By on 12.23.19 in NC in Focus

The holidays are an important time for gathering with friends and family, gift giving, celebration, and giving thanks. Before we break for the holidays ourselves, we’d like to share a few holiday facts and figures that relate to North Carolina.

4 million

Approximate number of Christmas trees harvested in North Carolina in 2017, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS).

North Carolina ranked second only to Oregon, which harvested 4.7 million trees.


The number of Christmas Tree Associations operating at the state and local level in North Carolina. These groups provide information to growers, retailers, and consumers alike.

If you have yet to pick out a tree, they can help you identify the closest farms in your area as well as find information on mail-order trees and wreaths.

$25 million

Estimated retail of value-added products produced by North Carolina Christmas tree growers, including wreaths, roping, table décor, and others.

3.8 million

The number, in pots, of poinsettias sold by NC farmers in 2018, according to USDA NASS. In poinsettias, North Carolina also ranks second in production!

If you’re not sure how to decorate with poinsettias during the holidays, the NC State Extension office is happy to help!

McAdenville, North Carolina

Want to see the best holiday lights in the state?

Also known as “Christmas Town USA”, McAdenville in Gaston County, NC features a 1.3 mile-long route of amazing light displays. It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and USA Today even ranked it #2 in the nation for Best Public Holiday Lights Display this year.

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