The most wonderful time of the year will be here before you know it, and there's no better (or easier) way to get yourself in the holiday spirit than with some Christmas decor.
We researched the best Christmas decorations on the market, considering different styles, home sizes, and budgets. We assessed each product based on its quality—including the sturdiness of certain displays and faux trees—and overall design. Our top picks range from a Kurt Adler tree topper to a National Tree Company Feel Real Vienna Fir, a highly realistic artificial tree that comes with 750 pre-strung lights and lasts for years.
Here are the best Christmas decorations.
National Tree Company 7 1/2' Feel Real Vienna Fir Tree With 750 Dual Color(R) LED Lights
What's the most eye-catching addition in your living room during the holidays? The classic Christmas tree. We tested this artificial Christmas tree in our Lab, weighing looks, assembly, and storage ease, among other factors. This 7.5-foot beauty earned high marks in all categories and is our best overall recommendation for an alternative to a real tree.
Our testers loved the appearance, though this realistic-looking tree is hefty in some areas and might require at least two people for some parts of the lengthy assembly process. Luckily, this tree comes with straightforward instructions for shaping the branches beautifully, earning it a very high rating for ease of setup. The National Tree Company uses Feel Real technology for the 4,421 branches provided, meaning they mimic natural branches and hold their shape well over time.
The 750 pre-strung Dual Color lights eliminate the arduous task of stringing the lights yourself and make for a beautiful glow lighting up any room. You can also choose from nine color and lighting styles with a foot pedal to change your decorating style year by year. This tree can last for years with proper care and storage, justifying its high price tag.
Price at time of publish: $519
National Tree Company 24-Inch Crestwood Spruce Christmas Wreath
Nothing signifies the start of the holiday season quite like a festive wreath. This one from the National Tree Company is decorated with pine cones, berry clusters, and white lights to create a warm and charming ambiance inside or outside your home. Designed with a Crestwood Spruce branch base, the 24-inch artificial wreath is the perfect rustic addition to any holiday decor.
We think it would look stunning sitting on a brick wall or a window, and it lends a joyful country feel to any space this holiday.
Price at time of publish: $33
Best Tree Toppper
Kurt Adler 8-Inch Gold Glittered 5-Point Star
Your Christmas tree will quickly become the most festive item at your house, and the perfect tree topper can make all the difference. This choice from Kurt Adler won't break the bank, but it will provide all the gold glitter needed to shine all season long. The intricate die-cut pattern lets light from your LED lights shine through for an impressive glow that fills the whole room.
Attaching to your tree is easy: Just place the coil on top of your tree and push it all the way down to avoid it falling off. Despite its delicate design, you can rest assured that this topper won't shatter compared to its less durable crystal and glass competitors.
Price at time of publish: $10
Wintergreen Lighting LED Blue and White Christmas Lights
Just like a tree, having some luminous outdoor decor handy is essential to any holiday party. These energy-efficient LED lights are our pick since they not only look beautiful but are long-lasting, too and versatile, and perfect for indoor or outdoor use.
This option includes 100 LED lights on a 33-foot rope and includes a rounded tip which provides more efficient light output for an even brighter appearance. String these around your Christmas tree, inside a door frame, or outside of your home for an overall festive ambiance. These lights come in three colors: soft white, bright white, and multicolor to fit with the rest of your holiday decor.
Price at time of publish: $25
Frontgate Christmas Cheer Cordless Garland
Garland is a classic choice for the holidays, and we found the best choice if you’re looking to give this timeless look a modern upgrade. This gorgeous pine cone, berries, and light-adored garland can be used either inside or outside, and it's 6 feet long. Reviewers rave about the quality, agreeing that the faux pine needles look as real as the genuine article.
To maximize the look of this festive garland, the greenery will need to be shaped which may take a little time and creativity, but the end result is worth it. And the included lights are designed to be long-burning with 3,000 hours of light. This is a great choice for the Christmas-lover who wants to splurge a little to make their home look the best this holiday.
