Artificial Christmas trees have come a long way since the first bristle brush trees were introduced in the 1930s. In fact, a 2020 SURVEY showed that 69% of UK respondents prefer artificial vs real Christmas trees since they last for years and are easier to set up than ever before.

Thinking of making the switch? Here are 6 reasons to go from real trees to artificial ones this year:

1. Convenience

 Dog lying in front of a pre-lit Christmas tree and an ornament storage chest

FEATURED: BH BALSAM FIR®

Longer Lifespan

If you buy a fresh tree a week or two before Christmas, it’ll still look good on the day itself, but it may be in poor shape come New Year’s Eve. ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES are perfect for those who want to put up their tree early and keep it on display longer.

Easy Assembly

Some people enjoy the tradition of buying a real Christmas tree, but it takes time and effort to cut, mount, water, and clean up back at home. Artificial trees come in sections that are more manageable to set up. For easier assembly, our FLIP TREES® flip upright, so you only need to add the top section.

Watch the Flip Tree in action:

Insider’s Tip

Set up your tree within minutes through our innovative Flip technology. The patented structure makes it easy to move, assemble, and take down your display. To learn more, visit ALL ABOUT FLIP TREES: THE BALSAM HILL® GUIDE.

Simple Lighting

Stringing lights on a real tree may be time-consuming, and you risk dislodging needles or damaging the bulbs themselves. We offer PRE-LIT CHRISTMAS TREES with various light types that are hand-strung for optimal coverage. With our EASY PLUG® SYSTEM, light connections are built into the trunk, so your tree lights up with a single plug.

See how Easy Plug works:

Maintenance-Free

Unlike real trees that require constant care, artificial Christmas trees can be left alone after assembly. You won’t need to think about watering or cleaning up fallen needles and sticky sap.

2. Safety

Family decorating a pre-lit Christmas tree in the living room

FEATURED: SILVERADO SLIM®

Fire-Retardant

Dried needles are prone to catch fire from the sparks of shorted electrical lights or open flames. Balsam Hill Christmas trees are made from fire-retardant materials and are less likely to be a fire risk with proper diligence and precaution.

Non-Allergenic

A real Christmas tree can cause asthma attacks, sneezing, and a runny rose, and these symptoms only worsen the longer the tree remains indoors. Artificial Christmas trees use synthetic materials that don’t trigger this allergy. To keep your tree free of mould and dust, place them in our CHRISTMAS TREE STORAGE BAGS and store in a cool, dry area.

3. Appearance

Woman decorating a Balsam Hill Balsam Fir Christmas Tree

FEATURED: BH BALSAM FIR

Realism

Most people prefer the look of real Christmas trees, so we took inspiration from nature in designing our MOST REALISTIC CHRISTMAS TREES. Our exclusive True Needle® technology mimics the colour, shape, and texture of actual tree cuttings using high-grade polyethylene (PE). To see and feel our different branches for yourself, consider our BRANCH SAMPLE KIT.

Variety

Tree lots carry limited trees at a given time, and the most popular species run out as Christmas draws near. With artificial trees, you’ll find many types to choose from, including some that aren’t native to the UK. We offer trees in various sizes and shapes to suit your space, from FULL CHRISTMAS TREES to SLIM or FLATBACK TREES for smaller areas. Looking for the right fit? Try our quiz to help you find the perfect Christmas tree.

TAKE OUR TREE FINDER QUIZ

Easier to Decorate

We create our premium artificial Christmas trees with sturdy yet flexible needles. These won’t irritate your skin, unlike real tree needles that might prick your hands or get dislodged while you’re decorating. Our tree branches can support baubles of different sizes, and some trees are sparse by design to give you more room to showcase special decorations.

Insider’s Tip

Visit our TREE BUYER’S GUIDE to learn more about Balsam Hill Christmas trees and how to choose the right one for your home.

4. Cost-Effectiveness

pre-lit Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce Christmas tree in a minimalist living room

FEATURED: VERMONT WHITE SPRUCE® FLIP TREE

Artificial trees often cost more up-front compared to real trees, but they can be reused for multiple years instead of being discarded after Christmas or New Year’s. With the price of real trees rising every year, you’ll end up saving money in the long run when you invest in a Balsam Hill Christmas tree.

Sign up for our CATALOGUE to get design inspirations that will change the look of your realistic Christmas tree each year.

5. Environmental Impact

Woman holding a bauble attached to a pre-lit Christmas tree

A 2018 SURVEY revealed that artificial Christmas trees are the greener choice if reused for 5 years. Most owners use their artificial tree for an average of 10 years. This gives it a more favourable effect on the environment compared to buying and disposing of a real tree every year. To extend the life of your artificial tree, try donating it to a local charity.

6. Extra Benefits

Dining room with a Balsam Hill artificial Christmas tree decorated with red and gold baubles and clear lights

FEATURED: BH FRASER FIR® FLIP TREE

Each Balsam Hill Christmas tree comes complete with a high-quality tree stand, a storage bag, a pair of gloves for fluffing, and extra bulbs for pre-lit models. We also offer a 3-year limited warranty on regular and sale-priced artificial Christmas trees, and a 60-day clearance limited warranty for clearance items. Learn more about our warranty policy HERE.

There are many good reasons to use artificial Christmas trees versus real Christmas trees. If you’re ready to make the switch, browse our collection of artificial trees.

SHOP ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES

LEARN MORE

For tips on how to choose your artificial Christmas tree, visit the pages below:

CHRISTMAS TREE SIZES: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT HEIGHT & SHAPE FOR YOUR HOME

TRADITIONAL VS REALISTIC CHRISTMAS TREES: A GUIDE TO THE BEST ARTIFICIAL TREE STYLES

CHOOSING AN ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE: THE ULTIMATE BUYER'S GUIDE