The best artificial Christmas trees 2023

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More "ho, ho ho," than "faux, faux, faux", an artificial Christmas tree for your garden is a wonderful way to kindle some festival cheer. The countdown to Christmas is on and it's time to decide on your festive theme and decor outdoors and indoors. There are some wonderful outdoor Christmas decorations and festive wreaths, but the centrepiece of it all is the Christmas tree. If you want your outdoor Christmas tree to be outstanding in its field, there are some points to consider.

Firstly, you've potentially been swayed into considering an artificial Christmas tree because of the great British winter weather. Blustery winds, frost, snow and darkness are the norm this time of year. We look to the twinkle of fairy lights to stoke warm feelings, and this is where an outdoor artificial Christmas tree is a winner.

Best Christmas trees at a glance

• Best alternative outdoor Christmas tree: The Seasonal Aisle Lighted Artificial Pine Christmas Tree 150cm - View now on Wayfair
Best budget artificial Christmas tree: Habitat Snow-Covered Christmas Tree - View now on Argos

They are made to be weather resistant and waterproof - of course, common sense does apply and they're not going to withstand a Beast from the East - but generally, an artificial tree is a tree for all seasons. Most importantly, the vast majority of faux outdoor Christmas trees have lights integrated into them. In the darker months, that evocation of magic, enchantment and whimsy is wholly down to illumination when it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations.

Surprisingly, artificial Christmas trees have been around longer than you'd think. More than 140 years ago in Germany, having a real tree at Christmas was so popular it was causing deforestation. So, goose feather trees were invented. While not as messy as a real tree - they were also not as sturdy and could not be decorated with ornaments. Without further ado, here are the best artificial trees available right now...

Best outdoor artificial Christmas trees

Best outdoor snow effect Christmas tree

John Lewis Pre-lit Snowy Christmas Tree in Zinc Bucket, 3ftJohn Lewis

This John Lewis small and versatile Christmas tree is easy to position as it's lit by batteries. Featuring 50 static, pure white LEDs, a bushy shape, with 193 tips and a sprinkling of snow, it stands securely in its own galvanized zinc bucket. Can be used in a sheltered outdoor spot such as a covered porch.

Pros

  • Realistic snow effect
  • Small but effective
  • Lovely pot

Cons

  • Small

Best alternative outdoor Christmas tree

ON SALE

The Seasonal Aisle Lighted Artificial Pine Christmas Tree
Price: £49.99 (was £74.99)

www.wayfair.co.uk

A subtle yet magical alternative to a traditional Christmas tree. Lit with LED lights this faux tree stands 150cm tall and would look classy and evocative among real garden plants.

Customer review: "A lovely centrepiece for the garden during the dark nights of autumn and winter. A fair price and really looks good with its bright LED lights. Easy to assemble and worth having as part of garden illuminations."

Pros

  • Stylish alternative to a traditional Christmas tree

Cons

  • Some reviews have commented that it was too sparse

Best inflatable outdoor Christmas tree

ON SALE

The Seasonal Aisle Artificial Christmas Tree
Price: £35.99 (was £55.99)

www.wayfair.co.uk

Bring some joy to young hearts with this cheery inflatable outdoor Christmas tree. Standing 2.1-metres, it features Santa, presents and a snowman plus it's lit by seven inner lights that make it glow. It's tree-mendous fun for your family, loved ones and neighbours.

Size: 2.1m
Dimensions: 210H x 144W x 125Dcm
Material: Tough polyester

Pros

  • Tough material
  • Fun, novelty alternative

Cons

  • Not suitable for very rough weather

Best twig tree for outdoors

A subtle white twig tree that makes an ethereal alternative to a traditional Christmas tree. It's pre-lit with 96 pure LEDs so it looks just as magical bare or you can choose to decorate it.

Customer review: "Beautiful tree, the right height and lighting colour. However do not put too many if any decorations particularly if they have moderate weight.
The instructions were overkill on the safety warnings. But they failed to mention what the enclosed metal objects were for (see photo). Can John Lewis tell me please."

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Suits any decor and theme
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Not made for weighty decorations
  • Some reviews commented there were fewer lights and branches than expected

Best small outdoor artificial trees

Four merry pre-lit faux Christmas trees that are 60cm tall and ideal for positioning in the ground around the garden. This set of four trees are mains powered and have a five-metre lead.

