Christmas trees sold in the United States 2004-2018

This statistic shows a timeline of the purchase figures of real and fake Christmas trees in the United States from 2004 to 2018. The sales figures from the National Christmas Tree Association show that throughout the years, Americans have preferred to put their presents under a real Christmas tree - in 2018, for example, they purchased 32.8 million real Christmas trees, while 23.6 million fake trees were purchased.

Christmas and Christmas trees in the United States

Usually a decorated evergreen conifer, the Christmas tree is traditionally associated with the widely celebrated holiday of Christmas. The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates and was illuminated by candles. Today, a wide variety of traditional ornaments such as garland, tinsel, candy canes and Christmas lights are used. The custom originated in early modern Germany around the sixteenth century and was introduced in North America in the eighteenth century by Brunswick soldiers. The most commonly used species are fir trees, which do not shed their needles when they dry out and also retain good foliage color and scent.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are close to 350 million Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the United States alone and about 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold every year. In 2018, on average, real Christmas trees sold for 78 U.S. dollars, whereas fake Christmas trees sold for about 104 U.S. dollars.

The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world. Christmas is a peak selling season for retailers; sales increase dramatically as people purchase gifts, decorations and supplies to celebrate. In the United States, the Christmas shopping season usually starts as early as October.

Christmas trees sold in the United States from 2004 to 2018

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

January 7-9, 2019

Number of respondents

2,020 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

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