Find local Christmas tree farms here!

Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, this page provides detailed listings of Des Moines area of Iowa's choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called pre-harvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides, hay rides and related winter events and fun. Some listings are for tree farms, others are tree lots, and some only offer hay rides, sleigh rides or other winter events. READ EACH LISTING to know what each facility offers. The farms are listed further down this page, so scroll down the page! Since this service is free and open to ALL Christmas tree farms, not just those who belong to an association or pay for an ad, like almost all other websites do, this is the most complete and current listing available! I'm always looking for more to add, and to correct any inaccuracies or errors, so if you encounter any, please email me!

Tips:

  • If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
  • ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO to confirm their supply, their hours and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available.  All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For more tips to make your trip fun and successful, click here!
    DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM BY PHONE OR EMAIL!
  • The dates indicate when I last received an update, no date means it may be years old!
  • And please tell the farmer you visit in Des Moines area of Iowa that you found their farm here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!
  • After Christmas, click here to find how how and where to easily recycle or dispose of your Christmas tree! And to recycle used, broken or old Christmas lights and electronics See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!  

Updates for February 2017

February: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends.

And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt.

Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

Click on Resources above, if you need a county map

Adair County

Boone County

  • Boone & Scenic Valley RRSanta Express(TM)
    Iowa RR Historical Society, 225 10th Street, PO Box 603, Boone, Iowa 50036. Phone:800-626-0319. Or Phone: 515-432-4249. Email: info@bsvrr.com. Join us for an enchanting ride aboard The Santa Express(TM). Enjoy a 1 hour ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad depot to the "North Pole." Hear the story of "The Polar Express(TM)" ."The Polar Express" book, available in our gift shop. You will be served hot chocolate and cookies. Each child receives a silver bell. Be sure to arrive in your pajamas just like the boys and girls in the book. Open: see the schedule on their website; it's usually the first 2 weeks of December with weekend departures at 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM and some weekday evenings)  (UPDATED: November 17, 2008)
  • Enchanted Valley Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas wreaths, trees tied, tree shaking provided, saws provided,
    1323 Montana Road, Boone, IA 50036. Phone: 5125-432-1955. Email: rtf10@q.com. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm Friday after Thanksgiving to December 24. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: One mile south of intersection of Highway 30 and Montana Road, at the bottom of the hill. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir, Scotch Pine.
    Living, rooted tree varieties: White Fir (Concolor Fir).
    (ADDED: December 01, 2014) (ADDED: October 15, 2012)

Clarke County

Dallas County

  • Knight & Sons Nursery - NO CHRISTMAS TREES, Christmas decorations, gift shop, face painting, petting zoo
    3556 L Lane, Adel, IA 50003. Phone: 515-834-9092. Fax: 515-834-9034. Email us at: info@knight-sons.com. Directions: From Des Moines take I80 west past the Adel exit. As you approach exit 106 you will see the nursery on the right (north) side of the road. Take the exit from I80 and travel north 1/2 mile to 350th street. Turn Right (East) and travel 1/2 mile to L lane. Turn right and the road ends at the nursey. And for a map to our farm, click here. Our products are usually available in October, November, December. Open: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.

Greene County

  • Deal's Orchard - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, trees tied, tree shaking provided, saws provided, free hot cider, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, jumping pillow, trike track, farm animals, school tours
    1102 244th Street, Jefferson, IA 50129. Phone: 515-386-8279. Alternate Phone: 515-370-8279. Email: dealsorchard@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, White Spruce.
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, White Spruce.
    PreCut varieties: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Spruce.
    (ADDED: April 01, 2015) (ADDED: September 10, 2009)

Grundy County
Guthrie County
Hamilton County
Hardin County

  • Homestead Evergreens - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, garlands, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided, porta-potties
    Highway 175, Eldora, IA 50627. Phone: 319-240-7965. Open: Opening day is the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and we're open every day after that from 12 noon until 5 pm. Directions: Homestead Evergreens is located about 5 miles west of Eldora on Highway 175. From Iowa falls, we are about 10 miles south on highway 65 then a mile east on highway 175. That is 5 miles south then 1 mile east if getting off highway 20 at the Iowa Falls exit. Click here for a map and directions. We run a popular fundraising event for groups wanting to make money; In the past, some groups have been: school groups (like band), Boy/Girl Scouts, 4H groups, and church groups; This is a great and fun opportunity for any groups! We need to get info to you by September 1 with sales by the group starting in October; Groups call in orders around the first week in November and pick your orders up from the farm starting the week before Thanksgiving; We are very flexible on dates and times. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    (ADDED: January 16, 2014)

Jasper County
Lucas County
Madison County
Mahaska County
Marion County
Marshall County

