Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Forget fake and buy real fir with our guide to buying a Christmas tree in the capital

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Unearthing the box of decorations is clearly the hard part, but choosing your Christmas tree is a crucial part of the season's festivities. Keep things simple with Time Out's tips on which type to get, where to buy, online delivery and how to get rid of your tree in the New Year.

Know your Christmas trees

Think all Christmas trees look the same? What are you, some kind of tree-racist? Needly evergreens, as any botanist will tell you, belong to three different families: spruces, firs and pines. Firs are popular (and expensive) as they don’t shed their needles. Ask your tree grocer which is which.

Calculate your dimensions

Do you know how high your ceiling is? Do not buy a tree until you do. Also, remember that a trussed-up spruce will expand once you get the netting off. You can always chop away unnecessary branches. A spindly six-footer can be trimmed to a classic teardrop-shaped four-footer without too much work (although remember that children under 12 should not handle chainsaws unsupervised).

Where to get your Christmas tree…

Christmas tree vendors are surely the original purveyors of the pop-up, and you'll spot them in various roadside nooks and crannies in December, but for quality and breadth of choice you might prefer to seek out a long-established tree professional.

Creekside Christmas sell Nordmann Firs and Norway Spruces of up to 7ft in their Greenwich and Woolwich markets and can deliver your chosen one anywhere within the M25 (and indeed beyond).

Pines & Needles
(020 3384 9420) usually stocks five types of tree in sizes up to 9ft in various locations across London, with extra tall sizes available at selected areas in central London. Same-day delivery is available, and you can reserve a tree online before you visit, too.

The Christmas Forest (01865 427067) usually stocks a range of tree varieties, including Noble, Fraser Firs and the non-drop Nordmann Fir. You'll find 8 branches dotted across London, and can enjoy a mince pie as you browse. It's eco-friendly, too - for every Christmas tree sold, a tree is planted in the drylands of Africa.

Fancy Firs will be selling trees at Boxpark's Xmas Cabin, with decoration kits available on site.

For Christmas trees delivered – buy online

Creekside Christmas stock Norway Spruces and Nordmann Firs of up to 7ft (with bigger trees available on request), with daily deliveries from Dec 1-22. Tree stands are also available, and they promise the best prices in London, with a price match guarantee.

Pines & Needles
deliver a range of trees, complete with decorations if you so wish, and you can even have them take it away when it’s ready for the chipper.

Christmastreedelivered.london is a boutique tree delivery service for homes, hotels, restaurants, the lot, so if you're going big, go here. Along with trees, you can order lights, stands and decorations, plus the team also offer large tree installation (in case your eyes are bigger than your living room) and post-Christmas tree collection.

If you want deluxe Christmas lights for your tree, Xmas Direct has an impressive selection – from tiny fairy lights to huge glowing nets that you can drape over your entire house.

The Christmas Forest has an impressive online offering, too, with delivery and installation in preferred time slots. You'll also find stands and lights to dress up your tree.

And when Christmas is over...

If you've not arranged a tree pick-up online (see above), your local council should offer a tree recycling service. See www.recycleforlondon.com for details.

For more festive goods...

Christmas markets and fairs in London

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Comments

18 comments
James T
James T

Creekside seem like nice people, just don't expect them to be organised or open at the advertised times. The new guys on the block seem a little underprepared this time.

Steph M
Steph M

Hi all, I have to agree with Time Out, Pines and Needles are awesome. I have bought my tree from them for a couple of years now and wouldn't go anywhere else. I have ordered over the phone but found the website (https://www.pinesandneedles.com/) to be particularly good this year. Merry Christmas everyone and good luck getting your trees!

Wendy Bowen
Wendy Bowen

For great service and a fabulous fresh tree head to Clifton Nurseries to choose a Christmas tree it's a lovely place or you can shop on line too .CLIFTON NURSERIES is in Little Venice just near Warwick ave tube

Lynn Hirst
Lynn Hirst

We use Camden Garden Centre - such a great service and customer care, We have always been really pleased with our trees and so have been going there for years. Also they are a local charity.

Lynn Hirst
Lynn Hirst

We use Camden Garden Centre - such a great service and customer care, We have always been really pleased with our trees and so have been going there for years. Also they are a local charity.

Guy Hoogewerf
Guy Hoogewerf

We call these guys Pins and Weasels because we love them so much, it's a great service and they come in Kilts, the children love it when their chaps put the tree up for us.

Digs
Digs

I've used www.pinesandneedles.com for many years.... I like the fact I can go pick my tree and then have it delivered in the evening.

Marcus
Marcus

We use www.delivermeachristmastree.co.uk every year. Excellent trees and the same staff have installed the tree for the last 5 years. great guys.

chris
chris

when used goodelf.co.uk, great next day delivery servcie

Hew Stevenson
Hew Stevenson

Try Shoots & Leaves for the best trees and the best service around! www.shootsandleaves.co.uk/xmas

Fidonald@yahoo.co.uk
Fidonald@yahoo.co.uk

Christmasforest.co.uk sells online and has great Christmas trees and really good service too - I used them last year and will definitely be buying from them again this year. Very reasonable prices as well.

Dan Price
Dan Price

There is a new site, featured on living social and groupon called Creekside Christmas. They also have a coupon code "snowflake" which will get you trees from £26.99 delivered to your door (within the M25). It's the cheapest deal by a mile and they even have a replacement guarantee if you're not happy with your tree!

Paul
Paul

Christmas Fir at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes SW13 have a great selection of premium Nordmann and Noble Fir from 125cm up to 3 Meters in height. Over 1000 trees in stock. Open from 9am to 430pm every day.

David
David

We used www.londonchristmastrees.net and they were excellent. They delivered too, were extremely friendly and I thought a good price for an awesome tree. Was impressed. Mind you I am sure a lot of these deliver services are equally as good.

Mary
Mary

As a resident of central London with a Toyota Prius ordering a Christmas tree online works for us. We have used www.delivermeachristmastree.com for 3 years now and are really happy with the Christmas trees that they deliver. I think they are based in Kent.