Skip to content
Join our Newsletter

When should you take your Christmas tree down? Vancouverites weigh in

When is the best time to stash it away again?
This is how long Vancouver locals wait before putting away their Christmas trees.

Now that Christmas is over, when is it officially okay to stash the festive tree away for another year?

Though the 80-foot-tall tree glittering at the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) will be coming down within the first few days of 2023, many more trees may still be standing tall around Vancouver according to locals.

According to Christian tradition, Christmas trees and decorations should stay up until the Twelfth Night (Jan. 5), which celebrates the Three wise Men's visit to Jesus. Leaving the tree and decorations up past that date is considered unlucky. 

However, some Vancouverites opt to take down their Christmas tree around the holidays, with almost six per cent of locals doing so between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve/Day.

Yet, most people wait until January. 

During the first month of 2023, 19 per cent of people take down their Christmas tree shortly after New Year's Eve/Day and almost 37 per cent put away their tree sometime in January.

However, some folks don't put up a Christmas tree at all, with 12 per cent not owning one and 17 per cent choosing not to put up a tree. 

Vancouver Is Awesome polled 805 Vancouver Is Awesome readers and asked the question: When do you put away your Christmas tree?

The poll ran from 12/23/2022 to 12/27/2022. Of the 805 votes, we can determine that 386 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

On Boxing Day 1.04 % local, 1.12 % total    
Between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve/Day 5.96 % local, 7.33 % total    
After New Year's Eve/Day 19.43 % local, 21.37 % total    
In January 36.79 % local, 35.03 % total    
After January 7.51 % local, 6.34 % total    
I don't own a Christmas tree 12.44 % local, 10.56 % total    
I don't put up a Christmas tree 16.84 % local, 18.26 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Vancouver Is Awesome readers that are located in Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 3.45%, 19 times out of 20.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

push icon
Be the first to read breaking stories. Enable push notifications on your device. Disable anytime.
No thanks