Oh, Tannenbaum

25 Best Artificial Christmas Trees of 2021

From super realistic to razzle-dazzle tinsel
One of the best artificial Christmas trees in a living room
Tom Merton

If you’re used to the tradition of a live tree, embracing an artificial one can be a big step, but we think you’ll be impressed with best artificial Christmas trees on the market…and once you go faux, you may never go back. Think about: no pine needles littering the ground, no sap clinging to your hands, no battle to get the tree into the stand, and no water sloshing about once you finally get the whole thing set up (that is, if you even remember to water it).

Ahead, discover full, lush Christmas trees that will trick even the most discerning eye, as well as fun, festive updates with pops of color and other surprises. We’re here for all of it! 

1. Noble Fir

Terrain’s design team modeled this cutie after a real specimen in the woods, so you know it’s going to look more natural than any other artificial Christmas tree. Call them spindly, twiggy, or even occasionally scraggly—but we think some of the most charming artificial Christmas trees are these nearly bare beauties. 

Image courtesy of Terrain

Faux Noble Fir, $248, Terrain

2. Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

This tree isn’t called “The World’s Best” for nothing. Its branches are molded to replicate the exact growth patterns, cascading branches, and fine, soft green needles of a freshly cut Fraser fir. It apparently has more branch tips than any other faux tree, and the white lights will last a whopping 25,000 hours.


Photo: Courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer

The World’s Best Pre-Lit Tree, $400, Hammacher Schlemmer

3. Faux Monaco Pine Tree with LED Lights

This splurge-worthy, lifelike beauty stands 7.5 feet tall and is more than five feet wide. It’s full, fluffy, and covered in lights. 

Monaco Pine Tree, $1,445, West Elm

4. Faux Geneva Fir Christmas Tree

This easy-to-assemble 7' realistic tree comes unlit, so you can add your own lights. Might we suggest Twinkly’s infinitely customizable, app-controlled LED strands? They turn any tree into multicolor magic, instantly. 

Faux Geneva Christmas Tree, $348, Terrain

5. Snowy Faux Norway Spruce

Terrain's assortment of artificial trees are all strikingly natural, and this pre-lit, flocked Christmas tree is no exception. It stands at seven feet tall and is exceptionally full, with more than 4,200 tips throughout. The tree is inspired by Europe's native Norway spruces, which are lush, elegant affairs that lend sophistication to your holiday decor. 

Faux Snowy Norway Spruce, Terrain, $498

6. Silvertip Faux Fir Tree

This seven-foot faux silvertip fir is the perfect pick for if you're going for a magical woodland look. String with warm white lights for timeless elegance or color-changing tree lights if you want festive flair!

Pre-Lit LED Queensland Artificial Tree, $398

7. Pre-Lit Queensland Christmas Tree

This pre-lit artificial Christmas tree is a happy medium between an ultra-full pick and a slim tree. Its incandescent LED lights operate on a timer. Shop the tree in three heights (7.5-, 9-, and 10.5-feet).

Pre-Lit LED Queensland Artificial Tree, $398

8. Realistic Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir is native to the Appalachian Mountains, and it’s one of the most popular Christmas tree picks. And–fun fact–it has the distinction of being the type of tree most often used as the official White House Christmas tree. You can order this high-quality tree, lit or unlit, in sizes ranging from 5.5' to 12'. The tree is also available with frosted tips, if you prefer a snowy-looking flocked tree.

BH Fraser Fir Tree, $449, Balsam Hill

9. Dunhill Fir

If you want hassle-free, easy assembly, you can't go wrong with this Dunhill Fir from Joss & Main. It's fluffy and full, and it has a traditional look. The artificial Christmas tree is available in heights ranging from seven- to 14-feet.

Dunhill Fir Green Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, $153, Joss & Main

10. Cathedral Fir Artificial Tree

This slim artificial Christmas tree makes a statement without taking up a lot of room. It’s available in 7'5 X 32" and 9' X 38" varieties.

Cathedral Fir Tree, $449, Balsam Hill

11. Classic Blue Spruce 

Another one of the prettiest pre-lit Christmas trees is this Blue Spruce. The full foliage on this fake tree includes realistic needles in blue-green and silvery hues, just like an authentic Blue Spruce. Choose from 4'5 to 7'5 heights, in lit and unlit versions. 

Classic Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree, $199, Balsam Hill

12. Downswept Douglas Fir Tree

This beauty stands 7.5' tall and looks like it was plucked right off the tree farm…but you can actually just pull it out of the box. Speaking of, let your tree breathe for a day or two after you take it out of the box. That way, the branches can fluff out on their own before you decorate the tree. 

National Tree Company “Feel Real” Christmas Tree in Downswept Douglas Fir, $281, Amazon

13. LED Pop-Up Tinsel Tree

Or you could just embrace the fact that your tree is fake and go all out with a tinsel design. This pre-lit tree is available in two sizes (4' and 6'). 

Pop-Up LED Narrow Tree, $110 for the small | $215 for the large tree, West Elm

14. Pop-Up LED Narrow Tree

Here’s another pop-up tinsel tree with a slimmer silhouette. This 6' tree comes in white tinsel, silver tinsel, and traditional green. 

