• Christmas Trees With a Difference

    Nov 11, 2018

    Christmas is a traditional time of year. From stuffing the turkey to hanging up stockings, some of our favourite festive pastimes have been part of the season for hundreds of years!

    However, sometimes it’s good to shake things up a bit! Alternative Christmas trees are becoming increasingly popular among those who like to buck the norm and create something out of the ordinary.

    Take a look at our favourite artificial Christmas trees with a difference that we hope to see front and centre in many homes this Christmas!

    Alternative Christmas Trees With a Difference…

     

    Upside Down Christmas Tree

    If you really want to flip tradition on its head, this one is for you! Hanging an upside down Christmas tree was once seen as a religious symbol in Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages, though this obviously gave way to the upright tree we all recognise today.

    However, it looks like this once forgotten ritual is back on the rise! Having been picked up by Claridge's hotel in 2017, who brought in designer, Karl Lagerfeld to decorate, the trend is back on top!

    While you may feel a little dizzy while hanging your baubles, our pre-lit upside down tree comes ready-strung with lights and with a sturdy hook to hang from your ceiling beam - so all you have to do is work out where to put your presents!

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    Black Christmas Tree

    For some people, only a green Christmas tree will do. However, there are just as many other Christmas lovers who like to think outside the box…

    Something of the marmite of Christmas trees, a black Christmas tree can divide opinion. Isn’t Christmas supposed to be merry and bright? While they may not be for everyone, we love the dramatic and luxurious look a black Christmas tree can give.

    Great for contemporary styles, your sparkles will really stand out against the dark branches, while gleaming golds, glitters, beads and lavish feathers can add some opulence to your tree with a difference! We’ve even seen some people create a spooky Halloween display with theirs before transforming into Christmas…

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    LED Blossom Tree

    Twig Christmas trees are another alternative becoming popular among those seeking a Christmas tree with a difference. Great for outdoor displays, our LED blossom trees also have plenty of potential for indoor use.

    Whether you want a small table top twig tree or a full size spectacle, our range of LED blossom trees offer a great option for a contemporary alternative Christmas tree.

    Take a look at The 5ft Warm White LED Blossom Tree that can fit beautifully into hallways for a striking minimalist look. If you’re feeling creative, you could also try hanging a few decorations off the branches for a modern alternative Christmas tree with minimal effort.

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    Half Christmas Tree

    Half the tree doesn’t mean half the fun! The perfect solution for anyone trying to cram Christmas into their apartment or other small space, half Christmas trees have been popping up everywhere!

    Lying flat against your wall, a half Christmas tree can allow you to go with a height and width that would usually take up too much space if it was full size. It also means you don’t have to hang on to unwanted baubles to fill the back of your tree - you can go all out to create a full on spectacle from the front only!

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    Use Your LED Lights…

    If you really want to create an unconventional Christmas tree this year, your LED Christmas lights could be all you need!

    Follow the latest trend of stringing lights up on your wall in the triangular shape of a Christmas tree to make a display that is sure to spread some smiles. You don't even need a  power socket to adorn your walls if you use our battery powered LED lights! All you need is some adhesive wall hooks to wind your lights around and you will have created a Christmas tree with a difference in no time.

    Other everyday objects can also be transformed into an alternative Christmas tree with the power of some LED string lights - a wooden folding ladder and stacks of books or logs are other popular choices!

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    Are you going to try a Christmas tree with a difference this year? Shop our full range of artificial Christmas trees to see more.

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  • The Most Successful Christmas Football Teams

    Nov 11, 2018

    For football fans, there's no better time of the year than Christmas. They squeeze in as many games as they feasibly can, which means while we're gorging on turkey sandwiches and mince pies, barely a day goes by when we can't watch a match.

    But who comes out on top of this infamously 'busy Christmas period'? It might not be who you think!

    Based on data from the past six seasons and analysing results from games from the middle of December until the New Year, it turns out that Tottenham Hotspur are the highest points earners in the Premier League.

