Festive Fun with a Pines and Needles Christmas tree

A couple of weeks ago, near the end of November, we were invited to a little Christmas event in Wimbledon. It’s practically on my doorstep so it would have been rude not to attend right?

The event

Pines and Needles were holding a little festive cheer at their pop-up shop where we could go and choose our tree, enjoy some mince pies, fizz and carol singers. This certainly got us into the festive mood.



Choosing a tree

We’ve been buying a real tree for around six years now. Prior to this, we had a 4ft fiber optic tree but once we’d made the transition there was no looking back.

Choosing a tree as a family has become a real Christmas tradition for us. We usually pick a weekend around the middle of December to head down to our local garden centre. The boys love getting involved (although they do tend to start getting bored with the choosing process after a while)  but this is because the trees are usually netted up and you have to open each one to inspect them until you find the right one.

So many to choose from

We are quite specific about the size of our tree because it has to fit in a set space in our living room. It means that out tree can’t be too wide. With this in mind, we set about hunting for our tree for 2016. The first thing that struck me with the Pines and Needles pop-up shop is that there are plenty of space for the trees. It’s set within Wimbledon Park, and all the trees are beautifully lined up. (no netted trees in sight) We simply walked amongst row and rows of trees to find the shape and size we were looking for.

Our chosen tree wrapped and ready for delivery!

About Pines and Needles

Pines and Needles are a family-run business started by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. They use British trees that have been grown in sustainable forests in the Scottish Highlands (this explains the kilt-wearing staff members!) There are now over 20 locations in and around London where you can buy a Pines and Needles tree and if you can’t get to any of these locations you can order online for one to be delivered direct to your door.


Once we’d chosen our tree it was packed up ready for delivery the following day. It turned up first thing on Friday morning with two very festive looking delivery men in kilts and Santa hats. I have never seen the boys so excited about a delivery!



As well as our tree the boys were given little mini trees which they have put pride of place in their bedroom. I needed time to clear out and make space for the tree so we left the tree in its stand (with water) outside for a week before bringing it in.

I was a little worried whether the tree would last until Christmas (it was delivered to us on 25 November) but we were assured by the Pines and Needles team that as long as we cut off the trunk before placing in the stand and watered it regularly then we shouldn’t have any problems. So far, the tree looks as good as the day we picked it and the smell of pines is just amazing! There are some other tips to make sure your tree survives Christmas on the Pines and Needles blog.



We decorated it last weekend and absolutely love it!! I think it’s our best tree yet. Now all I need to do is wrap the bazillion presents I currently have dotted all around my house!

*We were gifted a Christmas tree from Pines and Needles for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own


  1. Such a neat company and what a festive delivery!! 😀 #PicknMix

  2. Oo you really just cannot beat the smell of a real pine Christmas tree can you?! We’re used to having a large, proud tree but this year we have a real little dink that is far too big at the bottom but well proportioned at the top (if rhat makes sense?) We feel a little bit sorry for it but on the plus side we don’t have to use two lots of lights this year!
    And those miniature trees are so cute! #picknmix

  3. Oh my goodness, this looks like an amazing event and how lovely that they deliver! Much better than trying to squash a tree into your car #KCACOLS

  4. We get a live one in a pot and it lastas about 3 xmases and then somehow dies or goes missing….love the smell tho…#KCACOLS Love your home made decorations!

  5. I love your tree it looks fabulous. I love that all the trees were open for you to look at and not netted up. How can you pick a tree when they are netted up! #kcacols

  6. I love their business model! They seem like a lovely company to buy a tree from! #KCACOLS

  7. These trees are just gorgeous. I love looking at our every day and I love that they were delivered by men in kilts 🙂 Great review, may you enjoy it all through December and beyond #KCACOLS

    Nadia – Scandimummy x

  8. The Hippy Christian Mum

    Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how lovely are your branches! It looks absolutely gorgeous. Great fun with the guys delivering in their kilts too. What a great blog gig!:) #KCACOLS

  9. How fun! Your tree looks amazing! I think we are getting our tree tomorrow! #KCACOLS

  10. What a beautiful tree! I love that they harvest them from sustainable forests – so important. Plus the kilt wearing delivery guys are fun as well. Happy holidays! #KCACOLS

  11. kristin mccarthy

    I love the boys little mini trees! I bet they had such a great time with those!


  12. What a cool company! Love the finished tree! Beautiful!

  13. This looks like such a fun experience! I haven’t had ar eal tree since i was really little but I think we may need to give it a go again next year! #KCACOLS

  14. The tree looks fantastic! I’ve never had a real one, I think I might have to look into it, I’m not sure if I’ve left it too late, I’ve just moved and don’t have a tree at all yet!



  15. The tree looks amazing! We’ve never had a real one, and I’ve seen so many this year that I’m really really tempted. I’ll note this down for next year! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  16. Adventures of Mummy and Me

    The whole experience sounds amazing! I’ve always loved the idea of a real tree, but not the idea of cleaning up all the pine needles afterwards! The boys look like they enjoyed their personal trees too! #KCACOLS

  17. We’ve been getting a real tree since we met. I love them. I’m loving the kilt wearing delivery guys too. #kcacols

  18. It looks so beautiful you must have spent hours on it. I was imagining the work involved in harvesting trees from Scotland and bringing them to London before shipping off to yrs. I know this is the model of so many businesses but it brought it home to me as its such a personal service. Love the mini trees for the boys too 🙂 Jo #KCACOLS

  19. I have heard of Pines and Needles before but have never actually used them. I forgot this year but would be very tempted to try them out. I like the idea of delivery. We also have a very specific sized space to fill but would never go back to a fake tree again.

