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The Best Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas to Make Your Tree Shine

When the holiday season approaches, you have a lot of planning to do.  You need to plan your outdoor lighting, holiday parties, and Christmas presents. However, one of the most important details to plan is your Christmas tree decor. Will you decorate it in an elegant way, or do you prefer the rustic look? Do you want to do something unusual? The options are overwhelming. To make your holiday planning easier, we have a list of the best Christmas tree decoration ideas. Check out the top 26 decoration ideas and find one that’s right for you.

Simple Holiday Tree Decor

Dried orange slices and a white snowman hanging on a Christmas tree

You don’t need to get too complicated with your holiday decorations. With these best Christmas tree decoration ideas, you can make your tree stand out.

Citrus Ornaments

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Citrus ornaments are both unique and beautiful. You can make them by hand and, as an added benefit, use them to make your home smell great. They pair well with white lights.

Drum Stand

You don’t even need to decorate your tree if you get this cute drum stand. If you do want the tree more decorated, hang  few band-inspired or nutcracker decorations

    New Traditions - Stand Band Tree Collar

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    Decorative Drum look tree collar accommodates most live and artificial Christmas tree bases, to bring some life and rhythm to your holiday look It is made of durable quality, red polyester fabric with green and red glitter polka-dot accents, gold glitter borders, and gold cording trim

Red and White

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Together, red and white make for a down-to-earth style. Use a mixture of white and red ornaments on your tree to accomplish this look. You can also wrap your tree in red Christmas lights.

Candy Tree

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If you have kids, a simple candy theme may be the way to go. Use lollipop, gingerbread, and peppermint ornaments to decorate. You can also incorporate real candy canes. Just be sure the kids know which decorations are edible, and which are for show only.

Flower Power

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Keep your tree simple with a flower power theme. All you really need is a long, floral garland. Pick your favorite flower, or use this sunflower garland.

Clothespin Card Tree

Wrap this wooden clothespin garland around your tree, and hang your favorite photos or holiday cards from it. With this garland, you don’t even need ornaments.

    Jute Twine and Wooden Clip Set

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    For use in home or office. Multifunctional hanging decor for photos, small cards, and other items. Package includes:100 pieces 3.5cm natural wooden clips and 320 feet jute twine

Snowman Tree

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Everyone loves a snowman! If you want an easy way to decorate your tree, top it with this snowman head. The only other thing your tree will need is some lights.

Mitten Tree

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Hang some colorful mitten ornaments on your tree for an adorable look. If you want to brighten things up, add a colorful LED light string.

Rainbow Tree

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If you’re into color, check out this rainbow tree. Separate your ornaments by color and hang them in the same sequence as the  colors of the rainbow.

Elegant Holiday Tree Decor

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It’s easy to be elegant around the holidays. If you want your tree to be as elegant as the rest of your home, consider using one of these ideas.

Navy and Gold

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You can go over-the-top with a navy and gold tree. Consider using thick gold ribbon and large navy poinsettias to help you carry out this elegant theme.

Feathery Tree

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Add some texture to your tree by placing white feathers between the branches. When you pick out your ornaments, look for gold and silver ones. Or, try peacock feathers with ornaments in assorted blues and greens.

White Tree

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Rather than use a real tree, consider using an artificial white tree or flocked tree. Pair it with some gold or silver decorations for a truly elegant look.

Poinsettia Tree

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After you find the perfect tree, decorate it in large poinsettias. These glittery tree decorations are hard to ignore. To finish decorating, add some white and gold ornaments to your tree.

Pink and Gold Tree

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Christmas doesn’t need to be all about red and green. When you use pink and gold on your tree, you get an elegant look.

Sparkling Tree

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Make your tree really stand out with glitter ornaments and a shiny tree topper. If you want to keep the tree elegant, use silver or gold.

Rustic Holiday Decor

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There’s something about the country, rustic look that makes people feel warm and fuzzy. These best Christmas tree decoration ideas are enough to make your living room everything you want it to be.

Mini Tree with Wooden Ornaments

For a rustic look, you don’t need to go big. A mini tree with a wooden garland may be all you need. Add some handmade wooden ornaments to it, and your tree will be complete.

    SadiaPower 7ft Wooden Beaded Garland

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    Made of natural unfinished round wood beads strung together using strong jute rope.

Hay Bale Tree

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Is there anything more rustic than a bale of hay? Make a pyramid out of hay bales, wrap it in lights, and top it with a star. However, you may want to keep this tree outside to avoid a mess.

Plaid Theme Tree

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On a cold winter day, you might put on a flannel shirt. So why not make your whole tree flannel? Use flannel ribbons and some flannel decorations to complete your tree.

Red and Burlap

If you’ve never thought to place burlap on your Christmas tree, now is the time to consider it. Use a burlap garland or get some decorations made of burlap. These decorations are as cute and rustic as they come.

    Jetec 12 Pieces Christmas Burlap Tree Ornaments

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    each ornament is designed with a bowtie, lovely and unique, and furnished with natural burlap fabric lanyard, easy for you to hang on the Christmas tree, convenient to use

Wood Ornaments

A flatlay of wooden cutout Christmas tree ornaments on wood chair.

Ornaments made from wood are a great way to decorate your tree. Either make your own wood ornaments, or buy pre-made ones.

Pine Cone Tree

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Decorating your tree with pine cones is one way to stick with a rustic theme. Take artificial or real pine cones and take them and hang them from your tree’s branches.

Woodland Creatures

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With woodland ornaments on your tree, you can celebrate the holidays with your favorite wildlife. Ornaments shaped like birds, owls, deer, bucks, hedgehogs, racoons and more go great with a wooden garland.

Modern Christmas Tree Decor

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A modern tree is chic, simple, and stunning. Take a look at some of these amazing Christmas tree decoration ideas with a modern twist.

Black and White

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Give your tree a modern look with simple black and white decorations. A white tree is a great place to start if you have assorted black ornaments in modern, interesting shapes and textures.

    Valery Madelyn 24ct Essential Black Xmas Balls

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    Christmas balls Ornaments are done in 4 special finishes: Matte, Glitter, Shiny, Hollow out Shaped. The different surface designs work perfectly to create lovely look

Pop Culture

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If you’re a creative spirit, let your tree show that. With Christmas ornaments featuring characters or references to your favorite game, tv series, movie, comic or books, your tree is sure to be uniquely yours and one you’ll love showing off.

Minimalist Tree

A bare, LED tree with no leaves could be the perfect decor for your home this holiday. It doesn’t need any decoration and fits perfectly with a modern style.

    LED Birch Tree Light Tabletop Bonsai

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    LED pre-lit birch bonsai tree: Overall height 2FT with a 4 inch x 4 inch base ,24 LED light, warm white. Set of 2.

Ignore Traditional Colors

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Trees don’t have to be in some preconceived idea of traditional color. Newer trees come in all shapes and sizes, and colors too, and so does decor. Go wild! Drape a simple brown garland around your tree with gold ornaments. Teal and bronze, purple and lavender, lime green and black, orange, yellow, hot pink. This is your tree: it should be one you love.

Snow Day Tree

snow day tree with silver white snowflakes and mirrored ornaments

Let it snow every day with a tree covered in white and silver snowflakes. Make sure you have bright white lights on the tree, and you’ll have a snow day every day.


Let your holiday be a special one with one of these Christmas tree decoration ideas. Whether you think outside of the box or you try something traditional, you can make your tree the focal point of your holiday celebrations.