The Best Places to Buy a Christmas Tree In-Store and Online (2022)

Our top picks from Home Depot, Lowe's, and more

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Samantha Parsons

The Best Places to Buy a Christmas Tree In-Store and Online (2)

Samantha Parsons

Samantha has been writing for The Spruce since 2021. Her free time is often spent vetting and testing products to use personally and professionally.

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Updated on 03/22/22

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The Best Places to Buy a Christmas Tree In-Store and Online (3)

Buying an artificialChristmas treeis easier than ever, with hundreds of options both in-store and online.

We researched the best sites that offer real and artificial Christmas trees, considering delivery time, quality, and overall aesthetic. Our list includes pre-lit options from Balsam Hill, traditional fir styles from Home Depot, and trees suitable for family-sized homes from Lowe's.

Here are the best places to purchase your next artificial Christmas tree.

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • What to Look for

  • Why Trust the Spruce

What We Like

  • Military discount available

  • In-store pick-up available

  • Locations throughout the US

What We Don't Like

  • Heavily trafficked during the holidays

  • In-store availability for certain models is inconsistent

Lowes offers a plethora of artificial trees, perfect for small apartments and family-sized homes alike.

The website's overall design is user-friendly, with options to compare different species, shapes, colors, and lighting styles of trees. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of sizes, starting with small 3-foot options to huge 12-foot trees. There is even an option to filter through what trees are currently unavailable when you're shopping. Prices will vary, but affordable options begin in the mid hundred range.

The prices of Christmas trees at Lowe’s start at around $30 and go up, depending on the size you want. When you buy a tree in-store, Lowe's will typically wrap the tree in netting, making transport easier. They'll also cut the stem so the tree can more readily take up water. Overall, our editors love Lowe's for any Christmas tree needs.

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What We Like

  • Military discount available

  • In-store pickup available

  • Locations throughout the US

  • Diverse styles

What We Don't Like

  • Heavily trafficked during the holidays

  • In-store availability for certain models is inconsistent

With a slogan of "How doers get more done," it makes sense that Home Depot would have a wide variety of holiday trees in stock. Styles resemble a more traditional fir, multi-colored branches of artificial pine, and even a technicolor cactus.

Since Home Depot is a mass retailer, it allows consumers to shop in-store, online, or pick up their purchases the same day—meaning that even last-minute shoppers will have a tree. With real-time customer support, the ability to compare models, and hassle-free returns, getting an artificial tree through this handyman's go-to has never been easier.

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What We Like

  • Sampling program

  • Higher quality than other brands on the market

  • Nationwide delivery

What We Don't Like

  • Pricier than competitors

  • Shipping could be longer during the holiday season

  • Smaller tree selection

If there is one thing that Balsam Hill knows, it's artificial Christmas trees. Founder Mac Harman started the company when a family member wanted to create a festive atmosphere during the holiday season, despite an allergy to living trees. After copious searching left him empty-handed, he created Balsam Hill with the sole purpose of making the most realistic, high-quality trees on the market.

On their site, Balsam Hill offers Firs and Spruces ranging from thin to thick, frosted to traditional, and trees can be as tall as 18 feet. If you aren't sure what variety is the right fit for you and your family, they even offer a sample kit that includes full branches of each tree type. You won't have to worry about making the wrong decision. Our editors also love that the trees come prelit, making the decoration process more streamlined and effortless.

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What We Like

  • Has the most options

  • Ships virtually anywhere

What We Don't Like

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  • Shipping speed is not consistent

  • No in-store experience

It's no secret that Wayfair is the go-to source for furniture or other household items for many, but did you know they are well-stocked with artificial trees?

Like most items on the site, you won't have to worry too much about an option being too far outside of your budget, as prices tend to be lower than most online retailers. They offer a generous range of styles, including flocked, white, pre-lit, slim, and even the upside-down tree, which has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Wayfair also offers real trees, though they're usually much smaller—about the size of a house plant.

