• Secrets of Christmas Window Dressing 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 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.

    To 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 dressing 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.

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    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!

    Could you give us 5-10 top tips for dressing shop windows at Christmas?

    • 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

    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!

    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.

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    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

  • Artificial vs Real Christmas Trees: Which will save you the most money?

    Sep 9, 2018

    There is no more appropriate time to watch the pennies than during the festive season. What with presents for the kids and relatives, as well as the hefty sums spent on the Christmas dinner (last year some “last-minute” supermarket turkeys were sold at a mind-boggling £40.00!), checking that you’re getting the most for your money when you buy your Christmas tree is imperative.

    So which type of tree will save you the most cash – a real or an artificial Christmas tree?

    Longevity

    Whilst real Christmas trees look mind-blowing when they’re first assembled, they’re unlikely to stay looking so pristine for the entirety of the Christmas period. They’re likely to lose their lustre fairly quickly, and are highly likely to discard their needles upon first assembly – this can make a fantastic Christmas tree look incredibly sparse and sad.

    Artificial Christmas trees don’t have to deal with the problem of needles shedding or colour weakening as they are designed with the recipient in mind - Christmas Tree World only use the best manufacturers with quality materials for top quality, long-lasting trees.

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    Most artificial trees will also last for as long as 10 years or more – all you need to do is take it out of the loft every year! A real tree, on the other hand, you’re lucky to get at least one year out of it.

    Upkeep & Maintenance

    If you’re looking for a hassle-free Christmas with no additional money spent on your Christmas tree’s upkeep, an artificial tree is probably your safest bet. You’ll also be able to decorate your tree however you like, without the worry of needles falling away from heavy baubles, or tinsel catching the delicate branches.

    Artificial trees are also so much easier to store away and re-use, keeping it all intact for the next year. Christmas Tree storage bags ensure your tree is properly stored away and won’t gather those pesky cobwebs!

    Multiple Trees

    A family home always looks magical at Christmas time when it’s filled with Christmas decorations. Whether this be icicle lights hanging from the roof, or a beautiful Christmas tree complementing each major room. For most, a single tree in the living room isn’t enough, and more and more people are seeking smaller, more elegant trees for window-sills, on their front porch, or even twinkling in their kitchen.

    For choice and personalisation, artificial Christmas trees will tick all the boxes a real Christmas tree couldn’t. Our artificial trees on the come in a range of sizes (from 3ft up to 20ft) in a variety of colours (pink, black, white, traditional) with different characteristics to make your Christmas home even more whimsical.

    We have Christmas trees specifically for the outdoors, slim-line for tighter spaces, or with different modern designs such as blossom trees and fibre optic Christmas trees. The possibilities are quite simply endless.

    Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees - Our Verdict

    Artificial Christmas trees, on the whole, will save you more money than a real tree, but will still give you the realistic look you desire. That’s why it’s important to select your artificial tree from a respected retailer who only deal with quality trees using the finest material.

    See our full range of artificial Christmas trees today!

  • The Best Office Christmas Trees For 2018

    Sep 9, 2018

    There’s something no workplace can do without at Christmas... no, not a full drinks cabinet, but a great inviting artificial office Christmas tree. The ultimate symbol that December is finally upon us, it’s the key piece in the festive puzzle.

    And there’s plenty of decorative artificial Christmas tree options right here at Christmas Tree World to keep the office planning committee busy!

    When it comes to your office Christmas tree, we're proud to cater to all tastes. We understand you may want to cling to time-honoured tradition, with some glorious bushy green artificial trees, or head in the other direction with something like a streamlined white or sparkling blossom tree. With such a vast array of choices on offer, we’ve decided to narrow down our collection to some office Xmas tree essentials. Read on for our seasonal tips...

