Gone are the days when artificial Christmas trees looked like nothing more than a piece of bright green tinsel wrapped around a coat hanger. There are plenty of varieties out there that can look even better than the real thing, and there are no messy needles to clog up your vacuum cleaner or get stuck in your socks. Yes, the initial outlay is usually more than if you were buying a real tree, but they can be used year after year and still look as good as new.
If you’re tempted but don’t know where to start your search, here is a guide to some of the most beautiful traditional-looking trees around. Just make sure you get yours early before stocks run out.
Marks and Spencer Six-Foot Snowy Woodland Christmas Tree | It won’t matter what the weather forecast is, as you can be assured of a white Christmas with this beautiful realistic-looking snow-covered tree. There is no doubt that this would make a striking centrepiece in any lounge or hallway, especially when adorned with sparkling decorations and twinkling lights.
John Lewis Seven-Foot Balmoral Christmas Tree | If you want a Christmas tree that is fit for royalty, this is the one for you. Traditionalists will love its uniform shape, and the plump red berries look good enough to eat. The silver-tipped branches, meanwhile, are richly coloured and full — perfect for hanging all your decorations and seasonal sparkles.
Next Six-Foot 200 LED-Lit Pine Tree | Forget about spending hours unravelling strings of fairy lights, as this pre-lit tree looks stunning straight out of the box. The LED lights give off a warm glow that will illuminate the beautifully wrapped presents that you place below, and the natural-look branches offer plenty of space for decorations.