  20. The Tale of Mummyhood

    Your tree looks fab, and what a great way to go about picking it! It sounds like a great start to the festive season. A real tree is something I’ve always wanted, next year our artificial is out!


  21. Choosing a tree is always a Christmas highlight for me, and the smell… nothing else like it! #kcacols

  22. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    I love a real tree, but we’ve had an artificial one for the last 3 years as we don’t have a suitable car to transport one home in – this sounds like the ideal solution! A weird tip I was told to make your tree last was to feed it lemonade! Not sure how effective it is, but I might give it a go next year! #KCACOLS

  23. It looks great! I’ve never had a real tree – we’re more of the artificial type haha #kcacols

  24. your tree looks lovely! we ALWAYS used to have a real tree but one year, hubby was cutting off the trunk, as you were told too and he ended up cutting too much off and in the end we had no blinking trunk. it was all too much and he was fed up, i was crying. and ever since we’ve had a fake!! #KCACOLS

  25. I’ve never had a real tree before. These look brilliant! I do quite like my fake black tree though haha #KCACOLS

  26. The tree looks great. What a great way to choose a tree. It looks like a lovely place to go for your Christmas tree.

  27. Sinead (shinnersandthebrood.com)

    I love the idea that going to get the tree has become such an event! This sounds so lovely! We have an artificial one but it might be time to chage our ways. #KCACOLS

  28. Such a lovely event made me feel really festive just reading about it! Love the tree! #KCACOLS

  29. mummy here and here

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas X #kcacols

  30. The tree looks a awesome and I love that the boys got their own little trees too. I loved that sort of thing as a kid! #KCACOLS

  31. This sounds like a great service – including the delivery and the mini trees! What a lovely photo you’ve taken of your decorated tree too. I’m trying to take a photo of my tree … I’ve taken 100 and can’t get it to work lol. #kcacols

  32. I have never had a real Christmas tree but it is on my wish list. My elder son likes things to stay the same so he will take some convincing! Your tree looks beautiful. #KCACOLS

  33. Your tree looks lovely and I bet your boys were excited when that yellow van rocked up. The lights from poundland look good too – I must go and take a look. Pen x #KCACOLS

  34. Beautiful photos. It looks like you did great! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  35. Tabitha Siklos

    Looks great! We get a real tree from a local farm – it’s so nice to have good, local companies #KCACOLS

  36. It looks like you had a fab night and the tree looks beautiful! I’d love to hear how it lasted once Christmas is over! #KCACOLS

  37. Ah this is so lovely, the custom face trimmings are so cute #KCACOLS

  38. Gorgeous tree! We go for real too – it’s not the same otherwise! #KCACOLS

  39. How fantastic! We have a real Christmas tree too and choosing it from a local farm has turned into a family tradition. Your’s looks gorgeous! #KCACOLS

  40. Looks beautiful! We go for a fake one ATM just because of the ease of it but I do love the smell of real ones- you can’t beat it!! #KCACOLS

  41. I grew up with a love for the real Christmas tree. #kcacols

  42. I have always wanted a real tree but 27years later it still hasn’t happened. Maybe next year. How great is it that they deliver!

  43. What a gorgeous tree! We used to have a real tree when I was younger and the smell always takes me back to my childhood. We have an artificial one here and it’s never the same! #KCACOLS

  44. Your tree looks fabulous, I love it! I’m feeling all tingly and Christmassy now. We haven’t chosen our Christmas tree yet, but we don’t we have a company to deliver ours, I wish we did! Real trees are always the best! #KCACOLS

  45. Looks fab! your Christmas tree is so beautiful. I can’t wait when we will have our:) Love all events like that I bet you had a great time

  46. This is a beautiful tree! I can’t believe they deliver! This does sound like a lovely way to choose a tree! #kcacols

  47. What a great business idea!! Your tree looks fab and I love the boys’ mini ones too ❤️️

  48. I love the mini trees! So cute! x #kcacols

  49. I’ve never heard of them before, but I love the idea of a delivery, no worrying about the pine needles getting all over the car! #KCACOLS

  50. That’s a fabulous idea and what fun for the boys to get involved in the choosing too. I love their little trees! #KCACOLS

  51. Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    That’s great that you can have them delivered, it’s not an easy thing to fit in a car is it! #kcacols

  52. Gorgeous trees! Ours is still not up, this year has been chaotic! #KCACOLS

  53. Oh I’m so jealous! I love the smell of a real Christmas tree, we have got our fake one up again this year with being ill we didn’t get around to going and getting one. Next year it’s going to be a real one definitely! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

  54. aahh what a lovely tree. Its great that they deliver it for you the next day, what a fab service!



  55. What an absolutely gorgeous tree, and the whole pop-up shop and delivery service sounds excellent (especially the men in kilts part!). I love that your kids got little trees for their bedrooms too! #KCACOLS

  56. We went with my sister to pick a tree this year and they had reindeer. it was really cute. We have a fake one because I can’t deal with the mess of a new one. Sounds like a lovely festive way to start christmas #KCACOLS

  57. Oh that really is a lovely tree, good choice! And the service from pines and needles sounds brilliant, perfect for this time of year when you just want things to make life a bit easier! x #KCACOLS

  58. I was hoping for a real tree this year but unfortunately our new house won’t be ready in time! next year, for sure #KCACOLS

  59. Looks fab! This is our first year with a real Xmas tree and I am SO disappointed that it doesn’t have a smell! #kcacols

  60. I love that they deliver too, we had to take 2 cars to get our tree-kids in one, tree in the other! Your tree looks beautiful! #KCACOLS

  61. That’s lovely, we got a pines and needles tree too! It’s lovely! #kcacols

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