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Acres and acres of Christmas Trees

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Nothing beats a fresh Christmas tree. No unseen bare

spots from a tree selected in a crowded lot, no tree already dried out

because it was cut weeks earlier.

You can't get any fresher than picking your own living

tree. And the Snoqualmie Valley is just the place to find that

perfect tree.

Not only is there a variety of types and sizes of trees to

choose from among the Valley's Christmas tree farms, but

enough amenities to create your own special experience. The farms

offer a variety of experiences, from shopping for handmade

gifts, visiting Santa Claus, taking a hay ride or sipping warm cider.

Your options include:

Carnation Tree Farm, 31523 N.E. 40th,

Carnation, (425) 333-4510. From downtown Carnation, drive south

on Highway 203. The farm is across the highway from Tolt

Middle School.

Once again, the owners are offering some 25-foot tall

Noble firs, in addition to the normal supply of Douglas, Grand,

Fraser and Noble firs, Norway spruce and pines on the 20-acre farm.

The children should love the weekend fun: visits from

Santa Claus, pony rides, a hay jump, refreshments and bake

sales. Don't miss the gift shop in the historic barn. Open 9 a.m.

until 4:30 p.m. daily from the day after Thanksgiving to the

Sunday before Christmas.

Christmas Creek Tree Farm, on 468th Ave. S.E.,

North Bend, (425) 888-2099. From Interstate 90, take Exit 34 and

drive south. The farm is on your right.

New this year is the home decorating center in the

retail shop, featuring wreathes (don't miss the small wreathes for

the front of your car), garlands, bows, holly and

centerpieces. The retail shop has beautiful gifts and ornaments. On

weekends, look for the hay rides and visits from Santa Claus, and

special musical entertainment some Saturdays. Cookies from

George's Bakery will be sold. Complementary candy canes, cider,

coffee and cocoa are offered.

The 20-acre farm has been open since 1982, making it

one of the first places in the Valley to offer you-cut Christmas

trees. Customers can cut their own tree or have it cut for them. The

farm offers Douglas, Grand, Noble and Fraser fir, and larger (up

to 14-foot tall) pre-cut trees. People can select trees and cut

them later. The farm will be open from 9 a.m. until dusk from Nov.

26 to Dec. 19.

Crown Tree Farm, on 424th Ave. S.E., North Bend,

(425) 888-1506. From the stoplight in North Bend, drive about one

mile southeast. Veer right on the "wye" and turn right at

424th (Maloney Grove Road).

The 15-acre tree farm will open early for picking a tree

_ select your tree and come back later to cut it. Operators

will transport your tree from the field back to your car, plus offer

assistance in cutting and/or selecting a tree. This year's

selection includes Noble, Grand, Turkish and Red Shasta firs, at sizes

from 5 to 14 feet tall. Always popular is the warm inside fire, plus

free cookies, candy canes, hot cider and coffee. The gift shop has

a large selection of ornaments, bulbs and lights, plus other

popular items.

The farm will be open Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21 for

pre-selection. Regular daily hours of 8:30 a.m. to dusk begin Nov.

26 and continue until Dec. 19, or until this year's crop is

gone.

Keith and Scott's Christmas Tree Farm, on Mount

Si Road and Thrasher Road, North Bend, (425) 888-1170.

Both farms are about one mile east of the North Bend traffic light.

One location is behind the North Bend Ranger Station on

Thrasher Road and the other is on Mount Si Road, just off North

Bend Way.

The farm is on two locations near the Middle Fork of

the Snoqualmie River on land that has been farmed more than

100 years. The farms cover about nine acres and have been in

business 18 years. It features Noble and Grand firs, but also has

Douglas, Fraser and Turkish firs.

Warm yourself around the bonfire and with hot cider,

plus candy and treats for the children. Open 9 a.m. to dark each

weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Mountain Creek Tree Farm, 6821 440th Ave.

S.E., Snoqualmie, (425) 888-1770. From either North Bend

or Snoqualmie, follow the North Fork Road past

Normanbrook Farm and Moon Valley Road.

The 12-acre farm at the foot of Mount Si is known for its

large trees and unique gift shop. The farm offers Noble, Fraser,

Douglas, Grand and Turkish firs, plus Colorado Blue spruce, up to

20 feet tall. The gift shop has many different handmade items,

including hand-painted tree skirts. Free cider, coffee and

candy canes.

The farm and gift shop open Nov. 1 for shoppers and

pre-tagging. Open 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. daily from Nov. 1

until Christmas.

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