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12 (fake) trees of Christmas

Seasonable, reasonable evergreen decor

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Twinkling lights and wintry festivities create an atmosphere that's hard to beat. Whether you're planning to host a small celebration this year or just want to pump up the holiday vibes, an artificial Christmas tree is the way to go.

The ConsumerAffairs research team considered hundreds of options in a range of styles and price points. When selecting our favorites, we looked for trees made from high-quality, safe and eco-friendly materials. We further narrowed it down by giving preferences to artificial evergreens with overall positive customer ratings on Amazon, Target and Overstock.

1. Pre-lit Montclair Spruce

Sure to “spruce” up any entryway or smaller room, this artificial tree comes with pre-strung white lights and a stylish gold urn base. Its crush-resistant branch tips are designed to be realistic and durable. The materials are sturdy enough to also make it suitable for outdoors.

pre-lit montclair spruce
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  • Height: 5 feet
  • Diameter: 22 inches
  • Price: $75.99*

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*As of publishing date

2. Wondershop Pre-lit Douglas Fir

If you're going for that snow-laden look, then check out these flocked tree branches. They’re hinged, making the tree easier to set up and store. It comes pre-wired with 350 clear light bulbs and includes an iron stand. This fake tree could be the centerpiece of many real memories.

wondershop pre-lit douglas fir
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  • Height: 7 feet
  • Diameter: 48 inches
  • Price: $350*

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*As of publishing date

3. Woodland Ornamental Christmas Tree

Are you looking to save time and money when decorating? This Christmas tree kit comes with a classic PVC tree, a stand, two sets of 59-feet LED light strings and 172 decorations, including ribbons, snowflakes, pine cones and assorted wood hanging ornaments — all for around $200.

woodland ornamental christmas tree
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  • Height: 7 feet
  • Diameter: 47 inches
  • Price: $199.99*

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4. Artificial North Valley Spruce

If you prefer the stately spruces, this is an excellent Christmas tree pick for you. This tree has a slightly narrower profile than others to accommodate harder-to-fit spaces. Although not pre-lit, this tree offers easy assembly in three parts.

artificial north valley spruce
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  • Height: 7 feet
  • Diameter: 47 inches
  • Price: $144.99*

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*As of publishing date

5. Sparkly Champagne Tinsel Tree

If you want a little glitz and glam this season, this decorative tree is sure to add a pop of sparkle to your home. The tree features 520 lush branch tips and comes with a stand. According to reviews on Amazon, it’s simple to set up and great for small spaces. We like that it doesn’t scream “Christmas,” so you could leave it up all year long.

sparkly champagne tinsel tree
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  • Height: 6 feet
  • Diameter: 20 inches
  • Price: $45.71*

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6. Pre-lit Flocked Balsam Tree

If you're looking for a fake Christmas tree to really wow your family and friends, this could be the one for you. At 9 feet tall, this flocked balsam fir is the perfect centerpiece for holiday decorations and parties. It would look spectacular in front of a large window.

pre-lit flocked balsam tree
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  • Height: 9 feet
  • Diameter: 61 inches
  • Price: $427.97*

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*As of publishing date

7. Pink Faux Pine Tree

This eye-catching pink artificial tree has nearly 2,000 fluffy branches. The package also includes a firm brace. The tree is foldable, which makes it easy to assemble, disassemble and store. Some shoppers get these not just around Christmas but also for weddings.

pink faux pine tree
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  • Height: 7.5 feet
  • Diameter: 53 inches
  • Price: $109.99*

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8. Cactus Christmas Tree

Another unusual Christmas tree pick, this cactus tree is just too fun. It's pre-lit with LED lights, and assembly takes only a few minutes. We like that it’s made from eco-friendly materials and comes with plenty of ball ornaments and a metal stand. The Christmas cactus is sure to be a conversation starter at any holiday party.

cactus christmas tree
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  • Height: 6 feet
  • Diameter: 31 inches
  • Price: $79.99*

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9. Pre-lit Poinsettia Pull-up Tree

Poinsettias are a beautiful Christmas tradition. The red and white flowers have been associated with Christmas since the 17th century when Franciscan friars in Mexico planted them to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem. This tree comes with twinkling white lights, red and gold ornaments, snowflakes and — of course — faux poinsettias.

pre-lit poinsettia tree
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  • Height: 4 feet
  • Diameter: 20 inches
  • Price: $116.77*

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10. Hairui Pre-Lit Birch Tree

A simple, elegant alternative to the traditional Christmas installment, the Hairui birth tree is pre-lit with hundred of warm-light LEDs. You can plug it in outdoors or inside and set the lights to on, twinkle or off. The bulbs have an estimated life of 30,000 hours.

pre-lit birch tree
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  • Height: 8 feet
  • Diameter: 19 inches
  • Price: $149.99*

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11. Wrought Iron Ornament Display Tree

If you like to think outside the box when it comes to holiday decor, this could be just the tree for you. This wrought iron Christmas tree features elegant branches that will keep your ornaments safe. Priced under $100, this is an attractive and affordable option to display a collection of ornaments.

wrought iron ornament display
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  • Height: 6 feet
  • Diameter: 35 inches
  • Price: $79.99*

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12. Upside-down Christmas Tree

An upside-down tree for an upside-down year. Packaging includes a stand and a box of ornaments. According to reviews on Amazon, the tree is a good value and simple to set up. It also has hinges to make disassembly and storage easier.

upside down christmas tree
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  • Height: 5.5 feet
  • Diameter: 15.7 inches
  • Price: $39.99*

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*As of publishing date

Benefits of a fake Christmas tree

Christmas might be the most magical season of all, but it can also be the most stressful. Along with all the extra planning and shopping, taking care of a real tree can feel like an unnecessary burden. That's one of the reasons artificial trees might be the perfect option for your Christmas decor. Plus, there’s a huge selection of styles and prices.

Here are some more pros for getting a reusable tree over a real one this year:

  • Easy to buy
  • Doesn't require watering
  • No daily needle cleanup
  • Saves money year over year
  • No hassle for disposal
  • Won’t trigger allergies

Bottom line

Life isn’t a Hallmark movie. Do fake Christmas trees smell like fresh pine? No, but that's why we have candles. With so many options available, from faux firs to pre-lit spruces, in a variety of colors, style and prices, there’s bound to be an organic fit for every home.

Now, all you need are the presents. Savvy shoppers will want to keep an eye on the latest holiday spending trends. For more “evergreen” content, check out how to find the best credit card for you.

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