Choosing the perfect Christmas tree can be a cherished annual family tradition, especially if you are heading to a tree farm with your whole clan.

As the days grow shorter, and we head into Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, the coast becomes a winter wonderland. If a Christmas tree is part of your family tradition or simply a decorating choice, there are plenty of options for kicking off the holiday season by picking out a tree in Half Moon Bay.

Tips for Tree Shopping

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree can be a cherished annual family tradition, especially if you are heading to a tree farm with your whole clan.

  • If you want to chop down your own tree, there are several spots you can choose from in Half Moon Bay. But since trees do sometimes sell out, call beforehand to find out what’s available.
  • Before you leave home, measure the space where you plan on putting the tree, to make sure you know exactly the size you’ll need.
  • A full and symmetrical shape is most attractive, but if a tree is giving you Charlie Brown vibes, consider displaying it in a corner spot so it can have a little extra support.
  • Regardless of the type of tree you choose, be sure to test it by giving it a slight shake. You may see a few falling brown needles, but falling green needles mean the tree is dry.
  • To keep your tree healthy and hydrated, consider bringing an old towel to moisten and wrap around your tree for the drive home.
  • Bring a tarp or blanket to place between your vehicle and your tree if you plan on tying your tree on top of your car for the drive home.

Santa's Tree Farm

Where to Find a Tree

4-C’s Christmas Tree Farm allows you to select from a wide array of gorgeous trees including Douglas firs and spruces. The farm offers both pre-cut trees or the option to chop it down yourself and the helpful staff is there to make it all al breeze. Trees have been known to sell out so make your plans to visit early. 678-698 San Mateo Road (Hwy 92), (650) 726-9614 (map)

Cozzolino Christmas Trees offers Noble and Nordman Firs, flocked trees, poinsettias, wreaths, mistletoe and garlands to decorate your home. 501 San Mateo Rd, (650) 504-8206. (map)

Pastorino Farms turns their barn into a Christmas treasure trove of ornaments, trees, gifts, garland, poinsettias, and fresh wreaths for sale. Open daily from November 28 through December 24 from 9am to 5pm. 12391 San Mateo Rd. (650)726-6440 (map)

Repetto ’s Nursery and Florist is a farm that offers both Christmas trees and wholesale prices on fresh cut flowers ideal for gift giving, decorating, and holiday centerpieces. 12331 San Mateo Road, (650) 726-6414. (map)

Santa’s Tree Farm and Village, established in 1972, is a 487-acre “choose and cut” Christmas tree farm with 6 different kinds of Christmas trees including Douglas fir, Monterey Pine, and Noble fir and Concolor white fir trees which are grown without any herbicides or pesticides. Staff will give you the saw and send you off to choose and cut the Christmas tree you like. Santa's Village offers a full array of fun holiday activities and events for the whole family to enjoy. Customers are encouraged to take photos and given candy canes and a visit with Santa with every tree purchase. Be sure to stop by the Sleigh Bells Gift Shop, open on weekends to pick up festive holiday decorations. Santa will pay a visit on weekends starting Nov 26 through Dec 19, from noon – 3 p.m. (except Dec. 4, 1 – 3  p.m.). There’s also weekend train rides and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will be serving up goodies. 78 Pilarcitos Creek Road, (650) 726-2246 (map)

Tom & Pete ’s Produce is a family farm founded in 1964. They sell fresh produce and offer a wide selection of trees at good prices. 270 Main St, (650) 726-7500 (map)

Amy Sherman is a local food and travel writer. She’s the author of Williams Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers and Wine Passport Portugal and has written for food, travel and lifestyle publications including Afar, Food Network, Marin magazine, Fodor's and 7x7. After years of driving past Half Moon Bay on her way to and from UC Santa Cruz, she’s now happy to stop and fully enjoy its charms.