    The Premier League table over that period may throw up a few surprises:

    • Tottenham Hotspur - 74 points
    • Man City - 73 points
    • Chelsea - 69 points
    • Man United - 68 points
    • Arsenal - 62 points
    • Liverpool - 58 points
    • Bournemouth - 50 points
    • Leicester - 47 points
    • Everton - 46 points
    • Burnley - 46 points
    • Huddersfield - 44 points
    • Brighton - 41 points
    • Fulham - 38 points
    • Cardiff - 38 points
    • Newcastle - 37 points
    • West Ham - 36 points
    • West Brom - 36 points
    • Watford - 35 points
    • Crystal Palace - 34 points
    • Southampton - 29 points

    Southampton are the worst performing team over Christmas, accumulating just 29 points over the 6 seasons.

    Christmas football stats

    However, Spurs aren’t the top scorers in the league. That accolade goes to Man City, who have scored 75 times over Christmas. Crystal Palace are the most frugal scorers, netting only 30 times. The top scoring teams are:

    • Man City - 75
    • Spurs - 68
    • Liverpool - 67
    • Arsenal - 61
    • Chelsea - 59
    • Man United - 58

    The top individual scorer during that time is Spurs’ Harry Kane, netting 17 goals, which would go a long way to explain their good festive form. Romelu Lukaku was second with 13 goals, scored during his time at Everton, Manchester United and a loan spell at West Brom. The top scorers are:

    • Harry Kane - 17
    • Romelu Lukaku - 13
    • Yaya Toure / Olivier Giroud / Theo Walcott - 11
    • Sergio Aguero - 10

    Of course, before you sit down to watch the footy, you need to get the festive setting just right. Don't forget to check out our artificial Christmas trees and Christmas tree lights!

  • What Causes The Most Arguments At Christmas?

    Nov 11, 2018

    Christmas is supposed to be a time of cheer and joy, a time to get together with family and friends and eat, drink and be merry.

    However, many of us will attest to this not always being the case. Sometimes Christmas means slightly fraught and tense atmospheres, and tempers can become frayed - especially after a glass or three of eggnog!

    Here at Christmas Tree World, we've conducted some research into what grinds our gears at Christmas and what's most likely to cause tempers to fray around the dinner table.

    Take a look at the graphic below to see what's going to make our blood boil this festive period...

    Christmas family arguments infographic

    As you can see, it's our family who cause us the most irritation at Christmas, with 29.6% of arguments being caused by our nearest and dearest in some form, whether that's not going to see certain people or other family squabbles.

    The next highest cause of arguments is (unsurprisingly) politics of some kind (21%). Politics, whether it's Brexit, Donald Trump or any other type of political discussion can be particularly explosive at the moment, and one in five of us can expect it to crop up at some point this Christmas - we're not here to judge, we just sell Christmas trees!

    Money can also be a touchy subject over Christmas, and 17.3% of us will argue about it at some point over the yuletide season.

    According to the survey, other sources of tension this Xmas are likely to come from gift buying, education, and employment discussions.

    If we look at the age divide in what arguments we're likely to have, the stats get even more interesting. Younger people, aged 18-34, are more likely to argue about politics and money, whereas there's a higher chance of those aged 34-44 arguing about family matters.

    Here at Christmas Tree World, we hope your Christmas is as argument-free as possible!

  • Top Christmas Tree Trends for 2018

    Oct 10, 2018

    Some may think that Christmas trends are the same each year, and that people just stick a Christmas tree in the corner, throw up some garlands and be done with it.

    However, you might be surprised! Christmas trends do in fact differ from year to year. Here, our very own Stephen Evans, managing director at Christmas Tree World, comments on the top Christmas trends for the home this year.

    Have you noticed how, with each passing Christmas, life seems to get more hectic? But Christmas is the high spot in the dull, dark and long winter, and the lights, tree, decorations and, of course, the parties help to lift our spirits. It's a time to look forward to a time full of traditions.

    One of the great traditions of Christmas is the Christmas tree, and with all the rush of modern life we have noticed a trend towards ease and speed.

    People also want the most realistic Christmas tree possible, without all the faff of a real tree. The modern artificial trees with ultra realistic PE tips (these are tips moulded from real pine needles) and Pre-Lit branches (these are trees already strung with LED lights) can save you hours in decorating the home and give you that perfect designer look, even if you are not artistic.

