20 Christmas Tree Themes to Try Out This Holiday Season (2024)

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The second the clock strikes midnight on Thanksgiving is the official start of Christmas season—even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade declares it so. And we're firm believers that there's no better way to kick off the holiday festivities than by decking the halls from top to bottom and enjoying a nice, warm cup of hot cocoa. From lighting every window with a candle to stringing the banisters with balsam garlands, holiday cheer is the quickest way to warm up even the coldest of December days. But while the other decorations are a great introduction to season, the towering Christmas tree is no doubt the star of your home's holiday show. The question is, what Christmas tree themes are you thinking of trying out this year?

Most people stick to a hodgepodge of red and green accents and family ornaments they've collected over the years, but why not switch it up a bit this year? There's a lot of Christmas creativity to enjoy when it comes to theming your holiday decor. Maybe you want a fancy fir that pays tribute to your love of metallics or an enchanting evergreen that calls to mind the current trends of the season. Whatever your chosen theme, we say go for it. After all, your Christmas tree is going to be the center of all celebrations over the coming month (or longer, depending on how long your tree lasts), so it deserves to be dressed to the nines in a way that feels authentic to your home and unique sense of style.

To help inspire you, we've gathered 20 fun and creative Christmas tree themes sure to put a jingle in your step. From rustic arrangements ideal for a farmhouse to standout midcentury modern Christmas tree ideas, these seasonal twists will bring magic and cheer to your home and—bonus!—look great on a faux fir or the real deal.

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Under the Sea

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If your little one is still running around singing "Part of Your World" after Disney's live-action Little Mermaid release this summer, pay tribute to their favorite princess with a sophisticated Christmas tree theme. Chock-full of glittering mermaids, chic metal whales, and glossy sea turtles, this tree designed by Pottery Barn is the perfect way to bring the film to life for the holidays.

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Something Blue

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While winter whites always get the bulk of the attention, blue is the other color of the season we're suggesting you embrace. Opt for chinoiserie-style ornaments and a decadent velvet ribbon garland to make it feel just as cozy as red and green.

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Gilded Glamour

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Perfect for the diva of the family, this Anthropologie-designed Christmas tree is all about glamorous, textured accents like peaco*ck feathers, Depression-style glass, and velvet accents. Christmas is allowed to be over the top!

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Christmas Barbie

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The summer of Barbie may be over, but that joyous love of all things pink can (and should) continue all year long. If you're feeling as bold as Margot Robbie's iconic character, go all in on a bright pink tree with gold and white accents. Like Barbie, your Christmas tree can be anything you want it to.

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Celestial Beings

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If you're always looking at moon phases and tarot cards, bring that love of all things astrological to your Christmas decorations this year. Golden crescent moons, flying doves, and iron-star-studded wreaths are incorporated in this flocked tree. Add warm-hued string lights, and the decorations take on an ethereal glow.

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Classic Red and White

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Classics are classics for a reason—and nothing is more instantly festive than a hallmark red-and-white Christmas tree. This bountiful beauty was decked by Inspired by Charm, who included lodge-inspired elements like buffalo check wrapping paper and wooden skis to make it feel fresh and fanciful.

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Modern and Minimal

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If a streamlined and sleek aesthetic is more your style, use this Christmas tree by For the Home as inspiration. The intentionally sparse look nods to traditional Scandinavian spruces, which feature less dense branches and are left mostly bare save for a few basic ball ornaments and twinkling white lights.

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Ombré Rainbow

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Why choose just two colors when you can have all of them? This Technicolor tree created by Serretta Style leans into a more-is-more aesthetic with tiers of ornaments in every color of the rainbow. While decorations in the same shapes and designs are used here (just in different shades), you could get the same effect by hanging your existing ornaments by color from top to bottom.