Pop-Up LED Narrow Tree, $105, West Elm

15. Wooden Christmas Tree

Some of the best artificial Christmas trees are actually the more modest specimens that have emerged to satiate small spaces and/or folks with contemporary taste. Case in point? This O.G., low-profile, Scandinavian-style pick with dowels for tree branches (no fluffing required!). It's available in a range of tree heights.

Contemporary Wooden Christmas Tree, $326, Etsy

16. LED Birch Tree

With a birch-like finish for daytime and tiny LEDs that glow when the lights go down, this one is a two-for-one winner and is also a great option if you prefer a white Christmas tree.

LED 7' Birch Artificial Christmas Tree, $199, Crate & Barrel

17. Trio of Alpine Trees

These alpine trees look more like cartoon versions than precise replicas of the real thing—and we mean that in the best way.

Trio of Alpine Trees (2', 3', and 4'), $125, West Elm

18. Twinkly Pre-Lit Douglas Fir 

Speaking of Twinkly, this 7' tree comes with built-in Twinkly lights in rainbow hues. Even cooler, you can create any light or twinkle pattern from your phone and change it up whenever you like.

Twinkly Pre-lit Douglas Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, $400, Target

19. Alpine Balsam Fir Tree

A visible trunk and lean profile make this tree a minimalist’s dream. 

Photo: Courtesy of Balsam Hill

Alpine Balsam Fir, from $299 for 4.5' tree, Balsam Hill

20. Upside Down Cypress

Shake things up with a 7.5' upside-down Christmas tree–and yes, this is very much a thing. The tree design is inspired by trend that dates back to the Middle Ages, according to The Spruce, where households in Central Europe would hang trees from their ceilings. Ariana Grande is also a fan. That might be impractical for most modern living rooms, but you can get the same effect with an upside-down tree like this, which rests on a base. 

Upside-Down Green Cypress Artificial Christmas Tree with 500 Clear Lights, $370, Wayfair

21. Holiday Palm Tree

Here’s another quirky pick that we couldn’t resist. Channel warm weather vibes with a cheeky 6' palm—and if you prefer a shorter palm, it’s available in 4' and 5' versions as well. 

Puleo International Pre-Lit Artificial Palm Tree, $88, Amazon

22. Tiny Tinsel Tree

Channel Charlie Brown vibes with a tiny, tinsel tabletop tree. If you’re low on space, but big on heart, this sweet little tree makes a welcome addition to any living room, 

Tiny Tinsel Tree, Galvanized Pot, $40, West Elm

23. Vintage-Inspired Tabletop Tree

Good things come in small packages, as evidenced by this petite pick that stands at two feet tall. What it lacks in lights it makes up for in shiny bulbs and frosted needles. 

Vickerman 24" Vintage Tabletop Frosted Gold Tree, $80, Target

24. Faux Pine Lights Tree

The oversized lightbulbs on this 4' tree are a fun and festive note. The petite pick is great for a child’s room or small space. 

Faux Pine Lights Tree, $170, West Elm

25. Pre-Lit Faux Pine Trees in Baskets

These charming, rustic, indoor tree baskets are pre-lit and battery operated, and come in four sizes ranging from 18" to 48". 

Pre-Lit Faux Pine Trees in Baskets, $60, Pottery Barn

Pro Tips to Bring the Best Fake Christmas Trees to Life

The easiest way to make your artificial Christmas tree look like a real tree is to, well, cover it up. Go heavier on the decorations this year: Think garland, Christmas lights, pine cones, ornaments, a tree topper, etc. We're talking the works. Check out our go-to Christmas decor tips that will make the best Christmas trees look even more magical.

Trim with wide, cascading ribbon

It’s affordable in bulk, doubles as a garland, and covers quite a bit of real estate. 

Photo: Courtesy of Etsy

Shop Now: 2" Wide French Velvet Ribbon, $8, Etsy

A tree skirt is a must 

A dead giveaway—no pun intended—that your tree’s a fake is the base: that plastic, mechanical-esque tree stand. Cover that up with a festive tree skirt (or basket!) as you would a live tree.

Shop Now: Scroll Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt, $129, West Elm

Wrap the trunk of the tree in lights

If your tree doesn't have pre-strung lights, head to the holiday aisle for some white or multicolored lights. They'll draw the eye to the center of the tree and takes the attention off the branches. Besides, you can never have too many lights during the holiday season

Shop Now: LED String Lights, $22, West Elm

Add in the live tree cuttings 

This tip is genius: Bolster the PVC branches with small sprigs of real evergreen before you decorate. Green floral wire is your friend here. Starting closer to the trunk of your artificial tree, adjoin a small, real sprig to a fake branch with a few twists of wire. Repeat as often as you’d like, scattering the pieces consistently around your tree. You’ll get that amazing smell of the season with a fraction of the needles. Visit your local nursery for scrap evergreen, or find options on Etsy like these. (They're also great additions to wreaths!)

Shop Now: Fresh Evergreen Cuttings, $44, Etsy

Consider adding in flowers 

Choose big, sturdy blooms and tuck them into the gaps in your artificial Christmas tree once it’s fully decorated. You can go faux, or use real flowers (which you can keep fresher longer by housing stems in water tubes, as florists do).

Shop Now: Mini Magnolias (Set of 12), $129, Balsam Hill