    Ultra mountain pine christmas tree

    Hey, there’s still a place for the more traditional hook of artificial tree like the Mountain Pine and the Arbor Vitae especially if you want to be creative. The Pre-lit Ultra Mountain Pine and the Ultra Devonshire with a bit of branch fluffing will give instant and spectacular results.

    For an even more dramatic effect and Christmas wow factor, there has been a real upsurge in the popularity of flocked Christmas trees. Covering a tree with white flock gives the impression that it has just snowed and can create a really special ambience in a room. They look great in modern style flats and homes, the white of the tree contrasting with popular grey silver and black decor.

    Again pre-lit versions like the Pre-lit Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine which are professionally strung with lights give that ultra realistic feel, but very popular are the Snowy Scots Pine and the Snowy Alpine Trees. However, if you want something that will take your breath a way, look at the Snow White Fir.

    No matter what look you go for this festive season, each of these trends will transform the home and capture the true magic of Christmas. Make sure to choose your tree and Christmas decorations in good time, otherwise the right size for your home may have already sold out.

    Christmas Tree World is one of the UK's premium artificial Christmas tree suppliers providing unique and realistic decorations to provide a truly magical Christmas for all the family. All Christmas Tree World trees come with a 10-year warranty and free UK delivery.

  • Artificial Christmas Tree Buying Guide

    Oct 10, 2018

    While artificial Christmas trees can be picked up pretty much anywhere, from supermarkets to bargain shops, there are a few important things you need to consider if you want to make a smart investment.

    While many artificial Christmas trees on the market are cheap and cheerful, they might not live up to your expectations when you take them home. Luckily, Christmas Tree World is here to offer the highest quality artificial trees that your home will love for years to come!

    Why Buy An Artificial Christmas Tree From Christmas Tree World?

    Here at Christmas Tree World, we have over 30 years of experience in creating artificial trees that really impress, so we promise you won't be let down.

    We design all of our trees ourselves, ensuring they are as unique and beautiful as possible, using a mix of realistic PE and PVC branch tips. With a fantastic array of sizes and styles, we have built up a range that we hope meets all of your needs. We also offer a 10-year guarantee on your tree and speedy free delivery on orders over £30.

    The benefits of artificial Christmas trees are plenty. While a real tree will leave your money in the chipper every year, a fake tree is an investment for years to come, so you need to know you've chosen the right one. And, with plenty of sizes and styles available, finding one that fits your home is easy, and doesn’t require traipsing around in the cold to haul one home!

    Artificial Christmas Tree Styles...

    One of the benefits of an artificial Christmas tree is the many styles and effects available for you to create a look you love. Whether you want a classic looking fir tree or an all-out winter wonderland, take a look at the styles we offer…

    Realistic Christmas Trees

    At Christmas Tree World, we pride ourselves on the wonderfully realistic look of our artificial Christmas trees. Our trees use the best natural looking PE tips, filled out by PVC tips for added fullness. If your main concern is finding a tree that looks like the real thing, then we recommend looking at our range of realistic Christmas trees first.

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    Pre Lit Christmas Trees

    A pre lit Christmas tree is the ideal time-saver. If you quickly tire of stringing up lights, or have never mastered the art of arranging your display, then this is the option for you. Simply remove your tree from the box, assemble it and plug it in to have an instantly professional looking tree ready to impress in your home!

    All of our pre lit artificial Christmas trees feature high quality LED lights - find out the benefits of using LED lights here.

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    Frosted And Flocked Christmas Trees

    If you have your fingers crossed for a white Christmas every year, a flocked tree may be for you. Bring that sense of enchantment that only frost flecked trees can bring with our snow effect artificial Christmas trees. Whether you want branches laden with snow or just a light dusting of frost, a flocked tree can create a striking effect. We also feature pre lit options to set your faux snow off with a sparkle.

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    The Snow White Fir from Christmas Tree World Pictured: The Snow White Fir

    Slim Christmas Trees

    This is the perfect space saving tree. If you have a smaller size room, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice on height; a slim tree is a compact solution that allows you to make the most of your room size. It also offers a more modern take on the Christmas tree silhouette so even if you have plenty of room to play with, a slim Christmas tree is a great way to create a more contemporary look.

