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Santa's Tree Farm & Village

  • Address:
    78 Pilarcitos Creek Rd
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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Welcome to a holiday experience for the whole family!

Originating in 1972, Santa’s Tree Farm and Village in Half Moon Bay, CA is a 487-acre “Choose and Cut” Christmas tree farm with 6 different kinds of Christmas trees, all growing right on the farm. They will give you the saw and send you off to choose and cut the perfect Christmas tree! Visit Santa's Village for a fun array of holiday activities and events for the whole family to enjoy.

Complimentary cider, candy canes and visits with Santa with every tree purchase, while supplies last.

Visit with Santa: Friday, Nov. 27th 2020, and all weekends through Dec. 20th, 2020 from 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM.

Date and Hours:

November 21st to December 23rd , 2020

Weekends 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  / Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Before November 21st and after December 23rd by appointment only.

Check out this video to learn more about Santa's Tree Farm & Village!

About the Farmer:

Santa's Tree Farm originating in 1972 from a teenage boy's F.F.A. project. While in high school in 1969, Dan Sare decided to plant Monterey Pine Christmas tree seedlings for his required high school project. Dan purchased, planted, and tended to less than an acre of seedlings on a piece of land where his family owned and ran a dairy farm. This high school project turned into a business three years later when the pines were ready to harvest.

Years later, more seedlings were purchased as Dan, with the help of his father Cleo, began experimenting with growing different types of Christmas trees such as Grand Fir and Douglas Fir. Knowing that the fir trees took much longer to grow than the pines, the fir seedlings were strategically planted amongst the 640-acre farm in order to develop fields of trees that customers could choose and cut on a consistent basis.

Dan then wanted to give customers even more choices when shopping for the perfect Christmas tree. So even though Noble Fir and Concolor Fir Christmas trees tend to not grow as quickly in California, Dan took a chance and planted a few acres of those too. This gamble, along with the patience necessary for planting a tree that takes 12 years to grow, proved to be a good one as Santa's Tree Farm and Village is now one of the few Christmas tree farms in California that grow Noble Fir and Concolor Fir Christmas trees, and their trees have earned them numerous awards.

In 1987 Dan met his future wife, Natalie. They married in 1992 and had a son, Mike. The three of them are members of the National Christmas Tree Growers Association, the California Christmas Tree Growers Association and they frequently attend conferences through the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Growers Association. Santa's Tree Farm and Village have been awarded the best fir tree in the state of California multiple years by the California Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Mike Sare writes and voices the complimentary puppet show every year. While Natalie runs the gift shop, Mrs. Claus Kitchen, and other various activities at the Elves Workshop.

Someone dear to the Sare family once said, "History is important because it sets a course for the future." Natalie and Dan Sare feel strongly that this is true. Dan's father Cleo worked hard to buy this land many years ago and continued to work the land his entire life. Natalie's father, a farmer as well, worked the land on his farm every day six days as well. Dan's mother made sandwiches for him and his father while they worked, assuring that they ate something while committing to long hours on the farm, and Natalie's mother cooked for all her father's farmhands as that is often how it was done then. The Sare’s hope to continue all these traditions, old and new, keeping the past intertwined with the present.

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