Came across Red Tricycle's article about 9 U-cut Christmas Tree Farms Near Seattle WA when researching for things to do this holiday season with my young toddler. I've never visited a Christmas Tree Farm in my life, so I was really psyched about checking it out.
We decided on visiting Trinity Tree Farm because it had one of the earliest opening dates and looked really scenic in photos.
Visiting Trinity Tree Farm Issaquah WA with Young Toddler!
Best decision ever to pay Trinity Tree Farm a visit, even though we were conflicted over whether to get a real Christmas Tree (which is expensive and requires maintenance) or settle for a cheaper, synthetic one that we could reuse year on year.
Buy A Real Christmas Tree... Or Not?
The biggest deterrent was the space constraint in our small apartment home. It is around 500 sqft in size and there really isn't much room for excess cardboard boxes, let alone a Christmas tree!
(If you would like a home tour, I wrote about Montessori-ing small spaces here in an earlier post)
We decided we should keep an open mind. If we fell in love with any of the Christmas trees at the farm, we would get one.
While we didn't manage to find a perfect Christmas tree in the end, I fell in love with the whole experience of exploring a Christmas tree farm.
Here's what I loved about exploring Trinity Tree Farm:
- The smell of freshly cut fir trees! I smelled the strong aroma the moment I left the car, and there's nothing quite like it. The fragrance put me in a really relaxed and happy mood. Apparently pine, spruce, and fir trees (Christmas tree favorites) produce chemicals called terpenes when cut, which give them their unique, distinctive scent.
- Nature was all around and I loved being this close to nature. Trinity Tree Farm is located up the hill and offered peek views of Mount Rainier, Tiger and Squak Mountains. They have huge grounds for their trees and I enjoyed picking my way through the dense rows of trees.
Every now and then, I would stop to point out fir trees that was my toddler's height, and ask her to pose beside the tree for a photo. The only drawback about navigating our way through the trees was that my toddler kept tripping over the roots and stumps on the grounds, until she agreed to hold my hand and use walking feet.
- I learnt so much about fir trees! I hadn't known that there were so many different types of fir trees. In fact, I hadn't even known that Christmas trees were fir trees! There were Douglas, Noble, Grand and Fraser fir trees at Trinity Tree Farm and it was interesting trying to notice the differences among the types - their heights, needles, shapes, colors etc.
- Wintry fun in warmth and comfort. When it got too cold for my toddler, we had the option of warming up at the fire place and also sought refuge in Trinity Tree Farm's charming little log cabin gift boutique.
- Great customer service. I like that Trinity Tree Farm was very customer-oriented, they had a truck that ran through the farm every couple of minutes to help customers lift their trees back to the farm entrance.
At the information booth, there was a constant friendly face greeting all farm visitors and she provided clear directions on how to do u-cut, where to start our search in the vast farm etc, which was really useful to first-timers like us.
I would have loved for Gwen to ride the kiddy train but alas, it broke down on the day we visited. I hope it's been fixed since!
Allocate more time to finding the perfect Christmas tree. There was so much ground to cover! We didn't manage to find The One in the short hour we had before Gwen's afternoon nap but it still made for an interesting experience watching others cut their trees and tie them to their cars.
Dress for the weather! There's a fair bit of walking to be done in the search for the perfect Christmas tree, so dress warmly in comfortable shoes/boots.
Research the kind of fir tree you like best prior to the hunt. That way you can save time and head to your favourite tree section rightaway.
Do a little research about securing and transporting Christmas trees prior. Small trees would fit in the car boot but big trees would have to go on the roof of the car. Nets and ropes were available at Trinity Tree Farm for a fee so you don't have to bring your own. But securing it to the car did seem complex so it would be good to read up beforehand! These are articles I read which seemed useful: How to Haul A Christmas Tree With or Without Roof Racks and How to Transport Your Christmas Tree Home Fuss Free.
I heard that trees run out really fast at popular Christmas tree farms like Trinity Tree Farm so plan your visit sooner than later!
Trinity Tree Farm
Address: 14237 228th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
Update: Last weekend, we found our perfect mini-sized Christmas tree at Swansons Nursery in Seattle Washington while checking out their Reindeer Festival. It was love at first sight. Read more about our experience here.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.