It’s officially that time — you know, the most wonderful time of the year?! So blast some Mariah Carey and put the hot cocoa on the stove, because we’re ready to deck the halls with the best Christmas decorations you’ve ever seen!
From glittering ornaments to twinkling lights, Christmas decorations say “home for the holidays” — and we couldn’t be happier about it. This year, we’re planning on turning our homes into mini winter wonderlands, and we’ve found the absolute BEST Christmas decor for the job.
But before we get into all the Santas, stockings, and silver bells, we’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know to make your home holiday-ready. Bring on Christmas vacation!
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When is the best time to buy Christmas decorations?
To get the most bang for your buck, the best time to buy Christmas decorations is after Christmas. This is when all the lights, trees, and knick knacks goes on sale, and you can get some amazing pieces for a much more affordable price!
But, waiting until Christmas is over also means that the selection will be more limited. These are the pieces that have been picked over throughout the holiday season, so you’ll only get the choice of what’s left.
If you’d rather have first pick of the best Christmas decorations, we suggest stocking up when stores first release their holiday collections. As wrong as it may feel to start thinking about Christmas in September, it is the best way to ensure you have a killer aesthetic for the holidays!
GWS Tip! If you’re looking to stock up before the holidays but still want to keep to a budget, don’t forget about Black Friday! A lot of our favorite retailers have AMAZING sales on Christmas decorations, just in time to start decorating. Which brings us to our next FAQ….
When is the best time to put up Christmas decorations?
Traditionally, the best time to put up your Christmas decorations is after Thanksgiving. There are no other holidays between turkey day and Christmas, so you can go all in on the North Pole vibes!
But, there are also no hard and fast rules for when to start decorating for the holiday season. If you’re SO excited for Christmas that you can’t wait until after Thanksgiving to put up your best decorations, then don’t! Pull out the tree and fairy lights and start decorating now.
Similarly, if you’re a Christmas procrastinator (relatable) and you don’t manage to pull out the Santa mugs until the week before the big day, that’s fine too! As long as you get to enjoy them during your Christmas movie marathon, that’s what really matters.
What are the trends for Christmas 2022?
We’ve been excited for this holiday season since, like, August — so we scoured the internet to find THE best trends for Christmas 2022 to make this year the most festive one yet!
One Christmas decor trend we’re seeing everywhere in 2022 is greenery, greenery, and more greenery. Add some eucalyptus or pine branches to your tables, on your mantels, and around your other Christmas decorations for a lush, natural look. We’re obsessed!
We’ve also noticed that more and more retailers are selling Advent calendars this year (which is why we HAD to create our 2022 Advent calendar round-up!). From beauty calendars to keepsake ones, these fun holiday decorations are a MUST for counting down the days to the big one: Christmas!
And while a lot of the classic holiday motifs are staying the same (because trees, stars, and Santa simply never get old!), we are seeing a lot more color in this year’s Christmas decorations! Forget red and green, we’re going for the full rainbow in 2022.
We also love boho decorations for the holidays EVERY year, so you can catch us loading up on whimsical designs, natural touches, and cozy textures this winter!
Best Place to Buy Christmas Decorations
To get the hottest holiday trends this year, here are our favorite places to buy Christmas decorations!
- Anthropologie: It should come as no surprise that Anthropologie has some of the best Christmas decorations in the game. We love their unique, boho, and luxe décor year-round, and they pull out all the stops for the holidays! From gorgeous velvet stockings to whimsical garlands, this is THE place to find rad, trendy Christmas decorations that you’ll love forever.
- West Elm: For a polished and luxurious look this holiday season, it doesn’t get better than West Elm. They have everything you need to transform your home into a glamorous winter wonderland — plus, a lot of their Christmas decorations are handmade by skilled artisans and centered around sustainability. We love to see it!
- Crate & Barrel: If you’re looking for the decor classics, Crate & Barrel has you covered! These are the Christmas decorations that you’ll love just as much now as you will in 50 years. Think: traditional wreaths, gold + silver ornaments, and classy outdoor pieces!
Now let’s get into all the best Christmas decorations for your annual North Pole makeover!
