One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to choose and cut a live Christmas tree. Christmas trees near Truckee and North Tahoe can be found at farms or in the forest. There are tree farms you can visit, with a choice of firs, pines, and other varieties, or you may decide to ‘truck out’ in the forest. A nice drive awaits you, and you’ll have a story to tell: how you hiked to find the best and most beautiful tree for your home, got in some exercise with the saw and cord, and then happily admired your handiwork over a hot cup of cocoa and a treat! Why not carry on this ‘old’ tradition this year, or make it a new one for you and your family?
Going the Christmas tree farm route? Need expert and friendly service, and a variety of trees to choose from? Here are a couple of choices for you…
Little Bear Tree Farm – Alta
If you don’t mind driving a bit (Alta is just over a half-hour from the Truckee area), this tree farm, which opens for business this year on November 21, has all sorts of trees, plus a number of attractions and a gift shop. They carry Silver Tip (Red Fir) and White Fir, plus a few pre-cut Noble and Nordmamn fir. They’re on scenic Little Bear Creek. You’ll get a cup of hot chocolate while you’re there, plus you can explore the farm in one of “Willy’s” vintage Jeeps.
- Phone: 530-389-8989
- Address: 960 Meadow Road, Alta
- Website: http://www.littlebeartreefarm.com
- Hours: 9 am – 4 pm weekends (phone for weekday appointments)
McBurney Christmas Tree Farm – Cedar Ridge
This very well established business (their ‘roots’ go back to 1956) carry Douglas, White, and Red Fir varieties. Located between Grass Valley and Colfax, many of their beautiful trees range between 6’ and 8’ tall. They also carry fresh holly. They’ll have a fresh cup of coffee waiting for you. Netting and loading is free. If you forget to bring your saw, the folks at McBurney’s will even cut the tree for you. They ask for cash or checks when it comes time to settle up. Bank machines aren’t far away if you need them.
- Phone: 530-273-2779
- Address: 11197 Cedar Drive, Grass Valley
- Website: http://www.mcburneytreefarm.com
- Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily
Ready to trek into the forest to go your way on this? There are a few things you need to know first.
You will need a permit from the US Forest Service. Permits are limited, so you’re advised to apply early. In Truckee or the North Shore area, this link for the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Services may be a good starting point. Permits are not expensive, but they are a must. Steep fines exist for anyone cutting down and taking a tree without a permit. In any case, the Rangers you may run into along the way have great advice on safety, and maybe even a little direction on where to find that perfect tree. This link from Tahoe.com will provide you with many good tips on how you should approach your wintery trek and mission.
Thanksgiving, in all its glory and peace and good family feelings always leads way to Christmas. If you and your family are intent on ‘cutting your own’ this year, please enjoy the activity safely, and in good holiday spirits.
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.