The Best Artificial Christmas Trees on Sale for Every Size, Style and Budget

Score top-rated trees for a lot less during these sales events.

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November 11, 2020

If you’re tired of sweeping up pine needles or remembering to water the tree, it’s time for an artificial tree this Christmas. An artificial tree takes the hassle out of decking the halls. It lasts the entire holiday season and can last for years if you take care of it and properly store it. Yes, artificial trees are more expensive than the initial price of a fresh-cut tree, but you’ll save money in the long run. And right now, you can save big — really big — on tons of artificial Christmas trees. Some are cheaper than a fresh-cut tree! Several big-box retailers are launching their Black Friday deals early, and we’ve spotted a lot of artificial trees in the mix, from a six-foot pre-lit tree for $30 to a nine-footer less than $250. Take a look at our top picks below and treat yourself to a new tree this Christmas.

Tree Terms to Know

  • Hooked: Trees with hooked branches must be assembled with every branch featuring a hook that fits into a hole in the tree trunk. These are cheaper than hinged trees and require keeping track of the various tree branch sizes to correctly put the tree together.
  • Hinged: Trees with hinged branches are already attached to the tree trunk and don’t require individual branch assembly. These branches just fold out for faster setup. But, unlike, hooked systems, the tree itself will be larger to break down and store after Christmas.
  • Flocked: Trees with a frosted snow-like appearance. These branches feature a white powder coating that mimics freshly fallen snow.
  • Downswept: Trees with branches that curve downward. Downswept trees are often more expensive, but feature a more realistic branch pattern.
  • Pre-Lit: A tree with branches already strung in lights. Some pre-lit trees are even outfitted with color options so you can change from white to multicolor with a simple touch of a button.
  • LED: Pre-lit trees with LED light bulbs. These are very, very bright and great for window displays. But they don’t necessarily have that warm, cozy candle-lit vibe.

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Best Buy

You probably wouldn’t think to buy a Christmas tree at Best Buy, but the tech store has quite the selection of trees, garlands, wreaths, outdoor inflatables, lights and more. It’s definitely worth a price check against other major big-box stores if you’re shopping for new decorations online. And right now, Best Buy has lowered their prices on tons of trees, from fir to pine. But what caught our eye is the huge selection of Norway spruce trees. These trees even in artificial form are very thick and fluffy. So if you like a big tree that can really fill a corner of a room or make a statement right in the middle of a front window, this is the best type of tree for you. Both pre-lit and unlit options are discounted right now.


Even if you don’t know much about Christmas tree types, you’ve probably heard one name: Douglas fir. Everyone wants a Douglas fir. They’re the peonies of the Christmas tree world. And they’re expensive even as a fake! That’s because fir trees really are very pretty. They’re dense like spruce, but there’s a more feathered texture in the branches. If you’re in the market for a faux fir, there are some great deals at Wayfair. In addition to the brand’s Early Black Friday sale, you can snag select fir trees and other Christmas trees up to 60 percent off!


Artificial trees aren’t cheap. Some high-end brands can actually go for more than $2,000 for a nine-foot tree. Yes, really. If you’re not looking for over-the-top features and you just need something to hang your ornaments on, Target is a great spot for snagging an artificial Christmas tree on a budget. And right now, a handful of trees from Target’s Wondershop are 20 percent off. Now, obviously, these trees aren’t as realistic as other “luxury” artificial trees. But the way I see it, the more money you save on the tree, the more you have for fun ornaments. And as someone who has been to a lot of Christmas tree displays in my years working for HGTV, once you trim the tree with lights, garland and ornaments, you really can’t tell if it’s a $30 or $1,000 tree.


If you’re looking for a slim Christmas tree, Overstock has tons of models on sale with free shipping on any order! Sometimes called pencil trees, these narrow trees are great for apartments where you do have the ceiling height, but can’t sacrifice a lot of floor space. A pair of pencil trees also look nice flanking a fireplace or bar cart. We spotted this Douglas fir slim tree for $126.39 as well as some pre-lit models for less than $100!


Michaels is currently running The Great Big Tree Spree with artificial trees up to 60 percent off and free shipping on any Christmas tree over $59. There’s a huge selection of styles, but we noticed an awful lot of vintage-inspired tinsel trees in the sale, from retro white and silver to funky teal and blue to this rose gold ombre beauty. There are also select mini tinsel trees on sale for under $20!

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