With the holidays fast approaching, it brings up the age-old debate: should I get a real or artificial tree? The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of every home during the holiday season. Whether this is your first tree or you’re looking to replace your old one, here are some things to keep in mind as you weigh your options.

1. What Is The Cost Difference Between A Real and Fake Christmas Trees?

Investing in a Christmas tree can feel a bit daunting, but it’s important to look at the bigger picture. Artificial trees may be more expensive up-front but are cost-effective down the line. Typically, fake trees cost anywhere from $50 to $300 depending on size but last a minimum of five years. On the other hand, real trees cost around $80 to $100 but they only last a few weeks. Depending on where you buy your tree – such as a tree lot or farm – the price is likely to fluctuate.


2. Is A Real or Artificial Christmas Tree Most Convenient?

While real trees are beautiful, they are not the most convenient. They need regular watering, the frequency varying with the tree species, and forgetting this step can lead to dryness, posing a fire hazard. They also can be messy as they shed their needles across your floor. Finally, they will have to be disposed of following the holiday season.

Fake trees require no maintenance and can easily be taken down and stored when not in use. They are often fire-resistant and come pre-lit, making them ideal for someone with a busy schedule. While it may require dusting occasionally, its versatility and ease of care make it a strong option.


3. Is A Real or Fake Christmas Tree Better For Someone With Allergies?

If you or someone you live with is sensitive to scents or allergens, then an artificial tree may be the better pick for you. Real trees often have sap, mould spores, pollen and additional woody smells that can irritate your immune system and trigger symptoms. This is less likely to occur with artificial trees.


4. Are Real or Artificial Trees Better in Small Spaces?

Space can be a concern for a lot of people, especially in their apartments. Since there are a limited number of sizes for real Christmas trees, they often take up more space. As well, they require a good base that can hold plenty of water to keep it hydrated. Artificial trees are often seen as the more compact option. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, allowing you to find the perfect tree that is best for you and the chosen space. As well, they are easy to return and/or replace if an issue arises.


5. Does a Real of Fake Christmas Tree Have A Larger Environmental Impact?

If your environmental footprint is important to you, you may want to pick up a real tree this Christmas. These trees are eco-friendly as they only take up a small plot of land and use fewer resources to grow, making the farms sustainable. The rotation cycle allows for Christmas trees to always be growing and leads to steady harvests annually. Once the festivities have come and gone, these trees are biodegradable and can be recycled. On the other hand, artificial trees have a large negative impact on the environment. From materials to manpower to shipping overseas, they have a larger carbon footprint. Since they are made of plastic and steel, they do not disintegrate in landfills. But don’t fret, keeping an artificial tree for 5+ years will lessen the impact on the environment.


6. Is A Real or Artificial Christmas Tree Better for Household with Pets?

While it is dangerous for pets to be eating either type of Christmas tree, real trees can lead to more negative effects. The needles are mildly toxic, sharp and indigestible, which can lead to upset stomachs or blockages in their intestines. There may also be additives or preservatives in the water, which can also have harmful effects on your pet. Mix this with allergens and the potential of an unstable base and it could lead to a lot of problems. While artificial trees aren’t harm-free, their needles are softer which can cause less irritation in their mouths.


Choosing between a real or artificial Christmas tree is a tough decision with many factors. The most important thing to keep in mind is staying informed and choosing one that aligns with your lifestyle, preferences and rental agreement. Make sure to review your lease agreement or talk to your landlord before making a purchase as there may be some restrictions in place. Happy Holidays!