Holiday Splendor: The Christmas Tree Buying Guide

Rich traditions begin around a beautiful Christmas tree. Family members gather and Santa delivers presents beneath branches filled with keepsakes and ornaments, making memories to be treasured for years. Why not enjoy a tree that will last for seasons, doesn’t shed needles and is a lot less hassle than its natural counterpart?

Artificial Christmas Trees have come a long way: they’re easier to assemble and more natural looking than ever. And at Frontgate, you’ll find beautiful recreations of firs, pines, spruces and more. But, before you select a tree, take a moment to consider your size and style preferences. How much space do you have to fill? What kind of look and shape do you prefer? Do you like clear or multi-colored lights?

Choosing The Right Size, Shape and Style

Height is always the first thing to consider when picking the perfect tree. Are you looking to fill a tabletop or reach a cathedral ceiling? In most cases it’s best if the tree is about 6″ lower than your ceiling. This way it’s sure to fill the room, while leaving space for tree toppers and decorations that extend above the top branches. (Trees are measured from the floor to the top of the tree, including the stand.)

Remember to keep girth in mind. Frontgate’s Standard and Grand Series trees offer fuller silhouettes, but we also offer Slim Christmas trees for more compact spaces, like entryways and alcoves.

Also, think of style – although it’s not always immediately obvious, each genus of tree has a unique profile and density, with distinctive characteristics like short or long needles, upswept branches, and pyramid or conical shapes. If you love to fill boughs with yards of ribbon and substantial ornaments, you may want to choose a tree with less densely layered foliage. If you’re partial to a particular needle type or color, you’ll want to take that into consideration as well.

Inspired by nature, perfected by Frontgate.

Frontgate was the first to create foliage molds using branches found in nature. The result is beautifully authentic trees. From Noble, Balsam and Fraser Firs, to the blue-hued Colorado Spruce, and long-needled Pines, all of our trees are impressively realistic – from the molded tips down to the PVC needles. (When shopping for a tree, always ensure it has molded tips and PVC needles for the most lifelike look and feel.)

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, our flocked trees come covered in a shimmering dusting of artificial snow. Keep in mind, flocked trees aren’t often suitable for outdoor use, unless clearly noted.

The most brilliant lights

One of the many advantages to decorating with a Frontgate tree is that they come with professionally installed, commercial quality lights. All of our pre-lit Christmas trees are available with hand-wrapped clear or multi-colored bulbs, and the patented Continuous Circuit strands are designed to stay evenly lit, even if a bulb burns out. Plus, with our exclusive Quick Light technology the power coupling for the lights is built into the tree stand, which means no more fishing through branches in search of plugs. All you have to do is snap the lightweight sections together and twist to lock into place.


Advancements in artificial trees include everything from impressive construction – steel trunks and wire-reinforced tips – to new innovations that make setup a snap. Our exclusive easy set-up Christmas Trees are the easiest to assemble ever. With an effortless rolling base and Quick Light technology, these trees go from packed away to put up in about a minute.

  1. Roll the tree out and remove the cover.
  2. Step in the lever to invert the base.
  3. Lift the lightweight sections into the Quick-Light coupling and twist.
  4. Plug it in. You’re finished.

Now you’re ready to decorate

This season of joy begins with a day of decorating, and now you’ll have the perfect tree. All that’s left to do is turn on the Christmas carols, pour yourself a cup of cocoa and start hanging ornaments.

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