The artificial Christmas trees of today look remarkably similiar to real Christmas trees and are truly evergreen (or ever-red or silver!), providing holiday cheer year after year without the cost and cleanup of natural trees. Whether you fancy a pre-lit tree, flocked tree, or even an upside down tree, we can help you find what you’re looking for. And as a helpful starting point, our Christmas tree buying tips will help you find the best size and style for your home’s decor.
Find the Right Christmas Tree Size
Before you purchase an artificial Christmas tree, you should decide where you will place the tree in your home. Once you’ve determined where you will display your tree, you then must determine how much space you want it to fill. This will help you determine the ideal Christmas tree height and width for your space.
You can find Christmas trees as small as 4 ft. or less and as tall as more than 14 ft. When choosing a tree height, we recommend getting a tree that is at least 6-12 inches shorter than the height of your ceiling. This will allow space for a tree topper as well as ensure that the top of the tree doesn’t hug the ceiling. Some of our most popular Christmas tree heights are:
6 to 6.5-ft. Christmas Trees
If you don’t feel like busting out the tape measure but you’re not sure about your preferred size, a 6-ft. Christmas tree is a standard safe bet. As our second most popular size range, it’s a versatile height for smaller or irregular rooms.
7 to 7.5-ft. Christmas Trees
Our most popular artificial Christmas tree height is the 7-7.5-foot range. This size is big enough to qualify as large, but not so big that it overwhelms the average room. A standard ceiling is 8 to 9 feet high, so a tree of this size would still leave room for a decorative tree topper.
9 to 9.5-ft. Christmas Trees
For great rooms with a vaulted ceiling, consider a 9-ft. Christmas tree. Be sure to remember to allow for at least six inches between the treetop and ceiling.
Be sure to allow for at least 6-12 inches of space between the top of the tree and the ceiling.
Tree Profile and Width
Tree profile refers to the shape or outline of a Christmas tree that you see when you are standing in front of it. At Hayneedle, we classify tree profiles into 3 buckets: full, medium, and slim. Full Christmas trees are dense and have a more gradual slope whereas slim Christmas trees have a distinctly sharper profile.
Full and medium Christmas trees have a large footprint as they are much wider at the base of the tree than at the top. Slim Christmas trees have a much smaller footprint and require less floor space to accommodate them. Because of this large variance in required floor space for your tree, it is imperative that you measure for the width as well as the height of your tree. To determine how wide your Christmas tree should be, measure the approximate diameter of the floor space you plan to reserve for your Christmas tree.
Full Christmas trees offer the most lifelike shape, and the best option if you want a true focal-point tree. Most full Christmas trees in the popular 7-7.5-foot size range measure to be about 56 to 64 inches in width at the widest part of the tree.
Medium width Christmas trees offer a more tapered shape that still maintains the appeal of a natural-looking evergreen tree. A greater proportion of our tall Christmas trees comes in medium shapes, including those 7-7.5 feet tall and those that are 10 to 14 feet high or bigger.
Slim or pencil Christmas trees are ideal for small spaces. If you’re looking for a tree that will easily tuck into a corner, consider these narrow shapes.
Choose a High Quality & Realistic Tree
If you are looking to purchase an artificial Christmas tree that will last for years to come, we recommend purchasing a high quality tree. Quality artificial trees will have hinged branches for quick and easy set-up. Hinged branches are pre-attached to the center pole of tree as opposed to hooked branches where each individual branch has to be hooked to the center pole. Additionally, high quality trees should come with sturdy metal stands. A strong stand will ensure that your Christmas tree does not tip over or lean to one side.
Also, a high quality artificial tree will have foliage that mimics a live Christmas tree which is often determined by the quantity of branch tips and the needle types. The more branch tips your artificial tree has, the fuller it will look. For more tips on how to make your artificial Christmas
Tree Needle Types
Most artificial Christmas trees consist of foliage made from either PVC or PE materials. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, needles are cut from thin, colored sheets of PVC. Until recently, PVC is what most artificial Christmas trees were constructed from. PE, or polyethylene, needles are made by injecting the material into a molding system along with varying colors to create more authentic branches and needles. PE needles create a more realistic looking Christmas tree as opposed to the flat needles on PVC Christmas trees.
Classic Tree Needles (PVC)
Classic Christmas tree needles are cut from PVC and help create a full look in artificial Christmas trees. The classic PVC needle itself is the least realistic looking of the artificial needle options.
