For the disorganised among us, decorating the house for Christmas isn’t the idyllic afternoon of family fun that people think it is. Instead of lovingly prepared mulled wine, it usually involves a mad dash to Wilko to replace the fairy lights that got broken the year before during a volatile game of Boggle, or a last-minute search for garden centres selling trees. Luckily you don’t have to go too far afield this year, or step into a packed department store if you don't want to. Whether you’re a fan of simple white lights or a festive scene to rival the original nativity in Bethlehem, you can find everything you need locally.
When it comes to Christmas tree shopping, I’m a purest. As good as modern fake trees are, you can’t beat the smell of pine (even if it does mean extra hoovering). Luckily you won’t need to go far to pick up a tree of any shape or size. Although I think going to the store and lugging the tree back is part of the fun, there are plenty of delivery options this year for anyone who's shielding or can't get out of the house.
Trees are now available at W6, with a range of styles and sizes available. Starting at £30 for the smallest options, you’ll get a personalised service from the lovely team here. You’ll find W6 tucked away under the arches in Ravenscourt Park- offering plenty of shelter if the British weather won’t play ball while you wait.
The Palace Gardener Fulham
Open on weekdays and weekends, the Palace Gardener has been trading through lockdown and beyond. They sell a big selection of ornaments, artificial flowers and foliage, hanging decorations and more, as well as Christmas trees. Home deliveries are also an option for some customers.
Pines and Needles
Pines and Needles has a few stores dotted around London, as well as a home delivery service. There’s one store in our borough that’s open now on North End Road, but you may also wish to visit the Chiswick, Richmond or Ealing branches. Lights, wreaths and accessories are also available.
Shoots & Leaves
Located in Fulham, Shepherds Bush, Acton and Ealing, Shoots & Leaves is a great option if you live at the top end of the borough. They also sell lights and stands, as well as a small selection of beautifully designed decorations.
Decorations and extras
So you've sorted out the tree, what next? We recommend you check out our grocery listings for tips on where to buy the turkey and trimmings, as well as our Christmas gift guide for present ideas. But we've also brought you a few ideas on where to go for those 'festive extras' this year.
Ian Mankin Christmas Shop
Selling stylish Christmas gifts and decorations, the products sold at this Fulham store are all made sustainably in the UK. As well as stockings to make Father Christmas proud, the store sells festive table decorations and liners to jazz up your festive dining plans.
If lockdown baking has finally got too much, you’re unlikely to be alone. Most of us can’t face the thought of another sourdough bread making session. Luckily Flavourtown is on hand for your Christmas cakes and treats. Offering full-size cakes and cupcakes, get your festive orders in now.
Make your own
If you’re feeling crafty, then making your own Christmas decorations is also an option. Set up a session at The Pottery Cafe in Fulham if you need a helping hand, or just pop to the next borough to Turnham Arts and Crafts to pick up supplies and go your own way. We recommend picking up pine cones, twigs and leaves for painting while you’re on your winter walks. You can also make your own Christmas crackers by putting small gifts and jokes into recycled toilet rolls and wrapping them in colourful paper.