Christmas Statistics

19+ Captivating Christmas Statistics for 2024

Published on: December 5, 2023
Last Updated: December 5, 2023

19+ Captivating Christmas Statistics for 2024

Published on: December 5, 2023
Last Updated: December 5, 2023

Christmas isn’t just a worldwide celebrated holiday. It’s a holiday filled with rich traditions and history across the globe.

Over 2.3 billion people from all over the globe celebrate the Christmas holiday and spending on gifts, food, and other holiday items is estimated at over $1 trillion (USD) each year.

The following Christmas statistics will show the economic impact of this holiday across multiple industries and demographics.

Let’s delve into the statistics that show you the effect of Christmas worldwide.

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Key Statistics 

  • U.S. Christmas spending in 2023 is expected to reach $1.1 Trillion.
  • Global holiday spending is expected to account for $1.3 trillion in 2023.
  • In Germany, consumers spend over 70% of their Christmas holiday spending on presents. 
  • In Columbia, consumers are likely to spend 73% of their average monthly income on Christmas in 2023.
  • In Spain, consumers spend 73% of their Christmas money buying food. 
  • Santa’s sleigh would need to travel at over 2.3 million miles per hour to serve every home on Christmas Eve.
  • Christmas Dinner accounts for 230,000 tons of waste every year. 
  • 41 orders a second are processed on Amazon at Christmas.
  • In the United Kingdom, 11:07 am is when people have their first alcoholic beverage for the day.
  • Santa consumes over 336 million cookies on Christmas Eve. 

Top Christmas Statistics in 2024

Let’s look into the statistics that show us how the Christmas season impacts the world. 

1. U.S. Christmas Spending in 2023 Is Expected to Reach $1.1 Trillion.

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In the United States alone, Christmas spending is expected to reach $1.1 trillion (USD) in 2023.

Research suggests that the average American is expected to spend $950 on Christmas presents this year.

For reference, each American spent an average of $932 in 2022.


2. Global Holiday Spending Is Expected to Account for $1.3 Trillion in 2023.

This statistic shows us that Americans spend the most during the Christmas holiday season.

Global spending for the 2023 holiday season is expected to account for $1.3 trillion (USD) compared to the $1.1 trillion (USD) in the United States.


3. In Germany, Consumers Spend Over 70% of Their Christmas Holiday Spending on Presents. 

Germans spend 70% of the overall Christmas holiday spending on gifts.

The rest of their holiday spending likely goes towards things like foods, travel, etc.

Spending money at Christmas is common in the countries where Christmas is celebrated. 


4. In Columbia, Consumers Are Likely to Spend 73% of Their Average Monthly Income on Christmas in 2023.

Across gifts and other Christmas spending, Columbian consumers are likely to spend 73% of their monthly income on average.

So, we can surmise that Christmas is a big deal in Columbia as it is in other countries.


5. In Spain, Consumers Spend 73% of Their Christmas Money Buying Food. 

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While European countries like Germany spend over 70% of their Christmas funds on gifts, consumers living in Spain are spending 73% of their Christmas money mostly on food.

Christmas meals must mean more to the people of this country than in some other countries. 


6. Santa’s Sleigh Would Need to Travel at Over 2.3 Million Miles per Hour to Serve Every Home on Christmas Eve.

While we were researching Christmas holiday statistics online, we found this fun little tidbit for our readers.

If Santa is to visit every household in the world that celebrates Christmas, his sleigh would need to travel at around 2.340 million mph.

Those reindeer really have their work cut out for them.


7. Christmas Dinner Accounts for 230,000 Tons of Waste Every Year. 

After the presents are opened and dinner is served and eaten, 230,000 tons of waste from Christmas dinner is produced.

This includes about 740K servings of Christmas pudding and 7.5 million mince pies in European countries. 


8. 41 Orders a Second Are Processed on Amazon at Christmas.

Online Christmas shoppers generate 41 orders each second on the Amazon marketplace.

Online shopping for gifts and such is definitely easier and more convenient, but has it created a culture of laziness?

However, even with quick shipping arrangements, if you don’t get those orders in early, someone will get theirs late.


9. In the United Kingdom, 11:07 Am Is when People Have Their First Alcoholic Beverage for The Day.

Interestingly, just after 11 in the morning, people imbibe in their first alcoholic beverage on Christmas day in the United Kingdom.

After all, Christmas is one day of the year when people drink their spirits to keep their spirits up, right?

Apparently, in the U.K. it’s socially acceptable to start drinking earlier on Christmas Day.


10. Santa Consumes Over 336 Million Cookies on Christmas Eve. 

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Households all over the world put cookies and milk out for Santa to help keep his energy up on Christmas Eve.

He does have a lot to do overnight.

Even if Santa took only a couple of bites (in the essence of time) from each cookie in the world left out for him, he would consume 336,150,386 cookies. 


11. 77% of U.S. Consumers Intend to Shop During the 2023 Christmas/Holiday Season.

Most American consumers plan to shop during the holiday season of 2023.

This data suggests that 77% plan to do so.

Since most of these consumers know that their financial status isn’t as good as last year, this is a surprising statistic.

For reference, 60% of American consumers said they are living paycheck to paycheck this year.

(PR Newswire)

12. In 2022, 32.8 Million Real Christmas Trees Were Sold During the Christmas Season.

Christmas trees are a staple item in homes where Christmas is celebrated.

In 2022, 32.8 million real Christmas trees were sold during the holiday season, if that tells you anything about the tradition of having a Christmas tree.

For reference, 27.1 million real trees were sold in 2017. 


13. 27% of 2023 Christmas Shoppers Said They Will Shop Local.

