The best place to buy a Christmas Tree

November 30, 2010 14:00 pm · 66 comments

CLAYCORDIANS, where is the best place to buy a Christmas Tree? We don’t care if you have a real or fake one, we just want to know who has the best deals!

1 Petey J. Fisk November 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I never could spend good money for a dead tree. Dead wood yes, not a dead tree.


2 Clayton Squirrel November 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Clayton Pumpkin Farm has beautiful Christmas trees. It’s owned by a local family that volunteers in the community and whom we love to support. My kids have so many great memories (and photos) of the Halloween bean pit and straw maze. My son had a great time when they opened it up for a CVHS team scavenger hunt this year too. I want that place to still be there when I have grandkids.

3 Mariah November 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

We bought our tree at ACE in Walnut Creek. Noble Fir 6′-7′ for $44.99. They do home delivery (in Walnut Creek), however their system of delivery needs some help. They were VERY friendly and helped load it in the trunk for us instead. Nice selection too.

4 Pissed off November 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

DO NOT GO TO JOESEPHS TREES!!! Over priced, owner is a jerk!!

There lots are at clayton and Alberta, and Clayton at treat! Do not go to these lots!

5 Brian Beeson November 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The best place is Smith family farms in Brentwood. They are not the cheapest but the kids can see santa, see live farm animals and you can shop in the country store. Plus the trees are awesome and fresh.. It is worth the drive to Brentwood.

6 Mary Bollhoefer November 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Home Depot!!! 6-7 foot Douglas fir for $24.95! I called them today and they just got a new load in. Great deal! I get my tree from them every year. The only bad thing is they can’t help you load your tree onto your car/suv.

7 MBA November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Costco for the real trees. Anyone know where to get realistic looking fake trees for a good price?

8 claycordian November 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

The New Concord Grocery Outlet on Willow Pass Rd. (former Big 5 building) had beautiful 6 foot and 7 foot live Nobel Christmas trees for only $29.99.

9 John E. Law November 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

White’s Family Farm in Camino a few miles east of Placerville.

The trees are great and plenty of snow to walk in.

We have been going for years.

10 Mrs. Clause November 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I’ve heard Costco is the place (in past years). Assuming they’re selling again this year.. Anyone know?

I also heard Home Depot is good.

11 Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I’ve gotten good deals at Home Depot and also at Orchard Supply Hardware on Monument (don’t remember if it was the store or a lot in front).

But the best deals happen when you buy Christmas Eve.

12 Charles-the-cat November 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

These aren’t the cheapest options but they’re fun:
1. Cut it yourself at the place in Martinez (can’t remember what it’s called).
2. Buy a live baby redwood at Navlets then replant it after the holidays.

13 Nikki P November 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM


14 Jamie November 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I don’t know if its a “deal” or not … but I have bought my tree at the lot on Clayton Rd and Alberta (near Lucky’s) for the last 10 yrs… the people who work there are always friendly and helpful … and the selection is great ! I think I paid about $10 a foot for a Noble Fir :-)
Merry Christmas !!!

15 Anon November 30, 2010 at 2:38 PM


16 April J November 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

We did Costco this year 29.99 for a 6-7′ Noble Fir. So far we are impressed. The downside is that they are all wrapped so you have to buy it cut the string in the lot and if you don’t like it return in and try again.

They also have a sign that says no returns on Christmas trees after 12/25 so does that mean if it dies before than you can return it? It is Costco after all, they take back anything! ; )

17 PHFan November 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

We get our tree at the Winslow Center (PH) to support the local swim team. Not sure if it’s a deal, but like the idea of supporting a cause if I have to buy something anyway.

18 Sarah November 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Home depot is great. 40 bucks for a 7 foot tree and very fresh.

19 miss priss November 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

PETE’S TREES is where it’s at.

20 Melodian November 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Navlet’s in Pleasant Hill has great looking trees, and they’re all sitting in water and they’ll even do a fresh cut if you don’t want to drag your saw out.