    Tall Office Xmas Trees

    With images of towering trees in city centres floating around in our minds, it’s easy to see why tall trees are a popular option. Their vast scale combined with a shower of decorations, give off an amazing Christmassy vibe. And there’s nothing to stop your lobby or office entrance being bolstered by a lovely tall tree right here:

    Giant Commercial Trees:

    If you’re lucky enough to have a grand lobby or sizeable reception area, then one of our giant commercial trees extending up to 40ft can be ordered online with no fuss. Uniform in shape, with a consistent all-over crop of bushy branches, these are ideal for creating a welcoming space for workers and clients alike.

    We even have Christmas baubles that range from 6cm to 30cm, so you can easily bulk out your tree with glittering decorations in the process!

    Commercial Christmas Trees:

    Similar to their larger counterparts, but on a slightly smaller scale, a commercial Christmas tree is ideal for nestling away in a corner of the office or as something to present proudly in a lounge or meeting area.

    The 9ft Mountain Pine

    One of our most unique trees, the 9ft Mountain Pine Tree is bright, bushy and ideal for large rooms - perhaps something to impress clients over the seasonal period? This particular artificial tree comes with luscious PVC tips that mimic real-life pine needles, and immediately create the feeling of a genuine tree.

    Featuring a vivid green colour, and able to accommodate a range of decorations and trinkets, you’ll honestly struggle to find a better place for heaping all those secret Santas in the office!

    The 7ft Snow White Fir

    Flocking - if you’re a little unsure of the term - is the process whereby artificial tree branches are carefully frosted to make it look like they’re coated in snow. And they don’t come much more flocked that our 7ft Snow White Fir, with flowing branches that look like they’re being weighed down by real snowfall.

    A brilliant feature by the water cooler, or something to cast a glow over a desk bank, this is a great reminder of what we regularly miss out on at Christmases - snow, snow, snow!

    Other Office Xmas Tree Favourites:

    The 6ft White Blue Ripple Effect Fibre Optic Tree

    A superb innovation, the branches of this 6ft White Blue Ripple Effect Fibre Optic Tree use next gen technology to create a waving or rippling effect across the branches. There’s a real risk of mesmerising colleagues with this stunning creation lying around the office; and the durable LEDs and super lit fibres offer one of the liveliest trees on the market too!

    The 6ft Pre-Lit Slim Woodland Pine Tree

    There’s a chance you might be strapped for office floor space this year: between the photocopiers, triple screen desks and other office paraphernalia, a grander giant tree won’t always be the right fit. This is where our 6ft Pre-Lit Slim Woodland Pine Tree is the best choice: with its sleek profile, two-tone green colours and handsome size, make the Slim Pine your office floor filler this year!

    Office Desktop Trees:

    It’s all too easy forget that there’s plenty you can do to spruce up your individual office desk at Christmas. Throughout the year, it may be a space full of useless post-it notes, well-used notebooks and neglected mugs of tea - but during the festive season, try transforming it into a mini wonderland with the following mini-sized suggestions:

    The 45cm Frosted White Flower LED Blossom Tree

    A huge trend in recent years, the Far East-inspired 45cm Frosted White Flower LED Blossom Tree will make a truly elegant touch to your workspace. They’re dainty in size, easy to assemble, energy-efficient and, best of all, the white plastic flowers will ensure you’re wrapped in a heartwarming glow all throughout December.

    The 60cm Red & Blue Colour Burst Fibre Optic Tree

    Sparkle and Christmas go hand in hand, which is exactly why this 60cm Red & Blue Colour Burst Fibre Optic Tree should edge it’s way to the top of the office wish list. With long-lasting LEDs constantly giving off beautiful red and blue sparkles, and a slim profile too (it’s 45cm diameter won’t be getting in the way of your pen pots!) these trees perch perfectly on your desk.

     

    We hope these ideas help spark some creative ideas for every Christmas planning committee out there - are you starting to scope out your office decorations this year?

    Let us know about your ideas and share your brilliant decorative plans for 2018 below! Alternatively, any questions about the trees themselves don’t hesitate to contact our expert team!