    If you are really pressed, you could also consider a half tree. With one flat side for placing against the wall, you can have the illusion of a full and bushy tree while only taking up half the space! Find out more about trees for small spaces. 

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    Bottle Brush Christmas Trees

    A bottle brush Christmas tree is indeed how it sounds! Each of the branches resembles a bottle brush, making for exceptionally full looking foliage. If you want your artificial tree looking lush and full of life, these are a great pick. We also have snow effect and pre lit bottle brush Christmas trees available, too, so your options aren’t limited.

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    Artificial Christmas Tree for Outdoors

    Do you want to bring some Christmas cheer to your garden? Our LED blossom trees make a wonderful way to add an ambient glow to your outdoor areas. Choose from a range of colours, styles and sizes to suit your needs and enjoy the bright and efficient illumination of the LED lights!

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    Black and White Christmas Trees

    Are you not one for tradition? If you would rather create a contemporary Christmas tree this year, why not give a black or white artificial Christmas tree a go? Paired with contrasting baubles, one of these unconventional looking trees can leave a lasting impression, whether you want a bold minimalist design or just want to try something new!

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    Black and white Christmas tree in minimalist Scandinavian style living roomn

    Artificial Christmas Tree Storage

    When the festive period comes to an end, you need to make sure you have an artificial Christmas tree storage bag that protects your tree for next year. Add one of our Christmas tree bags to your shopping list to ensure it is kept clean, dry and damage free wherever you store it. It’s also good to think ahead, and store it as you hope you will find it when next Christmas rolls around!

    See our full range of artificial Christmas trees in an array of styles and sizes to buy your today. Remember, we also sell LED Christmas lights and Christmas decorations, so don’t forget to take a look before you checkout!

     

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  • Best Artificial Christmas Trees 2018

    Oct 10, 2018

    Naturally, we are big believers in the benefits of an artificial Christmas tree. Indeed, there will be no sweeping up pine needles all season for us here at Christmas Tree World!

    However, if we had to pick a downside to artificial Christmas trees, it may be that there are so many styles and options that you can struggle to choose which one to go with.

    To help you out this season, we have put together our ‘nice list’ of the best artificial Christmas trees for 2018. As experts in all things Christmas tree related, we think our top picks are among the best, so get ready to kick off your Christmas decorating with a brand new artificial Christmas tree this year!

    Here are the best artificial Christmas trees 2018 at Christmas Tree World. Read on to find out more about them...

     

    Most Realistic Artificial Christmas Tree

    1. Ultra Mountain Pine (4ft to 10ft)

    We know that some people are just too attached to the real thing to consider an artificial Christmas tree. However, the mix of PE plastic moulded and traditional PVC branch tips of the Ultra Mountain Pine may just be able to convince everyone to try faking it with a realistic Christmas tree this year.

    This bushy Christmas tree boasts big branches with plenty of hanging space, so don’t be afraid to stock up on baubles! Available in heights of up to 10ft, it’s perfect for filling up a large room, though our range starts at 4ft for those looking for something smaller.

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    Ultra Mountain Pine Realistic Bushy Artificial Christmas Tree

     

    Best Pre Lit Christmas Tree

    2. The Pre-lit Ultra Mountain Pine (4ft to 10ft)

    Once you have made the switch to a pre lit Christmas tree, we would safely bet that you’d never go back to untangling fairy lights again. Our Pre-lit Ultra Mountain Pine tree is pre-strung with warm white LED lights - the benefits of which are many - and boasts fabulously realistic PE branches with ready-to-go sparkle built-in to light up your spruce.

    With your lights sorted, you can focus all your attention on arguing whether or not to add tinsel to your tree - or, you may want to go completely minimalist for 2018 and leave it bare to fully appreciate its twinkle.

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    Pre Lit Ultra Mountain Pine Realistic Artificial Christmas Tree

     

    Best Flocked Christmas Tree

    3. The Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine (4ft to 10ft)

    A snow effect or flocked Christmas tree is the perfect way to add an extra special finishing touch to your decorations. With a festive wintery look, our Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine features a light dusting of frost for added elegance.

