Whether it’s a family holiday tradition or a new experience, cutting your own Christmas tree adds a dimension to the holiday season that’s hard to match. There’s nothing quite like the real deal—a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, Christmas tree. To help you out, we’ve rounded up where you can find Christmas tree farms in Central Iowa.
Tree-cutting season typically starts over Thanksgiving weekend at many farms but, tagging may start earlier, be sure to call ahead to confirm availability and hours.
Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Tips
No matter where you plan to go to cut your tree, here are some tips for fool-proofing your trip:
- Confirm that the location is open, particularly if the weather is questionable
- Confirm that trees are still available. Some farms limit the number of trees they sell in a season, and shut down without any website updates.
- Confirm that pets are allowed if you plan to bring the family dog for that perfect photo op.
- Dress appropriately for the weather! This is an outdoor, pick-your-own, physical experience.
- Check with the location if you need a handsaw. Many farms offer hand saws, twine and tree wrap.
- Bring your own work gloves and a tarp or old blanket to protect your car.
- Some farms are cash and carry – bring cash or checkbook.
- Cut as close to the ground as possible (you can always trim excess stump later).
- Place your tree in warm water as soon as it arrives home.
- Keep the tree base submerged in water throughout the holiday season.
Christmas Tree Farms Near Des Moines:
1323 Montana Road • Boone, IA 50036 • (515) 432-1955
Located on the historical Kate Shelley Farm, Enchanted Valley Tree Farm offers cut your own and pre-cut Christmas Trees, wreaths, swags, firewood and hardwood timber.
Tree Varieties: Scotch pines, White pines, and Cannan firs.
Hours: November 29 through December 24, 2019 (or until all trees are sold); Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays or by appointment.
5251 NE 94th Avenue • Bondurant, IA • (515) 964-2640
Known for their fall fun, Geisler Farms also offers precut Fraser fir Christmas trees, which are grown on a family tree farm in Wisconsin. Warm up inside their Red Shed, weather permitting, enjoy some of their classic Fun Zone farm activities.
Tree Varieties: Fraser firs
Hours: November 29 through December 15, 2019 (while supplies last); Black Friday Weekend: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weekdays in December: 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Saturdays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays: 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
3129 Howell Court • Cumming, IA 50061 • (515) 981-4762
Howell Tree Farm is a full service tree farm–all you have to do is pick out a tree. They cut, shake, bale, and load your tree for you. They also sell wreaths and swags and tree stands. You can also browse their gift shop with a cup of coffee or cocoa.
Tree Varieties: Scotch Pine, White Pine, and Canaan Fir.
Hours: November 23, 2019 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; November 24 through December 23, 2019; Sunday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.
7404 Vandalia Drive • Runnells, IA 50237 • (515) 266-9881
Miller Tree Farms offers cut-your-own and pre-cut trees from their three fields. They also offer wreaths, swags and greens. They give out candy canes and surprise bags to the kiddos with the purchase of a tree.
Tree Varieties: White Pine, Scotch Pine, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce, and Blue Spruce
Hours: November 23 through December 24, 2019 (or until all trees are sold); CLOSED Thanksgiving; Open Black Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Regular hours are Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm; Monday through Friday: 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
1895 East Army Post Road • Des Moines, IA 50320 • (515) 288-6788
Located on the south side of Des Moines, Quilted Gardens & Nursery, offers cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees. They also have wreaths, swags and greenery, seasonal bulbs and plants and will have their Christmas Store open.
Tree Varieties: White pine, Scotch pine, limited Concolor and Fraser Fir Pre-Cut Trees: Scotch pine, Fraser Fir, and Concolor Fir.
Hours: Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; December 2 through December 24, 2019; Monday to Friday: 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
7602 NE 114th Avenue • Bondurant, IA 50035 • (515) 967-4013
In the Christmas tree-growing business for over 40 years, Rettig Christmas Tree Farm has been part of many a famiy’s holiday tradition. If your family is in search of the perfect Christmas tree, but aren’t looking forward to a long road trip, then this is a great spot for you.
Tree Varieties: Scotch pine, White pine, Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Concolor fir, Colorado spruce.
Hours: Tagging starts in early November. Cutting starts November 29 through December 24, 2019; Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
58976 290th Street • Cambridge, IA 50046 • (800) 982-9942
Strautman Tree Farm has thousands of trees to choose from, including a wide assortment of pre-cut trees. They’ll even shake, net and secure your tree to your vehicle for a safe trip home. While tree shopping, be sure to stop by their cozy holiday gift shop to warm up. Browse ornaments and enjoy hot cider and cookies.
Tree Varieties: White Pine, Concolor Fir, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce
Hours: November 23 through December 23, 2019. Open Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
33459 663rd Avenue • Maxwell, IA 50161 • (515) 387-8778
Offering up pre-cut and cut-your-own Christmas trees, The Christmas Tree Farm offers visitors a hand-saw and sled to pull your tree back to their shop. They also have wreaths, swags, centerpieces, tree stands, crafts and other gifts.
Tree Varieties: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir.
Hours: Tagging is October 1st to Thanksgiving, then harvest the tree after Thanksgiving. November 29 through December 20, 2019; Monday to Friday: 3:00 to 5:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
201 4th Ave. NE • State Center, IA 50247 • (641) 751-7435 or (641) 750-0187
This family-run farm, which opened in 2016, offers four varieties of trees. They provide you with saws, mechanical shaking, and baling of trees. You can also purchase fresh wreaths while you’re at the farm.
Tree Varieties: White Pine, Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir and Canaan Fir
Hours: November 29-30, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; November 30 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm; December 1 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm; December 7 9:00 to 5:00 pm; December 8 to December 15 TBD.
1400 E Hillcrest • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-6979
Walnut Ridge Farm offers cut your own and pre-cut Christmas Trees, wreaths, swags garlands and other decorative greenery. To add to the fun they also offer horse drawn wagon rides and miniature train rides on specific dates weather permitting.
Tree Varieties: Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Pine, and White Spruce.
Hours: November 29, 2019; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; November 30 through December 21, 2019; Saturdays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays: 12:00 to 5:00 pm; Monday to Friday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (After December 21 call for hours.)
Does your family cut your own Christmas tree at a local tree farm? If so, tell us where in the comments below!