On each tree's product description page, you can find tree measurements, shipping costs (which is almost always free for trees), plus the estimated arrival date at first glance, making your online shopping experience as convenient as possible. Be sure to read the reviews to make sure your selection lives up to your quality expectations.

What We Like

  • In-store pickup available

  • Locations throughout the US

  • Diversity of styles

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes you get what you pay for

Walmart's website offers hundreds of real and artificial tree options from brands you'll find everywhere else. The interface is easy to navigate, and there are not many gimmicks or hurdles to finding a tree. Should you choose to check out the selection for yourself, something like an artificial Christmas tree will be in the gardening section.

Walmart generally sells trees wrapped up, so you don't get to see exactly what you're buying, but you can’t beat their low prices—smaller trees start at just $20.

Alternatively, you can buy a live Christmas tree from Walmart online, having it delivered right to your doorstep. While undeniably convenient, this service does cost more, as Christmas trees are bulky and heavy to ship.

What We Like

  • Fast delivery (especially for Prime Members)

  • Wide assortment of brands and styles

  • Wide range of price points

What We Don't Like

  • Cannot purchase in-store

  • Subject to shop owner return policies

We all know Amazon as the place to shop for whatever you need in a pinch, and that couldn't be more true for their holiday offers. The tree selection is a bit more substantial than other online retailers, thanks to the ability for multiple store-fronts for the same item, so make sure to shop from authorized sellers to ensure you get the highest quality tree possible.

It's the perfect place to search if you're looking for unconventional trees, too. You know, the silver tinsel Spruces or pre-decorated Firs. But, no matter your preference, you can usually expect the same swift shipping on your tree as you would for any other purchase from the retailer.

What We Like

  • Educator discount

  • Not well-known for having trees

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  • Decent assortments of tree types and sizes

What We Don't Like

  • Online only

  • Not a lot of customer reviews to reference

A little know fact, this DIY paradise stocks artificial trees year-round. So, when you and the family go shopping for supplies for your next household project or handmade ornaments, be sure to browse their Christmas tree selections.

There are options like tabletop trees for city apartments with very little room for a large holiday display along with seven-footers for the home with a bit more surface area. No matter what tree you're searching for, Michaels might just have it.

What We Like

  • Specializes in Christmas decor and trees

  • High-quality selection

  • Multiple varieties and sizes are available

What We Don't Like

  • Higher price point

  • Not sold in stores

King of Christmas emphasizes superior craftsmanship to ensure that families who purchase their trees have memories that will last a lifetime. They offer 12 different tree varieties with multiple sizes and shapes available for each. Shipping in the US is free, and the company donates hundreds of trees each season to families in need.

If you make a selection from King of Christmas, our editors have no doubt you’ll feel good putting a topper on your tree this upcoming holiday season.

What We Like

  • Frequent discounts

  • Top brands available

What We Don't Like

  • Shipping can be slow during the holidays

  • Some discounts only apply to members

As the company name suggests, Bed, Bath, & Beyond offers more than just linens and appliances. They provide a considerable range of holiday trees year-round. Selections include novelty, pre-lit, traditional, and miniature sizes too. The brands are top-tier, so you don't have to question if the quality is on-par with other retailers. Of course, Bed, Bath, & Beyond always run promotions, so be sure to keep your eyes out for any extra ways to save this upcoming holiday season.

What We Like

  • Frequent sales and promotions site-wide

  • Diverse selection of trees

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What We Don't Like

  • Less brands offered compared to other retailers

Many of us know Khol's as a place to buy clothing, shoes, and home essentials, but little did we know that their artificial tree section is well-stocked.

While the tree selection is slightly smaller than others on the list, the assortment is diverse. So, for the one who spent hours scrolling through grandiose tree displays on Pinterest or the one who wants something more modest, there is a tree for you.

