Last year, Cardiff City Council came under fire for buying a controversial Christmas tree.
The £10,000-a-year tree attracted attention as far as America.
It prompted the council to get a real fir tree this year.
This left locals wondering whether the council is still paying for last year's golden tree - as well as the new one.
Cardiff City Council said the contract with MK Illuminations, who provided the artificial tree, is still in place.
It said the £10,000 allocation this year will be paying for the reindeer and the lights around the castle.