For most people, the process of picking a Christmas tree is simple. You look at the space you have in your home, assess your budget, go to the store and find a tree which fits your requirements. Generally speaking, the fuller the tree is, the better.
There are, of course, some exceptions to the rule. For instance, in some states across America, people have started their own regional alternatives to the traditional tree. Examples include trees made of sand in Florida, poinsettia trees in California and lobster trap trees in New England.
The above shows that for some people, evergreen trees are boring, and conforming to tradition-dictated norms isn’t the way to go. If you fall into that category, this list is for you.
Below, you’ll find a selection of our 15 favorite Christmas tree alternatives. Options include rainbow-colored trees, upside down trees and even a tree which can create its own snowfall if you’re lacking an actual white Christmas. No matter what style of tree you prefer, we have something to help you stand out from the crowd this holiday season.
1. Treetopia Color Burst Rainbow Christmas Tree
If green is too plain for your tastes and you want something a little more fun, look no further than the Treetopia Color Burst Rainbow Christmas Tree. This tree measures seven feet tall and reaches a maximum diameter of 46 inches, so it’s going to be difficult for visitors to miss it. In addition, the tree is mounted on a premium white tree stand, and the rainbow-colored needles are made from PVC. The tree also includes a five-year foliage warranty.
2. Product Works Charlie Brown Musical Christmas Tree
The Product Works Charlie Brown Musical Christmas Tree is ideal for Peanuts fans. This is a 24 inch tall official replica of the tree made famous by the 1965 animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas. The tree is just like you remember — a bare branch decorated with a single red bulb ornament and Linus’s blanket wrapped around the base. As an added bonus, the tree also plays the classic Peanuts theme song to complete the cartoon Christmas atmosphere.
3. Creative Hobbies Ornament Display Tree
For some people, Christmas displays are all about having the most imposing tree sitting center stage. For others, ornaments are the most important bits. If you fall into the latter category, consider purchasing the Creative Hobbies Ornament Display Tree. This three-foot, chrome-plated tree features 24 ornament hooks which allow you to go wild with decorations.
4. Best Choice Products White Pine Tree
Sporting a hard-to-miss, all-white design, this beautiful Best Choice Products White Pine Tree is the physical manifestation of luxury. It sits six feet high, and the 1,000 branch tips can be spread and fluffed to provide dense foliage to house all of your favorite ornaments. You’ll also find a sturdy stand, which provides a stable base and prevents tipping.
5. YuQi Silver Point Pop-Up Christmas Tree
EASIEST TO PUT UP
No time to create a full Christmas tree display? The YuQi Silver Point Pop-Up Christmas Tree has to be one of the easiest Christmas trees to put up. To do so, you simply assemble the base, connect the middle pole and slide the collapsible tree into position. It takes two minutes tops. The five-foot tree is made from shimmering sequins and can be used with or without string lights.
6. Ten Waterloo Lighted Christmas Wall Tree
BEST FOR SMALL SPACES
If you’re short on space but still want to celebrate the holidays with a tree in your home, why not try this Ten Waterloo Lighted Christmas Wall Tree? This wall-mounting tree is five feet tall and sports easy-to-bend branches, allowing you to create any shape you want. The durable design and sealed battery compartment make this tree great for both indoor and outdoor use, too. Plus, the included timer switch turns the tree on for six hours of the day at the same prescribed time and then off for the rest of the day, so you never have to worry about wasting electricity. Furthermore, the tree’s Christmas-y appearance is completed by the 112 cool white LED lights scattered throughout the branches.
7. LIGHTSHARE LED Fir Snow Tree
BEST FOR ORNAMENT DISPLAY
The LIGHTSHARE LED Fir Snow Tree is an ideal choice for people who love displaying ornaments. The realistic branches are bare with no needles and only a beautiful snow-like covering, so you’ve got plenty of space to show everyone your beautiful collection of ornaments. The tree features LEDs at the end of every branch tip to add to the festive feel and includes a square iron stand to provide your tree with a stable base. In addition, this option is available in a range of sizes from three to five feet tall.
8. Home Heritage Artificial Half Christmas Tree
MOST NORMAL LOOKING
Have you ever wondered why you bother decorating the whole Christmas tree when only half of it is ever going to be on display? Invest in this Home Heritage Pre-Lit PVC Artificial Half Christmas Tree, and you’ll wonder no more. By only buying half a Christmas tree, you won’t have to waste any time decorating a half no one’s going to see. The design also saves on space and comes pre-lit with 150 incandescent lights.
9. Signstek Pre-Lit Fiber Optic Christmas Tree
Using a mix of multi-function crystals and 550 PVC tips, the Signstek Pre-Lit Fiber Optic Christmas Tree is capable of producing a range of visual displays to impress onlookers. Using the foot switch, you can change between 21 different modes, which include glittering fireworks, rotating colors and colorful dancing lights. The tree is easy to assemble and includes a two-year warranty. It also comes in a range of sizes and styles, including four-foot and six-foot options.
10. Large Driftwood Christmas Tree
If you celebrate Christmas on the water’s edge or you simply enjoy a fresh, rustic look throughout your home, the Large Driftwood Christmas Tree is a wonderful alternative to tradition. The three-foot tree is made from driftwood that has been hand collected along the shores of Lake Erie then assembled in a descending tree shape. Hang your ornaments from the logs for a unique look, and then reassemble the logs in a different order on the central pole to display this “tree” all year long.
11. Sterling Tree Company Black Ombre Tree
Ombre might be one of the most popular hair coloring trends of the 2010s, but it’s certainly not limited to beauty. The technique can be used in Christmas trees, too, as this Sterling Tree Company Black Ombre Tree proves. The pre-lit tree starts black at the bottom, turns to shades of gray in the middle and ends up as white on top. At seven and a half feet tall and with 500 clear white lights, this tree is sure to catch a few eyes.
12. WelcomeToTheWoodshop Spiral Wood Christmas Tree
One of the most eco-friendly trees on our list thanks to its longevity and building materials, the WelcomeToTheWoodshop Spiral Wood Christmas is a handmade option for displaying your favorite ornaments in a non-traditional way. The tree comes in a six-foot or seven-foot option, and is easy to assemble and disassemble for storage. Twist the branches in every which way for a unique look that can fit into most spaces with ease. Plus, if your cats like to play with your traditional Christmas tree, they won’t look twice at this wooden one.
13. Vickerman Green Upside Down Tree
Now this may take some getting used to. The Vickerman Green Upside Down Tree has its top at the bottom and its bottom at its top. And while on first exposure, the orientation can seem quite odd, after a short while you’ll come to love having more decorating space to enjoy at head height and more space under the tree, as well. The tree also comes pre-lit with 250 white lights and is supported by a sturdy metal stand.
14. The Holiday Aisle Alpine Christmas Tree
Go “natural” this year with the most realistic artificial Christmas tree on the market. The Holiday Aisle Alpine Christmas Tree looks like a slim, eight-foot pine and comes pre-strung with 400 clear lights. Get one and use it as your main tree this year, or grab a few and create a full Christmas tree display throughout your home.
15. Modern Christmas Trees Hanging White Tree
Not only is the Modern Christmas Trees Hanging White Tree our luxe pick, it’s also the only option on the list which collapses in on itself for easy installation and cleanup. The tree comes in either green or white and arrives fully assembled and ready to be erected. Once up, you’ll find that every ring of this lovely focal point is made from a range of beautiful ornaments. The tree also comes with a high-quality spotlight to shine upwards into the hanging loops to add to it’s Christmas-y feel.