How Early Is It Too Early To Put Up A Christmas Tree?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty


As I've been driving through my own neighborhood the last two weeks, I've noticed that a large number of homes have had all their Christmas decorations up and decorated trees twinkling in their windows since at least one week before Thanksgiving. And it seemed that this year more homes were decorated well ahead of Thanksgiving than in past years.


I was raised with the idea of putting up the Christmas decorations and trees after Thanksgiving... basically in time for Advent, the four week period ahead of Christmas. Unlike many families, we never considered Christmas trees a decoration for Thanksgiving. My neighbors on either side of my home had their trees up in time for Thanksgiving. My neighbor directly across the street had all her Christmas lights up and lit and twinkling the week before Thanksgiving.


Obviously, I'm not the only person asking how early is it too early to put a Christmas Tree. Axios Charlotte recently polled Charlotteans, asking when it was acceptable to put up one's Christmas tree. According to the Axios survey of the 455 Charlotteans who responded to the survey:

  • 87% of Charlotte responders said it was acceptable to put up a Christmas tree before the end of November.  
  • 51% said they do it between Thanksgiving and the end of the month. 
  • 31% of respondents said it was perfectly acceptable to put up a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.
  • 5% saying it's never too early to do so.


When Is It Appropriate To Put Up A Christmas Tree In Charlotte: Axios Study


How did Charlotte compare to other cities surveyed by Axios? Here's how 1,834 Axios readers in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, D.C., Northwest Arkansas, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay responded:


Axios report on when it's appropriate to put up a Christmas tree

Per the Axios Christmas Tree surveys, Charlotte wins the award for putting up its trees earlier than just about any other city with the highest percentage of Axios reader who put up their trees before Thanksgiving.


So I guess it wasn't my imagination that I was seeing so many homes decorated and trees up before Thanksgiving this year. 


Of course, Thanksgiving has come and gone now. If you're in the market to buy a fresh tree and wondering where to go to do so, click here for list from


So what do you think?

How early is it too early to put up your Christmas tree?


Once you're done shopping for and decorating your Christmas tree, if you've been thinking about buying or selling a Greater Charlotte home during the holiday season, it's not toO late to do either. And I can help. Just call or text Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker at 704-779-0813 or email at There's absolutely NO OBLIGATION. A consultation with Nina Hollander is FREE.


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Comments (35)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... we have radio stations here that started playing Christmas music last week already. And they quit on Christmas Day... never understood why they didn't keep playing until New Year. This is my weekend to get my trees up... lots of work ahead of me.

Nov 26, 2021 02:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina the earlies we have ever put up a Christmas tree has been the weekend following Thanksgiving, but most of the time it is a couple of weeks after Thanksgiving. 

I am not a fan of Christmas trees or decorations on or before Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2021 02:13 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... I agree with you about no Christmas decorations on or before Thanksgiving. This is my weekend to get my trees up so I can spend December doing what I need to do with clients, Christmas cards, etc.

Nov 26, 2021 02:15 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We get our decorations up shortly after Thanksgiving and take them down after little Christmas, Jan 7.  People may be anxious to get away from the past year quicker and bring on the cheer quicker

Nov 26, 2021 03:43 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Nina, My goal is always to set up for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving however my clients often come first and I bow to the first week in December 🎅

Nov 26, 2021 09:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina, as far as I am concerned anyone who decorates for Christmas before Thanksgiving is not aware of the American Traditions..... as to what I find ironic is eight or ten years ago it was so Politically Incorrect to say " Merry Christmas" find it funny I see people who are proud Atheist saying how much they love Christmas:)) and not going around "Happy Holidays" comments... but that is just me laughing at the hypocrites, Endre

Nov 26, 2021 10:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Nina - time on this planet has shown me that "timing" is rather subjective and I have heard examples of people who have Christmas trees decorated  in their homes year-round. 


I did not ever see that in the house of my childhood.  And there have been many years where there was no tree at all.  

Nov 27, 2021 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

When I was a young kid, we would put the tree up on Christmas Eve. On purpose. I'm not sure what the reasoning was, but that was the way it was. I think I put mine up a few weeks before Christmas last year. This year might be a week or so before. One of my sons is coming in January and I'd love for it to still be alive... We'll see.

Nov 27, 2021 04:59 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am in line with when you would put the Christmas tree up and having an Advent calendar was always something we hung up.

Nov 27, 2021 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ed Silva good morning, Ed... we normally keep our Christmas decorations up until Russian Christmas which is after the new year. 

Nov 27, 2021 05:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good morning, Paul... I always try to get it all done during Thanksgiving weekend. That way I can focus on clients and Christmas activities the rest of the season. It's rare that I have clients out looking at homes on Thanksgiving weekend.

Nov 27, 2021 05:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. good morning, Endre... I'm one of those people who has stubbornly stuck with saying "Merry Christmas." Let's face it, if we didn't have Christmas there would be no need for happy holidays. Of course, if I know someone is Jewish, I wish them "Happy Holidays or Happy Hannukah."

Nov 27, 2021 05:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael Jacobs good morning, Michael... there were only two years in my life that I didn't have a Christmas tree up in my house... the first was when we moved to Abu Dhabi from Paris in the month of November and were living in temporary housing until I found a house. We spent two weeks in Kenya during Christmas and New Years that year. The second time was last year... I had knee surgery on December 8th and had spent all of November walking with the assistance of a walker... so Christmas decorating was somewhat past my abilities.

Nov 27, 2021 05:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kat Palmiotti hi Kat... I've heard of others putting up their trees on Christmas Eve. We celebrated German-style when I was growing up, so Christmas Eve was for church, family supper, and gift opening. Our tree would go up early in December for Advent and would stay up till Russian Christmas for my Grandmother who was Russian Orthodox.

Nov 27, 2021 05:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England good morning, Brian. I had a new Advent Calendar each year until I was 48, when my mother died. She gave me a new one each year all of my life and I looked forward to it. Then I had none for many years, until Debe Maxwell, CRS  learned of that through one of my Christmas posts and brought me one to my home a few years ago. I treasure that Advent Calendar, pack it away very carefully each year, and then put it up each December 1st (something I'm about to do again this year).

Nov 27, 2021 05:48 AM
Brian England

I love to hear that you and Debe Maxwell, CRS are friends, I treasure you both as friends of mine!

Nov 27, 2021 05:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England hi Brian... Debe and I worked at the same brokerage firms here in Charlotte, not once, but twice... albeit in different offices of these firms.

Nov 27, 2021 06:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely information to share. I do not think we have ever put up a tree before the end of November.

Enjoy the holiday decorations.

Nov 27, 2021 08:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi NIna= I plan on decorating this weekend!  I don't want to wait because I don't want to put up the decorations just to remove them two weeks later. 

Nov 27, 2021 12:27 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Roy Kelley good morning, Roy... typically, Thanksgiving weekend is my weekend to do my holiday decorating. Otherwise I start running out of time comes December.

Nov 28, 2021 06:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... my trees and decorations are all up as of last night. And that's my feeling, as well... just too much work if you can enjoy it all for at least a month.

Nov 28, 2021 06:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Once again...we are of the same mindset!!!

Nov 28, 2021 11:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib seriously, Kathy... sisters from another mother!

Nov 29, 2021 06:24 AM