Customer review: "The trees are ideal for placing amongst the plants in our front garden to make it festive."

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Can be used to illuminate a pathway
  • Withstand lots of harsh weather

Cons

  • Cable a little too short

Best value outdoor artificial tree

Snowtime 120cm Weeping Willow Tree with 160 Ice White LEDs
Price: £28.95

www.diy.com

An elegant alternative to the classic Christmas tree, this whimsical LED weeping willow will add a magical glow to your garden this winter. This could well be the tree of your dreams, with 160 ice-white LED lights creating a winter wonderland in your garden. Standing 120cm tall, this wonderful tree can be used year after year as LED bulbs last up to 500 times longer than standard bulbs.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Wonderfully different
  • Lots of lights

Cons

  • No reviews yet

Best outdoor Christmas string tree light

Standing 7ft tall, over 500 LED lights form the shape of a Christmas tree. With eight light functions, you can create a warm or cool glow, and let them twinkle, flicker, glow or shine magically for the enjoyment of your family, friends and neighbours.

Pros

  • Stunningly effective
  • Easy to assemble
  • Striking colours

Cons

  • Has to be secured down as it can blow over in the wind

Best pre-lit outdoor Christmas tree

ON SALE

Premier 3ft Soft Acrylic Pre-Lit Christmas Tree
Price: £90 (was £100)

www.argos.co.uk

Sparkling as if it was encrusted with crystals, this pre-lit outdoor Christmas tree is contemporary and an all-in-one solution to having an outdoor tree. Illuminated with 120 energy-efficient LEDs, this neat 3ft tree promises to shine without the worry of energy costs.

Pros

  • Energy efficient
  • Contemporary look

Cons

  • No reviews yet

Best slim outdoor Christmas tree

ON SALE

The Outdoor Pre-lit Ultra Slim Mixed Pine
Price: £199.99 (was £399.99)

www.christmastreeworld.co.uk

This 6ft slim tree is ideal for a porch or smaller garden and is one of the very few realistic outdoor Christmas trees on the market. Weather-resistant, fire-retardant and incorporating a sturdy base - this tree stays firmly planted. Also, it's pre-lit with 200 warm white LED lights for a magical effect. Also, it's a super investment as it can be used year after year.

Pros

  • Realistic
  • Pre-lit
  • Sturdy
  • Fits in smaller spaces

Cons

  • No customer reviews yet

Best realistic outdoor artificial Christmas tree

A 6ft full and realistic woodland pine faux Christmas tree that's been specially designed for outdoor use. It's enchantingly lit with 500 warm white LEDs. You don't need to worry about rust or durability in the chilly winter weather, this tree is made from heavy-duty steel that's had an anti-rust treatment. In addition, the tree comes with eight pegs, so it will be secure if the weather is especially wild.

Pros: Ultimate luxury faux realistic Christmas tree
Cons: Expensive

Pros

  • Ultimate luxury faux realistic Christmas tree

Cons

  • Big
  • No reviews yet

The best indoor artificial Christmas trees

You can spruce up your conservatory with an artificial Christmas tree for your home too. With a long lifespan, it's a good investment, as it's brought down from the loft year after year for its month to shine. If your trusty tree has been looking a bit tired the last few years, it could be time to invest in a new one. Alternatively, you may be in the happy position of buying your first tree for a new home. It's a good idea to measure the space that you have available first. Otherwise, there will be no room for presents!

Best realistic looking Christmas tree

This ultra-realistic-looking Grand Spruce Christmas tree has high-quality faux foliage and comes pre-lit with 650 low-energy warm LED lights. The lights operate on different settings: flicker, glow or shine. This stunning tree looks stylish when paired with a wicker skirt, also from The White Company.

Customer review: "Very realistic looking tree."

Pros

  • Very true to life and has magical lights
  • An investment piece
  • Magical lights

Cons

  • No reviews yet

Best budget artificial Christmas tree

On sale

Habitat Snow Covered Christmas Tree
Price: £43.33 (was £65)

www.argos.co.uk

Make your home a wonderland, this festive season, with a snow-flocked tree from Habitat. Boasting 625 tips for extra fullness, which does make it extra fluffy compared to other artificial trees. 88 per cent of customers recommend this tree. It slots together in minutes and has adjustable hinged branches. It's fire retardant and suitable for indoor use.

