Americans will spend almost $5.5 billion on Christmas trees in 2020

Finder.com research reveals Americans will spend an estimated $5.5 billion on Christmas trees collectively in 2020, a 12% increase from 2019.

Americans are pine-ing to wrap up the year with Christmas cheer…and trees. Our research team analyzed 2016 – 2019 survey data from the National Christmas Tree Association, to forecast anticipated American Christmas tree spending in 2020 and found that roughly 44.72% of American households will buy a Christmas tree in 2020.

Together, we’ll spend nearly $5.5 billion on Christmas trees this year, paying an average of $78.52 for each real Christmas tree and $111.18 for each artificial Christmas tree. In short, this holiday season is going to be lit

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Where did Americans pick up these real trees in 2019?

Over a quarter of Americans (32%) say they got their hands dirty last year by choosing and cutting down a real Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday season. Another 24% purchased their pine from a chain store, down from previous years. This is a much higher percentage than those who went to a nursery/garden center (13%), non-profit group (7%), bought online (6%) or chose another option (1%).

Finder compared updated data against last year’s predictions for 2019, revealing the actual amount spent on Christmas trees in 2019 was $4.8 billion instead of the predicted $5.6 billion, an actual average of $94.77 per tree instead of $93.87.

2020 fun Christmas tree facts

  • There are close to 350 million real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. alone
  • The average Christmas tree grows in 7 years.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
  • The original artificial Christmas trees were German engineered. During the 19th century these trees were made with green dyed goose feathers, wire branches draped around a central dowel rod.
  • The U.S. has over 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs.
  • North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada.

Methodology
We used data from the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) based on 2016 – 2019 survey results to forecast 2020 national spending on Christmas trees. The average figures for real Christmas trees were calculated from NCTA’s survey findings from 2016 – 2019. The average figures for artificial Christmas trees were calculated from NCTA’s survey findings from 2016 – 2018 since the figures for 2019 are not yet available.

The total amount expected to be spent in 2020 was determined by adding the estimated total amount expected to be spent on real trees and the estimated total amount expected to be spent on fake trees.

Additional Christmas tree fun facts were sourced from the NFTA and Hunt’s Christmas trees.

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