21 claytonian November 30, 2010 at 3:19 PM

For a fake tree go to Ace or Home Depot after Christmas. We got one a few years ago for $40 original tag under that said $179. I figured if we hated it, it was the same price I would’ve paid for a real tree anyway. I miss the Christmas tree smell but it was a good decision. It’s been about 5 years now and it looks very real, people who come over are very surprised that’s it’s not.

22 Heather November 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I will brag about this until I die, Apple Hill in Placerville is the best place of all. You can cut it yourself or get a precut tree and prices range $10-$100. We always get a 6-8 foot tree and I have never paid over $30. Not too mention that all the delicious apple things up there to eat!!!!

23 Save a tree.. November 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

and now a moment of silence for all the live trees that are cut down but not purchased prior to Christmas year after year after year.
always sad to see such waste when at the same time we are all trying to be “green”, go “paperless”, think before you “print”, etc.. but I guess that all goes out the window when Santa is coming.

fake trees work for what Christmas needs, and after a decade of owning one the cost is about $4 per year, or even less if you keep it longer… and some even come pre-lit.. I haven’t seen those growing in the forest yet.

and for those that like the real tree “smell” your first ornament can be a little tree airfreshner for your car, pine scented.

24 Anon November 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

We have been getting our tree at Home Depot for many years. Nice trees. Just a tip. Take a pocket knife to cut trees open on your own.

25 Mom of 2 November 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM

We were new to the area last year and didn’t know where to go. We ended up buying a tree at Rite Aid on Contra Costa and Gregory. It was only 19.99 and was about 6 feet tall. It was actually a really nice tree. This year I will probably go to the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm. They have a small train ride for the kids and they are a nice family. Not sure what the trees cost there though.

26 anon ph November 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Every year we buy a “real” tree, we go to: “RITE-AID”! Sounds bad, but they get the shipment in, and they untie the trees for display. The price we paid for a Nobel Fir 6-7 ft. was $39.95. We looked at HOME DEPOT the next day (not for a tree, just for grins) while we shopped for other things. The same size and type was $49.95!. And Rite Aid has a coupon closer to Christmas for $5 or so off. Fresh, we cut it, bucket of water it, and spray it for several days before it comes into the house. Go look.

27 GoGo Gomez November 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM


28 No josephs November 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

BOO josephs trees! Craig is a D-bag

29 Babs November 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

In the mail today was a coupon for the one on Treat/Clayton.

GoGo goes to Home Depot.

Now for the people that need the SMELL of Xmas on fake tree…go to Beverly’s and buy a package of ice stickles…they come in three scents….can’t remember all of them …douglas fur and whatever other two trees there are…

30 Go to Home Depot - Get a Sheet of OSB November 30, 2010 at 4:05 PM

cut it into triangle shape, paint it green, prop it up and decorate. You’ll be amazed at how many people won’t even notice it isn’t real. After Christmas take it down and store it in the garage.

We did this at our office for years.

31 94519 November 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Joseph’s Trees!

32 Leigh November 30, 2010 at 4:22 PM

We went to Alhambra Valley Tree Farm in Martinez this year. Got to cut it down ourselves. What a blast for the kids! I thought the price was good, $55 plus $2 for netting. I think I remember paying abut $80 for a pre-cut one at the local lot last year.

33 alex November 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM


34 anon November 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

@#23….LAME!!! it’s a seed get over it.

35 me November 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM

damn craig , you gonna take that ? no more iron workers on the lot . you no thats bad for buisness.

36 Dragon November 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I can’t deal with the smell of pine for a whole month. Usually I get a small rosemary “tree” (well, 2 feet – large for a rosemary bush, but small for a tree) and put that up in my window. But this year, the only ones I’ve seen have been at OSH and they were $25 for the size I wanted ($28 for the largest size).

That’s a bit much for me this year. Anyone know where to get rosemary “trees” for a bit less?

(And, yes, I do trim off the needles after Christmas and keep them to use in cooking throughout the year.)

37 Nick November 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

The best place is to go up to tahoe and buy a $10 permit from the forest service and go cut down your own. I got 2 the day after thanksgiving and they always last until way after christmas before the neddles start to fall off.

38 Ranchgirlca November 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I used to go to the tree lot on Arnold in Martinez for years, until I was treated very rudely by one of the workers. I said I wouldn’t be back and haven’t. We’be been buying them at Home Depot ever since and may go to Costco this year.

