Create the perfect Christmas tree
For many of us, it doesn't feel like Christmas has arrived until the Christmas tree is up and decorated. Whichever type of tree you choose; real or artificial, cut or pot-grown, large or small, you’ll want it to be a seasonal showstopper.
Whether trimming your tree is a family activity, or something you prefer to do by yourself, we're here to help you make your tree look its best with our tips and ideas on how to decorate a Christmas tree. We want to help you create the right look for your home this holiday, whatever your festive style. So turn up the volume on your favourite Christmas songs, stock up on mince pies and grab the baubles... it’s time to start decorating the Christmas tree.
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Which festive style is right for you?
Choosing how you want to decorate your Christmas tree can play an important part in creating your home's festive look. Do you love classic colours, chic Nordic greys and patterns or winter woodland designs? Whether you favour one of these looks, or you want to mix and match a few, our stylish range of tree decorations is sure to make your Christmas tree look its best.
We've created these distinctive, on-trend looks to inspire you to get creative with your Christmas look.
Traditional Christmas decorations
Create the magic of a classic Christmas this festive season with our charming collection of red, green and gold decorations. With reindeer, Santas and jingle bells, there's lots to choose from. Shop Traditional Christmas decorations.
Skandi Christmas decorations
Add a touch of Nordic charm to your Christmas tree with our Scandinavian-inspired range of decorations and accessories. With festive patterns and natural beauty, this collection is designed to add chic simplicity and warmth to your look.
Into The Woods Christmas decorations
Bring the outside into your home this Christmas with our nature-inspired collection of decorations and accessories. Rustic textures, earthy tones and forest creatures will create a coordinated look on your Christmas tree and in your home.
How to decorate the tree
You might need:
- A Christmas tree. Not sure what type you’re looking for? Read our handy buyer’s guides to real and artificial Christmas trees to help you choose your perfect tree.
- A tree stand or pot. This might not be necessary if you opt for an artificial tree or a potted real tree, so check if your tree is freestanding or not before buying.
- A skirt for the base of your tree.
- Christmas lights – an essential way to bring your tree to life. Check out our range of string lights with bulbs in a variety of shapes, colours and styles. Consider buying lights with a clear cable if you have a white tree or lights with a green cable if you have a green tree. This helps the light string discreetly blend into the branches keeping the focus on the twinkling lights and not the cable. Learn more about them and other festive lighting with our helpful advice. You might not need extra lights if you’re interested in one of our pre-lit artificial trees, so be sure to check.
- Decorations – from baubles to bead chains, hearts to reindeer – we have something for every style. Choose from assorted multipacks for a coordinated look or individual pieces for a more personalised mix.
- A tree topper – the only way to finish your Christmas tree.
How many Christmas decorations and lights do I need?
Calculate how many lights and decorations you might need to decorate your tree with our handy reference tables. These are just a rough suggestion, add more or less to give your tree the look you prefer.
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Be safe when decorating your tree. Don’t climb on it or overstretch. If you can’t reach – ask someone to help you.
Before you begin decorating your Christmas tree with lights, make sure they’re not plugged in. You should only switch your Christmas tree lights on once the lights are on the tree; not in your hand.
Also, check where the nearest electricity socket will be. Trailing cables can be a trip hazard, so look to plug your lights into the closest one available. As you’ll be switching the lights off overnight and when you go out, easy and convenient access to the socket is recommended.
If this isn’t possible, consider a timer to control your lights switching on and off. You could even control your Christmas lights via your smartphone or tablet with a Smart Home switch. Simply plug the switch into your socket, and your lights into the switch. Download the accompanying app and then you can remotely control your Christmas lights whether at home or on the go.
Prepare for your tree
Choose where you want your tree to stand before you buy it, this ensures that you pick a tree that is perfect for your space.
Maybe you use the same place every year, or perhaps you’ve got a tree for your living room, kitchen and even your hallway. Wherever you place your tree, make sure it has enough space. Give yourself a clear walkway past your tree to avoid it being in a place where people might squeeze past it, knocking your decorations to the floor. Avoid standing it near direct heat (for example, close to a radiator or fire). This is especially important if it’s a real Christmas tree, as this warmth will dry out the tree, resulting in dropping needles and sagging branches.
Place your real tree securely in a stand or pot. Artificial ones come with a base so they’re ready to go. Make sure you put your tree on a flat even surface to make sure it's stable.
When decorating an artificial tree, be sure to fluff its branches before adding any decorations. This adds volume and helps it look as bushy and full as possible.
Lie your string lights on the floor and switch them on. Checking that they work saves you decorating your tree, only to later find that your lights don’t work. So whether you’ve bought new lights or using an old set, be sure to check that they work first.
Light your tree from the top and work your way down. Wrap the lights around the tree, spreading them out evenly as you go, this will give your tree a soft glow. Plug them in and switch on once they’ve been arranged.
Add your decorations. Work your way from the bottom of the tree to the top and hang the larger baubles and decorations lower down for a more balanced look. The heavier ones are best placed at the back of the branch, closer to the trunk to avoid the branch sagging. Start with decorations of the same colour first to create a colour foundation, then arrange the more ornate and glitzy decorations for maximum impact.
Make your tree more personal by creating your own decorations. Simply use single colour baubles and a coloured marker. Ask your friends and family to write Christmas messages that you can then hang on your tree.Shop baubles
Finally, place your tree topper on the top to finish your Christmas tree off perfectly.
Cover up unsightly tree stands and cables with a tree skirt or even some spare tinsel around the tree’s base.
Place your beautifully wrapped Christmas presents at the bottom of your tree ready for Christmas morning. Check out our range of Christmas wrapping paper to coordinate your presents with your tree for a picture perfect look.