This Calculator Will Tell You Exactly How Many Christmas Tree Ornaments You’ll Need This Year

The online tool will make sure your tree isn’t left with any bare spots.

You won't have to worry about running out of ornaments.
You won't have to worry about running out of ornaments. / FreshSplash/E+/Getty Images

Now that you’ve found the perfect Christmas tree, it's time for the fun-yet-daunting task of decorating it. If your tree is taller or shorter than last year’s (or perhaps a little more rotund), you may find yourself wondering whether you have enough ornaments and lights to cover every branch and bough.

Enter the Christmas Tree Bauble Calculator. This online tool from UK-based insurance company Admiral can help you figure out exactly how many ornaments and lights your Christmas tree needs based on size, shape, and your decorating preferences.

How many Christmas ornaments does a tree need?

First, enter the height of your tree (a rough estimate is fine) and its shape (full, slim, or pencil). The tool will then ask for the size of your ornaments (small or large) and how decked out you want your tree to be (minimal, jam-packed, or somewhere in between). Now it’s ready to calculate!

Assuming you’d like to adorn your branches with an “in-between” amount of ornaments, a full, 5-foot tree would require 74 small ornaments or 43 large ones, plus about 26 feet of lights.

While this calculator may inspire you to buy some new baubles before stores run out of stock, it can also help you decide when to cut back. If you have hundreds of colorful Christmas balls tucked away in some dusty corner of your attic, you may want to consider donating some to your local Goodwill or a charity of your choice.

If you haven’t gotten a Christmas tree yet—don’t panic, you’re far from the only one. Check out our guide to pine versus PVC (fake) trees and our picks for the best artificial ones.

A version of this story ran in 2018; it has been updated for 2023.