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Blog: When is it socially acceptable to put up Christmas decorations?

Two-thirds of Brits - 66 per cent - believe November is too early to put up Christmas decorations. How early is too early for you?

The Christmas period seems to start earlier every year, with shops and TV adverts promoting the festive season even before the end of summer.

So it can be difficult to resist getting involved sooner than you had planned.

But when is the right time to dust down the Christmas decorations in the attic and start transforming your home?

November too early for Christmas decorations

According to an exclusive poll by, two-thirds of Brits - 66 per cent - believe November is too early to put up Christmas decorations.

But the start of December onwards seems to be socially acceptable.

The survey of 2,000 Brits reveals that the majority - 45 per cent - usually put up their Christmas decorations between 1 and 14 December.

Some 38 per cent of those polled hold out at least for 14 December, while 8 per cent say they don’t put up any decorations at all – bah humbug.

Meanwhile, 6 per cent kick off their Christmas decorating in November, and a somewhat premature 3 per cent get started as early as September and October.

‘I put my Christmas decorations up in October’

Christmas enthusiast Paul Toole (pictured above), 38, from Wells in Somerset, admits putting up his decorations in October.

But then, it pays to get started early if it takes five weeks simply to put up your Christmas lights.

Toole, a freelance entertainer who featured in Channel 4 documentary The King of Christmas Lights, says: "I normally start putting up my lights a couple of days before Halloween.

"But then I have a lot of work to do.

"Last year it took me five weeks to put up 60,000 LED lights, which cost me around £10,000.

Advent calendar

However, Toole says he is taking a year off from the huge effort at his Manning Close home spectacular this year due to the costs.

He said: "I will still put up some decorations, just not to the same extent.

"Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. I don’t know how anyone would not be in the spirit for putting up decorations.

"But you don’t think you want people to think you are a looney.

"So I would say that from 1 December, which is when you would first open your advent calendar, is the best time to get them up."

Christmas decorating all year round

For Helene Webb, director at Cardinal Christmas Decorating, Christmas is more than just a seasonal thing.

Three years ago she set up her company, near London, which provides a Christmas decorating service for commercial and residential clients.

She said: "For me Christmas decorating is a year-long event and I receive orders as early as February.

"But I would say after Bonfire Night is when people can really start thinking about organising their Christmas decorating.

Christmas decorating mishaps

However, no matter when you put up your Christmas decorations it pays to do so safely.

Our exclusive poll found that:

  • 7 per cent admitted causing damage to their home when putting up Christmas decorations.
  • 6 per cent had a fire at their home caused by Christmas lights or candles.
  • 6 per cent have injured themselves when putting up Christmas decorations.

Gareth Lane, head of home insurance at, says: "The party season brings with it an increased risk of accidents in the home, with decorations sometimes providing more than just a little extra sparkle.

"Remember to decorate with care to reduce chances of an accident and not to overload electrical sockets when using Christmas fairy lights as this can be a fire risk."

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Alex Cinus

Alex Cinus

Alex Cinus is a reporter at He started out writing for newspapers in Monmouthshire and Newport before moving to Italy to teach English. After four years in Sardinia he joined the team at

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