Modern Christmas Trees: 10 of the best

Traditional Christmas trees, whether real or artificial, tend to be green and bushy. But if that doesn’t float your boat, there are plenty of modern alternatives available that will look perfect in your home.

Here are 10 of our favourite modern Christmas trees!

1. Contemporary Snowy Birch Twig Christmas Tree

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If you’ve looking for a tree that will fit with your contemporary home, then take a look at this lovely pre-lit snowy paper birch tree.

It’s sleek, modern and very elegant. This version comes pre-lit, so it can be taken out of its packaging and used straightaway. Or you can add a few decorations to it to personalise your tree if you wish.

It’s a popular design, available in several sizes, from John Lewis. The 6ft paper birch tree costs £80 – we love it.

2. Space Saving Snowy Rope Ladder Wall Mounted Christmas Tree

Contemporary snowy rope ladder hanging Christmas tree with lights

Short on space and worried you can’t fit a Christmas tree in a your flat or house? Why not try this innovative rope ladder hanging Christmas tree instead?

This is a very clever idea and perfect for small living spaces. The tree is made from real birch wood branches, hung together with sturdy rop and sprinkled with a dusting of snow (okay, faux snow). To liven it up and make it suitably festive, it’s given a lift with some colourful pom pom lights.

It’s a really fun piece and a bit of a bargain at only £19.95 from The Little Boys Room.

Some other similar wall hanging Christmas trees are available from other retailers, including a birch branch tree from Lights4Fun, a chestnut branch hanging tree from Ella James and a rope ladder alternative office Christmas tree from The Christmas Home.

3. Christmas Crate Alternative Christmas Tree

Fresh Design crate Christmas tree

Fancy something completely different? Why not choose this fantastic Christmas crate tree?

The 1.2m alternative Christmas tree consists of seven apple crates. They’re made of sustainable FSC pine, which has been treated and coloured. In fact, the boxes are available in a choice of six different colours.

The crates are simply stacked on top of each other to create the tree shape. You can follow the design here, or create your own….just make sure it’s secure and won’t topple over.

The Christmas crate tree is £199 from Plantabox.

4. Bleached Driftwood Christmas Tree

Modern driftwood alternative Christmas tree

We’ve featured Karen Miller’s original natural driftwood Christmas tree previously and it remains a favourite. But for a slightly different look, here’s a newer bleached version of the tree.

It’s made from naturally sourced driftwood and can be put together and used year after year. It looks brilliant in use and is a really funky modern design.

This Christmas tree is available for £129 from Karen Miller @ Doris Brixham.

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Alternatively a similar alternative wooden Christmas tree is available from Timbatree for £139.

5. Laser Cut Christmas Tree

Laser cut christmas tabletop xmas tree

Made from laser cut steel, each branch of this unusual Africa Tree includes elements of African wildlife – so there are monkeys hanging from some branches or birds perched on others.

The tree is small, so ideal if you’re limited on space, and can be displayed on a tabletop.

The Africa Christmas tree is available in red or white and costs £34.95 from Design My World.

6. Modern Rustic Iron Tree

Iron Christmas tree for a modern home

If you love bringing new materials into your home and fancy a different tree this year, why not opt for this stunning iron tree?

It’s got a very modern rustic vibe to it, with its rusted effect, and it looks great left as it is for a minimal look, or adorned with your favourite decorations. It could be right at home in an industrial style interior scheme. Best of all, this is a piece that you could use at home all year round, not just at Christmas.

The iron tree costs £145 from The Forest & Co.

7. Birch Plywood Superhero Alternative Christmas Tree

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Want a spectacularly different Christmas tree that’s bound to get people talking? Why not opt for a Superhero tree this year.

The contemporary tree is made from sustainably sourced birch plywood, which has been hand decoupaged with vintage comic strip paper. It arrives in two pieces which simply slot together. The large 4ft version is stunning, but there’s also a smaller 50cm table top tree available (you could even go all out and get the pair!).

The Superhero alternative Christmas tree is priced from £125 from Bombus.

8. Super Minimal Modern Christmas Tree

Modern xmas tree wall decalModern Nordic Christmas tree

If you’ve got limited space in your home, or don’t want to have an actual tree this year, then how about using a Christmas tree wall sticker instead?

The red tree sticker is only £20 from Spin Collective and is available in a choice of colours.

The green Christmas tree wall sticker is produced in a Nordic style design – great for anyone into Scandi home decor. It’s available in a choice of colours and costs £28 from Nutmeg Wall Art.

Best of all, you can remove them from the wall after Christmas and re-use them again next year.

9. Black Christmas Tree with Lights


Best black modern xmas Christmas tree

Bored with green? Then think black. Black Christmas trees look great decorated with silver, gold or colourful decorations.

This contemporary black Christmas tree is six foot in size and comes ready decorated with a set of lights, saving you all the hassle of putting them on. It’s £49.99 from Argos.

10. Alternative Edible Christmas Tree

Contemporary alternative Christmas tree table decoration

Lollipop tree

Another modern alternative to the traditional Christmas tree comes in the form of the edible lollipop tree.

It comes with the tree shaped base and a set of 24 wrapped lollipops and you simple arrange them to form a tree shape. Great as a Christmas party decoration – and you can give your guests a lollipop as they leave!

The lollipop xmas tree was £45 (free p&p) from Nelly’s, but is sadly now out of stock. However, if you fancy creating your own version, John Lewis sell a rather nifty washed wooden Christmas tree of a similar design and you can still buy the lollies separately from Nelly’s – sorted!

Create your own edible Christmas tree


(Updated October 2015)


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