  • The Evolution of Christmas Songs

    Dec 12, 2017

    There are lots of components that go into making Christmas what it is. Tons of food, cheesy films, awkward office parties, increasingly elaborate TV adverts, redecorating the Christmas tree when the kids have gone to bed - and, of course, Christmas songs.

    Christmas just isn't the same without the radio, offices, shops and restaurants pumping out all your favourite festive hits, but just how have these songs changed over the years?

    We've dug into the yuletide archives (looked on the internet) and researched how Christmas number ones have changed over the years, starting in 1970 and going right up to the present day. The following infographic looks at various aspects of the Christmas songs that have topped the charts, including common themes, the key it's written in, length, and more...

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    The Evolution of Christmas Songs

    Ever wondered how Christmas songs have evolved over the last 47 years? How has the lyrical content evolved? Have the songs got quicker or slower? Have the songs got longer or shorter? Do the songs actually reflect changes in society? Christmas Tree World take a look at all this and more...

    Word frequency

    1970-1989

    • Christmas - 79
    • Time - 57
    • Love - 47
    • Know - 34
    • World - 30
    • Just - 26
    • Day - 23
    • Lord - 22
    • Want - 22
    • Ernie - 21

    Other frequent words: Merry (14), Born (14), Sing (11)

    1990-2016

    • Love - 67
    • Know - 59
    • Baby - 33
    • Day - 32
    • World - 30
    • Hallelujah - 29
    • Never - 27
    • Time - 27
    • Told - 26
    • Gonna - 26

    Other frequent words: F*ck (16 - thanks Rage Against The Machine), Born (15), Sing (14)

    35% of Christmas number 1s between 1970-1989 were 'Christmas songs'.

    7% of Christmas number 1s between 1990-2016 were 'Christmas songs' - including another version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.

    Song Keys

    Number of Christmas songs per song key

    1970-1989

    • A - 2
    • B - 0
    • C - 7
    • D - 1
    • E - 3
    • F - 1
    • G - 2

    1990-2016

    • A - 2
    • B - 0
    • C - 3
    • D - 7
    • E - 7
    • F - 1
    • G - 7

    No Christmas Number 1 in the last 47 years on the key of B.

    C Major was the most popular key from 1970-1989 - Schubert described the characteristics of that key as ‘innocence, simplicity, naïvety, children's talk’.

    G Major was the most popular key from 1990-2016 - Schubert described the characteristics of that key as ‘rustic, idyllic and lyrical’.

    Average song speed/length

    1970-1989

    Average song speed - 96bpm

    Average song length - 03:45

    1990-2016

    Average song speed - 85bpm

    Average song length - 04:08

    Facts

    Paul Joyce, who wrote ‘Can We Fix it’, won an Ivor Novello award for the song in 2001

    Christmas Number 1s from 1970 - 1989 were shorter, quicker and lighter in lyrical content

    Christmas Number 1s from 1990 - 2016 are longer, slower and more frequently written in a minor key

    48% of Christmas Number 1s in the last 26 years have been covers

    What's your favourite Christmas song?

  • This Is How Much Santa Eats On Xmas Eve [Infographic]

    Nov 11, 2017

    Santa Claus has a pretty busy time ahead. Delivering presents to millions and millions of children around the world (well, those on the 'nice' list anyway) is no easy feat, so it's important he's well fed and keeps hydrated.

    So it's a good job many of us like to leave out a little something for St Nick to keep him fuelled on his journey. Christmas Tree World conducted some research on how much we leave out for Santa in different parts of the UK, and the results are very interesting indeed!

    While Santa is popping some presents under our Christmas trees, he munches his way through an incredible amount of mince pies, cookies and chocolates, and glugs plenty of milk, sherry and whiskey. Have a look at the infographic below and see the stomach-popping amount that Santa scoffs on Christmas Eve, as well as some fascinating info about what gets left out in other countries around the world, too.

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    Santa's Xmas Eve Supper

    To help fuel Santa on his whirlwind trip around the globe on Christmas Eve delivery presents, it's customary to leave out a bite to eat and something to wet his whistle. But just how much does St Nick consume on his yuletide travels here in the UK?

