Christmas will be here sooner than you think, and if you’re one that’s yet to put your Christmas tree up, you’ve probably at least begun to think about it. If the thought of struggling to get a real tree into your living room only to have it shed its needles all over your carpet is making you cringe, it might be time to consider one of the best artificial Christmas trees. Artificial Christmas trees, be they prelit or plain, are a convenient way to incorporate holiday cheer in your home without having to scour a tree farm for one that will fit in your space with no bare spots. Keep reading to find out more about them and where to find them.
What are the origins of artificial Christmas trees?
The rumors surrounding these faux trees claim that they hail all the way from Germany. The very first models were reportedly produced in the 16th century and made using goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches.
These days, most models are made from plastic, though you can buy them with realistic bark trunks and pine cone dotted branches. Talk about progress for the home!
Real vs. Artificial Trees
Generally, there are two groups of people when it comes to these festive evergreens: Those who prefer the real deal and those who are pro faux. The branches aren’t always greener on the other side, however. There are pros and cons with each decision. Below, find a few key points to know when considering which type is right for you.
Real Trees: The best part about having a real tree can be summed by one thing: the smell. There’s nothing that beats the scent of a fresh pine tree in your living room. There’s also something about the look of a real tree that adds a classic Christmas element. However, real trees can be a pain when it comes to upkeep, with watering and vacuuming up pine needles a new daily chore you may not want to take on around the hectic holiday season.
Artificial Trees: There are many benefits to having an artificial tree. From their cost-effective reusability and easy-to-store design to their lack of bare spots and falling pine needles, there are plenty of reasons why many people opt to spring for these trees over real ones. The greatest aspect of artificial trees, however, is that these Christmas staples aid in the fight against deforestation.
Best Type of Artificial Tree
If you’ve made the decision to go artificial, you may be surprised to find that these trees come in more than just the classic evergreen color. In fact, it might be harder to list the colors they don’t come in! We love the idea of swapping out your traditional green model for a silver tinsel one, for instance. If your home is minimalistic, a white artificial Christmas tree with monochromatic ornaments may be a good call. As for size, they range from small 2-feet tabletop versions to enormous picks that come in well over 7-feet, making it easy to find an artificial tree that’s the perfect size for your space.
Just like real trees, there are also many different types of artificial green trees on the market, many of which are designed to mimic those found in nature. Available in spruce, fir, and pine varieties, your tree will look so realistic, no one will be any wiser that it came from a box! To take it over the top, simply add some evergreen scent sticks ($7.99, Amazon) for a scent that mimics the real thing.
Best Artificial Christmas Trees
There’s a lot to love about artificial Christmas trees. Choose the right one, you’ll have a festive, quality product for years to come. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best artificial Christmas trees around.
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Golden Accent Tree
Best Prelit Christmas Tree — St. Nicholas Square Green Spruce
Where to buy: $124.99 (Originally $249.99), Kohl's
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Break out the ornaments — this St. Nicholas Square green spruce tree is ready for decorating. Coming in at 7 feet, this find is covered in green spruce PVC, making it look just like the real thing. It comes prelit with 300 glittering lights, too, so you can enjoy its warm glow right out of the box.
Virginia Pine Fake Tree Unlit
Best Unlit Christmas Tree — Wondershop Virginia Pine
Where to buy: $160 (Originally $200), Target
Perfect for those who prefer to string their own bulbs, this unlit Virginia pine stands at 7.5 feet tall and really embodies the look of a natural tree. Its needles are made of cashmere with its tips being PVC, making the branches both soft to the touch and realistic-looking. Once the lights are hung, simply put on your favorite pine tree candle to fool guests into believing that it's the real deal.
Colorful Christmas Tree
Best Artificial Christmas Tree With Multicolored Lights — National Tree Company
Where to buy: $154.99 (Originally $219.99), Kohl's
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Showcase your love of classic holiday style with this multi-colored pre-lit artificial Christmas tree from National Tree Company. Covered in 400 multicolored incandescent lights, this tree stands tall at 6 feet and features 700 branch tips for more than enough canvas to decorate.
Prelit Fake Tree Target
Best Artificial Spruce Christmas Tree — Wondershop Alberta Spruce
Where to buy: $144 (Originally $180), Target
This one is for folks who love the look of a real spruce tree, but don’t have the time and energy to chop one down or maintain it. Wondershop's Alberta spruce is a lovely 7-foot option that already comes with 350 twinkling lights, so all you'll need to do is hang your favorite ornaments. No stress, no mess!
Alberta Spruce Fake Tree Best
Best Slim Artificial Christmas Tree — Wondershop Unlit Slim Alberta Spruce
Where to buy: $32 (Originally $40), Target
A great option for smaller spaces comes in the form of this Wondershop unlit slim Alberta spruce. Ideal for those who feel stringing lights and hanging ornaments are the essence of Christmas, this 6-foot tree's pulldown branches make bending and arranging its boughs easier, so you can focus on choosing the best tree topper and finding the most brilliant bulbs.
Frosted White Tree Artificial
Best Frosted Artificial Christmas Tree — The Holiday Aisle
Where to buy: $325.99 (Originally $691.16), Wayfair
If turning your home into a winter wonderland is your holiday dream, this Holiday Aisle flocked Alaskan tree is the first step. With snow-covered branches — a whopping 6.5 feet of them! — and a sturdy metal stand, this tree will have you living in Dean Martin’s “Marshmallow World” without the chill. It comes unlit, so you can enjoy the frosty limbs as they are, or add some twinkling white lights for an extra-magical touch.