Mixed Needles (PVC + PE)
A more realistic artificial Christmas tree is made using both PVC and PE needles. Mixed branches using both PE and PVC needles create a very full, authentic look that is typically more life-like.
Realistic Tree Needles (PE)
The most realistic artificial Christmas trees use PE plastic needles. These molded polymer needles have the texture, color, and density of a real evergreen tree branch.
Decide on Tree Lights
The Christmas lights you choose is a matter of style preference. The size and shape of the bulb as well as the color of light they will put out is completely up to you. Larger, multi-colored bulbs provide a nostalgic Christmas vibe while white, mini lights are a timeless choice. For more information about how to go about choosing right lights for your Christmas tree visit our Christmas Lights Buying Guide.
Pre-Lit vs. Unlit Trees
The first lighting decision you will need to make is to determine whether you want a pre-lit or unlit Christmas tree. The choice between unlit and pre-lit Christmas trees comes down to convenience and preference. Pre-lit Christmas trees provide for a much quicker and easier tree setup so you can get straight to the fun part – decorating! Unlit trees offer more creative freedom with decorating as you can choose the color of your lights as well as the size of the bulbs while also choosing how to arrange the lights on your tree.
Discover Your Christmas Tree Style
The classic choice for the traditional Christmas interior. These trees are a blank canvas, allowing your family to get creative with lights, ornaments, glitter, and other Christmas tree decorations. Our selection features trees inspired by genuine fir, spruce, and pine tree species, lending a little outdoor magic to your seasonal display.
Flocking is artificial snow, which gives limbs a frosted or snow-covered appearance. Our flocked Christmas trees avoid all the DIY fuss with permanent, high-quality flocking that enhances the holiday spirit in a traditional winter style. If you’re a warm-climate dweller who’s dreaming of a white Christmas, put a flocked tree on this season’s wish list.
Colored Christmas trees are another seasonal trend that’s gaining in popularity. Christmas trees in bold colors such as purple, pink, gold, and black can dramatically revamp your seasonal display or provide a standout centerpiece for holiday parties. We have stunning Christmas tree collections in alternative colors such as white, silver, and red that would still be suitable for traditional holiday interiors.
A potted Christmas tree is one of the most versatile holiday decorations. Smaller potted trees are perfect as a table centerpiece or sitting atop a mantel. Taller potted trees can sit on the floor occupying an empty corner or be placed on either side of a fireplace. Some potted trees are outdoor-rated and can stand up to the harsh winter elements. These outdoor-rated potted trees are ideal for framing the front door.
If you like a traditional Christmas tree but want something a little more impactful, a pine cone and berry Christmas tree might be just what you’re looking for. Christmas trees enriched with pine cones and berries are beautiful on their own and need very little additional decoration. However, if you want a real show stopper, you can still decorate with ribbons, ornaments, and lights to your heart’s content. You can also find tree options featuring just pine cones or just berries if you think having both is too busy.
Today’s fiber optic Christmas trees feature tiny lights on the tips of or throughout the branches, providing a sparkling and often color-changing tree. Best of all, LED options mean they’ll remain cool … just like your taste in trees. From tabletop size on up, discover the magic of a fiber optic Christmas tree.
Tabletop trees are an increasingly common sight in holiday decors, and the most space-efficient option you’ll find. Small Christmas trees all around the house are perfect for purely decorative displays rather than a gather-round-the-presents tree. These styles range from about 2.5 to 4.5 feet in height, a good size for small spaces.
Most artificial trees are meant to resemble real evergreen trees, but that’s not the case with tinsel trees; they’re meant to fully embrace the glitz. Different from Mylar tinsel meant for decoration, tinsel tree needles are made from PVC and coated with a metallic finish for an especially festive appearance.
It may look quirky, but the upside down Christmas tree has some serious practical benefits. Its reduced footprint is convenient for saving space, and it increases the visibility of hanging ornaments. It’s also more traditional than you’d think. In Eastern Europe, hanging Christmas trees upside down is a centuries-old tradition. Our contemporary designs can be hung from the ceiling or placed on the floor if a stand is included. You’ll find Christmas tree stands are usually included with or attached to inverted artificial Christmas trees.
Not at all Charlie Brown-esque, twig Christmas trees are works of art that bring a sweetness and charm to any holiday space. With visible, spare branches often featuring only lights, twig trees offer a minimalist aesthetic that is subdued but so pleasing. You can choose between natural-looking twig trees with a realistic appearance or colorful tinsel trees.
Looking for more information on choosing an artificial Christmas tree? Check out this helpful infographic for a quick overview on how to go about choosing the perfect tree.