(Courtesy of Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm)

Where to Buy (and Chop!) Your Last-Minute Christmas Tree


'Tis the season to fill your home with the fragrant, wafting smell of a well-decorated evergreen.

But there are only so many days left until Christmas. If you haven't gotten your tree yet, here are some of the best topiary slingers in the area—you can even sneak in a pony ride, chop down your own fir, or go on a glorious redwood hike while you're at it.

The Guardsmen Tree Lot

Get into the Christmas spirit while giving back to those in need. Droves of Bay Area families flock back, year after year, to partake in a lively, charitable tradition: picking out out a tree from the Guardsmen, who donate a large portion of the proceeds to help at-risk youth in San Francisco. This is an all-volunteer organization, so feel free to lend a hand this holiday season. // 9am-9pm everyday, $40-$110 up to 15 feet tall, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), treelotsf.org.

Christmas Tree Jamboree

Christmas Tree Jamboree is a quintessential family-run holiday go-to, opting for steadfast quality over endless quantity in its selection of high-quality, pre-cut trees. They'll even flock it and fireproof if for you. // 9am-9pm everyday, $40-$100 up to 11-feet tall, 574 Bayshore Blvd. (Bayview), christmastreejamboree.com

Delancey Street Trees

A favorite in the Bay Area for 30 years, Delancey Street Trees is beloved for its rock-bottom prices. Swing by one of nine locations to snag an affordable, healthy tree that will stay green well into the New Year. // 8am-10pm, $35-$135 up to 13-feet tall, multiple Bay Area locations, delanceytrees.org/sf-bay-area

Santa's Tree Farm

There's no shortage of evergreens at this Half Moon Bay staple. Santa's Tree Farm, right off Highway 92, brims with a bounty both pre-cut and chop-it-yourself trees, including junipers, firs, and more. The best part? No tree will set you back more than $75. // 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm Saturday and Sunday, Starting at $45 up to 1-feet tall, 78 Pilarcitos Creek Rd. (Half Moon Bay), santastreefarm.com

Clancy's Christmas Tree Farm

The centrally located Clancy's wins for being one of the most convenient Christmas tree lots for San Franciscans. Go for the old fashioned country vibe complete with pony rides for the kids. Bonus points for the parking lot. They'll even custom-flock your chosen tree. // 9am-9pm everyday, $55-$150 up to 12-feet tall, 1620 7th Ave. (Inner Sunset), clancystrees.com

Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm

It's hard to envision a more picturesque tree farm than the one you'll find in the beguiling East Bay hills. Chop down your own tree during a guided "choose and chop" session, or pick up a pre-cut and jam. Bonus: This is also a hiker's paradise. // 9am-5pm Friday through Sunday, $40-$110 up to 12-feet tall, 7001 Miller Rd. (Castro Valley), cvchristmastreefarm.com

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