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27 of the Best Small Christmas Tree Ideas for This Season

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and that is especially true when it comes to small Christmas trees! If you live in a compact space, want to experiment with a small tree, or don’t want to limit yourself to one Christmas tree, small Christmas trees are an excellent option.

To show you how wonderful small Christmas trees can be, and to give you some decoration inspiration, here is a list of the 27 best small Christmas tree ideas.

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Best Small Christmas Trees

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Although small Christmas trees are tiny, their range of buying options is not. To help you weed through the vast amount of small Christmas trees, here are the best small artificial Christmas tree you can buy online.

Classic Christmas Tree

If you love the look of classic Christmas trees, but want something a bit more compact, check out National Tree Company’s Pre-lit Artificial Mini Christmas Tree. It comes pre-strung with white lights, has realistic, crush-resistant branches, and is super simple to set-up. This 2-foot tall tree makes an elegant accent piece in indoor spaces.

    Pre-lit Artificial Mini Majestic Fir - 2 ft

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    Our pre-lit artificial branches look ultra-realistic and lifelike. With 71 individually crafted branch tips, this wreath is as charming as the real thing. Tree stands 2 feet tall and 18 inches in diameter at the base in its most lush and full form.

Fiber Optic Tree

If you want to leave classic at the door with your 6-foot tree, take advantage of all of the new tree technology that has been developed by purchasing a small fiber-optic Christmas tree. An excellent option is the National Tree Company’s 36-Inch Fiber-Optic Evergreen Tree. Experience fireworks of festive colors through this tree’s innovative fiber-optic needles.

    Fiber Optic Evergreen Firework Tree, 3 ft

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    This fiber optic tree with 120 individually crafted branch tips will brighten up your Christmas decor by creating an attractive focal point. Tree stands 3 feet tall and 23 Inches in diameter at the base. Perfect for floor or tabletop display anywhere in the home.

Iridescent White Tree

Make sure you have a white Christmas by decorating with a white Christmas tree! A great white tree option that also has some sparkle is the National Tree Company’s White Iridescent Tinsel Tree. This eye-catching tree features iridescently white tinsel with a magical glow. At 3 feet tall this tree has no trouble fitting into compact spaces, but also can hold plenty of icy ornaments.

    White Iridescent Tinsel - 3 ft

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    A new take on the vintage aluminum Christmas tree. With 88 white iridescent branch tips, this decorative tree is sure to add a pop of sparkle to your home, indoor or covered outdoor locations.

Pre-Lit Black Tree

When it comes to holiday decorations some people love shine and shimmer and others like decorations with a little more subtlety. Good thing there is a small Christmas tree for everyone! National Tree Company’s Pre-lit 4 ft. Black  Artificial Christmas Tree is an excellent option for anyone interested in trying out a black Christmas tree who doesn’t want to commit to buying a large one. Try out muted metallic decorations on it, or get scary with Nightmare Before Christmas Ornaments.

    National Tree Company Pre-lit Black Tinsel - 4 ft

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    A new take on the vintage aluminum Christmas tree. With 110 black branch tips, this decorative tree is sure to add a pop of sparkle to your home, indoor or covered outdoor locations. This Christmas tree comes pre-strung with 70 white lights and measures 4 feet tall and 24 inches in diameter at the base.

Pink Christmas Tree

I love pink, so of course, finding a way to work it into my Christmas decorations is super important to me. Having a small pink tree, decorated with pink ornaments and boas is a great way to do that. An excellent pink tree option is the National Tree Company’s Pink Tinsel Tree. It’s easy to set-up and looks fabulous. You’ll want to leave it up all year long!

    National Tree Company Pink Tinsel - 3 ft

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    Convenient wrapped branch design makes setup and take down for storage fast and easy. This Christmas tree measures 3 feet tall and 20 inches in diameter at the base. Add ornaments and other tree décor to create an eye-catching holiday display

Unconventional Small Christmas Trees

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Who says your small Christmas tree has to be a tree? Small Christmas trees are all about experimenting with decorations, themes, colors, and even materials! Below are some of the best unconventional small Christmas tree ideas.

