Because nothing says holidays quite like a tree to spruce up the place.

You've barely made a dent in your Thanksgiving leftovers, but the holiday season is already in full swing. You know what that means: It's tree time. The most outdoorsy among us may head into the woods (literally) for their tannenbaum, but for the rest of us, there are Christmas tree farms aplenty.

Buttonwood Farm

Redmond

This is perhaps the most exclusive tree-shopping opportunity on this list, for good reason. By appointment only, you can select one of seven types of fir to liven up your living room, all of which are 100 percent organic and free from pesticides. U-cut or traditional options are available, and if you visit on the weekend, a portrait photo is included with your tree. Nov 23Dec 5 

Coates Christmas Trees

Auburn

Coates, unlike many other farms, opts to slap a single price on their trees, as opposed to scaling them by height. There are eight types of fir here just off Route 18, including the elusive Korean and white pine firs. Keep in mind this is a weekend-only destination. Nov 26Dec 12 (weekends)

Enchanted Winds Tree Farm

Issaquah

Greeters supply you with the necessary materials to cut down the perfect tree, and after your hard work, the gift shop stocks wreaths and ornaments to complete your holiday decoration search. Just make sure you get there before their fixed number of trees sell out. Nov 26–sold out

Farmer Brown's Christmas Tree Farm

Arlington

You don't have to worry about walking into a sellout at this festive Snohomish County spot. In addition to the 32 acres of trees to comb through, including six different fir species, the whole property is open to the public with a bonfire area and a wishing well. There are also picnic tables to enjoy the hot chocolate, cider, and, if you work up a real appetite, hot dogs available to tree-hunters. Nov 26Dec 20

Hunter Farms

Union

For the industrial types, Hunter Farms offers U-cut trees at its home base on the Olympic Peninsula. With a saw and gloves, you can find exactly what you're looking for. Otherwise, the tree lot in Wedgwood makes it easy to make your pick if you just don't feel like doing all that grunt work. Nov 26Dec 23

Long's Christmas Trees

Snohomish

Long's doesn't mess around in the Christmas tree game. Trees are minimally sheared in pursuit of a "more natural look," with all manner of accoutrements (ornaments, tree stands, something called Tree Life Liquid) available to purchase. It's not all business and no play, though, with warm drinks and candy canes served. Choose between U-cut and fresh-cut options, but call ahead to make sure there are still trees in stock. Nov 26–sold out (weekends)

Mountain Creek Tree Farm

Snoqualmie

At the base of Mount Si, take in a view while choosing your Christmas tree at this farm. Mountain Creek offers five kinds of fir, with some as tall as 18 feet. The U-cut experience is available by appointment only until December 5, but Douglas and Grand firs are available to choose from until December 23. Nov 16–Dec 23

Pfaff's Old Time Farm

Auburn

Pfaff's offers, count 'em, 12 species of fir to choose from in the U-cut section. Do some dirty work and you'll likely be the only one in your friend group boasting about your nice Corkbark fir by the fireplace. The pre-cut options only encompass five types of fir, but Pfaff's offers seasonal decor like wreaths and garlands too, as well as cookies and ciders to fuel your search. Nov 26Dec 24

Stocker Farms

Snohomish

This farm embraces Christmas tree shopping as a seasonal activity more so than a simple transaction. Hence the professional photographer for snowy photo-ops,  communal fire pit, and hot chocolate. Stocker Farms offers six types of fir, from nobles to Nordmanns, as well as wreaths and seasonal treats like jams and butters. Nov 26–Dec 12

Three Tree Farms

Maple Valley

Despite what the name may have you believe, only pre-cut nobles are available this year as a result of extreme weather conditions in the summer. Don't worry, though; this Maple Valley farm is still serving complimentary, homemade blueberry muffins and hot chocolate (or cider) around the fire after you've found the tree for you. Three Tree opens Black Friday and following weekends. Nov 26–sold out (weekends)

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