In an effort to support their local communities, 27% of Christmas shopping consumers said they intend to shop in their local stores this year.

This Christmas season will see more people getting gifts from local stores and shops.

This makes gift-giving more personal and supportive to the community.


14. Holiday Consumers Are Expected to Increase Spending by 7% in 2023.

We know that people plan to spend over $950 on gifts in the U.S. this year, but overall for gifts, entertainment, and travel, consumers are expected to spend $1,530 on average in 2023.

This is likely to mean that the summer travel boost will remain through the winter. 


15. 40% of All Christmas Holiday Sales Happen Between December 15th and 24th. 

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This data suggests that 40% of consumers are not early Christmas shoppers.

In fact, 40% of all Christmas sales happen between December 15th and 24th.

That’s just a week before Christmas Day. It’s unlikely that this demographic is shopping online.


16. Nearly 50% of People 65 and Older Shop for Christmas Decorations.

While not everyone decorates their homes and Christmas trees for the holiday, 49% of those 65 and older do.

However, 73% to 80% of people under 55 years old buy Christmas decorations.

Age plays a role in shopping for and buying Christmas decorations.

Do you think that the older you get the more decorations you have collected? 


17. 92% of People in Africa Believe Christmas Is when People Are More Generous.

How do people around the world feel about Christmas?

In Africa 92% of people say that this is the time of the year when people are more generous and considerate of others.

Another 92% of respondents from Africa said that Christmas is the most anticipated time of the year. 


18. 48% of Men Say They Prefer Gift Cards Compared to 64% of Women.

According to data, 48% of men say they prefer gift cards while 64% of women prefer them.

Furthermore 23% of men prefer sporting goods gifts compared to 10% of women.

50% of women said they prefer clothing and accessories for Christmas compared to 44% of men who said the same.


19. 550 Square Miles Are Dedicated to Christmas Tree Farms in The United States.

In the United States, the amount of land dedicated exclusively to growing Christmas trees comes to 550 square miles.

That represents 352,000 acres of land set aside solely for Christmas trees.

This demonstrates how popular Christmas trees are in America. 

(Expanded Ramblings)

20. 79% of Americans Put a Christmas Tree up In Their Homes. 

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If you wonder why so much land is solely dedicated to Christmas tree growing, this statistic should explain a lot.

A whopping 79% of Americans put a Christmas tree up in their homes or other dwellings.

This is a huge market for Christmas trees. 

(Expanded Ramblings)

Bonus Christmas Holiday Statistics

  • Father Christmas made his first appearance in the 16th century.
  • 1890 is the first time Santa was in a Christmas parade. 
  • Mrs. Santa Claus became popular in the 1950s.
  • The first ever recorded Christmas tree was in 1576 (Turckheim, Alsace).
  • 1850 is when the first Christmas tree was introduced into the United States.
  • 1933 is when they put up the first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. 
  • Canada is the largest exporter of Christmas trees on the globe.
  • 66% of Americans send out Christmas cards
  • $522.56 is the average amount of money spent on holiday gifts in Britain.
  • Poinsettias, originally from Mexico, were brought to the United States by Joel Poinsett in 1825.


Is Christmas Celebrated on The Same Day Worldwide?

Yes. Other than the difference in time zones, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th every year.

This date was selected to coincide with the winter solstice which is December 21st.

This is the day when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere.

What Is the Origin of Christmas?

Saturnalia, a pagan celebration during the Ancient Roman festival that paid homage to Saturn, the god.

This festival was celebrated by feasting, drinking, and giving gifts.

Eventually, the Catholic church took the pagan holiday and introduced it into the religious world to celebrate the Son of God, Jesus Christ. 

In 1870, the U.S. Congress declared Christmas a legal American religious holiday alongside Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day for federal employees.

Since then, it’s become a national holiday for virtually all employees with the exception of medical workers, and some other workers.

Today, billions of people celebrate Christmas across the globe. 

What Is the Significance of The Christmas Tree?

Christmas trees are evergreen trees that represent life and hope.

The needles represent eternal life and the lights put on the tree represent the star of Bethlehem that guided the Wise Men to the baby Jesus.

Who Is Santa Claus?

Santa Claus is a legendary figure that is said to bring toys and gifts to children of the world on Christmas Eve.

This legendary figure is based on a real person, Saint Nicholas, who was a 4th century bishop known for being extremely generous.

What Are Some Popular Christmas Traditions?

There are several popular Christmas traditions all over the globe:

• In America, people decorate the Christmas tree, engage in gift-giving, attend special church services, and have an extravagant Christmas feast. 
• In Germany, people decorate their Christmas trees with pickles which are commonly hidden on the tree. The first child to find the pickle gets an extra present.
• In Japan, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a popular dinner option that began in the 1970s and replaced traditional Japanese Christmas food. 
• In the Philippines, people start decorating their trees as early as September because this country celebrates Christmas from September to December, which is the longest season in the world.
• In Iceland, kids get presents from 13 mischievous Yule Lads in the 13 days leading up to Christmas Day. Each Yule Lad has a different personality and plays different tricks on kids.
• In Venezuela, people roller skating to Christmas Eve mass. The tradition is called the “Misa del Aguinaldo”, or “Mass of the Bonus”. This is how they start their Christmas celebration.


Christmas is a big deal in countries where it’s celebrated like the United States, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Iceland, Venezuela, the Philippines, and other regions of the globe. 

You may have read something in this article that’s familar to your own traditions.

You may also have read something that surprised you about how other celebrate and how much is spent in some countries. 

Overall, we truly hope you have enjoyed reading these Christmas statistics and can apply them to your business marketing plan or personal life.

Have a happy holiday season no matter where you are.


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