39 Shak Li Batahat November 30, 2010 at 5:20 PM

@ # 34

I have to agree with #23. I never did see why people have to kill a tree to celebrate a fat guy in a red jumper landing 12 crappy deer on my roof. Like # 1, why pay all that money for an already dead tree. I see no joy in sitting and watching what used to be a nice tree die in my living room once a year.

A pine tree in a pot works great, the tree lives. Drag it in for a week and drag is outside again. Saves money too. The plastic stuff is good too. Or have no tree, reduce the fire hazard, save a tree, makes more sense to me anyhow.

40 @Save a tree November 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Most trees sold to the public are not from the forest. They are from Christmas tree farms. If they don’t sell them, they will have to be thinned out anyway. One might consider it as helping a farmer make a living.

41 Rosemary November 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Last year, I bought a rosemary tree, and then planted it in my yard afterward. Rosemary needs very little water or care, and it’s nice to just go snip some off to put on the meat that I cook.

42 olesouthbroad November 30, 2010 at 7:04 PM

RE :@Save a tree November 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM
Comment about tree farms is very true ! For instance, North Carolina is the second largest grower and producer of live Christmas trees -1600growers providing >50 million trees, 90% are Fraser fir).
(Something else NC is “second in producing” : turkeys. But not those magnificent birds in pictures with Indians, on platters,etc, but white turkeys that can’t even mate naturally–Would you believe artificial insemination ? Would it embarrass you to write as your occupation : Perform artificial insemination on a turkey farm ? On the other hand, at least you’re employed !)

43 anonymous November 30, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Another vote for Home Depot! Good prices and they don’t have parolees working there like many of the tree lots.

44 trying to be more green November 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM

got our first pre-light fake tree last year…love it. this is the 2nd year in useage. bought it used online on craigslist. well worth money. saving a tree (twice) means a lot to us. pine freshener doing it’s job. no mess to clean up. no watering. no drying out pine trees a few days before santa’s arrival. it’s all good. i suggest that route for those wondering if it’s worth it.

45 Anon November 30, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Joseph’s Trees is the best. We’ve been going there for years and have always had outstanding service. It is a family run business. We always buy out tree the day after Thanksgiving and do not take it down until after Jan. 1st and they are still fresh.

46 Almondgirl November 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Go to Lowe’s on Arnold Industrial.
Same price as Home Depot but you can actually look at the trees and compare instead of getting one that is wrapped and hoping when you get home it is a nice tree.
They will even do a fresh cut on the end and cut away any limbs at the bottom you do not want and they they will net it for you to take home.
Nice trees too!

47 Anon November 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

We have done Lucky’s on Clayton and Alberta. Great tree’s that last. This year we got a 8 ft noble for 39.00 It is a beautiful tree.

48 support the locals November 30, 2010 at 9:30 PM

We purchased our tree from the lot in the OSH parking lot (the lot closest to the back of OSH). Their trees are BEAUTIFUL! I was blown away at how nice all of the workers were too. They also informed us that they are donating a certain percentage to MDUSD! The owners are from Concord, which is why I am pleased we bought from them. SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES. We will go there from now on!

49 anon November 30, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Good for you #39 more power to you…do you cry at the end of summer when your tomato plants die off too…do you think that the trees know that they are being killed??? you probably do and that’s a shame…btw the trees are planted specifically for this season so get over it…and for your information most people in this country do it for the KIDS!!!
Have a miserable day.

50 Love Navlets November 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM

We love the trees from Navlets in Pleasant Hill. They have beautiful trees and keep their trees in water. The trees last a very long time and are very fresh well past xmas and new years day.

51 LOKS November 30, 2010 at 11:16 PM


52 keileen December 1, 2010 at 12:05 AM

WELL… my freinds and I went looking for a tree really late tonight and nothing was open, then we went to Joseph’s by the sun valley mall and were disappoionted to find them closed as well but we saw a man inside and asked if he would let us get a tree, he talked to his boss and they agreed to let us in after they closed (it was around 11:35) and get a tree and on top of that he gave us a discount GREAT PLACE!!!! :-)

53 @Keileen December 1, 2010 at 6:29 AM

If you want to shop for a tree at 11:35 p.m., then the grocery stores are the places to look – like Lucky on Clayton Rd. – I’m not positive they’re open then, but think so. You can check their hours.