Best Christmas Table Decorations
Some of our favorite moments during the holidays are sitting down for a meal with our nearest and dearest. Add a little holiday cheer to those special moments with Christmas table decorations!
From cute centerpieces to holiday-themed dinnerware, our favorite Christmas table decorations put you in the festive mood as soon as you sit down. They’re a MUST for holiday dinner parties — and also add a fun touch to everyday meals, too!
Keep scrolling for the best Christmas decorations that’ll light up your table this year.
1. Best Christmas Table Decorations for a Whimsical Centerpiece: These Bottlebrush Trees
Love the idea of transforming your table into a whimsical winter wonderland? Because same! With these bottlebrush style Christmas decorations, your table centerpiece will look like the cutest little forest. Add some evergreen branches for extra whimsy!
P.S. These bottlebrush trees would also look SO cute displayed on a fireplace mantel, scattered on side tables, or even perched on your office desk!
2. Best Christmas Decoration for a Glam Look: This Gold Glitter Garland
If your holiday style is less evergreens + eucalyptus and more glitter + gold, this is the best Christmas decoration for your table! Garlands are a holiday décor staple, and we love how this sparkly gold one gives the classic look a dose of glamour.
Add it to the center of your dinner table for a fun, festive look, or twist it around your stairway or mantel for Christmas decorating made easy. Best paired with some shiny golden trees and a glass of champagne!
3. Best Christmas Table Decorations for a Sweet Snack: These Holiday Dessert Boards
This Christmas table decoration is working overtime to bring the holiday cheer! Not only does it make the cutest centerpiece with that green marble + natural wood tree design, but it can also be filled with all your fave treats for a Christmas-themed charcuterie board. Your holiday dinner parties aren’t ready!
So festive AND useful, this tree-shaped dessert board Christmas decor would also make a great gift!!
Take your next dinner party to the next level with these 39 best charcuterie board ideas! (P.S. We even have some great Christmas-themed ones!)
4. Best Christmas Table Decorations for a Little Ambiance: These Ceramic Candleholders
Give your Christmas table decorations double duty with these ceramic village candleholders! During the day, they’ll look like a sweet little Christmas village (a la Whoville) — but when the sun goes down they transform into the perfect ambient holiday lighting.
5. Best Christmas Table Decorations for a Modern Touch: These Accordion Paper Trees
These accordion paper trees are best-sellers on the West Elm site, and it’s easy to see why! They’re the raddest modern take on traditional Christmas table decorations, and SO easy to set up.
Plus, these trees are hand-crafted by skilled Indian artists as part of the brand’s “good for the people, good for the planet” initiative. With these decorations sitting pretty on your table, they’re also good for the holiday vibes!
6. Best Christmas Table Decoration for a Holiday Heirloom: This 12 Days of Christmas Runner
The countdown begins! What better way to count down the days until Christmas than with Christmas table decorations that feature a charming illustration of each one?!
Designed by English illustrator Emily Maude, this colorful and whimsical Christmas table runner is guaranteed to be treasured for years, if not generations, to come. You can also get matching dessert plates to really celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas in style!
7. Best Christmas Table Decorations for Festive Meals: This Reindeer Dinnerware
For a table that screams “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” (But without any cliché or tacky Christmas decorations.)
We’re digging the Scandinavian design of this Christmas dinnerware, and that red + white color combo is just too good. As a set of 16, it comes with everything you need to make every meal a festive one — including some adorable holiday mugs.
And don’t forget to add some red highball glasses to hold all your (holiday) spirits!
No holiday season is complete without some cute mugs to hold all your hot chocolate, peppermint lattes, and spiked eggnog! That’s why we rounded up 31 of our favorite Christmas mugs of all time!
8. Best Christmas Table Decorations for Minimalistic Charm: These Embroidered Napkins
Calling all minimalists! These embroidered red napkins are the best Christmas table decorations if you’re not looking to go over-the-top with your holiday décor — but you still want to add some holiday cheer to your table.
With just a pop of red, we love how these napkins can be styled with ANY Christmas table design!
9. Best Christmas Table Decorations for a Pop of Color: These Merry + Bright Trees
Why limit yourself to red and green when you could have the whole rainbow?! Whether you’re celebrating a tropical Christmas or you just want to switch things up this year, these are the merry + bright Christmas table decorations for you.
