Winter has arrived, and it is a great time of the year to start up on the Christmas decorations and enjoy activities like ice skating. While you can get a Christmas tree at many pop-up lots and store parking lots in our area, there is another option: going out to a farm to cut your own tree. This can net you not only a great tree, but can also be a fun experience for the whole family. We’ve found a few cut-your-own Christmas tree farms near Austin TX and have little write-ups for each of them below.
At just 40 minutes from central Austin, the Elgin Christmas Tree Farm (120 Natures Way, Elgin TX) will be one of the closest options for families. The day includes a hayride out to the tree field and the farm provides a bow saw, shaking and baling. Cut-your-own options include Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress. Pre-cut Fraser Firs are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Located at 242 Monkey Road, Elgin TX (about 40 minutes from Austin), Evergreen Farms is open 10 a.m. until dark on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until dark on Sundays and weekdays. This farm will be open all the way to the afternoon of Christmas Eve, or until all trees are sold, whichever comes first. A wagon ride to the field, cutting and harvesting tools, and shaking and cleaning the tree are all provided. This farm also offers activities like bean bag toss, tetherball, a nature trail walk, and making s’mores by the campfire. The farm offers cut-your-own Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, and Arizona Cypress and pre-cut Fraser Fir and Nobel Fir.
If you would like to go on a slightly longer adventure, Kristof’s Christmas Tree Farm (1741 County Road 115, Caldwell TX) is about an hour and 20 minutes from Austin. You can cut your own Virginia Pine or get a pre-cut Fraser Fir. A bow saw and kneeling pads are provided, and the farm will help you shake, wrap and load the tree onto your vehicle. Great beef jerky is available to buy and free coloring books for kids are included in your purchase!
Do you know of another great tree farm near Austin that should have made our list? Let us know in the comments!