PVC Pipe Christmas Tree

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If you live in an apartment or other compact space, having a Christmas tree on your wall is a fun, festive space-saving solution! PVC Pipe Christmas Trees are really easy to make, completely customizable, and budget-friendly. Simply cut a PVC pipe into pieces, stick them to a panel in a tree formation, and decorate them with your favorite ornaments.

Wine Cork Christmas Tree

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Wine not make this delightful Wine Cork Christmas Tree! What else are you going to do with all of those wine corks you’ve been keeping? Either stack them up in a pyramid formation or glue them in an upright position to a styrofoam cone until you reach its top. Add lights and small decorations to finish off your homemade tree!

Plastic Spoon Tree

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This creative Plastic Spoon Tree can look festive, rustic, or industrial depending on what color you paint it! Although this tree is small in size, will definitely draw eyes. To make it you just need paper mache Christmas tree form, plastic spoons, spray paint, hot glue, and minimal crafting skills!

Ornament Tree

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Love your ornaments but unable to find a tree that properly showcases them? Ditch the tree with this DIY Hanging Ornament Mobile. This project is super simple, and all you need to complete it is a grilling grate, fishing line, paint, a chain, and all of your favorite ornaments! People will love this invisible tree more than the ones they can see!

Dowel Tree

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Small trees are great for people who love minimalist Christmas decorations. One of the simplest small Christmas trees I’ve seen is this DIY Dowel Christmas Tree. It’s super easy to make in just 3 steps, first, you make the base, second, you install the pole, and third, you install as many branches as you need to showcase your lovely ornaments.

Small Christmas Tree Uses and Placement

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Unlike larger Christmas trees which are typically used to decorate family rooms and shelter presents, small Christmas trees are much more flexible in their uses and placement. Below are ideas on some of the best spots you can put your small Christmas tree.

Living Room

If you hate the idea of a big tree taking up all of your living room’s space, or just love the idea of downsizing your tree, you can put a small Christmas tree in your living room. Stick it on a bookcase, put it in the corner, or even on top of a table. Lots of small Christmas trees are designed to be Tabletop Christmas Trees. That way you can clearly see them, and if you want to, you can stick presents under the table.

    Tabletop Mini Artificial Christmas Tree Decor w/LED Lights

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    This mini Christmas tree is the perfect addition to your holiday decor, made with durable and realistic plastic needles to last season after season. Beautifully decorated with 15 warm LED Christmas string lights to brighten your space, as well as 14 golden Christmas ornaments and various holly berries spread throughout the branches


Make work more fun by decorating your office space with Christmas decorations. Get a small tree to put near your office’s entrance or a tiny one to place on your desk. Choose an Easy, Pre-decorated Tree so all you have to do is position it and plug it in. Everyone will rave about it at the annual office Christmas party!

    SHareconn Mini Artificial Tabletop Christmas Tree

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    Perfect Shareconn small Christmas tree set includes a artificial tree, 6 red balls ornaments, 3 small gift boxes, 4 bunches of red berries, 6 beautifu bows, 30 clear string lights, one sturdy red flowerpot.


Greet guests to your home with some Christmas cheer! Pop-up trees like YuQi’s 5FT Pop-Up Christmas Green Tinsel Tree, and other tall but pencil-slim options are perfect for entryways. Simply place them next to your door inside, or if it’s a weather-resistant option you can even put it outside.

    YuQi 5FT Pop Up Christmas Green Tinsel Tree

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    The shiny pull-up tree are perfect complement to Christmas decor & Holiday Christmas Decor Supplies. Put them on the fireplace side. And hanging up gifts.


Upside down Christmas tree with Gifts and a Pup named Einstein

No space for your small Christmas tree, no problem, you can hang it from the ceiling! Upside-down Christmas trees are super trendy right now and its no wonder why, they are visually striking, absolutely gorgeous, and save space. You can easily suspend your small Christmas tree of choice from the ceiling using hooks and hanging wire. Decorate it with ribbons, spirals, and other ornaments that look amazing upside-down!