    Christmas trees with snow look beautiful dressed in silver, gold and icy blue, or even with a bold purple or red theme, so don’t be afraid of trying one out to update your decorations for Christmas 2018!

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    Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

     

    Most Magical Tree

    4. The Pre-lit Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine (4ft to 10ft)

    If you really want to go all out with a frosted Christmas tree, our Pre-lit Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine promises to do the job. A beautifully realistic pre-lit and pre-flocked tree, this pick of the best artificial trees for 2018 is perfect for bringing a little enchantment into your home.

    Offering the ideal base to create a true winter wonderland, we would love to see this tree filled up with metallic baubles, opulent glitter ornaments and oversized fir cones - of course, though, the choice is up to you!

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    Pre Lit Pre Flocked Ultra Mountain Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

     

    Best White Christmas Tree

    5. The Pre-lit Bianca Pine Tree with Warm White Lights (3ft to 10ft)

    White Christmas trees are the perfect blank canvas for many of the best Christmas tree looks of 2018. Get in on the ombre trend with a spectrum of baubles shades and fade them from top to bottom, or keep it simple with timeless muted tones - our Pre-lit Bianca Pine Tree with Warm White Lights tree is the perfect place to start.

    Available from 3ft to 10ft, everyone can enjoy the bushy branches, pre-strung LED lights and super easy assembly of one of our best artificial Christmas trees for 2018.

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    Pre Lit Bianca Pine White Pre Lit Christmas Tree

     

    Best Slim Christmas Tree

    6. The Pre-Lit Slim Woodland Pine Tree (4ft to 8ft)

    A slim Christmas tree is perfect for small rooms. Our Pre-Lit Slim Woodland Pine Tree also boasts our natural-looking PE branch tips, making it both realistic and convenient. Whether you have a tight corner you want to squeeze it into, or simply want maximum room for presents, this is one of the best slimline Christmas trees for 2018.

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    Pre Lit Slim Woodland Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

     

    Most Impressive Fibre Optic Christmas Tree

    7. The 6ft Vesuvius Fibre Optic Fir

    There are Christmas tree lights, and then there is the stand-out sparkle power of the 6ft Vesuvius Fibre Optic Fir! If you want a fibre optic Christmas tree, you won’t be disappointed by the super-lit, colour-changing LEDs lighting up the 140 branches of this aptly named tree!

    Whether you want to brighten up your home, impress your customers or give your office something to keep spirits up, this is one of the best artificial Christmas trees to make a statement with.

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    6ft Vesuvius Fibre Optic Artificial Christmas Tree

     

    Best Small Christmas Tree

    8. The 3ft Outdoor Frosted Fir

    Small Christmas trees often get overlooked. However, we are proud to put forward our 3ft Outdoor Frosted Fir as one of the best artificial Christmas trees 2018. Suitable for outdoors, these charming mini trees sit in their own little silver pot to set a truly festive scene.

    They also feature ultra realistic moulded tips, a light frost effect and pine cone decorations - why not sit them outside your doorway with some solar powered LED lights for a grotto-like welcome to your home or business?

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    Outdoor Frosted Fir 3ft Small Artiificial Christmas Tree Decorated with Pine Cones And Berries

    We hope you are inspired by our list of the best artificial Christmas trees 2018 - see more in our full range or contact our team if you would like any more advice.

    Don’t forget, all of our artificial Christmas trees are offered with a 10 year guarantee and free delivery when you spend over £30, too.

  • The Benefits of Using LED Christmas Lights

    Sep 9, 2018

    A magical display of twinkling lights inspires festive cheer in many of us. It’s a custom that goes way back to when trees were decorated with candles to represent the light of Christ, though today, many of us put on impressive shows in celebrations of all shapes and sizes and for all causes.

    We’ve come a long way since perching naked flames on our tree branches - a fire hazard that seems unbearable today! Luckily, we have moved on, and for many years, we relied on incandescent fairy lights to create our winter wonderlands. However, in recent years, LED lights seem to have swooped in and taken over our Christmas trees for good.