Polk County

  • Brushy Creek Farm - Christmas trees
    620 40th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50312. Phone: 515-274-5649. Email: larsarch@aol.com
  • Kidman Tree Farm - Christmas trees
    3665 NW 98th Avenue, Polk City,  IA, 50226. Phone: 515-984-6946. Fax: 515-984-9111. Email: info@kidmanfarms.com. Directions: Go North on Hwy 415 out of Des Moines, 1/2 mile North of Cherry Glenn Campgrounds, turn East on 98th Avenue.
  • Miller Tree Farm - Christmas trees
    7404 Vandalia Dr., Runnells,  IA, 50237. Phone: 515-266-9881. Email: jMillertrees@cs.com.
  • Morgan Oaks Christmas Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, free tree trimmings, saws provided, winter wagon rides,
    1667 SE 88 St, Runnells, IA 50237. Phone: 515-313-6961. Email: morgantreefarm@aol.com. Open: Opening day to The day after Thanksgiving then weekends only 9 a;m to 4 pm through the 2nd or 3rd weekend in December (depending on when Thanksgiving is each year). Directions: 4 miles south of Southeast Polk High School which is located at highway 163 at NE 80th Street in Polk County. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine.
    You Choose and We cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine.
    (UPDATED: November 23, 2013) (ADDED: November 03, 2012)
  • Quilted Gardens & Nursery - Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, garlands, trees baled,
    1895 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50320. Phone: 515-288-6768. Email: info@QuiltedGardens.com. Click here for picking updates. And for a map to our farm, click here. Our products are usually available in November, December. Open: Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    PreCut varieties: Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine.

Poweshiek County

  • Poweshiek Pines Tree Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Christmas decorations, trees bagged, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled, free tree trimmings, saws provided, free hot cider, gift shop, restrooms, school tours
    3314 V18 Road, Brooklyn, IA 52211. Phone: 641-522-9651. Alternate Phone: 641-990-8733. Email: strohbehn@netins.net. Open: Friday after Thanksgiving to December 22nd; Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm (dark), Sunday Noon to 5 pm (dark); You are allowed to pre - tag trees earlier during the fall. Directions: On west side of V18 Road half-way between Brooklyn and Chelsea. 9 miles north of I-80, 5 miles north of highway 6, or 5 miles south of E64 (Iowa Scenic Byway). Google maps enter "Poweshiek Pines Tree Farm" and not our street address. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Bring the kids to visit and hand feed real live deer. Also enjoy free hot apple cider and candy canes.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine.
    (ADDED: January 25, 2011)

Story County

  • Center Grove Orchard - Precut Christmas trees, Santa appearances, winter hay rides, winter wagon rides, Christmas event or festival, Winter events, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), face painting, jumping pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info)
    32835 610th Ave, Cambridge, IA 50046. Phone: 515.383.4354. Email: fun@centergroveorchard.com. Open: November 27 through December 24, or until sold out: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 5pm, Sunday 8am to 4pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Come be part of the lively atmosphere of our beautiful Central Iowa farm! Enjoy daily hayrides, corn maze, farm animals, pedal tractors, weekend festivals with live entertainment and so much more. Don't forget our corn pool, jumping pillow, rubber duck races and apple sling shot. Pick your own apples and find your perfect pumpkin. Come hungry to enjoy all the tastes of the season such as farm fresh meals & caramel apples.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir.
    (UPDATED: June 26, 2015)
  • La Mar Farms - Precut Christmas trees, Fresh eggs
    26857 510th Avenue, Ames, IA 50014. Phone: 515-291-4775. Alternate Phone: 515-460-6527. Email: clydesdale1961@gmail.com. Open: Trees available beginning the weekend following Thanksgiving all the way up until Christmas. Directions: La Mar Farms is located 3 miles south of Highway 30 on County Road R-38. From Ames, take South Dakota Street directly south. We are the first red corn crib on the west side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Call ahead appointments are welcome. Call 515-291-4775 and ask for David.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    PreCut varieties: Balsam Fir.
    (ADDED: February 10, 2012)
  • Pine Ridge Tree Farm - UPDATE: November 11, 2016: The owner tells me they are now permanently closed
    2532 North Dakota Ave, Ames, IA 50014.
    (UPDATED: December 13, 2015) (UPDATED: November 23, 2015) (UPDATED: November 18, 2014) (UPDATED: November 07, 2013) (UPDATED: October 21, 2010)
  • Strautman Tree Farm - Christmas trees
    58976 290th Street, Cambridge, IA, 50046. Phone: 515-383-4675. Email: trees@iowatelecom.net.

Tama County

Warren County

  • Howell Tree Farm, Inc - Christmas trees
    3129 Howell Lane, Cumming, IA, 50061. Phone: 515-981-4762. Email: howelltree@aol.com.
  • Walnut Ridge Farm - Christmas trees
    1400 E Hillcrest (Hwy G-36)), Indianola,  IA, 50125. Phone: 515-961-6979. Email: gjharman676@msn.com. Directions: From Hwy 65-69 at the north edge of Indianola, take Hwy G-36 (E. Hillcrest) 3/4 mile east.

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