10 of the best artificial Christmas trees for families

Pine needles, be gone! Fake it in serious style this festive season with our edit of the greatest artificial Christmas trees for families

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Christmas is a-coming, but if your family includes babies, toddlers or young children, getting a full-size tree with all the trimmings isn’t always a practical option.

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Let’s face it, for some little hands the temptation to grab those baubles or sparkling lights can be so overwhelming that they end up tugging them off, or worse, pulling the whole tree down (we speak from experience…)!

To get around this, we’ve come up with some solutions that include everything from tabletop and wall-mounted options that keep trees out of harm’s way, to buying the kids their own tree (to stop them wrecking yours!).

We’ve also found pre-lit, space-saving and eco-friendly options, and as Christmas is a pricey time for families, plenty of these are easy on the pocket.

What to look for when buying an artificial Christmas tree for your family:

  • Style – it’s a decorative item after all, and with a huge range of styles available it’s worth thinking about your personal preference. Realistic forest green, or eco-friendly cardboard? Colourful or minimalistic?
  • Size – as with real Christmas trees, you can find a range of sizes, with 6ft being pretty standard. However, if you’re limited on space, or prefer a miniature table-top version, there are plenty of narrow and shorter options.
  • Children’s ages – crawling babies often find the twinkling decorations too hard to resist, so a smaller tree which can be showcased on a higher surface, is great for households with little ones (and curious pets!). Older children will love decorating a classic-style tree in the living room, and you may want to splash out on a smaller version for their bedrooms
  • Price and value – Christmas is a spendy time of year, but fortunately there are a range of prices out there (and the cost is usually less than the price of a real tree). Look for longlasting quality and you’ll find a tree you can enjoy for many Christmases to come

Here’s our pick of the best family-friendly, baby-proof artificial Christmas trees below, from eco-friendly to realistic…

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1. Next 100 LED Snowy Slim 6ft Christmas Tree, best for families with small living rooms, £75

This artificial snow-effect, 6ft tree comes with 100 LED lights. It’s 180cm high, and 58cm wide.

If space is limited in your living room – perhaps it’s crammed with toys?! – it can be a struggle finding space for a Christmas tree, so a slim option like this is a great solution. This pre-lit one with snow-frosted branches looks good as is (and means there’s nothing to pull off!), or you can add baubles.

Available from: Next

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2. 3WM Ltd Cardboard Christmas Tree, best for eco-friendly/ families with older kids, £19.99

This 4ft 3”, eco-friendly, recycled cardboard tree slots together, and is available in white or brown. It comes with a cardboard star and 20 cardboard baubles.

This cardboard Christmas tree is a clever option for older kids. Available in plain white or brown cardboard, the tree, cardboard baubles and star can be decorated as they choose – with paint, colouring pens, stickers – the only limit is their imagination!

We love the ridges which will stop any fairy lights and baubles falling off, and as it’s made from recycled cardboard, your family’s eco conscience will be clear.

Available from: Not On the High Street, Kid Eco and Amazon

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3. Argos Home 6ft Half Parasol Tree, best for families with crawling babies/toddlers, £40.00

A 6ft green PVC, self-assembly artificial tree with branches starting halfway up; includes 58cm metal stand.

If you have a crawling baby or inquisitive toddler, but Christmas won’t be the same without a traditional tree, then, like the tree from Christmas Tree World below, this is a halfway house – quite literally. As the branches start halfway up, you don’t need to fret about tiny hands pulling at the baubles, lights, or the branches! (It’s great if you have pets, too.)

Plus, there’s plenty of room for Santa to put presents underneath when he hops down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

Available from: Argos and eBay

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4. Wayfair Tabletop Pre-lit Christmas Tree, best for a kid’s room, £14.99

This colourful, wooden-base tabletop Christmas tree comes with 7 LED lights and star, and measures just 26cm x 16cm x 5cm.

The simple, pre-lit, fun design of this tree is sure to appeal to kids. There’s no need for baubles, and it’s a very purse-friendly price, which makes it a double win.

Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

Available from: Wayfair

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5. Natural Wood Company, Alternative Oak Christmas Tree, best for eco-friendly/families with crawling babies, from £95

A self-assembly wooden tree made in the UK from sustainable oak and finished with wax oil. Arrange it as a spiral, a flat tree or how you wish. Available in six sizes: 1ft-6ft. Comes in a jute drawstring bag.

Choose a 1ft version of this beautiful oak tree for your tabletop and it’ll be out of reach from little ones as well as provide a stunning table centrepiece. Although it’s more expensive than the other tabletop options in this round-up, its beauty means you’ll look forward to unpacking it year after year.

We love its versatility, with three different configurations to shake things up a bit, and that it’s made from sustainable wood.

Available from: Not on the High Street

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 6. Hobbycraft Decorate Your Own Felt Christmas Tree Kit, best for families with young kids, £6

 A green felt Christmas tree (71cm x 92cm) with colourful felt baubles, bells, stars, stockings, ribbons and more to decorate.

Made from super-colourful, child-friendly felt, this is one we can see toddlers and older kids having a whale of a time decorating.

We love the amazing price, and as you can attach it to a wall, there’s no worries about it toppling over – perfect!

Available from: Hobbycraft

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7. Laura Ashley, LED wall-mounted wire Christmas Tree, best for families with crawling babies/limited space, £26.60

A wall-hanging LED-lit Christmas tree with hooks for baubles. It measures 100cm x 70cm and is made from 80% metal, 15% copper and 5% plastic.

Another baby-proof and space-saving Christmas-tree option is to go for a pretty, wall-hanging one like this. We love the built-in LED lights and there are plenty of hooks for adding baubles. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)

Available from: Laura Ashley

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8. Next Lit Tabletop Christmas Tree, best for families with crawling babies/value, £18

A green artificial tabletop Christmas tree measuring 36cm x 15cm x 15cm, includes tree lights.

If you love the traditional green Christmas tree look, but your crawling baby/toddler means you don’t want to risk a full-size tree this year, here’s an attractive, good-value tabletop option that comes with shorter tree lights. Just add baubles!

Available from: Next

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9. Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar, best for kids’ rooms, £14.99

A brightly painted wooden Christmas tree advent calendar with 24 unique magnetic baubles and one magnetic star for Christmas Day. Measures 40.5cm x 30.5cm x 12.5cm.

Trust Melissa & Doug to come up with this charming wooden Christmas tree-shaped advent calendar. Kids will love having this in their room and decorating it with the brightly coloured magnetic baubles as they count down to the big day.

Available from: John Lewis and Amazon

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10. Christmas Tree World The Arbor Ultima Half Christmas Tree, best for realistic, £47.99

An artificial ‘half tree’ that sits flat against a wall; available in 4ft, 5ft, 6ft. This half tree is an ingenious way to fit a full-length tree into your living space, and looks pleasingly realistic – a great compromise if you’re short on space and averse to picking needles out of the carpet in January!

Plus for every order made, Christmas Tree World will plant a tree, so you’re doing your bit for the planet, too.

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Available from: Christmas Tree World

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