    So, what exactly are these techno-savvy lights? We investigate the benefits of LED Christmas lights to find out more...

    What Are LED Lights And How Do They Work?

    ‘LED’ stands for ‘light emitting diode’, a technology that has been used for decades in things like digital clocks, television sets and even traffic lights. In a nutshell, and without getting too technical, they differ from older incandescent bulbs because they are ‘solid state devices’ that do not rely on heat to generate light. This results in a number of benefits that can save money, help the environment and much more!

    Top 5 Benefits Of Using LED Christmas Lights

    Christmas tree decorated with LED lights

    1. LED Christmas Lights Last Longer

    If you are still using incandescent Christmas lights, we would bet Santa your last glass of milk and mince pie that at least one bulb will blow out before Christmas Day!

    Unlike old fashioned bulbs, which rely on a fragile filament that is at high risk of breaking, LED lights are much more reliable. In fact, in tests they were still going strong after 4,000 hours with little more than a flicker, while incandescent bulbs were out of the game before just 2,000 hours of action were up.

    The parts used to create LED lights are much harder to break and are enclosed in a tough exterior, so you can pretty much guarantee they will last until Boxing Day and beyond.

    2. You Can Save On Your Energy Usage...

    One of the biggest benefits of LED lights is their low energy consumption. This is down to they way they produce light. As we mentioned before, LED lights do not generate light through creating heat - a method that can waste a staggering 90% of energy used!

    LED Christmas lights are incredibly energy efficient, though if you want to go really green this Christmas, you can even buy solar powered string lights for both indoors and outdoors, meaning your display needn’t cost the earth at all. LED lights are also usually recyclable at your local recycling centre and do not use the same potentially toxic substances as older styles of filament lights, making them all-round more environmentally-friendly!

    3. ...And On Your Christmas Spending!

    It has been said that the average UK household can see their energy bills rocket by up to £50 in the month of December. LED lights can make sure that your Christmas decorations are not one of the biggest burdens, thanks to their low electricity consumption, which is around 33% less than filament bulbs.

    You can also find LED lights with built-in timers, which switch off your lights for you incase you forget, meaning you won't find yourself accidentally running your energy bill up overnight.

    And, while they might have a slightly higher purchase price than the cheap and cheerful filament bulbs of the past, you are almost sure to save money on your energy bills and for the future - not only are they cheaper to run, but the durability of LED Christmas lights means you probably won’t have to replace them for many Christmases to come!

    4. LED Lights Are Much Safer

    Saving money is all well and good, but safety should be top of the agenda during your Christmas celebrations. While many of us are in party mode, house fires are twice as likely to happen over the Christmas period, and old filament fairy lights were often the culprit.

    Incandescent bulbs can become very hot to the touch due to the heat they produce, and, if a fault occurs, this can potentially engulf a real Christmas tree in flames within a shocking 40 seconds. LED lights stay relatively cool no matter how long you leave them on, making them a much safer option.

    The fire department advises that if you do have a real Christmas tree, you keep it well watered, and ensure you check your lights for faults regularly. LED lights are far less likely to see a fault, and paired with a fire retardant artificial Christmas tree, are an easy way to give yourself peace of mind against any accidents over Christmas.

    5. LED Lights Come In All Shapes And Sizes

    Despite being around for a few decades, LED lights weren’t immediately picked up as Christmas decorations due to the limited colours they could produce. However, today they have a fantastic selection to choose from, putting filament fairy lights to shame!

    Unlike older styles of lights, which simply depended on a white light behind a coloured filter, one of the benefits of LED lights is the bright and vibrant colour they can produce. You can even get colour changing LED lights that flick between colours within one bulb, plus connectable lights, meaning you can string multiple pairs together without overloading your sockets.

    2000wh_icicle_chaser_lights.1529709193 Pictured: 2000 LED Icicle Chaser Lights-White

    LED Christmas lights also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with an array of multifunctional light options available - whether you want flashing, twinkling or ambient fades, you can set the mood and get as creative as you wish! See our cluster lights, icicle lights and chaser lights for a few ideas. Our Battery operated LED lights also mean that you aren’t limited to your light sockets anymore, so you can sprinkle some festive flair wherever you like!

