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"Don't ye know what a Christmas tree looks like? It's tall and green and pointy!"
— Duncan teasing Thomas
Thomas' Tricky Tree

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

September 7th,
2006 (UK)
September 23rd,
2006 (US)
December 1st,
2007 (AUS)

Previous episode

Duncan Drops
a Clanger

Next episode

Toby's Afternoon Off

Thomas' Tricky Tree is the seventh episode of the tenth season.


Thomas has been sent to collect the Christmas tree from the wharf, but he can't find it and Duncan and Peter Sam tease him for not knowing what a Christmas tree looks like. Thomas steams away indignantly. He meets Sir Handel at some points, but ignores him, not noticing Sir Handel is pulling the tree. Thomas finds a flatbed carrying what he thinks is the Christmas tree sheltered by a tarpaulin, and pushes it away, but takes the wrong turning and pushes the flatbed into the canal, revealing its real load: pipes. Thomas looks for Sir Handel, who shows him where the tree is, and Thomas manages to deliver it in time.




  • The water that splashes up from the canal is dyed blue.
  • How did Skarloey come from the warehouse to where Thomas splashed the load in the canal? It is impossible for him to even reach Thomas to tell him it was not the load.
  • How were the pipes floating in the canal? They were made of metal.
  • When Thomas puffs quickly away to find Sir Handel, a steam platform is clearly visible.
  • Brakevans should have been added to Thomas, Duncan, Peter Sam, Skarloey, and Sir Handel's trains.
  • When Thomas meets up with Skarloey, the narrator says that Thomas puffed into another warehouse even though it is the same warehouse where he met up with Rusty.
  • Peter Sam has Emily's seventh season whistle sound.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Swedish The Lost Christmas Tree
Norwegian Thomas og juletreet Thomas and the Christmas Tree
Japanese トーマスとクリスマスツリー Thomas and the Christmas Tree
Danish Thomas and the Lost Tree
German Where is the Christmas Tree?

The Christmas Tree

Polish Kłopotliwe drzewko Tomka Troublesome Tree Thomas



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