Price at time of publish: $210
Mina Victory 18"x18" VW Van Holiday Square Throw Pillow
Add a touch of holiday cheer to your home with this whimsical throw pillow. It is a perfect size (18 x 18 inches) for a couch or bed, and it's a great piece for those who are trying to decorate on a budget. Featuring a carefully stitched attractive scene of a bright green Christmas tree and cherry red Volkswagen van against a cream-colored backdrop, this hand-hooked throw pillow will undoubtedly spark joy and holiday cheer in your home. It's also reversible to a classic red plaid pillowcase for year-round decor.
Price at time of publish: $22
Kunyida Pack of Four 14" Knit Christmas Stockings
This season, spruce up your mantel and hang a stocking that’s useful and chic. These burgundy and ivory knit stockings come in a set of four and are totally stunning. Each stocking is about 10 inches long, so they run on the smaller side, but they’re a great option if you’re looking for something stylish to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve. We especially love the cable pattern and the rich colors.
Since these stockings are both affordable and high quality, they make a perfect gift bag for coworkers or a teacher you want to surprise. The classic patterns and colors are timeless compared to other trendy options that may have to eventually be replaced.
Price at time of publish: $19
Best Bathroom Decor
D-FantiX 3D Nose Santa Toilet Seat Cover and Rug Set
Your kids (and the kid-at-heart) will get a kick out of this hilarious Santa Claus toilet seat cover. This bathroom decoration set comes with a plush, 3D seat cover, a tank cover with a built-in tissue box, and a bath rug. If you’re searching for a budget-friendly way to add some humor to your house this holiday, you can’t go wrong with this set. The seat cover should fit any standard toilet seat and is about 12 inches wide. Reviewers agree that the quality is good for the low price, and found the items easily washable.
Price at time of publish: $21
Pottery Barn Nottingham Faux Fur Plaid Throw
Softer than silk and richly colored in deep reds and greens, the Nottingham Faux Fur Plaid Throw from Pottery Barn is the ideal blanket for cozy movie nights and chilly winter evenings spent snuggling on the couch. In addition to being soft and comfy, this luxurious, colorful plaid throw is a stylish look for virtually any room in your home and comes in two classic colorways. Made of 100 percent polyester and Oeko-Tex certified with faux fur on the other side, it's made without any harmful chemicals or dyes. The festive throw blanket can be easily cleaned in your washing machine, and the product’s high-quality yarn will retain its color after washing.
Price at time of publish: $149
Kelly Clarkson Home 3 Piece LED Tree Set
The 3-Piece LED Tree Set is the perfect indoor decoration for the holidays. This set consists of three trees that are constructed from glass with a light gold finish and a dusting of gold glitter. Inside each tree are LED lights to add even more shimmer to your decor. The 3 Piece LED Tree Set comes in three sizes, so you can use it anywhere in your home from a holiday centerpiece to a backdrop for a nativity scene. Or, place them separately around your home for a shimmering touch in each room.
Price at time of publish: $75
Best Advent Calendar
Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar
It’s simply not Christmas without an advent calendar counting down the days until Santa’s arrival. This 16-inch Melissa & Doug wooden calendar is an adorable way to watch the December days fly by and get your children excited for the holiday. While it’s technically a children’s calendar, it’s neutral enough to appeal to the whole family. The large magnetic wooden pieces are perfect for little hands, and there’s a catch-all tray for extra items. The quality is great for the price, and while you won’t get a chocolate treat by counting down the days, the bright colors are cheerful and fun. We think this calendar is a great way to start a family tradition that will last year after year.
Price at time of publish: $30
Best Kwanzaa Decor
Etsy Kwanzaa Kinara Celebration Set (13 Piece)
This kit has everything you need to celebrate Kwanzaa: a hand-carved kinara and Umoja unity cup, 7 traditional Mishumaa Saba candles, a kente cloth, a basket, and a Kwanzaa mkeka mat. Whether this is your first celebration in a new space or want some new items to spruce up your dining table or mantel decor, you'll love the colors these decorations bring.
For a more personal touch, you can have your kinara engraved with the word "Kwanzaa." This purchase supports small artisans and would make a heartfelt gift for a friend or family member looking to collect their own supplies to practice their favorite traditions.