Affordable, hand-made, and so fun, these colorful trees shouldn’t be limited to just your Christmas table décor — spread them around the entire house for the happiest season of all!
Best Christmas Tree Decorations
Arguably the centerpiece of all your holiday décor and festivities: your tree! No Christmas is complete without one — and this holiday icon deserves some equally iconic Christmas tree decorations!
Whether you’re a tree maximalist or love the Charlie Brown aesthetic, we’ve found some rad Christmas tree decorations that’ll make it dazzle. Holiday photo backdrop, here we come!
So what are you waiting for?! Let’s start rockin’ around these Christmas tree decorations!
10. Best Christmas Tree Decorations for a Unique Look: This Celestial Gold Topper
All we want for Christmas is…this celestial gold tree topper! A major upgrade to the classic star on top of the tree, this unique Christmas tree decoration features an orbit of shooting stars around a dazzling sun. Guaranteed to light the room with holiday cheer!!
Leave it to Anthropologie to design the raddest, best Christmas tree decorations. We also LOVE this glittering, tassel-embellished star topper!
Love the unique look? Because same! Stand out from the crowd this holiday season with these blossoming flower Christmas trees!
11. Best Christmas Tree Decorations for a Modern Aesthetic: These Accordion Paper Ornaments
The best Christmas tree decorations to go with your paper table trees from #5 on this list! There’s just something so light and modern about these accordion paper ornaments — we’re simply obsessed!
These decorations make a simple + seasonal statement on their own, or add mega charm when combined with your other favorite ornaments!
12. Best Christmas Tree Decoration for Newlyweds: This “Just Married” Ornament
This one goes out to the newlyweds! Have yourself a “married” little Christmas with this cute Christmas tree decoration. Such a special way to remember your first holiday season together as a married couple!!
If you’re not recently hitched but know someone who is, this “just married” ornament also makes a super sweet Christmas gift!!
13. Best Christmas Tree Decorations for Cozy Vibes: This Knit Wool Skirt
Cozy Christmas vibes: activated. This tree skirt is handcrafted with pure, knit wool for the perfect comfy, cozy backdrop for all your presents. Because your tree deserves to be wrapped up in a holiday sweater on Christmas Day, too!
Add some knitted Christmas stockings to your decoration ensemble and you’re ready for the coziest holiday of all time!!
14. Best Christmas Tree Decorations for Trend-Setters: These Disco Ball Ornaments
These disco ball ornaments are made for rockin’ around the Christmas tree! If you’re planning a holiday party this year, give your place a holiday-themed Studio 54 makeover — because if you’re anything like us, disco balls are your favorite trend of the year!!
Bonus: these Christmas tree decorations can also be repurposed as killer New Year’s Eve décor!
15. Best Christmas Tree Decoration for a Wooden Wonderland: This Wood Garland
Give the tinsel a rest and drape your tree in this rustic meets modern wooden bead garland instead!
We’re all here for modern Christmas decorations that make a statement, and this one does the trick! Plus, wooden accents always add extra cozy, homey vibes during the holidays.
16. Best Christmas Decoration for a Tidy Tree: This Natural Wood Tree Collar
Speaking of wooden Christmas tree decorations! This chic wooden “collar” hides your tree stand, for the ultimate polished look. We love the natural wood one for those homey, rustic vibes, but the black is also perfect if your holiday aesthetic leans more modern!
Going for more of a boho, coastal grandmother look with your decor this Christmas? We also found this rad woven tree collar!
Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations
It’s officially that time of the year — time to make ALL your neighbors jealous with your killer outdoor Christmas decorations!
Achieve Whoville-level curb appeal this year with twinkling lights, whimsical statues, and winter wonderland vibes. Trust us, these outdoor Christmas decorations will put even Martha May Whovier to shame!
GWS Tip! When picking out your outdoor Christmas decorations, just remember to look for pieces that are weather-resistant (especially if you’re expecting a white Christmas this year!). We also suggest getting an outdoor timer for your lights so you don’t have to worry about trekking in and out to turn them off!
17. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for a Winter Wonderland: These Twinkling Trees
The dreamiest of all outdoor Christmas decorations! These twinkling, pre-lit twig trees will transform your outdoor space into a magical winter wonderland. Mix and match the different sizes and black and white styles for MAJOR curb appeal.
Don’t have a big yard? No problem! These Christmas decorations also work for indoor areas, or even a small apartment balcony!
18. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for a Touch of Whimsy: These Giant Ornaments
Channel fun and playful North Pole vibes with these giant Christmas ornaments! They’re bold, hand-painted, and weather-resistant — everything you need to win the “best decorated house on the block” award!
All that’s missing are some matching giant wrapped gifts to complete the charming Christmas look!
19. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for a Stunning Light Show: These LED Trees
One of our favorite things to do every winter is drive around the neighborhoods and ohh and ahh at all the Christmas lights. And the houses that always make the biggest impression? The ones with light shows!
Be THAT house with these statement outdoor Christmas decorations. Each light-up tree features 154 multicolored LEDs and 14 animated light-show effects — from fades to twinkles and everything in between. Prepare to see some fans outside your house this Christmas season!
20. Best Outdoor Christmas Decoration for Starry Nights: These Shooting Star String Lights
For a light display that would put even the “Christmas Vacation” house to shame, look no further than these magical outdoor Christmas decorations!
Hang these shooting star holiday string lights from a tree, your front door, or a lamp pole for a striking cosmic look that’s guaranteed to mesmerize all your neighbors. We wouldn’t blame you for wanting to keep these up year round!
21. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for Something Different: These Modern Reindeer
Santa’s reindeer came early this year — and they’ve had a makeover! For unique and modern outdoor Christmas decorations that won’t take away from your current home aesthetic, we LOVE these harlequin checkered reindeer. (P.S. They also come in gold and red!)
Hang some evergreen wreaths around these reindeer for an extra dose of holiday spirit!
22. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for an Elegant Look: These Festive Trees
Another set of show-stopping light-up trees, this time with more than 1,000 LED bulbs. Proof that more really is merrier!
These outdoor Christmas decorations have eight different festive twinkle functions on an eight-hour timer, so you can OWN that late night light display!
23. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for Apartments: These Snowball String Lights
While these snowball Christmas string lights would dazzle for ANY outdoor space, we’re especially digging them for apartment balconies! The cutest, dreamiest, coziest way to add Christmas vibes to a small space.
Lay out a cozy faux fur blanket on your balcony seating, grab your cup of cocoa, and transport yourself to a dreamy winter escape, thanks to these outdoor Christmas decorations!
24. Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations for a Rustic Display: These Metal Trees
A little bit rustic, a little bit southwestern, and a LOT rad, these metal trees will definitely stand out on a street of twinkle lights and red + green décor. They’re the best outdoor Christmas decorations for a warm desert yard OR a snowy mountain cabin. And that’s called range.
Digging this rustic look? The designer, RustySparrowDesign, also sells tons of other cute metal decorations for your outdoor space!
25. Best Outdoor Holiday Décor for a White Christmas: These LED Snowflakes
Make all the other front yards jealous with these outdoor Christmas decorations! Even if you live in a warmer climate, these LED snowflakes will give you the illusion of a dreamy white Christmas. We love their bright, cool white color — like freshly fallen snow!
Hang these Christmas snowflakes from your porch, your front door, or a tree branch. There are now wrong answers here!
Best Christmas Door Decorations
Whether or not you’re going all out with your outdoor Christmas decorations, we always suggest adding a little festivity to your front door. This is the area that first welcomes people into your home, and it needs stand-out Christmas door decorations to make the best impression!
When it comes to choosing the best Christmas door decorations, you can’t go wrong with a classic wreath — but we’ve also found some unexpected, unique versions that are SO festive. Plus, we included a couple Christmas doormats that we’re pretty sure you’re going to be obsessed with!
26. Best Holiday Door Décor for a Berry Merry Christmas: This Faux Berry Wreath
Merry, berry, and bright! No front door is complete without wreath decor during the Christmas season, and this faux holly berry one will give your house the perfect pop of color.
If this Christmas door decoration feels like one too many berries, we also found this faux eucalyptus + berry wreath, too! Bonus: it’s also pre-lit.
