Places to buy a real Christmas tree in the U.S.

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

It’s no surprise that Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year. Is it possible to celebrate Christmas without a Christmas tree? I don’t think so. Christmas trees are traditionally associated with the widely-celebrated holiday. 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 including tinsel, candy canes, garland and Christmas lights are used. So where’s the best place to buy a nice tree?

Let’s take a look at the statistics on tree purchases. As you can see in the graph below, about 26 percent of the U.S. respondents stated that they purchased their real holiday trees at a chain store (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc.) in 2017. That year, about 27 percent of people purchased a tree at choose & cut farms, while 15 percent of the respondents preferred to buy it at a nursery/garden center. Around 19 percent purchased their real Christmas tree at a retail lot, and about 10 percent bought theirs from a non-profit group (Boy Scouts, churches, etc.).

Next, let’s compare these numbers to the numbers from 2016. The percentage of people who purchased their real Christmas tree at a choose & cut farm was smaller that year, amounting to only 23 percent. Slightly more people preferred to buy their Christmas treasure through a nursery/garden center in 2016 than in 2017 (16 percent overall). Retail lots were also slightly more popular for purchasing real Christmas trees, with 20 percent of people stating that they made a purchase at one (compared to 19 percent in 2016). Nearly the same percentage of people purchased a tree at a chain store in both years — 29 percent in 2016 compared to 26 percent in 2017.

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About Pavel Prikhodko

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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