The perfect Christmas tree becomes the centerpiece of your home during the holidays, and Seasonal Living wants to help you find the right one. We have dozens of pre-lighted, artificial Christmas trees to choose from and a knowledgeable sales staff to answer all your questions.
Tips for Selecting an Artificial Christmas Tree
- Height: Most artificial Christmas trees are available in 7.5' and 9' heights. Remember to leave 12" to 18" between the top of your tree and the ceiling so you can add your bow, angel, star or other topper. For instance, if you have vaulted ceilings (10' to 12'), you'll want to purchase a 9' tree. A 7.5' style works well in a home with standard ceilings (8' to 9'). You can always bend over the very top sprig of the tree if you need extra clearance room for the topper. Christmas trees that are 12' or taller are a great size for two story foyers or for churches, large office buildings, and other institutions.
- Lights: There's no real rule for how many lights should be on a tree-it's purely personal preference. Slim style Christmas trees will have fewer lights than a full style that's the same height, and trees with fewer tips will usually have fewer lights. On average, though, 7.5' trees have at least 500 lights and 9' trees have at least 750 lights.
- Tip Count: The tip count on an artificial Christmas tree affects how "full" it looks. The way the branches are layered will also impact how full the tree looks, and whether it has slim, natural, or traditional profile. So, make sure you look at the tree in person.
- Base: This is the diameter measurement of the tree at its widest point. So, measure your space first and determine how large a base is appropriate for your area. If you display your Christmas tree in a corner, you can add five or six inches to the base measurement because you'll be able to bend some of the hidden branches back to save space.