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21 Fun and Festive Christmas Tree Alternatives

'Tis the season to think beyond the traditional! Check out these genius Christmas tree alternatives for all styles and budgets.

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Tabletop Pink Pompas Tree via merchant

Pampas Grass Christmas Tree

We love pampas grass in the garden, so why not bring it indoors? This soft pink pampas grass tree adds instant holiday cheer to small spaces. Measuring two feet tall, it’s perfect for a nursery, office, bedroom or apartment. Round out your pampas grass decor with a seasonal wreath or bouquet.

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Santa Hat Christmas Tree via merchant

Santa Hat Christmas Tree

We bet you’ve never seen a tree quite like this before! Shaped to look like jolly ol’ St. Nick’s hat, this curved artificial Christmas tree features a white base, red branches and a pom pom-inspired topper. 500 LED lights cast a cozy glow while the included tree stand makes setup a breeze. It’s just waiting for you to stash all those Secret Santa gifts under it’s boughs!

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Wooden Christmas Treevia NaturalWoodCompany/etsy.com

Wooden Christmas Tree

If you’re looking for a small wooden tree, this oak Christmas tree is a great option. It’s handmade out of sustainably forested English oak, and available in a variety of sizes ranging from one to 12 feet. The “branches” can be arranged into a flat or circular shape.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Good grief! Have you ever seen a cuter Christmas tree alternative? This Charlie Brown Christmas tree looks just like the one Chuck lovingly brings home. Plus, it includes a red ornament and Linus’ beloved blanket. Learn more about the Charlie Brown tree.

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Accordion Paper Trees via merchant

Paper Christmas Tree

Paper trees add the perfect amount of cute when it comes to alternative Christmas trees. Choose from an ivory or green finish in small, medium or large sizes. Whether you mix and match or opt for a monochrome look, they’re the the perfect space saver if you don’t have room for a traditional tree. Set ’em up on a mantel or as a centerpiece to add a cozy feel to your home.

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Pearl Christmas Treevia merchant

Crystal and Pearl Christmas Tree

For Christmas tree alternatives that sparkle and shine, look no further than this luxe crystal and pearl tree. Each branch is outfitted in opulent cut crystals and pearl beads that, when touched by sunlight, cast a stunning, shimmery glow. Choose from four different heights, ranging from 17 to 36 inches tall.

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Mounted Christmas Treevia merchant

Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree

If you’ve ever lived in a small space, you know how tough decking the halls for Christmas can be. This wall-mounted tree is easy to set up—all you have to do is find some space on your wall, hang it up and decorate. This tree is ideal for any apartment or house with limited space or any designer who prefers Christmas minimalism. Psst! Do you know how to keep a real Christmas tree alive?

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Bottle Brush Christmas Trees via merchant

Bottlebrush Christmas Tree

Want to make a tabletop holiday forest? Look no further than these green bottlebrush trees. Each set of 34 comes with a wide variety of sizes, ranging from 1.4-inches to 4.9-inches. You can set them all up together or dot them around the house for small doses of holiday cheer.

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Faux Potted Berry Cluster Cone Treesvia merchant

Cranberry Christmas Tree

Celebrate the holidays with your favorite fruit. A classic cranberry Christmas tree adds a punchy color to entryways and dining spaces. Opt for either a 24-inch or 38-inch version.

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Succulent Christmas Treesvia SucculentArtworks/etsy.com

Succulent Christmas Tree

We love these succulent Christmas trees. They’re pretty, sustainable and unlike anything we’ve seen before! Use them to dress up your mantel or as a dinner table centerpiece. Either way, everyone will be asking “where did you get that!?” Choose between a 14-inch or a 18-inch tree, both made of grapevine and covered in live succulents. Learn more about the succulent tree trend.

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Upside Down Christmas Treevia merchant

Upside-Down Christmas Tree

Pay homage to your old-world roots with an upside-down Christmas tree. This unlit beauty is ready for decorating with ornaments, bows, garlands and other accoutrements. Just make sure you’re eating these old-world cookies when it’s time to trim the tree!

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Tinsel Christmas Tree via merchant

Tinsel Christmas Tree

It isn’t Christmas without tinsel! If you’re looking to add a dose of traditional Christmas cheer, this small, shiny tree will perk up a room with no problem at all. It’s only available as a miniature, so if you’re hoping for the full-size version, you might have to look elsewhere—but at just $10, it’s a great deal. Do you know what Christmas looked like the year you were born?

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Glass Lightup Christmas Tree via merchant

Glass Christmas Tree

Classic and quaint, this glass tree adds a sparkling touch to any space. An ombre-style design makes this alternative Christmas tree look like it’s from the North Pole! Add it to your mantel or a bookshelf for effortless style.

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Mr Christmas Nostalgic Christmas Tree Ecomm Via Qvcvia merchant

Vintage Christmas Tree

Didn’t every mom display one of these in the ’70s? If you can’t get your hands on the real deal, this vintage-inspired Christmas tree is the next best thing. The 14-inch tree gets an upgrade with LED lights and an illuminated shiny star on top, but with a classic touch. Pick it up in green or pink. Then, check out these retro Christmas tree night lights, too.

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Paper Bird Treevia merchant

Pop-Up Christmas Tree

Yes, you can have a tree (complete with ornaments!) for just $20. A pop-up Christmas tree is ideal for small spaces. Choose from a nostalgic Christmas theme or winter birds, then enjoy its beauty on a bookshelf or coffee table. Plus, this alternative Christmas tree makes a great gift. It comes in an easy-to-mail envelope!

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Light Up Led Tree Shaped Wall Decor via merchant

LED Wall Christmas Tree

No floor space? No problem. This LED wall tree casts the cozy glow we know and love, but without capitalizing any precious real estate.  Available in 4- or 6-foot versions, this space saver is perfect for apartment dwellers. Plus, it includes a timer for conserving extra energy.

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Palm Tree Christmas Tree via merchant

Palm Christmas Tree

Dreaming of a white, sandy beach for Christmas? This palm Christmas tree transports you straight to the tropics. Choose from a split tree or 4-, 5- and 6-foot versions. Plus, each palm comes lit with over 100 twinkling lights. Mele Kalikimaka indeed!

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Pre Lit Twinkling Twig Treesvia merchant

Twig Christmas Tree

For a minimalist look or if you have a ton of show-stopping ornaments to display, consider a twig tree. This beauty takes up less space than a traditional tree, but it packs a similar visual impact. Pick it up in three sizes and white or brown colors.

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Rainbow Christmas Treevia merchant

Rainbow Christmas Tree

Be proud this holiday season (or any time of year) with a gorgeous rainbow tree. This beautiful tree stands at around 7 feet tall and starts with a brilliant blue and violet base that transforms into all the colors of the rainbow.

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20in Pom Pom Treevia merchant

Pom Pom Christmas Tree

Shopping for HomeGoods Christmas decor? Add this chic pom pom tree to your list. The festive red, green and white colors complement vibrant holiday decor, and we love its soft, cozy feel. No need to worry about being pricked by dry needles with this tree!

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Christmas Cactusvia merchant

Cactus Christmas Tree

This Christmas cactus pays homage to its southwestern cousins in the cutest way possible. It’s shaped just like a cactus but completely made from faux pine needles, making this one of the most unusual alternative Christmas trees you can get this holiday season. While it doesn’t look so big, this tree is actually five feet tall and comes equipped with ornaments, lights and a big yellow bow.

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Lori Vanover
Lori has been a writer and editor for 16 years, fueled by plenty of coffee and chocolate. She hopes to retire someday and become a hot pepper farmer, cake decorator or barbecue pitmaster.
Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.