Where to find just the right Christmas tree

  • Jonetta Rose Coffin / Herald Writer
  • Friday, November 23, 2001 9:00pm
  • Life

By Jonetta Rose Coffin

Herald Writer

Among the legends associated with the tradition of the Christmas tree is one about Martin Luther.

While walking through the woods one Christmas Eve, Luther gazed in wonder at the millions of stars shining against the night sky and glimmering through the branches of lofty evergreen trees.

So taken with the sight was Luther, that he cut down a small tree to take home and share with his family.

Hoping to duplicate the twinkling beauty of the stars, Luther placed candles on the branches of the little tree, thus giving birth to the first decorated Christmas tree.

Another tale is that of a poor woodsman who encountered a lost child late one Christmas Eve.

The woodsman gave the child shelter from the chilly night and shared what little food he had with the hungry lad.

When he awoke the next morning, the woodsman found a magnificent glittering tree outside the door of his humble home – a reward for his kindness from the lost child, who was actually the Christ child in disguise.

Whatever its true origin, the Christmas tree has become a symbol of the winter holiday the world over.

Tree farms in Snohomish County offer options for those who choose to cut down their tree of choice, carry home a pre-cut tree, or decide to decorate a living tree and keep a piece of the holiday season alive throughout the year.

Many farms feature additional services and decorations such as wreaths, swags, cut boughs, flocked trees, cones and holly; refreshments and picnicking; and gift ideas for all ages.

At some of the farms, you can even visit with Santa Claus, meet friendly farm animals and take weekend hay wagon rides.

Alan Acres Tree Farm: 27314 36th Ave. NW, Stanwood; 360-629-3877. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Take I-5 exit 212, turn west toward Stanwood, then turn right on 36th Avenue NW and go 1/2 mile. Douglas, noble and grand fir.

Alder Ridge Ranch: 30520 379th Ave. NE, 22 miles east of Arlington; 360-403-0797. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Twenty-two miles east of Arlington on Highway 530, 3/10 of a mile past 43-mile marker, turn left on 379th and travel 3/10 of a mile. Noble, grand and Douglas fir, Norway spruce.

Cedarhome Christmas Tree Farm: 30614 68th Ave. NW, Stanwood; 360-629-4965. Open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16. Take I-5 exit 215, go 2 miles west on 300th Avenue NW to four-way stop, turn right on 68th Avenue NW, 1/4 mile to farm. Douglas, Fraser, grand and noble fir.

Christmas Tree Lane U-Cut Christmas Trees: 22816 67th Ave. NE, Arlington; 360-435-3748. Open 9 a.m. to dusk daily until Christmas. From Arlington take Highway 9 north, cross Haller Bridge, turn left on Schloman Road and follow signs. Grand, noble, Douglas and Shasta fir, Norway spruce.

Farmer Brown’s Tree Farm: 12017 109th Ave. NE, Arlington; 360-659-6686. Open daylight hours daily through Dec. 19. I-5 exit 199 (Marysville), take Fourth Street (Highway 528) east, Highway 9 north to 84th Street NE, east to 99th Avenue NE, north to 124th Street NE, follow signs (6 miles south of Arlington). Douglas, grand, noble, Shasta and Fraser fir, Colorado blue and Norway spruce.

Fish Creek Tree Farm: Sill Road and 188th NE, Arlington; 360-652-9030. Open 10 a.m. to dusk through Dec. 21. I-5 exit 206, west 2 miles on Lakewood Road, right 3/4 mile on Sill Road. Douglas, grand, Fraser and noble fir, spruce and pine.

Holiday Forest: 3624 Stanwood-Bryant Road, Arlington; 360-435-4124. Open noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 15. I-5 exit 212 (Stanwood-Camano exit), drive east 3.5 miles, farm on right. Douglas, noble and Fraser fir.

Jordan Valley Ranch Nursery: 13528 Jordan Road, Arlington; 360-691-6447. Open 10 a.m. to dusk daily until Christmas. Farm is about 3 miles from Granite Falls on the Jordan Road. Grand, noble and Fraser fir, French blue Scotch pine (larger trees, 8 to 10 feet and over, available).

Kiss Kringle’s Christmas Trees: 3 1/2 miles east of Arlington on Jordan Road; 360-659-6036. Open 10 a.m. to dark daily. Take exit 208 from I-5, head east on Highway 530 through Arlington toward Darrington, turn right onto Arlington Heights Road, travel one mile, turn right onto Jordan Road, follow signs two miles to the farm. Fraser, noble and grand fir.