And, with frequent sales and store cash available, even a more expensive tree can become within your budget.

Species

While the Christmas tree is a catch-all term, it is worth noting that not all trees are created equal. Different tree species provide a different aesthetic and potential experience to the holiday season. For a more traditional look, a true evergreen is an optimal choice. The tones are deep and earthy, just as the conical shape is functional and symmetrical.

Style

Christmas trees are an investment. By opting for the more traditional style, you can explore your creativity through tree themes, lighting, and decor for years to come. However, slim options are available for smaller homes and spaces, and upside-down trees have become more and more popular over the years. Ultimately, the right tree variety comes to personal preference, so be sure to compare any styles first before deciding on one.

Care

Taking care of an artificial tree sounds easy, but it can be the difference between having something that lasts a handful of seasons or for more years than you can count.

You should always follow the manufacturers' instructions on how to maintain your tree when it is being used and how to store your tree once the hustle and bustle of the season have come to a close. If the tree doesn't come with a storage bag, it would be worth investing in one when you purchase our tree. It will protect your tree from dust and water damage, not to mention making it compact for easy storage.

FAQ

  • When buying online, earlier is always better—no matter if you are buying a living or artificial tree. On top of supply chain issues, the owner of Christmas Tree Brooklyn, Arthur S., shares that we have a tree shortage this year. Luckily, for places like Christmas Trees Brooklyn, buyers can purchase their trees early and choose a delivery date that works for them. Most retailers will similarly outline their shipping times and costs during checkout and many offer higher prices for expedited shipping if necessary. Retailers offering in-person Christmas tree shops give you the flexibility to buy and take home your tree on the same day, but keep in mind that pickings may become slimmer as Christmas gets closer.

  • Experts say that most artificial trees can last an average of 10 years, but with the right care and storage, some can be used for up to two decades.

  • Simply put, the question of price is relative when shopping for any item, including Christmas trees. Aly Morford of Pure Salt Interiors explains that each year, the price for both living and nonliving trees is skyrocketing. "Spending a couple of hundred dollars upfront for a tree that lasts years and years is an investment we are more than comfortable recommending," she says.

    Morford also suggests looking at the materials used. If it is too shinny or flimsy, this is a visual giveaway that the tree is artificial. Keep that in mind as you purchase your tree to ensure a good investment.

Samantha Parsons re-envisioned this article to include websites that offered a wide selection of trees, keeping in mind aesthetics, budget, and accessibility. With the expert insight from co-founders of Pure Salt Interiors, she was able to conclude that the aforementioned websites are the best of the best.

When she is not spending her time writing for The Spruce, Samantha works for a beauty brand and constantly reads up on the latest product launches and design trends.

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FAQs

The Best Places to Buy a Christmas Tree In-Store and Online? ›

The Best Places to Buy Christmas Trees in 2022
  • A Tree to Your Door.
  • Amazon.
  • Ballard Designs.
  • Balsam Hill.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond.
  • Costco.
  • Hammacher Schlemmer.
  • The Home Depot.
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How do I get the best deal on a Christmas tree? ›

The best time to buy your holiday centerpiece is during a Christmas tree sale, months ahead of the season. This allows you to enjoy the best Christmas tree deals while avoiding the holiday rush. Shopping in advance will also help you spread out costs, as opposed to buying everything during peak season.

What is the most realistic looking artificial Christmas tree? ›

Compared with National Tree's Downswept Douglas Fir, Balsam Hill's 7.5-foot Fraser Fir Flip Tree Color + Clear LED has a higher number and a greater proportion of realistic branches, which makes it appear more lifelike especially from across a room.

Where can I find a good artificial Christmas tree? ›

Stands are usually included; plastic versions may be less stable than those made of metal. Some fake trees also include additional accessories such as a storage bag. Your fake tree should also be fire retardant and fade resistant. Lights: Consider whether a pre-lit tree is worth the added cost.

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