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When do people around the world put their Christmas trees up?

Written by: phs Greenleaf

phs Greenleaf has been providing planting and landscaping services to businesses for over 25 years, including indoor and outdoor plants, artificial and live planting, living walls, grounds maintenance and Christmas trees and decorations.

When do people around the world put their Christmas trees up?

The correct time to put your Christmas tree up is a heavily debated topic amongst family, friends, and colleagues.

These days, it’s not unusual to see Christmas decorations go up the first week of November, with many people embracing the joy that decorations bring them.

This early decorating has become even more popular in recent years due to Covid-19, as people have been looking to brighten their surroundings as soon as possible.

What is the traditional date to put your Christmas tree up?

Traditions are often personal to cultures or specific families, so there’s not necessarily a set day you should put your Christmas tree up on.

Some people argue anything before December is too early, but if you’re following Christian traditions, December would be slightly too late this year.

Christian’s believe Christmas trees should go up at the beginning of advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year advert falls on 27th November 2022.

However, if you’re using a real Christmas tree, you might want to leave it until later in December to put your tree up, to ensure it lasts until the big day.

Similarly, if you’re planning on bringing a potted tree indoors to decorate, you should only bring the tree in for a couple of days maximum, as it would not enjoy the humidity of being indoors.  

When are famous Christmas trees around the world put up?

Events to celebrate turning on the lights of public Christmas trees is a tradition in towns and cities around the world. But some trees are more famous than others…

> Trafalgar Square, London

The Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square is an annual gift to Britain from Norway. It is usually displayed from early December until 6th January, with lights officially lit-up on the first Thursday of December.

> Rockefeller Centre, New York

The famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree in New York goes up slightly earlier than its London equivalent. It is officially lit-up in mid-November, usually on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving.

> Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro

This floating Christmas tree is usually lit-up on either the last week of November or the first week of December. However, as the tree appears to float on water, construction begins many months before.

> Christmasland, Taipei

Christmasland is an annual event in New Taipei that consists of colourful art displays and parades for the whole family to enjoy. This year, the tree will be lit-up and open to visors from November 11th 2022.

When should you take your Christmas tree down?

Luckily, when to take your tree down seems to spark less debate. Most people agree that the latest you should take your tree down is 5th January, also celebrated by The Church of England as Twelfth Night.

Although, Queen Elizabeth II was known for keeping her Christmas decorations up until 6th February at her Sandringham Estate.  This was done in honour of her late father, who passed away on 6th February 1952.

Make workplace decorating easy

An easy way to end the debate of when to put your workplace tree up is to hire a tree from phs Greenleaf. Because if you do the ordering, you get to choose a date that best suits you.

Your chosen Christmas tree will be delivered and set-up by expert technicians, who will also return to take it away once the festive season is over.

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