27. Best Christmas Door Decoration for Ultimate Holiday Magic: This Snowy Village Wreath
The whimsy of it all! This wreath has everything we love in Christmas door decorations. An evergreen look? Check! Fake snow? Check! Bottlebrush trees and a charming winter village? Check and check!
About as enchanting as it gets, this whimsical holiday wreath would definitely be a winner if you have kids!
28. Best Holiday Door Décor for Christmas Movie Lovers: This “Home Alone” Doormat
If your holiday traditions revolve around binging “Home Alone” for the 400th time, then you can stop scrolling now. Because we found the best Christmas door decoration for you!
We’re total suckers for a funny, clever holiday doormat. If you love this “Home Alone” one as much as we do, then you NEED to check out all the other designs from HamlinRowShop, too!
29. Best Holiday Door Décor for Boho Babes: This Pinecone Peace Sign Wreath
For the boho babes that love a rustic, ’70s-inspired look, we have a feeling you’re going to fall head over heels for this pinecone Christmas wreath! Because what are the holidays about if not peace, love, and pinecones?!
We’re really digging how this Christmas door decoration isn’t TOO Christmas-y — so you could totally get away with displaying it all the time. And if you like the pinecone aesthetic, also check out these glittery pinecone ornaments!
From chunky blankets to macrame garlands, don’t miss our round-up of the best boho Christmas décor!
30. Best Christmas Door Decoration for a Classic Style: This Faux Cypress Wreath
Simple, but SO effective! This faux cypress Christmas door wreath is a classic for a reason. It channels those rustic, traditional Christmas vibes without going over the top, and it’ll match EVERY style of holiday décor.
If you do want to spice this Christmas door decoration up, why not add a cute wreath hanger? We love this golden mistletoe one from Anthropologie!
31. Best Christmas Door Decoration for a Little Jingle: These Golden Bells
Forget silver bells — we’re loving these white and gold bells! They’re the perfect Christmas door decoration for creating a little jingle anytime someone comes and goes. Add them to any door in the house for an extra dose of holiday cheer!
32. Best Holiday Door Décor for That Christmas Smell: This Earthy Dried Wreath
If you want the ~real deal~ for your Christmas door decorations, swap a faux wreath for this lush dried one! It makes a red and green color scheme look seriously elegant, with dried blossoms, evergreen foliage, and rustic pinecones.
We can practically smell that addictive Christmas fragrance from here!!
33. Best Holiday Door Décor for Christmas Carolers: This Romantic Doormat
If you’re more a Christmas song lover versus a Christmas movie lover, this cute Christmas doormat might be more your speed! A real crowd-pleaser for Christmas carolers and chilly climates (this “Let It Snow” one is also perfect!).
Plus, this Christmas door decoration is made from all-natural coir fibers, so it’s eco-friendly AND cute. Win-win!
Best Vintage Christmas Decorations
There’s something about Christmas that always feels so nostalgic — from catching up with family to watching your favorite old Christmas movies. Take those sweet holiday vibes to the next level with our list of the best vintage Christmas decorations!
These decorations capture that classic + cozy Christmas feeling with vintage-inspired patterns, retro Santas, and old school designs. It’s safe to say that we’ve added ALL of them to our carts!
34. Best Vintage Christmas Decorations for Cute Stuffers: These Personalized Stockings
These vintage Christmas decorations are so cute, we’d be more worried about Santa stealing them than stuffing them! Hand-knitted with soft, organic cotton, these charming stockings are definitely heirloom-worthy. Plus, they can be personalized with your name at the top!
Once you’ve picked out your favorite of the 15 different vintage-inspired designs, all that’s left to do is fill it to the brim with cute stocking-stuffers!
35. Best Vintage Holiday Décor for Your Christmas Countdown: This Glittery Advent Calendar
For us, the holiday celebrations start December 1. After all, who wouldn’t want a month’s worth of festivity, fun, and sweet treats?! Make the most out of each day until Christmas with a cute Advent calendar!
For that cute vintage Christmas decor look, it doesn’t get better than this glittery one. Like an old school winter scene with light-up windows and snow-dusted trees, this countdown calendar maxes out on vintage charm.
