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Enjoy the beauty and realism of unlit Christmas trees or use your favorite lights with Simple String™ technology.
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Celebrate the season with a high-quality unlit artificial Christmas tree. It’s a simple yet beautiful decoration that brings out your creativity. Enjoy planning every detail of your decorating theme down to the lighting. Balsam Hill offers a selection of unlit Christmas trees, featuring foliage in varying degrees of realism.

Should I buy a pre-lit or unlit Christmas tree?

It all depends on your decorating preference. Both pre-lit and unlit trees come with their respective advantages.

  • Pre-lit

If you’re short on time, choose from Balsam Hill’s pre-lit trees that feature our patented Easy Plug® technology. This means that light strings connections are housed within the tree trunk. To light the tree up, all you need to do is plug it into a wall socket. Enjoy the convenience of a pre-lit centerpiece, and spend more time decorating.

  • Unlit

The benefit of an unlit tree is that you have more freedom to customize its look. Choose from Balsam Hill’s Most Realistic trees to act as a stunning backdrop for your prized ornaments.

What should I consider when buying an unlit tree?

  • Christmas Tree Height

Before you purchase a tree, first decide on your display area, then measure the floor space and the ceiling height. There needs to be at least 6 inches between it and the topmost branch, so you have room for a tree topper. Remember that the taller the tree, the wider its circumference.

A 7 to 7.5 ft unlit Christmas tree is considered the average height for a holiday centerpiece. It’s a popular choice for many homes.

If you’re expecting many guests and have an adequate ceiling height, then a 9 ft unlit Christmas tree is ideal. It’s wide and sturdy enough to hang ornaments of various sizes and weights. A tree this tall stands out no matter how many presents are laid around its base.

If you have ample room, a 10 ft unlit Christmas tree is sure to impress. Conceptualize a special theme and decorate with lights and heirloom ornaments for a breathtaking holiday display.

  • Christmas Tree Shape

A full unlit tree is ideal for a classic Christmas theme, as the shape resembles that of a real evergreen. But if you’re looking for a modern twist, a sparse tree is a good choice. Decorate it with a few large ornaments and warm LED lights to leave a lasting impression on your holiday guests.

If you’re short on space, choose from Balsam Hill’s selection of slim unlit christmas trees. These have sturdy and lush foliage to support your Christmas decorations. The slender profile makes it a versatile decorating choice. Use it to bring cheer to other areas of your home, such as your porch or bedroom. Or use two to flank a large entryway.

Learn how to choose the right artificial tree here.

How do I decorate an unlit tree?

The way you decorate your tree depends on your theme. Remember that you have more flexibility with an unlit artificial Christmas tree. Choose the quantity and color of lights, then hang them according to your preference. Complete the look of your holiday décor with Balsam Hill’s premium christmas decorations. Choose from individual pieces or sets that complement your concept.

What is an unlit flocked Christmas tree?

It’s a holiday centerpiece with frosted tips to mimic snow-kissed evergreens. Choose from Balsam Hill’s selection of pre-flocked trees or use these materials to create your own flocking:

  • Soap shavings

Cost-efficient and readily available, soap shavings are an easy way to create your own flocking. Mix them with glitter or artificial coloring to match your theme.

  • Shaving cream

To achieve the most realistic effect, combine shaving cream with glue. Apply it to your tree branches, and let it air dry for one day.

  • Desiccated coconut

Go the organic route and use coconut-based flocking. It mimics the fluffy texture of real snow. However, it requires a binding agent to create clusters and preserve it until it's time to take down your unlit artificial Christmas tree.

Read the full step-by-step flocking guide here.