Small Ornaments for Small Christmas Trees

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Although big bulbs can look beautiful on small trees, I love decorating my mini Christmas tree with mini decorations. Below are the best tiny ornament ideas for your small Christmas tree!

Mini Character Ornaments

If you love how adorable your small Christmas tree looks then you will love how cute these Mini Character Ornaments are! 30 resin ornaments are included in the pack that features memorable Christmas characters like Santa, reindeer, and snowmen, along with Christmas symbols like presents, stockings, and jingle bells!

    30pcs Christmas Mini Ornaments

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    Value pack of 30pcs mini resin ornaments of variety of styles, they’re full of Christmas elements, including Santa clause, Christmas tree, snowman, Santa hat, reindeer, stockings, gift boxes, jingle bell, gloves, Christmas ball, etc

Small Glass Ornaments

Just because your Christmas tree is small doesn’t mean that you can’t use those gorgeous glass ornaments you grew up with! This Small Glass Ornament Pack contains mouth-blown glass Santa, snowmen, trees, and gifts that will look absolutely stunning on your mini tree with other classic Christmas decorations.

    KINGYEE Christmas Miniature Ornaments

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    4 mini Santa, 2 mini snowman, 1 mini tree, 1 mini gift box, and 1 mini house including in the package, as well as hanging string Unique Christmas gift. These decorative hanging ornaments are all hand-painted and glittered in a series of labor-intensive steps to achieve the beautiful creations

Tiny Ornament Balls

I have always loved the simplicity of ornament balls, and how you can use them to support different color themes. For a red and white themed small Christmas tree use this Tiny Ornament Ball Set. Pair them with mini candy-canes for a sweet and simple tree.

    Decorated Glass Ball Ornament Set of 15

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    This Red and White Decorated Glass Ball Ornament Set of 15 by Kurt Adler is a beautiful and festive addition to any Christmas tree! Each of the 1.57-inch glass balls features a festive red and white candy-cane inspired design in varying styles like polka dots, jagged lines, and swirls.

Small Glitter Balls

When it comes to decorations, you can never have too much glitter! Hang these Small Glitter Balls on a tree with sparkly tinsel for a Christmas decoration that really pops. Then add some shiny silver or gold tinsel to the tree to really get in the sparkly spirit.

    Glitter Glass Ball, 25 Piece Set Ornaments

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    Add a touch of sparkle to any holiday décor or Christmas tree with these 0.78-Inch Glitter Glass Ball, 25 Multi-Color Piece Set Ornaments from Kurt Adler. Features dainty ornament balls in glittery colors including shimmery shades of red, blue, silver, orange, pink, and purple. Perfect for showing holiday spirit when space is limited.

Mini Pine Cones

Just because your small tree is artificial doesn’t mean it can’t look natural! Natural Christmas tree decorations, like faux snow, are an elegant way to get in the holiday spirit. Add these Mini Pine Cones to your tree along with some holly berries for a gorgeous winter-woodland look.

    Coobey 27 Pieces Mini Pine Cones

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    natural pinecones which have shiny gold hanging cords on the top, durable and non-fragile. These are natural pinecones which may be in different sizes, shapes and colors, and maybe a little defective on pinecone, but do not affect its use.

Rustic Small Christmas Tree Ideas

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Decorate your small Christmas tree with some small-town decorations to complement other country Christmas decor. Below are my best rustic Christmas tree ideas to transform your tree!

Tin Can Stand

While what tree stand you use for your regular-sized Christmas tree might not matter, for small Christmas trees your stands are fully showcased and therefore make a big impact on the look of the tree. For a really rustic looking tree buy a rustic vase or repurpose an old can you’ve had lying around the house as your tree’s stand. It will look great with other rustic-metallic decorations.

    Soyizom Rustic Galvanized Vase Shabby Chic Bucket

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    This original piece is carefully crafted to give it our signature vintage look and add to your farmhouse country home décor theme. Not water-tight or safe. For use with water, insert a smaller container inside.

Wooden Crate Base

Repurpose or buy a Weathered Wooden Crate to use as your small Christmas tree’s stand. Decorate it with cream-colored ribbons and ornaments, and use other natural wooden touches like mini pine cones. Who woodn’t love this idea?

