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Choose and Cut Your Own: Christmas Tree Farms in San Antonio and the Hill Country

Everyone seems more than ready to start the holiday season early this year, for good reason. It’s been a rough year. I’ve actually seen a few Christmas trees already shining through the living room windows of local houses! However, I’m betting most of us are waiting to get through Thanksgiving before filling our house with pine needles. So why not try something (possibly) different this year? Take a drive and head out to chop down your own Christmas tree. It just might become your new holiday tradition. 

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Last year, my family drove out to Seguin and picked a tree from Seiler’s Christmas Tree Farm. My son actually did the picking, with some guidance from mom and dad after he initially wanted to take home a “Charlie Brown” tree. He even tried his hand at using the bow saw, also with guidance from dad.  It made for a fun day outdoors enjoying the cool breeze and smell of Christmas trees in the air while joining other families on the farm.

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I’ve read from different sources that using a real tree is actually better for the environment and even good for the economy, especially if you’re supporting a Texas farm. You can find a list of Christmas tree farms throughout Texas at the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association website.

All the Christmas tree farms I’ve listed below open right after Thanksgiving. Be sure to call ahead to verify hours and availability as they are subject to change. You might want to get out there early so the good ones aren’t picked over.

A few things to know before you go: The farms I’ve listed do provide all the equipment necessary to choose and cut your tree, including a measuring pole, saw, and—at some farms—a wagon. Trees are priced by type and height. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and terrain.

Seiler’s Christmas Tree Farm—Open Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Hours on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday are 9 A.M.–6 P.M.; on Tuesday–Friday, open after 4 P.M. Located at 4100 Jakes Colony Rd., Seguin, TX 78155. (830) 401-4590 | Directions

  • Trees: Virginia Pine, Loblolly Pine, Leyland Cypress, and Carolina Sapphire.
  • Pricing: All trees are $6 per foot. Trees below five feet are $24 (to preserve future tree quality). Most trees are marked with the height and price. Wagons and saws provided.
  • Other helpful information: Wreaths and pecans (shelled and unshelled) also available for purchase.

Devine Acres Farm—Open November 25 through December 18. Hours are Thursday–Sunday, 12–6 P.M. Located at 944 FM 2200 West, Devine, TX 78016. (830) 665-9730 | Directions

  • Trees: Leyland Cypress trees range in size from 3 to 10 feet tall, and Arizona Cypress trees are up to six feet tall.
  • Pricing: Both varieties sell from $9 per foot plus tax. Cash and credit/debit cards accepted. No checks, please.
  • Other helpful information: No admission fee if purchasing a tree. In addition to the tree chopping, there are plenty of family-friendly activities at Devine Acres Farm. Here’s Bridget’s post about her family’s experience at Pancakes with Santa at Devine Acres Farm.

Abrameit Tree Farm—Open November 26 through December 11. Hours are Saturday–Sunday, 10 A.M.–5 P.M. Located at US Highway 183/I-10, Luling, TX 76578. (512) 468-2116 | Directions: ¼ mile south of exit 632 on I-10, just past Buc-ee’s about ¼ mile south on US 183; look for signs.

  • Trees: Virginia Pine and a limited number of pre-cut Noble and Fraser firs.
  • Pricing: All sizes available with a good selection of 9–11 foot trees. Pines are $7 per foot up to 10 feet; trees over 10 feet are $8 per foot.
  • Other helpful information: Wreaths and garlands also available for purchase.

Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm—Opens November 21 (closed Thanksgiving day). Hours are 11 A.M.–6:15 P.M. daily. Located at Texas Highway 16 and Phil’s Road, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. (210) 426-6191 | Directions

  • Trees: Afghan Pine, Leyland Cypress, Fraser Fir, and living Christmas trees.
  • Pricing: Afghan Pine and Leyland Cypress trees available to choose and cut for $7.25 per foot, with a $29 minimum. Premium precut Fraser Fir trees from North Carolina start at $59.95. Living Christmas Trees (in 15-gallon pots) are $99.95 and $125. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Saw and measuring pole provided.
  • Other helpful information: Free hayrides on the weekends—weather permitting.

St. Nick’s Christmas Tree Farm—Opens the day after Thanksgiving, and open every weekend through December 18. Hours are 11 A.M.–5:30 P.M. Located at 12638 N. State Highway 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. (830) 685-3412 | Directions

  • Trees: 4–12 foot Afghan Pine, green Leyland Cypress, and blue Arizona Cypress (for those with allergies)
  • Pricing: All trees 6 feet and over are $35, all trees under 6 feet are $25. Cash or check only; no credit cards.
  • Other helpful information: Enjoy outdoor activities, hot chocolate, and gourmet coffee or tea while you choose and cut the perfect tree. Free popcorn and candy canes for the kids. More ideas for things to do in nearby Fredericksburg in Inga’s post.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm—Open November 25 through December 21. Hours are Monday–Saturday 10 A.M.–5:30 P.M. and Sunday 12–5:30 P.M. Located at 120 Natures Way off Roy Davis Rd., Elgin, TX 78624. (512) 281-5016

  • Trees: Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, and Fraser Fir (pre-cut).
  • Pricing: Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress from under 4 foot to 14 foot; prices range from $28 to $134. Fraser Fir trees are brought in from North Carolina and are priced by the tree. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards accepted. 
  • Other helpful information: Bow saw provided. Dogs on a leash are always welcome.

Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees—Open November 25 through December 24. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, hours are 10 A.M. to dark; on Saturdays, 10 A.M.–dark; on Sundays and weekdays, 12 P.M.–dark. Located at 242 Monkey Rd., Elgin, TX 78621. (512) 281-4833 | Directions

  • Trees: Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress, and Arizona Cypress. Pre-cut Noble and Fraser Firs.
  • Pricing: For the trees that you cut, Virginia pine, Leyland cypress and Arizona cypress, they are $7.00 per foot up to 8 feet,  $9.00 per foot for 8-10 ft. tall, and 10 feet and above are $10.00 per foot.  The pre-cut Noble firs from Washington state are $9.00 per foot and the pre-cut Fraser firs from North Carolina are about the same except for the taller ones.
  • Other helpful information: One of the owners is a retired forestry professor. Great descriptions of the trees on their website. On the weekends, families can enjoy more activities like roasting marshmallows and s’mores. The site also has a nature trail, farm animals, and a gift shop.
Image from Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm Facebook page

Image from Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm Facebook page

Holiday Traditions—*Disclosure: This business was a sponsor of ACMB’s Mad Hatter’s Bash. They offer Christmas trees delivered fresh to your doorstep. Order online or pick a tree at the lot to be delivered. Opens November 26–December 21. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 A.M.–9 P.M.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 A.M.–9 P.M. Located at 3700 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209. (210) 268-8829 

  • Trees: Noble Fir and Fraser Fir (all pre-cut)
  • Pricing: Trees range from 5 ft. to 9 ft. tall, priced $79-149 depending on height. Ten to 14 ft. tall trees are available at the lot.
  • Other helpful information: Wreaths and garlands also available for purchase. 

 

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