    It doesn’t end with strings of lights either. Our LED blossom trees make a beautiful addition to your decorations with all the same benefits, while our pre lit LED Christmas trees come ready strung for you to reap the benefits of LED Christmas lights with minimum fuss!

    Whether we have convinced you to upgrade or you have already seen the light, browse our full range today. Suitable for both indoors and outdoors usage, it’s a miracle we ever got by without the benefits of LED Christmas lights!

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  • Secrets of Christmas Window Dressing & Displays For Shops

    Sep 9, 2018

    While most of us are rushing around the shops at Christmas to get all of our shopping done, it’s likely little thought goes into the shops themselves and the work that goes into making them look the way they do.

    However, the intricacies of trying to entice people in shops at Christmas is a fine art, and window dressing, window displays and merchandising is something that takes months of planning.

    From ensuring you have a realistic Christmas tree to positioning it in just the right place, the psychology of window dressing, particularly at Christmas, is fascinating.

    Penny McNeish, window dresserTo learn more, we spoke to freelance window dresser and visual merchandiser Penny McNeish about the secrets of window dressing for shops at Christmas…

    What do you anticipate being the top trends for Christmas window displays for 2018?

    Tree-wise this year, I think we’re going to see artificial Christmas trees a softer green in colour and a more natural look to them. I think we’ll see modern and geometric designs with a Christmas style, flat neon rope lighting to really make the displays stand out.

    An interesting trend is the use of a lot of exotic birds in window displays, such as peacocks, white crowned peahens, birds of fantasy, flamingos, that kind of thing.

    A big trend right now is recycling and ethically designed and sourced displays and I think that’ll will also be the case at Christmas.

    Merchandising is a broader concept and consists of taking care of the user’s shopping experience by generating an attractive sensory and emotional environment. For me, retailers will work harder on channeling the footfall in store by offering more experience as they shop

    For example, we’ll see more Santa’s grottos, christmas smells, demonstrations, present wrapping, etc, and the merchandising will work with these offers and promotions.

    Mother and daughter looking at a Christmas window display

    How has window dressing and merchandising changed over recent years?

    As with most things, technology now plays a much bigger role in window dressing and merchandising. Digital imagery and screens are now often used, as well as things like holographic images, better lighting, and animatronics. You’ve probably already seen a Santa or Rudolph that moves and makes sound!

    What are some no-nos for dressing window displays and merchandising?

    There a number of things you should definitely try and avoid when dressing your shop windows at Christmas. It falls into two areas - having equipment that’s unfit for use, and practices that aren’t fashionable at the moment.

    For example, having Christmas lights that don’t work, using sticky tape or using the same tired decorations every year instantly looks bad, while using things like spray snow and tinsel around window frames went out of fashion a while ago.

    Also, a huge no-no is expecting the window dresser to create something with no budget!

    Could you give us 5-10 top tips for Christmas window displays?

    • Plan your theme and tell a story
    • Don’t put the window display in to early or too late
    • Remember it’s to drive footfall into your store, not drive it away
    • Having the wow factor often means customers spending more money
    • Look at buying key pieces which can be used again in future years or altered to be used again

    A big thanks to Penny for her advice - check out her website for more about she does.

    If you want a spectacular window display, see our fantastic range of commercial Christmas trees - and if you need something bigger, our giant Christmas trees go up to a whopping 40ft!

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  • How To Save Your Business Money This Christmas

    Sep 9, 2018

    It’s no secret that Christmas can be an expensive time for many of us. We have to buy presents, food, decorations and whatever else we feel we need to have a stellar festive period.

    However, Christmas can also be an incredibly pricey time for businesses, and if not properly budgeted for or taken into account then it can be a bit of a shock to the bank balance.

    At Christmas Tree World, we’ve put together some of the ways in which your business can save money this Christmas without sacrificing any of the yuletide festivities for you and your employees.

    Invest in an artificial Christmas tree

    While some prefer having a real Christmas tree, it’s not always practical. Investing in an artificial Christmas tree is a wise move for a number of reasons.