Morton Tree Farm: 2324 172nd St. NE, Arlington; 360-652-8278. Open 9 a.m. to dusk daily through Dec. 24. Take exit 206 off I-5 and travel west 3/4 mile, farm is on left-hand side of 172nd Street heading toward Lakewood. Douglas, Shasta and grand fir.

Mountain Bluegrass Tree Farm: 14623 Highway 530 NE, Arlington; 425-487-3447. Open 9 a.m. to dark Wednesdays through Sundays. Take I-5 exit 208, go east on Highway 530 through Arlington, 6 miles east of Arlington on Highway 530, farm on left. Douglas, grand, noble and Fraser fir, Norway spruce.

Outback Christmas Tree Farm: 10030 Highway 530 NE, Arlington; 360-403-7474. Open daily through Dec. 23. Take Arlington exit off I-5, farm is 2 1/2 miles east of Arlington on Highway 530. Douglas, Fraser, noble and grand fir, Norway spruce.

Paterson’s Lazy Acres Tree Farm: 1315 188th St. NE, Arlington; 360-652-7661. Open 9 a.m. to dusk daily through Dec. 22. Take I-5 exit 206, go west to 19th Avenue, turn right to 188th Street NE, turn left, go 1/4 mile, on right. Douglas, grand, Fraser and noble fir, Norway spruce.

Pilchuck Secret Valley Christmas Tree Farm: 9533 Mose Road, Arlington; 360-435-9799 (farm message), 360-659-4300 (residence). Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Dec. 16. Take I-5 exit 208 east to Arlington, turn left on Route 9 North, go 1 mile and turn right on Lake Armstrong road, go straight for 1 mile, follow signs. Douglas, grand, noble, Neiko, Turkish, Korean and Fraser fir, spruce and white pine.

South Fork Christmas Tree Farm: 8312 Arlington Heights Road, Arlington; 360-435-4884. Open 9 a.m. to dark daily through Dec. 23. Take Highway 530 from Arlington, head east 1/2 mile, turn right on first road (Arlington Heights Road), farm is first driveway on right. Douglas, noble, grand, Nordmann, Fraser, lowland white and balsam fir, Norway spruce.

The Tree Farm: 3000 268th NW, Stanwood; 360-629-7621. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Take I-5 exit 212, go west toward Stanwood, turn right on 28th Avenue NW, left on 268th NW. Grand and noble fir.

Busy “B” Tree Farm: 6117 83rd Ave. NE, East Marysville-Lake Stevens, Everett; 360-659-9227. Open 9 a.m. to dark through Dec. 23. Take I-5 exit 199 (Marysville) east on Fourth Street through town, up hill to 83rd Avenue NE, turn right. From Highway 9, turn west on Highway 528 (Fourth Street), turn left at first intersection (83rd Avenue NE). Douglas, grand and noble fir.

Royal Tree Farm: 8111 84th St. NE, Marysville; 360-659-3019. Open daylight hours daily. From I-5 take exit 200 onto 88th Street NE, east 2 miles to second four-way stop, turn right on 67th Avenue for one short block to 84th Street NE, left up hill to farm on left. Noble and Douglas fir, Norway spruce and pine.

Shular Firetrail Firs: Second Avenue NE at Firetrail Road (140th), Marysville; 360-652-2395. Open 9 a.m. to dusk daily until sold out. Take exit 202 off I-5, head west over I-5 to 34th Avenue NE, turn right on 34th Avenue, travel 1 1/3 miles to 136th Street NE, turn left on 136th and travel for 2 1/4 miles to Second Avenue NE, turn left to parking. Noble, Douglas and Fraser fir.

Slenkamp Christmas Tree Farm: Marine Drive at Sunnyshores Road, Tulalip Reservation, Marysville; 360-652-8578. Open daylight hours daily until Dec. 24. Take I-5 exit 199 (Marysville), head west on Marine Drive (Tulalip Road) 11 1/2 miles, watch for signs. Douglas, grand and noble fir, blue spruce.

Sunnyside Acres Christmas Tree Farm: 4212 83rd Ave. NE, Everett (east of Marysville); 425-334-2382. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From I-5 take Marysville-Tulalip exit, go east 2 miles on Fourth Street (Highway 528), turn right at 67th Avenue and follow signs to the farm. From Highway 9, turn west on Soper Hill Road and follow signs (1 mile). Douglas, grand, noble, balsam, Fraser, Korean, Shasta and Nordmann fir.

Blow Me Down Tree Farm: 33215 Highway 2, Sultan, next to Barmon Lumber; 360-793-1335. Open noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23. Proceeds benefit the Gold Bar Volunteer Firefighters Association. Douglas and noble fir; all trees $20.

