Find 2019 Christmas Tree Farms here.
Many families cherish the holiday tradition of choosing and cutting their own Christmas trees. They bundle up in warm clothes and head off into the woods, where they debate the merits of several trees before selecting “The One”. The tree that will be “decked” with treasured ornaments and glittering lights; the one that will be the backdrop for this year’s family photographs, videos and holiday memories. If you want to experience the old-fashioned holiday tradition of finding and cutting your own tree, you have plenty of choices here in Central Iowa.
Know Before You Go
- Call ahead to:
- verify hours, some farms are open only on weekends, others are open through the week.
- verify what facilities are available on-site.
- verify if the farm provides a saw to cut down the tree or if you need to bring your own.
- verify which methods of payment they accept. Many farms only accept cash or check.
- verify exactly how to get there from wherever you are. (Unless, you think a day lost in Timbuktu is a fun adventure.)
- Remember to dress for the weather (you may be walking in snowy fields).
- Remember to bring a rope or bungee cord so you can secure the tree to your vehicle.
- Bring along a snack and a warm beverage.
- And, don’t forget your camera.
Christmas Tree Farms around Des Moines
Enchanted Valley Tree Farm
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 Fraser firs.
Hours: November 25th -December 23rd, 2016; Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. CLOSED on Mondays.
Geisler Farms – Growing Family Fun
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 and enjoy concessions, restrooms and Midwest products for purchase. Weather permitting, enjoy some of their classic Fun Zone farm activities.
Tree Varieties: Fraser firs
Hours: Friday, November 25th, 2016 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weekdays in December: 2:00 to 6:00 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays: 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Hill’s Tree Farm
19885 Midland Trail • Minburn, IA 50167 • (515) 677-2389
In addition to cut your own Christmas trees, Hill’s farm offers hand-decorated wreaths, greenery baskets, mantle pieces, table centerpieces and greenery crosses. Families can also warm-up and take time for a cup of hot chocolate and cookies in their tree shed.
Tree Varieties: Fraser Firs, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Norway Spruce.
Hours: Open the Friday after Thanksgiving, Fridays – Saturdays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sundays: 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Howell Tree Farm
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 Fir.
Hours: November 19th, 2016 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; November 20th – December 23rd, 2016; Sunday – Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.
Miller Tree Farm
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 to the kiddos and an uncirculated National Parks quarter with the purchase of each tree. There are also make-your-own ornaments that kids can assemble on the farm or take home.
Tree Varieties: White Pine, Scotch Pine, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce, and Blue Spruce
Hours: Open the Friday after Thanksgiving, Sunday – Friday: 12:00 to 5:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Quilted Gardens & Nursery
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. If you’re looking for a tree 10’ and taller give them a call ahead of time and they will have it ready for you. 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 ; then Monday – Friday 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Christmas Tree Farm
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. Families can enjoy a complimentary hot beverage, or lemonade and candy canes and snacks while sitting down at one of their tables that have games and books for the kids.
Tree Varieties: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir.
Hours: November 25th – December 18th, 2016; Monday – Friday 3:00 to 5:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Walnut Ridge Farm
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 25th, 2016; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; November 26th – December 23rd, 2016; Saturdays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays: 12:00 to 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Where does your family cut your own Christmas tree in Central Iowa? Let us know in the Comments section below.