Plus, you can re-use it every year — just fill the houses with new treats (like candy, notes, or little gifts) each time!
Count down the days to Christmas in style with these rad Advent calendars! From beauty to foodie, we’ve found something for everyone.
36. Best Vintage Holiday Décor for a Retro Tree: These Rainbow Glass Ornaments
Inspired by holidays of yore, these vintage Christmas decorations will give your tree a timeless vibe. A set of 20 pieces, these glass ornaments come in all colors of the rainbow, each topped with a playful bit of tinsel.
A must for the people that feel like they were born in the wrong time era!
37. Best Vintage Christmas Decorations for Santa’s Cookies: These Mid-Century Plates
Any mid-century modern fanatics in the house? Meet your new favorite vintage Christmas decorations!
These iconic Santa plates are perfect for eating Christmas cookies off of as you watch your favorite classic holiday movies. Someone queue up “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”!
38. Best Vintage Holiday Décor for 24 Days of Treats: This Magical Hanging Calendar
If you loved the idea of #35 but didn’t love how much space it took up, why not go for this hanging one instead?!
This hanging calendar has the same vintage-inspired vibes as the glittery one (this time with colorful embroidered houses!), but you can easily hang it on any wall. Fill each little pocket with treats, track the days with the wrapped gift pillow, and enjoy your Christmas countdown!!
39. Best Vintage Holiday Décor for a Pretty in Pink Christmas: These Pink Satin Ornaments
Barbiecore, but make it Christmas decor! We think all holiday décor could use a little pop of pink, and these satin ornaments are just the vintage Christmas decorations for the job. And that gold stitching adds an elegant touch that is simply *chef’s kiss.*
Want to really commit to the Barbiecore look this holiday season? Go full send with this fab pink tinsel tree!
We can’t resist a pretty in pink look — and Christmas is no exception! Don’t miss our round-up of the best pink holiday décor ideas for a very Barbiecore Christmas!
40. Best Vintage Christmas Decorations for the Sweetest Hot Cocoa: These Santa Claus Mugs
Filled to the brim with nostalgia (and piping hot cocoa, hopefully!), these vintage Christmas decorations manage to give us that magical Christmas feeling that we remember from our childhoods.
Whether it’s the twinkle in Santa’s eye or all the marshmallows we plan to load them with, it’s like these cute mugs have taken us back in time! Is it just us, or are you starting to believe in Santa again, too?!
41. Best Vintage Holiday Décor for a Mid-Century Aesthetic: This Flamingo House Display
Transport yourself back to Christmas circa 1950 with this vintage Christmas decoration! The perfect little mid-century modern house, this laser cut decoration would make a statement on its own or as part of a retro Christmas village.
If you have a full tabletop to spare, you’ll also want to check out this mid-century pool house and this mid-century motel! Oh, and don’t forget to complete the retro vibes with these rainbow bottlebrush trees!
When is the best time to take down Christmas decorations?
According to ancient traditions (like, 4th century ancient), the end of the holiday season is officially on the Twelfth Night, also known as the Eve of the Epiphany. This night falls 12 days after Christmas — so, if you plan on following tradition, you should take your Christmas decorations down on January 5 or 6 (this depends on what you consider the first of the 12 days)!
While some people believe it’s bad luck to keep your decorations up after that date, we’re not quite so suspicious. Here at GWS, we think the best time to take down your Christmas decorations is whenever you’re ready to say goodbye to all the little Santas scattered around your house!
Get Ready for the Christmas Season With Our Best Holiday Guides
We LOVE a festive makeover, and ’tis the season for it! That’s why we’re not stopping with just one round-up of the best Christmas decorations this year. Oh no, we’ve also rounded up the best boho Christmas décor ideas and the best pink Christmas décor ideas!
Once your extreme holiday home makeover is complete, it’s time for our other favorite part of the Christmas time: gift giving!! It is the season of giving, after all, so we’re gifting you with this ultimate gift guide for him and this ultimate gift guide for her!
And, just to spread a little more holiday cheer, we also created this unique gift guide for the people that are hard to shop for! You can thank us later.
With that, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!! Oh, and don’t forget to let us know which Christmas decorations were your faves in the comments below!