‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! For most people who celebrate Christmas, the first step to getting into the holiday spirit is finding the perfect tree. With twinkling lights, ornaments full of family memories, and the smell of evergreens filling the house, there are few things more magical than putting up your Christmas tree. This year, why not spend an unforgettable family day trip at one of Oregon’s scenic tree farms? Discover the perfect Christmas tree for your house while also enjoying a wonderful day out with your family. If you’re traveling from out of town, booking a stay at an Oregon vacation rental is the perfect way to accommodate your entire family in a cozy home away from home.

1. Furrow Farm – Hillsboro

Family-owned Furrow Farm has been growing trees, hazelnuts, cattle, horses, and other animals for three generations. When it comes to Christmas trees, they’ve been features in NBC’s “Grimm” and Better Homes and Gardens so you know they mean business. At Furrow Farm, you’ll find a wide selection of pre-cut and U-cut Balsam, Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann firs that reach heights of up to 15 feet. They also have free hot cocoa, candy canes, and a tractor ride that winds throughout the farm. If you flew here on vacation and can’t haul a 15′ tree back with you, check out one of their wreaths and garlands. Hillsboro is also close to Portland to give you more vacation rental options.

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2. Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm – Hillsboro

Not only does Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm have choice quality pre-cut and U-cut Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann firs, you can also enjoy tractor-train rides, an open fire pit with free marshmallows for roasting, artificial snow fall every five minutes, visits with Santa Claus, a spectacular display of hobby trains, farm animals, and much, much more. Before you leave, browse their gift shop with a large selection of lavender-themed items and handcrafted gifts and more offerings from an array of local vendors.

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3. Knapp Farms – Sandy

For one of the most scenic Christmas tree-cutting experiences in all of Oregon, head to Knapp Farms in Sandy. This farm has an open view of Mount Hood, plus hot cocoa and cider, popcorn and candy canes, and more than 30,000 trees ranging from 4 to 12 feet. You can cut your own or get help from one of the friendly staff members. You can also pick out one of the pre-cut trees of fresh wreaths.

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4. Pollard Ranch – Portland

When you’re done picking out one of the 35,000 pre-cut and U-cut Douglas, Grand, Noble and Nordmann firs, sip some hot cocoa, roast marshmallows, or take a hayride across the farm. You can also wander the various nature paths with the chance of spotting some of the resident elk, deer, bobcats, and other wildlife. Just in case you don’t have time to spend the whole day on the farm, Pollard Ranch also offers online orders for pick-up and home delivery!

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5. Quail Creek Ranch Christmas Trees – Portland

Quail Creek Ranch Christmas Trees encompasses nearly 20 acres of land on the south side of Skyline Ridge and has been open since 1985. Choose from nearly 20,000 Douglas, Fraser, Grand, Noble, Nordmann and Turkish firs, which range from table-toppers to 15-foot giants. Best of all? The baling, cutting, shaking, hauling and loading of your tree are all complimentary. Second best of all? You and your kids can take a hayride, eat candy canes, and sip free hot cocoa and cider.

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6. Sauvie Island Farms – Portland

Throughout the year, Sauvie Island Farms is known for their variety of ‘pick your own’ fruits and vegetables for those who desire the freshest produce right from the field. Their season begins in June with strawberries and ends in December with Christmas trees. Not only do they offer Douglas Grand and Noble firs, they also have wreaths and cedar gardens to decorate the rest of your home.

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7. Sunny Day Tree Farm – Sherwood

Set on top of 80 acres that overlook the Willamette Valley wine country, the Sunny Day Tree Farm is another great place to pick out this year’s Christmas tree. Since 1975, this farm has been offering Nordmann and Turkish firs that range from heights of 6 to 10 feet tall. Unlike most other tree farms where you pay by the foot, all of the trees here are the same price, just $50 for U-cut or $55 for pre-cut. If it’s extra chilly out, you can cozy up by the wood stove in their state-of-the-art tree barn. Also check their website to see when Santa is coming for a complimentary visit and photo!

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8. Hamburg 4D Tree Farm – Sandy

Bring in the holiday season with a tree from Hamburg 4D Tree Farm in Sandy. Just be sure to check their website because last year, so many families visited that they ran out of trees! Maybe it’s because they have a great selection of Noble and Grand fir that reach up to 14 feet tall, and all trees are only $20, no matter what the size. Yes, $20. Not only that, while you’re there, you can enjoy hot cocoa or hot apple cider along with a cup of chili while you warm up next to the fire under their covered deck. Children get free candy canes and you can decorate an ornament to take home for your tree.

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