With over 30 years of history, the Live Oak Canyon Christmas Tree Farm has been a tradition for families in the Inland Empire for decades. Just like the Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch that happens earlier in the year, the Christmas Tree Farm is full of festivities that will make picking out your tree a whole day event for your family. The Christmas Tree Farm is open from November 25th to December 19th, every day from 9 AM to 8 PM. Note from 2019: this post is from 2011, some of the details may have changed.
From just the variety standpoint, Live Oak Canyon has a lot to offer. They have trees in many different sizes and types, ranging small noble firs to large trees with realistic looking snow flocking. I was amazed by some of the tree sizes as I have never seen any house with a tree that big in it before.
The snow flocking trees looked good as well. They were about as close to a Christmas Tree full of snow, as we will see in Southern California. Most of the regular size trees, without snow, were around $70, which is a little too much for me, but I never really spend a lot of my Christmas Tree, so I’m not a great judge. I can say that the shape of these trees looked a lot better than most you see at stores during the holiday season.
The staff also seemed very helpful and was able to answer any questions we had about the trees and the farm. They even had a sign that gave you instructions on how to care for your tree when you got it home.
The highlight of the farm is the Christmas Trees, but there are a lot of other things to do with your family while hanging out there as well. They have all of the same attractions that they did during the fall pumpkin patch time, such as the bounces houses, blow up slide, petting zoo, tractor rides, and even fireplaces for you to relax at. I am pretty sure I saw some people go into the corn maze as well. I mean what says Christmas more than a corn maze!
The last area that caught my eye was the large store they had set up near the exit. While I am not a huge fan of a lot of the standard Christmas decorations, they had a lot of great ideas on how to decorate your tree with unique ornaments. They even had a whole section in the back with just cowboy themed decorations.
Amie was also really excited that they had small live trees that you could purchase for $1.99, I believe, as well as free mistletoe that they gave us when we left.
If you have yet to pick out your Christmas Tree, I recommend you make the trek out to Yucaipa. Heck, even if you have already got your tree, it is still a fun day for the whole family. If you do, let me know what you think in the comments!