I paid $60 for an ~8 foot tree at the choose and cut lot on Poplar Grove (Boone, NC):
For the past several years, I’ve bought my Christmas tree from a stand around the corner from my apartment in Brooklyn. It was always the same, simple price: $10 per foot, which seemed reasonable when I was buying a 5-foot tree for my tiny little walkup. This year, I moved to an apartment with a proper living room and decided to go big. I wanted a tree that was taller than I am. The stand in my new neighborhood charges less — $9 per foot — but I was going for a 6-footer, and something about crossing the $50 Rubicon didn’t sit well with me.
So I took to Twitter to try to gain some perspective.
Ultimately, I got about 150 responses from 29 states. Not the most comprehensive data set, but some interesting results. The cheapest tree, other than for those who cut their own, was in Corvallis, Oregon, for $3.10 per foot. That makes sense, because there are trees everywhere in Oregon.
The most expensive tree I heard about was $35.71 per foot in the Culver City area of Los Angeles. That also makes sense, because LA is ridiculous in every way.
Overall, the average price was $8.70 per foot. Here’s where I got responses from.
Most interesting to me, though, was the variation in results within an area. Take a look at New York City, for instance. In Hell’s Kitchen, on the western side of Manhattan, you can buy a tree for $6.66 per foot. (It is Hell’s Kitchen after all.) But walk a few blocks south to Chelsea, and somebody’s charging $20 per foot. In a place like New York, where many people don’t have cars, vendors can set the price knowing that many people won’t be comparison shopping. ...
The one thing I heard consistently, though: If you really want to negotiate for a good price, wait till Christmas Eve. It’s a buyer’s market.