These App-Controlled Christmas Trees Let You Put on a Festive Light Show at Home

published Dec 7, 2021
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If you’re looking to really wow your friends and family this Christmas, then you’re going to need to pull out all the stops — like swapping out your old faux Christmas tree for one that can be controlled by an app on your phone. Techies, eat your hearts out.

Balsam Hill is the place to go if you’re up for investing in a real-looking tree that gives you a show. This brand carries a handful of faux trees in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and varieties, each of which comes with one of several built-in light options.

The Vermont White Spruce, among many others, comes with the Twinkly Light Show feature that lets you control the tree lights via the app. It’s also worth mentioning that this tree is a great choice for those working with small spaces, as its narrow body can squeeze into tight corners.

Target also carries an app-controlled Christmas tree that is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. Through the app, you can set the tree’s light colors and program specific animations.

The Happygrill app-controlled Christmas tree on Amazon is also a great, more affordable option for those looking for a light show. It comes in several different heights and features over 400 color-changing LED lights that connect to the corresponding app, which allows you to control their brightness, color, and glittering speed.

However, if your budget doesn’t allow you to get a new faux Christmas tree, or you’re married to the traditional real tree, you can still get in on the light show fun. There are app-controlled Christmas lights out there, like this set from Target, which comes with 400 bulbs that connect to the Twinkly app.

Who knew Christmas could be this customizable?