas tree as we know it today comes from a tradition seen in Germany during the 16th century. While some brought real trees in and decorated them others built pyramids of wood and decorated the wood with evergreen boughs and candles. We like to think that there was a debate over a tree or wood pyramid back then.
Getting a real tree is a great family experience and can help spark a festive mood so if you’re thinking about getting a real tree this holiday season we suggest filling a thermos with hot cocoa or apple cider, bundling up and heading out to some of the locations we’ve listed below for you. Where ever you find your Christmas tree we hope your holiday is merry and bright!
This long-standing tree farm was started in the 1970s. Snowy Peaks Tree Farm is a “resource responsible” farm. They plant 8,000 trees every year. They offer award-winning u-pick and pre-cut Silvertip and White Fir trees. If you’re looking to catch a little fun in the snow this is the place for you! Don’t forget your chains and snow gear!
Open Saturday and Sunday
McGee Christmas Tree Farm started in 1952 and is located in the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County. With over 20 acres of trees, they offer the largest selection in the county. They use a “stump culturing” method which allows a new tree to grow from the same base you cut your tree from. If you are looking for more festive fun, picnic in Apple Hill, and visit local farms and wineries.
This pre-cut farm has the biggest selection of trees in Northern California. They have 4 varieties of fir trees and also offer silver tips. If you’re looking for that country Christmas feel this is the place to go! Check out their animals, sing along to your favorite Christmas songs, and warm up by their campfire and wagons.
The Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm started in 1979 and is family operated. They have over 15,000 and 5 different varieties to choose from. On the weekends Santa, his elves drive Rudolph on Santa’s sleigh around the 20-acre farm. During breaks, kids can ride the other reindeer and play in the Snow Castle. They have tons of yummy treats like hot dogs, popcorn, and hot apple cider. If you’re looking to have a sleigh ride this holiday season this is the place for you!
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The Davis Ranch is only 20 minutes east from Sacramento and is known for their fresh produce in the summer and early fall but in the winter they’re best known for their Christmas trees. The Ranch has 40,000 trees on 40 acres. Their varieties include Douglas Fir, Monterey Pine, Incense Cedar, Sierra Redwood and much more. If you don’t feel like cutting your own tree they offer a Noble Fir and Silver Tip from Oregon.