54 Nice and Afforable December 1, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Lucky on Clayton has any tree for $39.99…and they are super nice, good size…noble fur, etc. Home Depot 6-7 foot noble fur for $39.99 also. Nice looking trees. As much as I like to support my local families, the Clayton Tree Farm is so expensive…same with Josephs. The people are great, but the tree was twice the cost as Home Depot. Now, the place by the mall should be ashamed of themselves. How do they go to sleep at night knowing they are robbing people! $99 for a 6 foot freaking tree…seriously…they should not be allowed to come back to this area…makes me sick.

55 save a tree part 2 December 1, 2010 at 10:08 AM

So a tree “farm” makes it ok to unnecessarily grow an abundance of trees, just to kill them (for the kids). knowing most will go unsold like they do every year?
But we’re helping out ‘farmers’ with trees that would be ‘thinned out anyway’

aren’t cute furry animals killed for the sake of fur coats also grown on a “farm”?
what about those “farmers”? Does the same argument apply when farmed rabbits need to be “thinned out”?
PETA thinks not.

but please ‘spare the air’ and drive your hybrid to pick up your beautiful tree, and please wear your fur coat as you do… hypocrites.

56 anon December 1, 2010 at 10:53 AM

LOL @ 55 comnparing a tree to an animal…moron!

57 annonymous December 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Save a tree part 2:

You are a typical example of a “tree hugging global warming idiot”!
The trees grown on tree farms are a sustainable crop. Just like any other crop, like tomato or corn. Only the trees take far less water and virtually no chemicals to grow. While growing, they prevent soil erosion, provide a green patch on the landscape, and the trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. The trees are then cut, sold, and eventually composted/chipped for mulch.
Would you rather have a parking lot or bare ground, or a lush crop of trees on the planet. Really, get a clue, do some research, and not just blindly march in tune behind Al Gore.

58 anonymous December 1, 2010 at 11:23 AM

I have worked in a tree lot before and just want to say that when you go buy your tree, please remember it is the holiday season. I have seen some really rude people fighting over tree’s (two families almost started throwing punches.. unreal!). Please be kind to each other.. it is only a tree. Happy holidays.

59 c14martin December 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Costco! $29.99 for a 6-7 foot noble fir and $39.99 for a 8-9 foot!!!

60 lazy December 1, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Home Depot. You can bring home some laborers to decorate it too!

61 denny December 1, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Toby’s trees at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek has been doing business for over 32 years selling fresh farmed Noble, Douglas, Frasier, Grand and Nordom furs straight from Oregon. It a great local business that gives right back to the community that donates part of the procdes to the Walnut Creek Park and Recreation Scholarship fund. They have the best and most fresh trees that no one in the area can compete with.

62 mike December 1, 2010 at 9:27 PM

sams club concord has 7-8 foot trees for 29.98
but they are going fast.

63 Michelle December 1, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Bought a Monterrey Pine tree for $50 6ft-11ft. He will deliver the tree local for no charge. Call (925) 822-5637/

64 Hippie Basher December 2, 2010 at 8:02 AM

I plan on buying 3-4 trees just to watch them die…
… my Christmas joy comes from knowing you’re gonna be sad about this

Merry Christmas!!!

PS. I watch “Whale Wars” and root for the Japanese

65 Love Christmas December 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

I’m with Clayton Squirrel (#2), I go every year to Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm. I look forward to my complementary cup of cider and I love to peruse their other decorations. The trees are always very fresh and last well all through the season. I too remember fondly their tours and stories when my kids were little and want them to continue to be a part of our community.

66 Costco trees December 2, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Costco trees- got a noble over 8″ for $38. You can’t open them up but they are pretrimmed to give them the shape and the bottoms are also pretrimmmed. I was nervous about it but our tree was beautiful, dark green(a friend thought they spray painted it) and smell incredible. If your that anal you can also return it if you don’t like it.

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