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Gingerbread House

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Fragrant, spicy gingerbread is pretty much the unofficial cookie of Christmas, so it makes sense that it would find its place on a tree. This whimsical scene by Inspired by Charm combines real gingerbread cookies (they're surprisingly durable!) with other ornaments in a brown, rust, and white color palette. The whole scene is complete with a charming collection of plaid presents at the base.

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Winter Wonderland

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The weather outside may be frightful, but it certainly inspires a delightful Christmas tree design! Nod to all things snow and ice with a winter-wonderland-themed evergreen. This scene designed by Lolly Jane combines a flocked tree with an assortment of white and silver ornaments—like plush "snowballs" and frosty pinecones—for a snowy and chic scene. Plenty of warm white lights and a pair of ice skates complete the charming look.

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Festive Foodie

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The kitchen is the heart of the home—and that age-old adage holds doubly true during the holidays when you're spending most of your time cooking or entertaining. Add a little festive cheer to your cook space with a foodie-themed tree, like this miniature one created by Meme Hill. It nods to some of the best food groups out there (hello, french fries!) and has a tribute to everyone's cookie season MVP, the KitchenAid.

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Warm Woodland

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For a Christmas tree theme idea that's both elegant and rustic, look no further than this sweet scene dreamed up by Jenna Sue Design. The creator relied on a tranquil mix of neutrals to act as the base of her tree, complemented by subtle woodland creatures (we spy a deer, owl, and bunny) and elegant black ribbon bows.

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Pink MidCentury Modern

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Nothing adds whimsy and fun quite like a colorful Christmas tree. Case in point? This joyful bubblegum pink faux fir. Creator Melodrama leaned into all things MCM with a retro color palette, mercury glass ornaments, and a handsewn tree skirt inspired by of-the-era Christmas card illustrations.

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Fruits and Florals

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This dynamic tree from She Keeps a Lovely Home stands out from the pack thanks to the natural elements used as decorations. Dried orange slices and baby's breath catch the shimmer of the string lights beautifully while hydrangeas and other dried blooms fill in gaps and add a variety of interesting textures.

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Silver and White

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If a glam, show-stopping spruce is what you're after, metallics are the way to go. There's just something about them that helps to capture the magical twinkle of the holiday season, and they're a great way to make your decor look sophisticated and grown-up. This silver Christmas tree from Ella Claire Inspired glitters and gleams, thanks to its oversize stars, mercury glass balls, and snow-dusted pinecones, all atop flocked branches.

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Harry Potter

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The Harry Potter movies are an unofficial Christmas rite of passage for many people and something to watch every holiday season. If your home is full of aspiring wizards, you'll love this enchanting tree created by Over the Rainbow and Back. It incorporates several motifs from the beloved series, including flying key ornaments, copies of The Daily Prophet, and even the likeness of Hedwig.

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Family Photo Christmas Tree

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If you're someone who gets a lot of holiday cards, you probably struggle each year with how to display them. Allow us to introduce this photo Christmas tree from Delia Creates. Instead of decking your conifer with ornaments, nestle cards featuring your family and friends into the boughs. We love how these are complemented by big metallic stars and simple bauble ornaments.

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Travel Souvenirs

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Perma-travelers who are always dreaming of their next vacation destination will love this tree theme from Happy to Wander, which pays tribute to the many destinations you've set foot in over the years. Instead of letting your travel mementos (think: ticket stubs, pamphlets, and even Mickey ears) collect dust in a drawer somewhere, turn them into ornaments you can hang on your tree to remind you of all the places you've been.

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Santa's Workshop

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The holidays bring out the child in all of us, so there's no more fitting theme for a Christmas tree than a nostalgic toy workshop. This whimsical design created by Ella Claire Inspired uses oversize vintage toys like teddy bears, model planes, and pennants to bottle the magic of the season.

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Black and Bronze

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Black may be an unconventional pick for a Christmas palette, but no one would dare call you a Grinch with a tree this pretty. Craftberry Bush decked out their evergreen with an impactful mix of black and bronze ornaments, working in unexpected touches like tassels, feathers, metal garland, and gilded berries.

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