Christmas Tree Decorations: The Ultimate Guide

Whether you’re looking for traditional charm or want something fresh and modern, this ultimate guide to Christmas tree decorations will help you decorate your tree like a pro!

1. Star Tree Topper

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Star tree toppers symbolize the Star of Bethlehem and are a traditional finishing touch to holiday decorations. They come in all styles, from ornate to minimalist, making it easy to choose one to fit the theme of your Christmas tree.

2. Tree Topper Figurines

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Angels, Santas, and other Christmas characters are used as tree toppers, adding a festive, fun element to your Christmas Decor. You can find all styles, from formal to casual, for the perfect tree topper for your Christmas tree.

3. Snowflake Tree Toppers

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Snow is expected at Christmas. Most people want a white Christmas. Crafted in the likeness of a snowflake, these toppers often feature shimmering details, casting a frosty and enchanting glow over a festive tree.

4. Finial Tree Toppers

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Love vintage? Then these toppers are for you! Finials are long tapered toppers that extend the height of your Christmas tree, so make sure you have room for this vintage-style topper.

5. Bows as a Tree Topper

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Perfect when your tree is too tall for any other topper, a bow adds a festive holiday touch to a Christmas tree. Use red for a traditional tree or a color to match your decorations if you like a more modern tree.

6. Globe Ornaments

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Round globe ornaments are the most popular tree decorations. They come in all shapes, sizes, and textures. They can be painted, clear, and even ornately decorated. Add the amount of these ornaments that fit the look you’re going for.

7. Snowflake Ornaments

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Snowflakes symbolize winter, and what better way to decorate your Christmas tree than with a symbol of the season? Most of us like snow on Christmas, as long as it is just for that day.

8. Figurine Ornaments

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Decorating your tree with holiday-themed figurines creates a festive look and is great to layer with other ornaments. Choose the traditional Santas and angels, or have fun with it and pick figurines from your favorite Disney movie.

9. Vintage Ornaments

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There are many reproductions of vintage ornaments on the market, so if you aren’t lucky enough to have authentic vintage ornaments, you can buy the next best thing. Ornate and colorful, they make for a beautiful Christmas tree.

10. Handmade Ornaments

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There is nothing better than handmade ornaments on a Christmas tree. Ornaments your children have made are the perfect Christmas tree decorating tradition, and making your own gives you the freedom to choose your look and style. Making ornaments is a great family activity, too!

11. Icicle Ornaments

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Made from glass, plastic, or acrylic, icicle ornaments add interest to a holiday tree. Lights from your tree will twinkle off the icicles and add a magical touch.

12. Ribbon

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Adding ribbon to your Christmas tree can be challenging for some people, but it’s great to add as a filler to make your tree look full if that’s the look you’re going for. Add it vertically, have it cascade from top to bottom, or add it as bows. Check out this video if you struggle with adding ribbon to your tree.

13. Christmas Tree Garland

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Garland isn’t just for the mantle. Be sure to pick a garland that is the right length for your tree, then start at the top and work your way around to the bottom of the tree. Beads are the most popular choice for tree garland, but stringing up a popcorn garland is fun and you get your kiddos to help make it.

14. Fillers

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Add a filler to make your tree look full and fill bare spots. The most common fillers are ribbons, pinecones, twigs or branches, or floral picks. Choose them to coordinate with your other decorations.

15. Tree Skirts

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Tree skirts are designed to hide the tree stand and cords for the lights. They are an excellent backdrop for presents and can be as simple as a white sheet, or you can buy a more elaborately decorated one. You can also make a tree skirt box and not worry about fighting that piece of fabric on the floor!

16. To Theme or not to Theme

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Themed trees are all the rage right now. From rustic to traditional and everything in between, decorating with a theme can make decorating your tree easy.

17. Choosing a Color for Your Decorations

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Red and green are the traditional colors to decorate a tree, but if you’re thinking about stepping away from the norm, there is a vast assortment of colors to choose from. Stick to just 2-3 colors and use different size ornaments and ones with texture for a cohesive look.

20 Unique DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make – Break Free of Big Box Store Decorations

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The holidays are a time for family and fun, so why not craft homemade, unique ornaments with your family? Here are 20 amazing DIY Christmas ornament ideas that won’t break the bank.

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Christmas decorations don’t need to break the bank; simple can be elegant. Here are 31 DIY wood Christmas decoration ideas that make the holiday season merry and bright!

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