Campbell’s Tree Farm: 12219 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; 360-568-2720. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily until sold out. From Highway 405, take Monroe exit to Highway 9, travel north about 6 miles, turn right at stop light (131st Avenue SE), then take next left on Springhetti Road, about 1/2 mile. Douglas, noble, Fraser, balsam and grand fir, Norway and blue spruce.

Candler’s Christmas Trees: 27115 Old Owen Road, Monroe; 360-805-5669. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Farm is 5 miles east of Monroe on Old Owen Road. Pre-cut only; Noble, Fraser and grand fir, Norway spruce.

Deb’s U-Cut Christmas Trees: 13428 Shorts School Road, Snohomish; 360-568-0734. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. From downtown Snohomish, take Lincoln Street south, follow signs, turn right on Shorts School Road, keep to the left when road “Y” s, then travel 1/4 mile to tree farm. Grand, Fraser, concolor and noble fir, Norway spruce.

Flower World: 9322 196th St. SE, Snohomish; 360-668-9575 or 425-481-7565. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 8. More than 20 kinds of live trees.

Holiday Hill Tree Farm: 31805 124th St. SE, Sultan; 360-793-9791. Open 9 a.m. to dark daily, except closed Monday, until sold out. Go through Sultan on Highway 2, go north on Sultan Basin Road, travel 1 1/2 miles to 124th Street SE, turn left and travel about 1/4 mile to driveway, follow signs. Douglas, grand and noble fir.

K&M Tree Farm: 7214 61st Ave. SE, Snohomish; 425-334-3337. Open daily through Dec. 24. From I-5, take Snohomish Highway 2 exit, travel 3/4 mile to Home Acres Road, turn right, follow signs to farm. From Highway 2, take Bickford Avenue to Bickford Ford Motors, turn west to Fobes Store, turn left on Skipley Road, follow signs to farm. From Highway 9 (north), take Snohomish exit, turn left at stop sign, follow signs to farm. Douglas, grand, noble, white and Fraser fir, pine.

Leckvold’s Alpine Acres: 3729 Menzel Lake Road, Granite Falls; 425-334-2402. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through Dec. 16. In Granite Falls turn right (south) at first stoplight, go three blocks, turn left (east) at Medical Clinic onto Menzel Lake Road, 5 miles to farm on left. Noble, grand and Douglas fir, Austrian pine.

Lervik’s Tree Farm: Corner of Highway 92 and 84th Street NE (Getchell Road), Granite Falls; 360-691-5238. Open 9 a.m. to dusk daily. Take Highway 9 to Highway 92, go east 6 miles toward Granite Falls to 84th Street NE. Variety of trees.

Reade Christmas Tree Ranch: 7724 171st Ave. SE, Snohomish; 360-862-8778. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays and Sundays until sold out. North from Highway 2 on Westwick Road (South 100th Street), road becomes 171st Avenue SE, turn left at power lines. Douglas, grand, Fraser and noble fir, spruce.

St. Nick’s Trees: 25411 74th Place SE, Monroe; 360-794-5647. Open noon to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until sold out. Take Highway 2 to Monroe, turn north at Taco Time on Woods Creek Road, follow signs 7 miles to farm. Douglas, grand, Fraser and noble fir.

Tree Patch Tree Farm: 5029 Robe-Menzel Road, Granite Falls; 360-691-5927. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through Dec. 10. From Granite Falls, turn south on Granite Avenue (at the blinking light in town), travel 3 miles out of town on Robe-Menzel Road to farm. From Monroe, take Woods Creek Road (at Taco Time) north to Lake Roesiger, turn right. After about 4 miles, veer left onto Carpenter Road and at the “Y” stay right on Robe-Menzel Road, travel 2 miles to farm, watch for signs. Douglas, noble and grand fir.

Westby Tree Farm: 4508 156th St. SE, Bothell; 425-337-2863. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 through Dec. 17. Turn east off Bothell-Everett Highway at Mill Creek Plaza, turn right (south) on 35th Avenue, then left onto 156th Street and go 3/4 mile to farm. Douglas, Fraser and grand fir.

Wintergreen Tree Farm: 13606 S. Machias Road, Snohomish; 425-334-8899. Open 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. In Snohomish, from Second Street and Maple Avenue, go north out of town on Maple Avenue (becomes Snohomish-Machias Road), after about 5 miles, there is a stop sign at Centennial Trail, turn right onto South Machias Road, farm is 1/2 mile north on the right. Douglas, Nordmann, Fraser, grand and noble fir, pine, blue and Norway spruce.

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