    Set of 3 Distressed Decorative Rectangle Gift Wood Crates

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    hese wood crates with a cut in handles for easier portability suitable organize small items at the kitchen countertop, a catchall tray at an entryway, an ideal utility or storage crate, organize CDs, DVDs, remotes, pantry items. They look great, organized and neat in any room. It is suitable to use in country style wedding decoration, party, and other celebration.

Burlap Decorations

Burlap is one of my favorite materials to use in rustic yet trendy decorations. Adorn your small Christmas tree with Burlap Ornaments and a Burlap Garland for country Christmas vibes. Add buffalo plaid bows as ornaments and a tree topper to finish off the look!

    Jetec 12 Pieces Christmas Burlap Tree Ornaments

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    Christmas ornaments are made of natural burlap fabric with cotton, lightweight and cute, and soft to touch, durable for you to use. 12 pieces Christmas tree ornaments in 4 different styles, each style has 3 pieces, enough quantity for your use

Whimsical Small Christmas Tree Ideas

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Play into the adorableness of small Christmas trees by embracing whimsical themes and characters! Below are the best whimsical small Christmas tree ideas to ensure that you have a fun and festive tree.

Baking Themed

What would the holidays be without food? This whimsical Christmas tree idea pays homage to food’s importance to the holidays by including adorable decorative details like Cookie Cutter ornaments, strung popcorn, recipe cards, and even kitchen utensils. Your tree will look good enough to eat!

    Holiday Mini Cookie Cutter set of 10

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    Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread House, Christmas Tree, Christmas Crutch, Snowflake, Bell, Heart, Star, Moon ,Boot Cookie Cutter. The simple stainless steel design is easy to clean, the folded edges are kind to hands, and the welded seam won’t come unstuck

Hummingbird Tree

Give traditional trees the bird, or rather birds, by making your small Christmas tree into a hummingbird’s paradise. Hang gorgeous glass Hummingbird Ornaments from it and beautiful Flower Ornaments. Top it off by pinning a flower to the top of the tree.

    Hummingbird Glass Ornaments with Glitter Accents

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    Perfect for display anytime. Unique gift for anyone who loves hummingbirds. GIFT BOXED: comes in a reusable box for storage after the holidays.

DIY Small Christmas Tree Ideas

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Not only are small Christmas trees budget-friendly, so is making your own Christmas tree decorations! Below are some of the best DIY small Christmas tree decorations to ensure you have a one-of-a-kind tree.

Brass Tack Ornaments

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Whether you are going for a rustic or refined Christmas tree, Brass Tack Ornaments will fit right in! The muted metallic beauty of these ornaments can easily be achieved with a half an hour of time, a styrofoam ball, brass tacks, a paper clip, and some twine.

Dried Citrus Garland

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A Citrus Garland will not only add a delightful pop of color to your tree, it will also add a delicious citrusy scent. Simply bake the citrus pieces, thread twine through them, and hang them from the branches of your tree. They look absolutely wonderful with other colorful, rustic decorations!

Handmade Snowflakes and Spirals

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Who hasn’t made a paper snowflake before? I’ve made what feels like a million, but I would make a million more! This fun and simple craft is something the whole family can enjoy. Sit down with your kids and make some small snowflakes and spirals for your small Christmas tree while jamming out to your favorite holiday tunes!

Not into cutting all those tiny shapes? Snowflake buttons threaded through with glitter cord make a fine substitute, take a fraction of the time, and are no less beautiful.

For a seriously handcrafted look, and an ornament that can stand the test of a hundred Christmases, try crocheting some small snowflakes. After you finish, soak them in a mix of water and Elmer’s glue (3 parts water, 1 part glue) then pin to shape and allow to dry. They’ll hold up year after year.


Although small Christmas trees are tiny in size, they are big in potential! From rustic to whimsical, from elegant to colorful, there is so much you can do when decorating your small Christmas tree.

I hope you found this list helpful! Let me know which small Christmas tree ideas you used in the comments below!