Cost of a Christmas tree

Americans will spend almost $5 billion on Christmas trees in 2018

2 in 5 American households will buy a tree this holiday season

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a plump Christmas tree, which is why American households will be going all out this year spending almost $5 billion ($4,872,162,522) on trees in 2018, according to an analysis by finder.com.

The research, which analysed 2017 and 2016 National Christmas Tree Association survey data, found that roughly 41% of American households will buy a tree in 2018, with consumers spending on average $96 on Christmas trees.

Where will Americans be picking up real trees?

As far as buying real trees, over a quarter of Americans (27%) will get their hands dirty this holiday season and opt for a choose and cut Christmas tree. This is slightly higher than those heading retail chain like Walmart (26%) or those picking one up from a retail lot (19%).

2018 Christmas tree fun facts

Tips from Consumer Advocate Jennifer McDermott

We may only have them for a month or less but popularity for Christmas trees have not wand, with almost two in five American homes decking their halls with the plants in preparation for December 25. While estimated spend sits at $95.65 per household, or about $5 billion collectively, this does not account for the cost of decorations, lights, tree stands and mat that typically accompany them.

I encourage Christmas tree enthusiasts to compare their options this Yuletide by checking costs at the grocery store, tree market and online. For the accoutrements, check what you already have from last year’s celebration and see if any can be reused or find a simple DIY decoration project online that can be enjoyed as a fun, cost-effective family project.”


Jennifer McDermott

Consumer advocate helping people improve their personal finances.

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