Follow these simple Christmas Tree Care tips to make sure your Christmas tree looks fresh and fabulous on Christmas Day

When You First Get Home

When you get your Christmas tree home, cut a 3cm slice from the bottom of the tree (so it can take up water), remove the netting and give the tree a good shake to dislodge any loose needles.

Stand the tree in a bucket filled with cold water overnight in a cool, sheltered place outside.

Leave Your Christmas Tree Outside

The longer you can leave your Christmas tree outside, the better it will look on Christmas Day. A Christmas tree that has been kept in a hot room since the end of November will look tired and jaded on Christmas Day, whereas one that is taken in on Christmas Eve will look fresh and glossy.

Most people take their tree inside in the middle of December, trading the loss of a few needles against enjoying their beautiful Christmas tree.

Use a Christmas Tree Stand

Christmas tree stand

When you take your tree inside, put it in a stand that holds water and is a suitable size for your tree. Cramming a large tree into a small stand can make the tree unstable and unable to take up enough water.

Place your tree stand on a mat or cloth to protect the floor and secure your tree in the stand, making sure it’s standing up straight.

Sweep up the needles that will fall off while you move the tree around your house.

Find the Right Spot

Rustic Christmas tree in outside porch with basket of berries, gold star, galvanised bucket and garden seat.

Stand your tree in an area where it doesn’t get knocked or bumped as every touch will dislodge a few needles

Ideally, your tree should be kept somewhere cool to stop it drying out. If this isn’t possible, stand it well away from any heat source eg radiator, wood burner or underfloor heating.

Put the tree close to a socket to avoid trailing wires if you have mains powered lights, but not so close that you have to crawl under the tree every day to turn the lights on and off.

If you have the space, try standing the tree in the middle of a room (a little used conservatory is ideal) so it can be admired from all sides or put your tree in a bay window and let passers-by share a little of your joy.

Have a Twirl

Twirl the tree around so that the best side faces the room and take a critical look. Use secateurs to trim back any branches that spoil the shape or stop you pushing the tree close to the wall.

Settle Down

Top up the water in the stand and leave your tree to settle for a couple of hours before you start the fun of decorating and creating a magical Christmas tree for your home.


Norway Spruce

You must expect to sweep up needles if you take a Norway Spruce into a warm house. Possibly quite a lot. Definitely a lot if you put your tree in a busy area or the cat tries to pull off the baubles.

Nordmann Fir

Your Nordmann Fir should still look fresh with only a few needles on the floor if you’ve followed all the guidelines above.

All Trees

Fresh Christmas trees are just like giant flowers, drawing water up from their roots to the branches and needles. Follow the Christmas Tree Care tips above and your tree will look fresh on Christmas Day.

However, every now and then, we get a rogue tree that just gives up.

If you’ve followed the care instructions but aren’t happy with the condition of your Christmas tree because there is excessive needle drop or branch droop, please contact us using the contact form on this website. We will then advise you when to return your tree to The Christmas Tree Barn to be replaced.

After fourteen days from the date of purchase, replacement is at our discretion.