Christmas is a-coming, and a beautiful tree is an essential part of the festive decor. If you’re faking it this year – who needs the hassle of vacuuming up needles or disposing of a real tree? – our selection look as good as the real thing.
As well as traditional 6ft and 7ft artificial Christmas trees, you’ll find tabletop and smaller options if you have crawling babies or curious toddlers, who find the temptation to grab those baubles or sparkling lights overwhelming.
There are also trees for small spaces and pre-lit and eco-friendly options, too. And as Christmas is a pricey time for families, plenty of these are easy on the pocket.
What to consider 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 snow-frosted? Colourful or minimalist?
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 buying a real tree). Look for long-lasting 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, from eco-friendly to realistic…
1. Hayes Garden World 7ft Frasier Grande Fir Feel-Real Memory-Shape Artificial Christmas Tree, £99 – best for easy assembly
Each branch of this 7ft/210cm tree is on a memory-spring base, so no fluffing required. It’s 162.5cm wide.
Appearances can be deceiving with this beauty. It features clever, ‘memory-shape’ technology so that its branches spring into shape straight away, for a tree that’s ready to dress in no time.
It comes with a lifetime guarantee, and if you buy online you’ll get a free gift, too – Christmas has come early!
Available from: Hayes Garden World
2. Asda 7ft Pine Cone Christmas Tree, £80 – best for a budget buy
A 7ft / 213cm x 147cm tree with pine cones, hinged branches, a metal stand and a handy storage bag.
Let’s face it, the purse strings can be tight at this time of year, but this budget beauty looks a million dollars. The cheapest 7ft tree in this round-up, with its pine-cone-clad branches, it also offers plenty of decorating options.
Go with the natural vibe for understated style, or pull out all the stops and load it up with lights and decs!
Available from: Asda
3. Christmas Tree World 7ft Ultra Mountain Pine, £144.99 – best for a realistic look
This 7ft/210cm tree is for indoor use only and is 140cm wide. It comes with a metal stand.
With its classic shape and super-lifelike branches, the towering Ultra Mountain Pine is Christmas Tree World’s most realistic tree. A good-looking option at a mid-range price
Available from: Christmas Tree World
4. Wayfair Boston Green Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree, from £78.99 – best for range of sizes
Available in 150cm x 109cm, 180cm x 119cm, 210cm x 129cm, 225cm x 139cm, 240cm x 152cm, 270cm x 160cm & 300cm x 165cm; includes stand.
This spruce-alike tree, with plenty of lush branches to hold baubles, is a bit slimmer than the John Lewis spruce below, and it’s available in so many sizes you’re bound to find the perfect one to grace your living room.
You can also have it delivered free!
Available from: Wayfair
5. Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce, 4.5-9ft, from £239 – best for a prelit option
Available in 4.5ft, 5.5ft, 6.5ft, 7.5ft and 9ft sizes, this tree comes with 800 clear or multi-coloured lights or a mix of both. The 7.5ft/228cm size (including stand) is 160cm wide.
Real or fake? You’ll keep your guests guessing with the Vermont White Spruce, whose true-to-life appearance has made it a bestseller. With an elegant profile, it comes prelit with clear or multi-coloured lights for maximum convenience.
Available from: Balsam Hill
6. White Stores Liberty Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree, 5ft, £59.99 – best for flexibility
This 5ft/152cm tree comes with a foldable metal stand and is 40cm wide.
If you haven’t got the space inside – or you want to keep the tree away from the little people – why not put your Christmas tree in your garden instead? This one is suitable for use outside as well as inside, and it comes with a metal stand – bonus!
Available from: White Stores
7. 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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8. Natural Wood Company, Alternative Oak Christmas Tree, best for eco-friendly, 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
9. 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.
Available from: Christmas Tree World
10. Homebase 7ft Dark Green Balmoral Christmas Tree, £90 – best for a classic shape
A 7ft / 213cm x 137cm tree with hinged branches and a metal stand.
This 7ft stunner has a classic, neat shape, so you can’t go wrong – a real crowdpleaser at a good price.
Available from: Homebase
11. 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 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
12. M&S 7ft Pre Lit Snowy Christmas Tree, £95
A 7ft / 213cm x 124cm prelit tree that comes with 300 white lights, a quick-fit stand and memory branches for quick shaping; generous 6-metre lead; comes with a five-year guarantee.
This gorgeous tree looks like it’s been covered with delicate flakes of snow, and it comes prettily prelit – all for just £95. If baubles are a magnet for your baby, then, like the Next tree above, you could leave them off as this tree is a showstopper on its own.
Available from: Marks & Spencer