    Not only do they look just as good as the real thing, but with a faux Christmas tree you don’t have to worry about it dying or disposing of it in January. You can simply pack it away until next year - this means that once you’ve bought a tree, you don’t have to shell out again year after year.

    It’s a one-off expense that will serve you for many Christmases to come, whether you opt for a large tree for the corner of an office, a tree for a shop window display

    If you want something truly spectacular, take a look at our amazing giant Christmas trees ideal for indoor and outdoor businesses and events.

    Choose LED Christmas lights

    If you’re going to be decorating your premises with lights this Christmas, then opting for LEDs is a wise move for several reasons.

    LED lights use much less energy than regular bulbs, which will help cut down on your electricity bills. They also last much longer so you literally won’t have to replace them for years. You also won’t have to worry about finding a bulb has blown causing the whole set of lights to not work - we’ve all been there!

    Take a look at our full range of LED Christmas lights.

    Book festivities early

    If you’re planning any kind of Christmas party then it pays to get it all booked in early. Venues are going to ramp their prices up towards the festive season anyway, but if you leave it to the last minute to book something then you’re likely to pay even more.

    If you’re not too precious about when you actually have your Xmas bash, you could even bring it forward to before the busy party season or leave it until after Christmas when you’re less likely to have to fight for elbow room at the bar.

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    Be more eco-friendly

    How much do you pay attention to how eco-friendly your business is over Christmas? By thinking a bit greener, you can also save yourself some money!

    If you work for a company that either shuts down or reduces staff numbers over Christmas, then there are plenty of energy-saving measure you can undertake to reduce the impact on the environment and on your overheads.

    The most obvious thing you can do is to turn off lights and shut down unnecessary equipment while it’s not in use. However, also consider turning the heating down if no-one is around to need it on - just knocking the thermostat down by 1ºC can reduce energy consumption by 8%. It all adds up!

    You may even decide to let people work from home over Christmas, which will make life easier for them and also cut down on your costs.

    Time for more?

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  • The guide to buying an artificial Christmas tree for a small space

    Sep 9, 2018

    We understand that in a small living space, every square inch of space is precious, especially at Christmas!

    Here at Christmas Tree World we have a wide range of smaller artificial Christmas trees ranging in size from tabletop, up to 3 and 5 feet tall. They’re all still packing in a lot of festive punch and are perfect for nestling into the nooks of a small room. So whether you live in a small house, an apartment or flat, or you just don't have much space to play with, you can still create a fun festive scene.

    If you’re struggling to decide where best to position your Christmas tree or wondering if you have the space at all, start by measuring your space using a tape measure and sketching your room out roughly on paper, marking out where your furniture is, where plug sockets are available and where any obstructions may be. You will then be able to have a better idea of where your tree will fit best and the diameter width you can allow for.

    Slim Christmas tree

     

    If your room has the height but lacks width, avoid cramping your living space further. Our pencil thin, pre-lit green Italian Pencilimo tree is not only practical, but it’s also a stylish choice that can be adorned with Christmas decorations and accessories.

    Small Christmas tree

    Alternatively, if you’re not as conscious of width, a traditional Woodland Pine Tree is a fantastic option. With lifelike PVC needles and a small base span, this traditional tree can transform any space into an instant Christmas haven.

    You may choose to add a little Christmas accent to your home with a table top tree. Our 60cm Multicolour Aurora fibre optic tree is the ideal option if plug sockets are sparse and you don’t have the room to store Christmas decorations. Made from a mix of tinsel and PVC needles, this tree looks festive when switched on or off.

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    For a more abstract take on the traditional Christmas tree, our Blossom Trees are available in a range of sizes and are perfect for adding a Christmassy glow to your home if a larger tree isn’t feasible in the space you have to play with. We have both stand up and tabletop variants to add a modern twist to your Christmas decorations.

    When it comes to Christmas trees, size really doesn’t matter and whichever tree you decide is right for your smaller space there are plenty of ways to decorate it to ensure maximum festivity eludes your room.

    Alternatively, you can use cheery lighting, wreaths and tinsel to create a festive feel in your home even if a Christmas tree isn’t a viable option.

    What is your best space saving tip at Christmas time?
    Leave a comment below or tweet us @xmastreeworld

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