As the snow cover creeps lower on the Olympics and the strings of lights start to come out around the neighborhood, sneak away with your family, your friends, or your loves to Hood Canal. Fjord spirit abounds from the solitude of a beach cabin to the festivities of Shelton’s Holiday Magic or Alderbrook’s tree lighting– a world away out the back door.
Christmas Tree Capital of the World
In the wake of Hood Canal’s timber boom it was discovered that the glacial till left after the fjord was carved was ideal ground for growing Douglas fir Christmas trees. During the 1950s and 1960s, the area annually harvested several million, earning it the title as “Christmas Tree Capital of the Nation.”
During the Christmas tree boom, every available hand was cutting trees and filling rail cars for worldwide deliveries. Entire container ships were filled with Mason County trees.
Local u-cut and pre-cut farms around Hood Canal continue to “Keep it Real” by producing some of the finest Nobles, Grands, Frasers as well as Douglas Firs. Northwest growers claim that real trees help the environment and are recyclable and biodegradable while artificial trees will eventually end in a landfill.
Annually many families head to local farms to select their favorite and enjoy holiday activities like hayrides, petting zoos and visits with Santa. There’s hardly anything that’s more quintessentially Christmas than decorating a handpicked Pacific Northwest Christmas tree and gathering your family around a tree that you brought home together from Hood Canal.
Before You Go:
ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO to confirm their supply, their hours and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available. All three can change, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Since the season is so short they often don’t have websites , so please check before you go!
Most lots and farms open after Thanksgiving but some only have activities like Santa Claus visits and hayrides on the weekends. Check out our list of tree farms below!
A Griswald Family Christmas
Dreaming of heading to the forest and cutting your own? It’s time to begin a new family tradition! Hood Canal trees are so fantastic that in 2006 a 45 year old Fraser fir was selected from the Olympic National Forest to be the Capitol Christmas Tree and the White House has selected no less than two trees from the area for the presidential families. For just the cost of a $5 tree-cutting permit anyone can head out on the hunt.
Olympic Forest Permits are $5.00 each and are good for one U-cut tree on the Olympic National Forest. Permits may be purchased at any Olympic National Forest office. Credit cards are now accepted as well as cash and checks.
Permits can also be purchased through the mail with this Christmas Tree- Mail Order Form (PDF) . Please mail check for $5 for each tree permit, payable to Forest Service, to the district office for the area where you plan to cut your tree.
Olympic National Forest Headquarters in Olympia (360-956-2300)
Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene (360-765-2200)
Hoodsport Visitor Information Center (360-877-2021)
There are plenty to choose from and the selective picking allows other trees in the forest room for healthy growth. Permits for cutting Christmas trees in the Olympic National Forest are available in mid-November — and fourth-graders can get them free.
Choose the Perfect Tree!
Make it a family tradition to cut your own or carefully select a pre-cut beauty from the Hood Canal area. Whether you head into the forest to select your own or visit one of the farms we have included below – you can’t go wrong visiting the Christmas Tree Capital of the Nation!
Here are a few places where you can pick the perfect tree!
Allens Tree Farm | Tahuya
360-275-3066 | Bald Point Vista Road, Tahuya, WA
Hours: 9 AM - Dusk (FRI through SUN)
Wreaths, refreshments, shake/bale for transport
Brewers Tree Farm | Shelton
Closed this season
Bayview Tree Farm | Belfair
(360) 275-3790 | 4673 E State Route 302, Belfair, WA
Hours: Open daily (11/23/18) from 9 AM - Dusk
Noble Fir Trees- $6.50/ft | Grand Fir Trees- $5.50/ft
Douglas Fir Trees- $5.00/ft | Handmade wreaths $10
Hot chocolate/hot cider, snacks; Christmas gift shop open.
Hunter Farms | Union
360-898-2222 or (360) 426-2222 | 1921 E State Route 106, Union, WA
Family owned and operated in Mason County since 1889. Seasonal crops, gift shop at main location as well as farm store and petting zoo!
California Rd — Highway 101 near Brockdale — follow signs - U-cut is open on the weekends from mid November thru December. This is a U-cut only.
General Store — 1921 E Hwy 106, Union, WA Pre-cut and u-cut trees as well as gifts & refreshments.
Forester Firs Christmas Trees U-Cut | Shelton
(360) 426-9189 - Arcadia & Collier Road
Open 9 AM to Dusk Daily
U-Cut only - Noble Firs $5/foot; Grand fir $4/foot; Douglas fir, under 8’ $20 over 8’ $25.
Northwind Tree Farm Tree Days 2018 | Shelton
(253) 653-3626 | 3601 East Agate Road
December 7, 8, 9 – 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Any tree $25; Deluxe wreath $20
Bring a Christmas dessert and a donation for the Food Bank; Cash and Checks only.
Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm | Elma
(360) 470-0151 | 447 Cloquallum Rd, Elma WA
OPEN 7 days a week from 9 AM until 5:30 PM NOVEMBER 21st thru CHRISTMAS!
U Pick and they cut your fresh Christmas tree! Choose from over 13,000 Noble Fir, Grand Fir and Douglas Fir, 2ft. to 12ft. All of our trees are of the highest quality. Each has received personal attention and hand trimmed for the fullest and most balanced trees available. Hot chocolate & bonfires!
Toziers Hardware | Shelton
(360) 868-4352 | 110 Mill Street, Shelton, WA
Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pre-cut Douglas firs and nobles; live trees, lights, decorations and 2018 home of the 32’ Shelton Santa Claus.
Find a great tree farm in the area?
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