Live Christmas trees selling quickly, how COVID-19 has influenced the rush

Posted at 7:46 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 22:12:09-05

(LEX 18) — Farms, shops, and big box stores are reporting that their live Christmas trees are going fast.

At Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop, owner Joseph Hillenmeyer said he's never seen his inventory go this fast before.

"It's unprecedented how quickly things are moving through here," Hillenmeyer said.

He said he believes the pandemic may have something to do with the behavioral change.

"With coronavirus and everybody being trapped at home and looking for some point of joy and happiness in their life, people are just shopping earlier than usual," he said.

He added that he received the last shipment of trees this Friday, so if customers want to buy one they should make a trip out as soon as possible.

At Kovalic's Christmas Farm in Winchester, manager Kim Miller said she has also experienced an increase in demand.

"There was just a huge demand for trees this year," Miller said.

She said at this rate, she estimates more customers will visit the farm this season than ever before.

"People just really want to get out of the house and spend time with their family," Miller said.

She added that they can do so safely at the farm. With 10 acres of trees, she said customers can socially distance.

LEX18 also asked Barker's Christmas Tree Farm how the season is going. They reported that phone call inquiries started sooner this season and that at this time they have already sold as many trees this year as they did in total last year.

Home Depot on Harrodsburg Road and Lowe's on Grey Lag Way also reported that live trees are selling faster than usual.

Both Costco and the Neiman Tree Farm said they weren't experiencing the same phenomenon as these other stores and farms.