NYC Christmas Tree Buying Guide

November 26th, 2018

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We are in the thick of the NYC holiday season. As Christmas gets closer, it's time to start decorating our beautiful Stonehenge NYC Apartments. The right Christmas tree is a great centerpiece to your holiday decorations, but buying one (and getting it home) in the big city can be a challenge.

Not sure where to begin? Stonehenge NYC is here to help!

Authentic or Artificial?

The first thing to consider when buying a tree is whether you want a real one or a fake. Let's be clear: there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a fake tree. In fact, there are plenty of pros to going the artificial route. Living trees are, well, alive. You don't have to water an artificial tree, nor do you have to clean up the needles that a living tree will inevitably drop. Also, you only have to buy a fake tree once, where you'll need to dispose of and replace a real tree every year. shutterstock_228613051 Of course, artificial trees rarely look as good as real ones. In most New York City apartments, storage space is limited. You may not want to use valuable closet space to store a big fake tree all year long. Size Matters: When choosing your tree, it's important to consider size. Be sure to measure the height of your apartments ceilings.  If you do own a saw, you can always trim down your tree yourself, but you live in NYC, so that's pretty unlikely. Most tree sellers will cut your tree to your desired height. Since you'll probably want to put a star or an angel on top of your tree, make sure they cut your tree at least five inches shorter than your ceiling height. shutterstock_454157815 If your space is particularly cramped, consider getting a "Charlie Brown Tree". A small tree that sits on a tabletop or end table is still a festive addition to any home. What Kind of Tree? There are two popular breeds of Christmas tree to choose from. What's the difference? Fraser Fir: The Fraser has sturdy limbs that can support hefty ornaments. If you like to load up your Christmas tree, this is the one for you. Balsam FirThe bushy balsam fir isn't as sturdy as the Fraser, but it has a heck of a lot more fragrance. If you want to fill your apartment with the smell of the holidays, this is a great option. The balsam can still hold plenty of ornaments, but be careful with heavier ones. Placement Perfection: Before bringing a tree into your home, you're going to want to have a spot ready for it. Most evergreen trees do okay in reduced light, but there are other factors to consider when finding the correct location for your new tree. shutterstock_703356874 It's super important to NOT set up your tree near your radiator or other heat sources. Not only will this quickly dry out your tree causing it to drop more needles, but it's also a heck of a fire hazard. Rearrange your entire apartment before putting a flammable tree near a heat source. Getting Your Tree Home: You've probably noticed Christmas tree sellers popping up on sidewalks and squares all over the city. Since trees are bulky, and most cabs don't have room for them, you're going to want to buy from a seller that's close to your apartment. Many sellers will even deliver the tree for you--just be sure to tip the delivery guy. It's not easy hauling trees all over the city. shutterstock_706384873 Feeling particularly lethargic this holiday season? Opt for an online tree delivery service. You'll be able to pick out your tree from the comfort of your own home and have it brought right to your door. Setting Your Tree Up: Don't forget to purchase a Christmas tree stand if you don't already have one. Be sure to wear a pair of old gloves when doing the work. This will keep sticky sap off your hands and prevent you from poking yourself with the needles. shutterstock_227761318 Your tree stand won't just hold your tree upright, it'll also hold the water that will keep your tree alive and looking great. Be sure to check the water every day and refill it whenever it gets low. Christmas trees are surprisingly thirsty! Decorating: You know how to decorate a tree! Get your family together, put on some holiday tunes, pour out some eggnog, and deck your tree out. Your imagination is your only limitation. shutterstock_1216159534 Saying Goodbye: When the holidays are over, it's time to say goodbye to your evergreen friend. Your tree will age quickly and soon won't look so great. No matter how much you love your tree, it's time to throw it out. Disposing of a tree in NYC is surprisingly easy. First, be sure to strip it of all lights and ornaments. Then, just leave it on the curb between January 2nd and 13th. Consult with your building to determine the best place to leave your tree. The NYC Department of sanitation will take care of the rest. You can even dispose of an artificial tree this way. Goodbye holiday pal, it's been fun.