CHRISTMAS trees, whether they are real or not, are the ultimate festive decoration to make you feel like Christmas has truly kicked in.
Finding the perfect Christmas tree to fit your space, putting it up, and decorating it, may feel like a pretty big task, but it's magical once it's done.
To save you time and effort, some may prefer a pop-up Christmas tree, which you can recycle year after year, it is fuss-free, easy to assemble, and compact so you can store it away after Christmas is over. Plus, you don't have to continually sweep up the pesky needles for months after.
A pop-up Christmas tree is an artificial tree that's ideal for anyone who doesn't have the time to decorate a fresh tree every year, prefers a more sustainable option, or may suffer from allergies.
Faux pop-up Christmas trees are also a budget-friendly option – you can save a small fortune by not buying a new tree each year.
Typically pop-up trees come decorated with LED lights, baubles, tinsel and more, and then they collapse down for easy storage, while some may be snow-topped (faux snow of course), in multi-colours, or plain for you to get creative.
Plus, they come in different sizes, whether it's fullness or height.
Whatever your budget, Christmas aesthetic and spatial constraints, you'll easily find a pop-up Christmas tree to suit your home.
We've picked out our favourites below.
14 Select from a height of 4.5 foot to 10 foot Credit: Balsam Hill Tree Vermont White Spruce, from £359 (on sale) at Balsam Hill – buy here
Balsam Hill has a whole host of pop-up Christmas trees and other festive accessories to transform your home into Santa's grotto.
The Vermont White Spruce faux tree has caught our attention as it comes in numerous sizes, ranging from 4.5 to 10 feet tall, it is easy to assemble and achieves a full faux fir tree look to leave you questioning if it is real or not.
Shoppers can select different heights, as well as LED lights, whether it is clear sparkling lights or multicoloured.
This was our first time having a pre-lit tree, and we were shocked at just how easy it was to put together. We expected to get tangled in a mess of arms, legs, and lights but Balsam Hill has easy plug technology so although the tree comes in three sections, you can use one plug and the electricity connects as you add each different section.
One of our favourite parts is putting the sections together and then undoing the ribbon to see the branches cascading down.
The tree has upwards-sloping branches, which makes hanging baubles and decorations easy. Sturdy hanging was essential for us, as many of my ornaments are glass, ceramic, or downright fragile.
We didn't have to add additional lighting as we found that the existing lights were more than enough. If you’re looking for an artificial tree that you have to do a double-take on to make sure that it’s not real, then this is probably the one for you. The branches are fluffy and realistic and the candlelight lights give a subtle yet charming glow without being garish or gaudy.
Read our full Balsam Hill Tree review here.
Height: from 4.5' to 10' , Diameter: 76 inches, Material: True Needle® foliage, Colour: Green with clear LED or coloured LED lights Argos Home 6ft Pre lit Pop Up Christmas Tree Argos Home 6ft Pre lit Pop Up Christmas Tree, £45 from Argos – buy here
Argos has an array of Christmas trees you can shop online, which range in size, and colour, some are pre-lit and decorated, while others are plain.
The 6ft Pre Lit Pop Up Christmas Tree may be tall, but it is more of a streamlined design and slim enough to fit in tight corners, which is ideal for those tight on space but still want to add festive touches in the home.
This tree has been fitted with 60 static warm white bulbs, so all you have to do is assemble and you are done.
To assemble all you have to do is build the base, attach the trunk, and hang the foliage as you choose, then when you are happy everything is in place, just pull the branches down and style as you choose.
Shoppers are obsessed with this 'perfect' design, so much so numerous customers have purchased two for various rooms in the home.
One shopper's review read: 'This tree is perfect – just unwrap it, build the stand and plonk the tree on top – less than five minutes! Loved it so much that I bought another for my kitchen!'
Another shared: 'It's very easy pop-up tree as has arthritis it's easy for me so easy store it away for another year got two so far do love them.'
Height: 6 ft, Diameter: Approx 40cm, Material: PVC and plastic stand, Colour: Green with warm white lights READ MORE: Best artificial Christmas tree Best gardening advent calendar Pokemon advent calendar Best advent calendar for women Best advent calendar for men Pre-Lit Ozark Blue Spruce Slim Christmas Tree Pre-Lit Ozark Blue Spruce Slim Christmas Tree, £150 £99.99 from Very – buy here
Forget wrestling with tangled fairy lights, ribbons tinsels, the kids' homemade Christmas decorations and lord knows what else in the loft, and opt for an affordable pre-lit tree from Very instead.
Designed for smaller rooms, this 7ft Ozark Blue Spruce tree has a slim design but exceptionally lush coverage.
The tree is super easy to assemble and comes with a metal stand and 300 Warm White LED Light for a cosy, festive feel.
One shopper commented: 'Super tree, so glad I bought it, fab price compared to store ones that are far more expensive with hardly any foliage.'
Height: 210 cm, Diameter: 102cm, Material: PVC, Light Chain, Metal Habitat Snow-dusted pop-up Christmas trees Habitat 6ft Snowy Pop-Up Christmas Tree, £50 at Argos – buy here
Every Christmas is white with a stunning snow-covered pop-up tree from Habitat at Argos.
