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 East-Central 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!
- 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 East-Central 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
And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the
information, please let me know!
Updates for October 2017
October: 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
2-Jo's Farm & Western Town
- Santa appearances, live
reindeer, sleigh rides, winter hay rides, winter wagon rides, gift shop,
snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting,
pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and
wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
2253 73rd St Hwy 30, Van Horne, IA 52346. Phone: 319-551-3660. Email:
. Directions: 18 miles west of Cedar Rapids on
highway 30. Printable map on website. And for a map to our farm,
Open: Call to book for parties and camp Visit Santa and
his Reindeer, Parties, Photographs, Sleigh Rides, Unique Family Photos,
Company Christmas Photos, Have the most unique Christmas Cards with
photos of your family, Santa and his reindeer. December Special Events:
Horse Drawn Bobsled, Dinner Runs, The Magic Phone Booth - Call the North
Pole, Open Campfire for Winter Treats, Crafts, Caroling and Pony Rides.
Payment: Cash, Check. Day Camp in Summer, Campouts in bunk houses,
teepees, cabins. Chuck wagon cookouts, Stage coaches, Ye Old Broom Barn
Theater Santa, Bobsled/sleigh rides, live Reindeer Pony/other parties.
(UPDATED: August 27, 2008)
Black Hawk County
- Barnes Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you
choose and you cut, Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, trees bagged,
tree shaking provided, saws provided, free hot cider, porta-potties
4439 Dane Road, Southwest, Iowa City, IA 52240. Phone: 319-341-9351.
. Open: November 29, 9 till 5 November 30, 9 till
5, Sunday December 1, 10 till 5; December 7, 9 till 5, Sunday December
8, 10 till 5; December 14, 9 till 5, Sunday December 15, 10 till 5.
Click here for a map and directions.
Payment: Cash, Check.
Christmas tree varieties:
You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Canaan Fir,
Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.
(ADDED: November 29, 2013)
Kelly Tree Farm
- Christmas trees-you choose and you cut,
Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), tree
shaking provided, saws provided, farm animals
1045 Stone Mill Rd,
Tipton, IA 52772. Phone: 563-452-4300. Email:
. Open: from the day after Thanksgiving (November
29th), 30th and December 1st from 9am-5pm), then every Friday, Saturday and
Sunday from 9am-5pm until December 15th or sold out; If the weather would
turn bad and we cannot be open we will notify you here. Directions:
See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. We have over 1000
White Pine, Scotch Pine and Canaan Fir up to 8 feet tall, ready for your
choosing. Here at KTF you can choose and cut your own fresh Christmas
trees and we furnish the saw to do it. We also have a large selection of
fresh cut trees if you prefer not to cut your own tree. We also sell
potted evergreen trees to plant this fall. Evergreen wreaths from $12.00
to $35.00. The Scotch and White Pine trees are priced at $40 each, any
size, and that includes sales tax. The Canaan Fir trees are priced at
$40.00, any size, and that includes sales tax. (ADDED: November 21, 2013, suggested by a visitor)
Comments from a visitor on November 21, 2013:
"They have several types of Christmas trees, which you can cut your own
or buy one pre-cut. They also have potted Christmas trees, so you can
plant it later. This will be my first year going there"
D & J Tree Farm
- Christmas trees- you choose and we cut,
Precut Christmas trees, trees tied, tree shaking provided, trees baled,
1333 200th Street,
Nichols, IA 52766. Phone: 319-723-4415. Email:
. Open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday after
Thanksgiving Day and weekends til Christmas; Open Hours: 10 am to
4 pm. Directions: From Iowa City: Take highway 218 south to exit 80
toward Nichols. Turn right at Catfish place on to hwy70. Cross bridge on
to Davis Avenue Go 1.5 miles to 200th Street. Turn left. Place on left.
From Quad Cities:I280 to highway 61 south to Muscatine bypass then right
to highway 22 toward Nichols then turn left at catfish place onto
highway 70. Go across bridge to Davis Avenue Go 1.5 miles to 200th
Street turn left. First place on left.
Click here for a map and directions.
Payment: Cash, Check. We also
have pre-cut Douglas Fir inside for your convenience.
Christmas tree varieties:
You Choose and We cut varieties: Balsam
Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Scotch Pine.
(UPDATED: November 24, 2013) (ADDED: November 22, 2013)