    • 1.5m glasses of sherry
    • 1.4m glasses of whiskey
    • 884K glasses of mulled wine
    • 1.3m cans of beer
    • 2.6m cookies
    • 3.5m glasses of milk
    • 4.7m mince pies
    • 1.1m chocolates
    • 4.1m carrots for the reindeer

    Other things people leave out include, sandwiches, Coca-Cola, vodka, port, Baileys, rum, and fruit juice.

    In total, Santa would consume a stomach-popping 2 billion calories.

    He would need to burn 5 million calories a day to drop that weight for next Christmas. That's the equivalent of running 17,789,395 miles or 555,918 deadlifts.

    Santa will also consume 6 million units of alcohol. The alcohol wouldn't leave his system for about 685 years, but as he tops it up every year, he's probably permanently drunk!

    Santa's trip around the UK

    • Wales are the stingiest - 62% leave nothing for Santa.
    • Northern Ireland are the most generous - 68% leave something out.
    • London least likely to leave out carrots for the reindeer (12%), but leave out the largest selection of treats for Santa.
    • Santa must love the North East - 47% leave out an alcoholic beverage.

    Santa's Trip Around The World

    So now we know what gets left out for Santa here in the UK, but what happens in the rest of the world?

    • France - Biscuits are left out for Pere Noel
    • Italy - Le Befana, a friendly witch, is gifted a glass of wine and sometimes sausage and broccoli
    • Sweden - A bowl of porridge is left for Jultomten
    • Australia - Santa gets left a nice cold beer
    • Ireland - Santa must love going to Ireland where many leave him a pint of Guinness
    • Germany - Children must earn their presents from Weihnachtsmann by performing a song or poem.
    • Chile - Viejo Pascuero is given a pan de pascua, a spongy cake flavoured with rum and filled with dried fruit and nuts.

    What will you be leaving out for Santa this year?

  • Best Fibre Optic Trees for Bay Windows

    Oct 10, 2017

    At Christmas Tree World, we have grand trees, tiny trees and everything in-between. For those who like to draw attention to their stunning Christmas decorations without seeming "too much",  a fibre optic tree is ideal.

    Beautiful, ambient and eye-catching, fibre optics looks fantastic when positioned front and centre, and nothing greets visitors better than a Christmas tree gleaming coquettishly from a window.

    If you haven't yet decided where to place your first tree, we have the answers. Take a look below at our favourite fibre optic Christmas trees for bay windows.

    The Gold Flower Fibre Optic Tree

    Like a tiny ray of dewy sunshine peeking through the darkness, our Gold Flower Fibre Optic Xmas Tree casts a gorgeous glow through bay windows.

    Inviting and simple in design, the Gold Flower tree comes with 80 golden tinsel tips, emitting a warm white ember-esque radiance which lovingly welcomes in guests. Long-lasting LEDs come ready-fitted to this tree, so you needn't worry about buying replacement bulbs in a hurry.

    An ideal choice for big, barren bay windows which demand a festive feel.

    SHOP GOLD FLOWER FIBRE OPTIC XMAS TREES.

    The White Blue Ripple Effect Tree

    For a calming feel to your space, add a White Blue Ripple Effect Christmas Tree. Startlingly brilliant, this fibre optic tree is very much a tree which demands all the accolades. The beautiful bright blue fibres elegantly ripple up and down the tree, mesmerising guests and relatives during the festive season.

    Pop in your front bay window to show off your Christmassy flair, or add to back bay windows and watch the garden bask in a gorgeously relaxing blue haze.

    SHOP WHITE BLUE RIPPLE FIBRE OPTIC CHRISTMAS TREES.

    The Red & Blue Colour Burst Fibre Optic Tree

    Add a splash of colour to bay windows this Christmas 2017 with the Red & Blue Burst Artificial Xmas Tree. Casting a rainbow hue from your front window, this fibre optic tree is illuminated through acrylic stars perched at the end of realistic branches.