Balsam Hill Spruce Artificial Tree
Best Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree — Balsam Hill
Where to buy: $179 (Originally $299), Amazon
If you’re searching for a classic, deep pine-colored tree, look no further. Ranging in size from 4.5 feet to 9 feet, buying this blue spruce from Balsam Hill means that freshly chopped, found-in-the forest look will soon be possible. In fact, once you set up this tree in your living room, it will look like it was peeled from the pages of a holiday magazine!
Upside Down Christmas Tree
Best Upside Down Christmas Tree — Vickerman Hanging Tree
Where to buy: $226.80, Amazon
The quirkiest choice for an artificial Christmas tree is a new spin on a tradition that's been around since the 12th century in Europe and saw a resurgence in the late 19th-century. Vickerman's upsidedown hanging tree comes in either a pre-lit half or full design and makes setting up simple, since its energy-efficient LED lights are already strung. Plus, it makes for a great talking point for all of your holiday guests!
Frosted Pine Centerpiece Tree
Best Tabletop Christmas Tree — Vickerman
Where to buy: $82.80, Amazon
With this 3-foot Vickerman snow-tipped pine and berry mini frosted tree, you can bring the joy of a Christmas tree directly to the dinner table without ever needing to clean up sap or needles. It has been dolled up with holly berries and pine cones, then bundled up in a burlap base. It also comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Best Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Where to buy: $16.48, Amazon
Nostalgia at its best. Everyone’s faces will light up when they see this 24-inch tree from the heartwarming film A Charlie Brown Christmas. It comes equipped with every memorable detail, from the single red ornament to Linus’ blanket around the base, making for the perfect coffee table centerpiece or a darling bit of décor for your front entryway.
Palm Tree With Lights
Best Christmas Palm Tree — Puleo International
Where to buy: $48.49, Home Depot
Whether you live somewhere warm or dream about it every day, this artificial Christmas palm tree from Puleo International is a witty way to celebrate Christmas like you’re residing in the tropics. Standing at 4 feet tall, it comes pre-lit with 150 incandescent lights, so you can just sit back, relax, and drink a glass of eggnog. Now, where are those sunglasses?
White Unlit Christmas Tree
Best White Artificial Christmas Tree — Treetopia
Where to buy: $169.99, Amazon
Although real trees may be green, there's something about an all-white one that feels just as festive. This Treetopia Winter White Christmas tree comes unlit, but its icy white branches are stunning, just as they are. Add a few strands of colored lights for a dreamy, rainbow appearance or white lights for an ultra-modern monochromatic look. Standing at 7 feet tall and 48-inches wide, this tree ensures there's more than enough room to let your imagination run wild!
Red Artificial Christmas Tree
Best Tinsel Christmas Tree — Vickerman Red Tinsel Fir
Where to buy: $549 (Originally $615.45) Houzz
Red is one of the two most popular Christmas hues, so why not bask it in via Vickerman's red tinsel fir? It stands 7.5-feet tall and is covered in 750 red lights, but our favorite detail is the gold tinsel garland that make this tree a true holiday spectacle.
Buttercream Golden Tree Fake
Best Gold Christmas Tree — Buttercreme Frosted Tree
Where to buy: $248.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
As Burl Ives once sang, “Silver and gold, mean so much more when I see, silver and gold decorations on ev'ry Christmas tree.”
As for us, we think he would have been just fine with a Christmas tree made entirely of gold, like this Buttercreme frosted hard-needle one. This glimmering model is 7-foot tall and comes prelit. It even has pine cones scattered throughout its branches for the ultimate enchanted woodland feel.
Blue Christmas Tree Artificial
Best Artificial Hannukah Tree — National Tree Company
Where to buy: $32.97, Home Depot
With bright blue branches, National Tree Company's tinsel tree is a fun option if your family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah. Allowing you to blend the traditions of both holidays in a creative way, it stands at a comfortable 4 feet tall and is decorated in 70 clear, white lights.
Purple Fake Christmas Tree
Best Purple Artificial Christmas Tree — Perfect Holiday
Where to buy: $69.99, Walmart
Six feet of violet branches on this Perfect Holiday purple tree turn a typical living room tree into an extraordinary one. Its hue make it appear like it was shipped directly from Whoville — just add popcorn garlands, some string lights, and a dash of Who-hash, and you'll be set!
Pink Skinny Christmas Tree
Best Pink Artificial Christmas Tree — House of Hampton
Where to buy: $48.99 (Originally $99.99), Wayfair
This whimsical pink House of Hampton tree brings adds the perfect touch to any tight corner in your house. Although it’s slimmer, the jolly feelings it incites are larger than life thanks in part to its 6-foot height. It will also make for the perfect fit in a child’s room — just remind them that they have to go to sleep if they want Santa to come!
Fiber Optic Christmas Tree
Best Fiber Optic Artificial Christmas Tree — Concord Christmas
Where to buy: $16, Walmart
A great pick for little ones, this Concord Christmas tinsel fiber optic tree features white tinsel and is surrounded by fiber optic lights that turn its branches into a pastel periwinkle and cotton candy pink that your kids or grandkids are sure to be mesmerized by.