The Habitat Home six-foot snow-tipped Christmas Tree is a beautiful reusable tree that will be a staple feature of every Christmas to come.
The tree is artificial, so it's pet-safe as it doesn't drop any needles, and it's pretty sturdy with a central pole and metal stand.
With minimal assembly and a stand included, it'll pop up, adding a wintry festive look to your home in no time.
Boxed size: H45.72, W33.02, D45.72cm, Material: PVC Homcom 4ft Artificial Christmas Tree Homcom 4ft Artificial Christmas Tree, £39.99 from Amazon – buy here
This 4-foot white artificial tree at Amazon has snow-covered branches and plentiful branch tips for a bright, full-bodied tree the whole family can enjoy.
It also features multi-coloured LED lights with flashing modes to add some festive fun.
It has a handy base and frame for stability and has received plenty of rave reviews, with shoppers noting it's 'fantastic value' and 'good quality'.
One added, 'We didn't add any further decorations as we all agreed the tree looked really nice as it was out of the box.'
Size: 60D x 60W x 120H cm, D45.72cm, Material: Plastic, Polyvinyl Chloride Traditional pop up Christmas tree Pre-Lit Pop Up Decorated 6ft Green Artificial Christmas Tree, £92.99 from Wayfair- buy here
Let's face it, some of us just love decorating trees the good old-fashioned way, with red and gold baubles paired with red ribbons. It's simple yet super effective.
Except, with this artificial, pop-up tree from Wayfair, all the decorations come attached so you don't need to do any of the hard work.
It's six feet tall and comes with 100 warm white LED lights, as well as 25 4cm red baubles, 25 6cm red baubles (that's 50 baubles!) and 18 red bows.
The lead is 3m long to reach your mains socket, and it comes with a sturdy stand to keep it supported all festive season long.
Size: 182.88cm X 75.95cm X 75.95cm Decorative Christmas tree 6ft Slim Pop-Up Tree, £79.99 £69.99 from The Range – buy here
At 6ft, this slim pop-up tree by The Range is the perfect size for any room.
Featuring 50 decorations, it's a glorious-looking tree that's sure to get all the compliments on Christmas Day.
It's easy to put up and has four plastic support feet to keep it sturdy and stable.
If you order before midnight then you can get next-day delivery, or collect it from your nearest store.
Size: 180cm H X 76cm X 76cm D Habitat 6ft Snow Covered Christmas Tree Habitat 6ft Snow Covered Christmas Tree, £65 from Argos – buy here
The six feet Habitat green snow-covered Christmas Tree looks just as good as the real thing with red and gold decorations and snow-dusted branches.
It's easy to assemble and there's plenty of room for extra decorations if you want it to be bursting with baubles.
Shoppers rate how beautiful it looks, with one commenting, 'Much better than other artificial trees without snow effect.'
Boxed size: H97.79, W27.94, D32.25cm, Material: PVC M&S 6ft Pre-Lit Slim Spruce Christmas Tree 6ft Pre-Lit Slim Spruce Christmas Tree, £39.50 at M&S – buy here
Ideal for smaller spaces, this M&S pop-up Christmas tree is slim and compact while adding plenty of festive cheer and a substantial 6ft tall.
The tree is easy to pop up each Christmas with memory branch tech that ensures it falls into shape with minimal rearranging.
It also comes pre-lit with 100 warm white bulbs – simply add a few more of your own decorations if you like and you're all set with an easy and affordable reusable Christmas tree.
It's also incredibly easy to assemble, one M&S shopper even wrote, 'good and sturdy, easy to put together.'
Size: H 182.9 W 61 cm L 61 cm, Material: Plastic Dunelm 6ft Pre Lit 110 LED Pop-Up Christmas Tree 6ft Pre Lit 110 LED Pop Up Christmas Tree, £50 at Dunelm – buy here
For a convenient and well-priced pop-up tree, we love this pre-lit 6-footer from Dunelm.
A classic Christmas tree with realistic fir tips, it comes pre-lit with low-voltage LED bulbs giving a warm white glow and making any room in your house feel extra cosy.
It's super simple to set up and comes with a sturdy, stable base too.
A reviewer added, 'This is perfect for smaller homes or flats. Another bonus is my cats don't seem fussed by it at all!'
Size: H 6ft D 76cm, Stand: 50cm Material: PVC, Stainless Steel, Iron Duchess Slim Flocked Pre-Lit Christmas Tree 6ft Duchess Slim Flocked Pre-Lit Christmas Tree, £69.99 at Robert Days – buy here
This easy-to-care-for Duchess Slim Christmas tree is lightly flocked with a branch-like effect for an authentic look without pine needles leaving a mess on your carpet.
It's six feet tall but has a slim design that won't take up too much space in smaller rooms.
The tree comes pre-lit with 140 warm white lights and a 3m green cable attached to the metal base.
The tree has received plenty of five-star reviews with shoppers claiming it's "excellent value for money" and "full and impressive".