    While this tree transitions from red, to blue, and every colour in-between, you needn't worry about noise; like many of our fibre-optics, this tree has no moving parts, which means no noise.

    SHOP RED BLUE COLOUR BURST FIBRE OPTIC CHRISTMAS TREES.

    Our fibre optic Christmas trees comes in sizes from 3ft up to 8ft. If you like the look of the fibre optic Christmas trees above, browse our newest in the range: the LED Bellisimo, Red & Blue LuminescenceAndromeda and Multicolour Aurora.

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  • Best Small Artificial Christmas Trees For Xmas 2017

    Sep 9, 2017

    Christmas is the best time of the year.

    There. We said it.

    We love it because absolutely anybody can get stuck in; whether you like to go big with the brightest lights and most garish Christmas jumpers, or prefer the humble warmth of togetherness during the winter months, we know the feeling.

    To get you in the mood for the Christmas season, why not look at our range of small artificial Christmas trees? Ideal for table-top decorations and to sit in the nooks of small rooms, our 3ft Christmas trees and 4ft artificial trees prove it’s the little things in life that really do make all the difference.

    Here are our favourite small artificial trees for Christmas 2017.

    3ft Woodland Pine

    Woodland Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

    Our Woodland Pine range is one for those who simply adore the outdoors.

    Christmas Tree World customers love this range for its realistic pine trees; with its perfect mix of PE & PVC branch tips and two-tone green colour, our Woodlands demand your guests’ attention.

    Boasting an impressive 382 branches and at 63cm diameter, our 3ft Woodland Pine might be small, but they sure are full of heart.

    Shop Woodland Pine Artificial Christmas Trees.

    4ft Snowy Scots Pine

    Snowy Scots Pine Artificial Christmas Tree
    If you can’t think of anything more gorgeous than a beautiful snowy day, then look no further than our 4ft Snowy Scots Pine trees.

    A thin blanket of snow rests atop our Snowy Scots, providing a fetching ambient glow from the moonlight. Not only do they look realistic from afar, they’re also fantastic up-close; expect your guests to marvel at this tree’s delicate branch tips – all 298 of them!

    Bushy and full of character, our 4ft Snowy Scots is 68cm in diameter and combines PE/PVC branches with large bottle brush tips. Traditional with an extra hint of opulence – divine!

    Shop Snowy Artificial Christmas Trees.

    4ft Arbor Grande

    Arbor_Grande Artificial Christmas Tree

    Our 4ft Arbor Grande artificial Christmas tree is grand in name, and – despite being just 4ft tall – is certainly grand in nature.

    This is one of our most realistic Arbors, with 447 branch tips and 72cm in diameter.

    Elegant and with a gorgeous subtle look, it really is impossible to spot the difference between this and a real tree. Add some multifunctioning LED lights and see how much warmth your small Christmas tree brings to chilly evenings.

    Shop Arbor Artificial Christmas Trees.

     

    Don’t forget, many of our trees come in multiple sizes, ranging from 3ft up to a whopping 20ft. Browse all our artificial Christmas trees and show us how you’ve styled yours on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

  • Red Wine Hot Chocolate Recipe (for the grown-ups!)

    Oct 10, 2016

    Touted as the “Ultimate Winter Beverage for 2016”, you can be the first of a very merry crowd when you try this lovely Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe.

    Perfect for when you’ve tucked the kids in bed and it’s time for a very festive wind-down. Like a massive cuddle in a mug, this red wine hot chocolate is the perfect medley of wholesome Christmas vibes and Friday night relaxation, wrapped into one.

    Ingredients (serves 4)

    • 500ml milk (or soya)
    • 240ml red wine
    • 60g dark chocolate curls
    • Whipped cream (optional)

    Method

    1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the milk and chocolate until fully melted and thick (resist licking the spoon!)
    2. Pour in the best bit (the red wine) and mix on a simmer until combined.
    3. Pour out into mugs or glasses and top with whipped squirty cream or extra chocolate curls. Delicious!

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