December is here which means it’s time to put up the bloody tree. Whether your decrepit 10 year old artificial twig is ready to be traded in for a younger model, or you like to keep it traditional by picking up a real tree, Manchester isn’t short of options.
And what is a Christmas tree without tacky, glittery decorations? It isn’t one- so I guess you’ll have to pick up some of those too… Here at the best places to go for your Christmas tree and decorations this year…
Ivy Cottage Tree Farm
Nothing beats the smell of a crackling fire and fresh pine after a hard day’s work. Artificial trees may be cheaper and have a longer sell-by-date, but they will never compare to the authenticity of a real Christmas tree. Ivy Cottage Tree Farm in Wilmslow stocks the freshest Nordman’s, Norwegian Spruces, Fraser Firs’ and Lodgepole Pines from as little as £26. If that wasn’t special enough already, Ivy’s also hire an on-site florist to create personalised, beautiful wreaths throughout the Christmas period. This is just another added bonus on top of their stunning range of Christmas decorations that’s on offer too.
Ivy Cottage Tree Farm, 45 Racecourse Rd, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5LG
Christmas Trees Manchester
We all know that one family who fail to measure the length of their sealing and purchase a tree that’s way too big. Hey presto, the tilted tree. Christmas Trees Manchester on Ducie Street sell various styles of trees- but in a number of specific sizes. From 5-6 to over 11 inches, they have a tree in a size that’ll fit your living room perfectly this year. If you run a business as well, this is one of the best stockists in Manchester if you’re looking to transform your office into a festive haven. And want to hear the best part? Your tree could be delivered directly to your door. Easy peasy!
83 Ducie St, Manchester M1 2JQ
Homebase in Altrincham Retail Park offers a wide range of real and artificial Christmas trees that come in various shapes and sizes. Ranging from £10 to £65, Homebase caters for people who are both on a budget and those who aren’t so don’t panic about spending a fortune because you certainly don’t have to. So, if you’re looking or modest little tree for your bedroom or a grand centre piece for your living room, you’ll find what you want here.
Unit 1 Altrincham Ret Pk, Manchester Rd, Altrincham WA14 5GR
Ikea- aka retail heaven. If you didn’t spend your childhood playing hide n seek in the cushion isle or pushing your mates around the trollies, you didn’t live. Although as grownups, that is no longer acceptable (or is it?), it doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the delights of this magical store. This Christmas, Ikea stores across the country are selling a large, locally sourced Christmas tree for £25. Sounds basic, right? But you’ll also earn back a £20 voucher to spend in store after the Christmas season is over. So basically, you’re paying £5 for your tree. Now that is special.
As well as this, Ikea also has a mega cheap range of Christmas decorations that will transform your home into Santa’s Grotto. Decorations starting from as little as £1.50 and sets starting from just £2.95, you could kit the house out for less than a tenner and still have change over for pasta and meatballs at the Ikea café. Oh, you never let us down!
Wellington Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7TE
I mean, is there anything Aldi doesn’t sell? In the summer it was pizza ovens and hot tubs, in winter it is freshly cut, large Nordmann Fir trees with a not-so-large price tag of only £19.99. The trees are available to pick up in stores across the city, but can also be ordered online via Aldi’s special delivery service. And while you’re at it, why not pick up some cute Christmas decorations to glam your new tree up with? You’ll be spoiled for choice.
The Christmas Decorators
For the ultimate Christmas glamour, there is only once place to head for your decorations this year, and that place is The Christmas Decorators in Stretford. Having worked for the likes of The Hilton Hotel, The BBC and Manchester United, the city’s most upmarket stockists know exactly how to create perfection. Their luxury and bespoke creations have earned them an impressive reputation, but don’t expect it to come cheap. If you’d like to transform your home or workplace into a classic, winter getaway, you know who to call!
9 Basford Road, Manchester, M16 0FT
Who here wants a bargain? Who doesn’t! This week, whilst you’re doing your weekly toiletries shop, pop into Wilko’s and pick up one of their super cheap, artificial Christmas trees. From £4- £130, there is a tree available to suit all bank balances and requirements. And what’s more, Wilko’s also stocks every Christmas decoration you could imagine. It’s like a pick n mix but with baubles and tinsel instead of sweets (but you could still get an actual pic n mix, I know I will be).
Unit 2 Store 3, Arndale Centre, Halle Square, Manchester, M4 3AQ
All In One Garden and Leisure
All In One Garden Centre on Rochdale Road has everything you could want for Christmas and more. Their impressive selection of real and artificial trees is one thing, but don’t get me started on their enormous range of decorations. Think lights, think garlands, think Christmas crackers; think fibre optics! Similarly, All In One also sell gifts, homeware and even pet accessories, so you’ll be able to pick up a few extra things All In One trip (ha, get it?).
All-In-One Garden Centre Ltd, Rochdale Road, Manchester M24 2RB