When Should I Put My Christmas Tree Up?

One of the most popular topics of conversation at this time of year is based around the right time to put your Christmas tree up. With speculations ranging from December 1st to 12 days before Christmas Day, or simply whenever you like. We wanted to know the truth behind each tradition or belief. This way, we can help you decide the ultimate question of “when should I put my Christmas tree up?”.

If deciding the right time is a little too much for you, then Rufford Tree Services hope that the following information will help.

When Should I Put My Christmas Tree Up?

Latin America

In Latin America, you would put your Christmas tree up on December 8th, on Immaculate Conception Day. This is a day of celebration of the Virgin Mary, and is the reason for putting your tree up on December 8th, in honour and celebration.

Classic Traditions

The most classic tradition however, is to put the Christmas tree up 12 days before Christmas. This would be December 13th. This also follows through after Christmas, as you would then take your tree down 12 days after Christmas, falling on January 6th.

When Should I Put My Christmas Tree Up?


Common Christmas Tree Decorations

If you’re looking for a new approach to your Christmas tree decorations, Rufford Tree Services have some ideas on how to decorate your tree. Some of the most common Christmas tree decorations we have seen over the years include…

  • Baubles
  • Tinsel
  • Lights
  • Candy canes
  • Beads
  • Bows

This doesn’t mean that you must use these ideas. A lot of people work with colour schemes these days. This gives you full advantage of the festive spirit and time of year, as you can decorate your tree with individual baubles to match your scheme. Not only will your tree look fantastic at the end of it, it’s highly enjoyable throughout the process too!


The British Christmas Tree Growers Association or BCTGA believe that it is fine to buy your Christmas tree from December 1st. Having said this, it is most advised and common to put your tree up in December, and not any months before. But we all have individual thoughts and reasons on when to put our tree up.

Things like having a real Christmas tree, or young children can often sway people into wanting to put their tree up early. It’s all about getting into the festive spirit and wanting to celebrate Christmas as early as possible, but the timing of putting your tree up is an issue that will never be truly decided…

In our opinion, it’s down to person preference and we suggest that you put your tree up whenever you feel necessary. Be it December 1st or today, do whatever you feel is right. After all, it’s your tree! With that being said, we would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and all the best for 2018!

Merry Christmas