When Do You Take Your Christmas Decorations Down?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® TX License #0566780

When do you take your outdoor Christmas decorations down?


I know there is no rule that requires decorations to be down by some date certain. I just wondered what is typical in your neck of the woods. 

Christmas Lights

I was out in the neighborhood a few minutes ago and noticed that about 25% of the homes that had Christmas decorations outside were still up and in some cases lit. Virtually all the inflatables were down but the lights were still going.


I remember that in some homes I've shown, the Christmas lights that frame a home are permanent fixtures. They are not necessarily on throughout the year. But once up, they stay up. Of course, that saves installation time and possible injury from ladder incidents.

Comments (22)

Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I am with the Michael Jacobs Mom point of view Wayne. If it is nearly spring you know you have waited too long. Especially if the dead dried Christmas trees are blowing down the alley like tumble weeds in an old west town. 

Jan 06, 2015 02:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Actually Wayne if you asked Diane she would tell you that there is a specific date to take down the decorations...I am fighting it...so front of the house the decorations are down...no lights anymore....Endre

Jan 06, 2015 02:27 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Wayne. I have a tenant that has a pretty success business. He puts up, takes down and stores Christmas decorations. I asked him that same question once and his answer was, that is why I have a year round business.

Jan 06, 2015 05:44 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Wayne,  I think they should be down by New Years end.  Leaving them up all year long is tacky in my opinion. 

Jan 06, 2015 10:56 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Hey Wayne: A number of HOA's have deadlines for taking down Christmas lights. I know ours does. 

Jan 07, 2015 12:21 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

For us, the last day to use outdoor lights is New Years Eve. They typically come down on New Years Day. :)

Jan 07, 2015 05:35 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Back when I decorated, it was the first week of January that the decorations went away. I leave my outside lights up all year.

Jan 08, 2015 03:52 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

This year I took it all down before the New Year as there just wasn't enough space in this small house, along with 4 extra people visiting.

Jan 08, 2015 05:22 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Wayne, we used to take them down shortly after New Years, but like you mentioned, I have noticed that several homes in our neighborhood still have them on. I guess they don't mind the extra utility costs.

Jan 08, 2015 01:02 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I take them down on the first warm day after January 1st.

Jan 08, 2015 08:49 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I think decorations should come down at teh turn of the New Year.  After that it starts to look trashy;)  Hope I am not offending anyone;)  Great blog Post Wayne Johnson 

Jan 08, 2015 11:04 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Our tree came down this week. We still have the window candles lighted and the wreath on the front door.

Jan 08, 2015 11:48 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love said to me....time to take down the tree....

There's a religious day my mom always mentions...Epiphany.

However, my HOA says two weeks max.

Jan 09, 2015 02:03 AM
Kristin Walter
Mountain Dream Real Estate, LLC - Frisco, CO

Growing up Catholic in Houston, we took ours down on the feast of the Epiphany, which is usually the first week in January. Our HOA did have rules about when they should come donw.  I think New Year's day is probably the easiest since most people have that day off of work.  But in Keystone where I live now, a resort community, our trees will have lights until the ski season ends! Our HOAs don't have rules against it!

Jan 09, 2015 03:56 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Wayne Johnson ,  We planned on taking them down on New Years, but with the snow storms and freeing cold, most people waited until the next weekend.  I managed to take the outside decorations just before the storm hit.

Jan 10, 2015 09:49 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    I was in the Tax Collector's office yesterday (January 9).  The Christmas Tree was still up in the lobby!

Jan 10, 2015 10:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wayne, I put up minimal decor as it was way too busy in December, but had them down New Year's Eve.   It usually gets busy again after the Holidays.   Many of my neighbors still have theirs up. 

Jan 10, 2015 11:12 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I certainly did:) All is back in boxes and stored in garage. I see less and less holiday decorations on streets:)

Wishing all a great year!

Jan 12, 2015 05:21 PM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management

 Wayne, I use the municipalities as a guide.  The tree and all its trimmings in Rockefeller Center, came down on January 8, 201, that is really long enough for public display.  However, homeowner's with elaborate lighting designs, may shutter the lights and leave them up for next December.

Jan 23, 2015 03:40 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Wayne Johnson - You wrote this on January 6, and it made me think. We used to have New Year in the USSR, and it was January 1, like it is here. But Christmas in Russia is celebrated based on the chorch calendar, and it is on the 7th of January. And if you use the same calendar, than our Old New Year is on the 13th of January.

And we used to celebrate them all.

So, our tree might be out after January 13, but we usually keep it even longer

Apr 01, 2015 01:32 PM