Customer review: "We bought this ready to use next year. It’s really pretty and a nice size. The white bits do come off everywhere though so be prepared for a big clean-up effort."

Pros

  • Snow flocking
  • Great value
  • Not too tall or wide

Cons

  • Some reviews have commented that the snow came off the branches

Best pink Christmas tree

VEYLIN Artificial Christmas Tree
Price: £25.99

Banish the winter blues with this super pink tree, boasting 1600 tips of cherry blossom fun. Reviews have praised how bushy it is and at 7ft tall it's bound to be the wow centrepiece of your Christmas decorations. In addition, it has a strong metal stand and is easily assembled in three sections. It's 100 per cent flame retardant and claims to be suitable for outdoor use too.

Customer review: "Excellent for price and matches description no issues with this tree whatsoever nice and tall and bushy just what we wanted."

Pros

  • Fun colour
  • Good price
  • Sturdy
  • Bushy

Cons

  • Base is a little small

Best for traditional style

Dunelm Berry and Cone Christmas Tree 6ftDunelm

Traditional and subtly decorated with berries and pine cones, this 6ft Christmas tree from Dunelm is a perfect choice for a classic look that is full of charm.

Customer review: "Beautiful tree, good value for money. Quick delivery and good packaging, All i asked for in a tree."

Pros

  • Super value for the quality details

Cons

  • Base is tricky to put the tree in

Best eco-friendly artificial tree

DWA Luxury Artificial Christmas Tree
Price: $266.00

DWA create trees that are available in an enormous range of styles, including Canadian Pine, Caucasian Fir, Gold Pine, Himalayan Pine, Scandinavian Spruce and more. The company have an environmental focus, whereby over 80 per cent of the product is recyclable. In addition, the trees are crafted by hand in Europe. This snow-covered tree has stunning frosted details and pinecones encrusted with crystals.

Customer review: "Saw many reviews raving about this Christmas tree and let me tell you it's all true. The tree itself is a massive deal, this would have cost me hundreds of pounds to get a tree this thick and full. Let alone the snow effect I got on mine with pinecones. Easy to assemble and branches were easy to work on."

Pros

  • Eco-friendly products
  • Enchanting details
  • Lots of different versions available

Cons

  • Wide. at the bottom

Best slim artificial Christmas tree

Ideal for a flat, this slim tree has 820 branch tips that can be fluffed and shaped to create a lush appearance. At 61cm at its widest point, this tree would fit perfectly in a corner. Available in black, green, pink and green with snow tips, this pencil slim tree has a 3-part design for easy assembly.

Customer review: "Was really dubious about getting a skinny tree as we have always had a tall bushy tree but needed to buy a thin one as we have new chunky furniture and not much room anymore. This tree is gorgeous, and really bushy once all the branches are fluffed out. No sparse holes at all and is perfect for small narrow areas."

Pros

  • Fits in narrow spaces and corners

Cons

  • Some reviewers commented this tree is not sturdy enough for heavy decorations

FAQs

What makes artificial trees stand out?

Modern artificial trees can look realistic - more like actually having a tree from Norway than a fake armature of green bristles. The needles themselves come in different shapes: from flat and fine, to 3D for a bushy effect. And you can push the fantasy further with snow-covered and pre-lit trees. There are some enchanting alternatives too, including illuminated weeping willows and twig trees. For novelty, there are fun inflatable trees that will make everyone feel jolly. Budget, space and style are key factors to consider.

Can I recycle my artificial Christmas tree?

Most artificial Christmas trees cannot be recycled because of the combination of metal and plastics. However, an artificial tree should last 10 years. You need to weigh up whether you want to buy a real tree every year (that can be recycled as green waste) or buy one artificial tree.

How is an artificial Christmas tree made?

Making an artificial Christmas tree is a surprisingly hands-on process. Here's a video that has some mesmerising moments, such as the plastic being turned into needles and snow being applied to the branches.

Can I use an artificial Christmas tree outside?

Yes, you can use a tree that is designed specifically for outdoor use. The product description will specify if a tree is for indoor or outdoor use. Never put a tree that has integrated LED lights outside. And winter weather outside can be frightful... so remember to properly secure your outdoor decorations.

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Natalie Knowles is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for Modern Gardens, specialising in garden trends. When she's not flexing her mow-how, Natalie is a successful artist and illustrator.

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