Size: H183 x W70 x D70cm Collapsible Pop Up Christmas Tree with Lights 5Ft Collapsible Artificial Christmas Tree £31.99 at Amazon – buy here
If you're looking for a bright and sparkly pop-up Christmas tree, this eye-catching Amazon tree is sure to brighten up any room.
There's no need to add anything to this colourful tree as it comes complete with tinsel, 10m of LED lights and a gold star on top.
It's slim and compact, standing at five feet tall and 13 inches wide so ideal for smaller spaces.
Plus, it comes with a stand and is quick and easy to assemble with a 'pull up' design so it can be put up or taken down in minutes – the perfect hassle-free Christmas decoration.
Size: 33D x 33W x 150H cm, Material: Alloy Steel, Plastic, Metal, Polyvinyl Chloride Pre-Decorated Pop-up Christmas Tree with Lights 6ft Pre-Decorated Pop-up Christmas Tree with Lights, £109.99 at the Range – buy here
If you don't have time to decorate a tree this Christmas, this handy pop-up tree from The Range comes pre-lit and decorated straight out of the box.
This 6ft tree is available in three different decorative styles to suit your taste – frosted white, silver/yellow and red/gold.
As well as the gorgeous decorations, it comes with 100 LED lights and a low-voltage transformer plug for extra safety.
Size: 6ft H X 60cm W, Material: PVC, Copper, Plastic Pre-Lit Pop-Up Christmas Tree Pre-Lit Pop-Up Christmas Tree, from £59.99 from Christmas Tree World – buy here
This pre-lit pop-up Christmas tree comes in six- and seven-foot options, with either 80 or 100 warm white LEDs suspended around its central pole.
Ideal for creating an instantaneous festive atmosphere, it's easy to decorate and stores easily, taking up minimal space.
'So easy to put together, it took about 15 minutes altogether including tweaking the branches, it looks amazing, so happy, excellent buy,' wrote one fan.
Plus, it was even seen onscreen on ITV's This Morning which is a pretty good claim to fame in our opinion!
6 ft tree: 76cm with 588 branch tips and 80 lights, 7 ft tree: 86cm with 828 branch tips and 100 lights How much are pop-up Christmas trees?
Depending on your spatial constraints, needs, and even taste, pop-up Christmas trees come in a range of budgets.
If your budget is lower, head on over to Amazon for a wide, very affordable selection starting from just £30.
Argos is usually around mid-range on the pricing scale, starting from around £100, with Wayfair topping in at a little more expensive, tallying up to £150 and above.
Regardless of how much you spend on it, a pop-up tree is a must-have year-on-year as it's easy to put up (and take down), creates no mess and less waste as you're not throwing it out each year.
Where to buy pop-up Christmas trees?
This year, your best bet is to buy Christmas trees online. It's delivered to your door in no time, with less hassle heading to the shops in the pre-Christmas rush.
Your first stop to buy a pop-up Christmas tree, we think, should be Amazon.
Amazon has a wide range of artificial trees that are easy to assemble, and to pack away — starting from as little as £30.
It has options for mini pop-up trees, too, for putting on your dining room table during dinner, or even dotted around the hall to give it that extra festive feel.
Otherwise, if you'd rather hit the high street, Argos has a fantastic selection too. So does supermarket favourite Asda.
What to look for in a pop-up Christmas tree?
It entirely depends on your taste and needs when it comes to what to look for in a pop-up Christmas tree.
It's worth thinking about the boring bits first, though; like if it's sturdy enough, and if it has a cable that will reach the mains socket (if it's pre-lit).
We would recommend looking for a tree that has a sturdy central pole, with a metal or heavy-duty plastic stand.
Also, it's worth looking for a tree with at least a 2/3m-long cable, if you want it decorated.
Most artificial trees come decorated but will need a fluff of their branches when it arrives. You can still opt for a 'naked' option if you've got hordes of baubles and lights at home in the loft somewhere…
How to put up a pop-up Christmas tree?
Pop-up Christmas trees are designed to be fuss-free, with minimal effort required.
Most trees come with a plastic or metal stand in a few different parts which click into place. The central pole usually arrives in a few different pieces, too.
Fix it into the stand piece-by-piece, according to the provided instructions, and pop the artificial body of the tree on top.
Some are simple enough and come folded, so you simply open it up and click it into place.
The idea is that they're easy to assemble and pack away compactly for easy storage.
How to decorate a pop-up Christmas tree?
If you're lucky, your pop-up artificial tree will come pre-lit and pre-decorated. meaning there's no time wasted on detangling last year's fairy lights or searching through broken baubles.
If not, don't panic. We recommend decorating it like your average Christmas tree, but perhaps with lightweight decorations.
Always start with your fairy lights and decorate from the bottom upwards, wrapping it around the central pole on each level of the branch, and as close to the pole as possible. If you're using tinsel instead, do the same with this.
Then, hang your baubles and decorations as close to the end of each branch as possible. Voila, and get ready to rock around the pop-up Christmas tree!
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