Christmas trees play a big part in our favourite festive traditions. We decorate, open gifts, and celebrate with friends and family around the tree. It’s important to have one that not only suits your style, but also stands tall season after season. In this guide, we show you how to choose the best artificial Christmas tree for your home.
What Christmas Tree Size and Shape Should I Get?
Artificial Christmas trees come in various sizes and shapes. To narrow down your options, choose a spot to determine if you have space for a small Christmas tree or a tall one.
Christmas Tree Height Guide
A good rule of thumb is to have at least 15 centimetres between the top of your tree and the ceiling. This also accounts for a topper or any decorative stand that adds height to the tree. So, if you have the standard 240-centimetre ceiling and a 30-centimetre angel topper, you’d want a 195-centimetre Christmas tree. We measure our trees from the stand to the topmost tip.
Artificial Christmas Tree Shapes
A tree’s shape gives you a general idea how much room it takes up. Go for a regular full tree if you have a spacious area and a narrow or slim one for limited spaces. Calculate your available floor space and check it against the dimensions on our site. We base these measurements on the widest point of the tree.
How Realistic Will My Christmas Tree Look?
We categorise needle types according to the material used. PVC needles are flat and papery while polyethylene (PE) needles have more dimension. Some trees feature a combination of both—the more realistic the Christmas tree, the higher the PE count. Read the foliage details, look at close-up photos, or check our to find out more.
Levels of Realism
Realism relates to the types of needles used in a tree. At Balsam Hill, we categorise our trees into three levels.
Certain species may hold special meaning because they remind you of the Christmas tree you had growing up. That’s why we use nature as inspiration and create moulds from actual branch clippings to make exceptionally real-looking Christmas trees.
Christmas Tree Colours
Depending on the species, real trees come in different shades of green and the same is true for Balsam Hill trees. For instance, the has blue-green needles while the noble fir has a grey tint to it. Some trees are also multi-toned like the with its dark green tips and silver undersides.
What Are the Best Christmas Tree Lights?
Lights bring your Christmas tree to life even without decorations. If you prefer to string your own lights, you need at least 100 lights per 30 centimetres of the tree. Double or triple the amount if you love the look of brighter, more intense lights on your tree.
Pre-Lit vs Unlit Christmas Trees
Our make assembly quick and easy. Balsam Hill’s lights are hand strung to provide optimal coverage while keeping wires from showing. We use premium commercial-grade lights so that even if one bulb burns out or is removed, the rest stay lit.
Types of Christmas Tree Lights
Our pre-lit trees come with energy-efficient LEDs that are rated to last longer than incandescent lights, so your centrepiece shines bright for many years. To find the best pre-lit Christmas tree, consider classic clear or festive multicoloured lights, or switch between both with our .
A bright mix of coloured lights
What Are My Options for Easy Set-up Christmas Trees?
Save time and energy for things that matter most with features that simplify your Christmas tree set-up. Our trees are designed with hinged branches that fan out and in for quick set-up and storage. We also include a sturdy metal stand with rubber feet to keep your floor clean and beautiful.
To make set-up even easier, we’ve incorporated exclusive technology in our premium artificial Christmas trees:
Each tree is professionally hand-shaped prior to shipping. Strong memory wire branches fan out as you set up, so fluffing takes less time. All Pre-Fluffed trees come with Easy Plug.
What Else Should I Consider When Buying a Christmas Tree?
Aside from the technical factors above, here are other things to look into when choosing your artificial Christmas tree:
The best artificial Christmas trees often cost more than real trees because they last season after season. Find one that suits your budget, from slim space-savers to tall, highly realistic trees. Prices vary based on tree size, needle composition, light types, and set-up features.
Care & Storage
Store your tree in a cool, dry place to keep it in good condition. are recommended to keep dust and the elements from harming your tree. All Balsam Hill trees come with a light-weight bag/s for easy storage year after year. For more tips, read our .
Best Time To Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree
Artificial trees are sold all year long, but you’ll find the best deals during major shopping days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can also take advantage of post-Christmas clearance sales and Christmas in July. Learn more about Balsam Hill's sale events in this .
Why Choose Balsam Hill Christmas Trees?
At Balsam Hill, we help you create memorable celebrations—starting with the centrepiece, your tree. It’s our mission to give you the best artificial Christmas tree for your home, so we offer a wide variety of options to suit your needs. We design and produce each of our trees ourselves from tip to trunk, bringing our attention to detail to every tree we make.
Each Balsam Hill Christmas tree comes with a lightweight premium steel stand, soft cotton gloves for fluffing, and storage bag/s for the off-season. Pre-lit trees are also delivered with extra bulbs.
Get your tree delivered right to your door at no cost within Australia. Rather than packing our large trees in one giant container, we ship them to you in several smaller packages for easier unboxing.