Price at time of publish: $79
Best Tea Light Holders
LTD Commodities Set of 6 Reindeer Tea Light Holders
While tall candlesticks and festive centerpieces are great for a large dinner table, we adore these woodland reindeer tea light holders for buffet tables, side tables, bookcases, and anywhere else that could use a touch of ambient candlelight. Each tea light holder measures 5 inches tall, and the body is finished with a rustic bronze coating. They hold any standard tea light, including LED tea lights if you’re nervous about having an open flame around children. Plus, the simplistic design of these reindeer will fit any aesthetic.
Price at time of publish: $10
Best Tree Skirt
Birch Lane Sloane Tree Skirt
It’s easy to forget about the details beyond the tree. This year, make your tree skirt part of the entire holiday decor story. This simple tree skirt by Birch Lane adds an old-world feel to any room—even before being covered by gifts.
Available in rustic sand or classic red, it looks as traditional and timeless as the customs behind it. Plus, the ruffled design adds a bit of flair and elegance. It also comes in two sizes to perfectly fit your tree. Plus, the button closing makes it a breeze to slip on and off. Reviewers rave about its classic style and quality, ultimately making it a delight to pull out year after year.
Price at time of publish: $29
Best Ornament Set
Sea Team 86-Piece Christmas Ball Ornament Set
Ornaments are a timeless way to preserve memories of the holidays, year after year. Festive and charming, this Ornament Set from Sea Team is a versatile and affordable collection that’s guaranteed to make your holiday feel infinitely more special.
There are 86 ornaments in each set that are crafted from eco-friendly shatterproof plastic. While the set comes in 10 different colors, each contains similar patterns from glitter coated to mirrored to designed with small snowflakes. These are great for a completely monochrome tree or buy a few packs to switch up your color scheme. For a nontraditional feel, opt for pink or purple, rather than classic red, green, and gold. If you’re looking to mix up your classic ornamental bulbs, or just brighten up your tree, this set is certainly the way to go.
Price at time of publish: $27
Willow Tree Nativity Set
Tell the wonder of the Christmas story with a nativity set made by the renowned brand, Demdaco. The six-piece set is sure to uphold family traditions while looking beautiful in the process.
Since the year 2000, customers have fallen in love with this scene that’s both simple, yet elegant in nature. At less than 10 inches tall, the entire recreation is tiny, yet timeless for all lucky enough to receive. Since it arrives in a gorgeous gift box, it makes the ideal gift for newlyweds, family, or friends wishing to honor the meaning behind the season. Users have turned to Willow Tree for quality designs through the years.
Price at time of publish: $105
Best Mantel Clips
Haute Decor The Original MantleClip Stocking Holder
Fastening those stockings to your mantel can pose quite a challenge. You don't want to wake up on Christmas morning with a sad-looking stocking on the floor. This year, the Original MantleClip Stocking Holder Set will provide a wonderfully festive look and keep your stockings in place.
The set consists of four mantel clips that are made of glimmering metal in various colors to fit your holiday aesthetic. They're lightweight, adjustable, and festive enough to make your stockings stand out without interfering with other mantel decorations. No matter how full each stocking gets, these sturdy clips will hold it up. Plus, you can use the clips to hold garlands, lights, and other holiday decorations. This set also comes with four clear gripper pads to protect your mantel from scratches.
Price at time of publish: $8
Pottery Barn Glass Ornament Scented Candles
The holidays wouldn't be complete without some festive candlelight. Decorate your home or apartment with these elegant and festive Ornament Candle Pots. Lovingly crafted from hand-blown glass and fitted aluminum, each pot is filled with refined paraffin wax and has a delightful Snow Currant scent. The scent is an intoxicating blend of apple, orange, clove, cedar, thyme, sandalwood, and Canadian fir, sure to make your home smell like the holidays.
You can choose from two different sizes: a medium size that has a 5-inch diameter and 21-hour burn time or a large size that has a 7-inch diameter and 35-hour burn time. Each pot is lead-free, impossibly shiny, and available in silver, red, or gold. Be sure to place your candle on a fireproof surface before using it.
Price at time of publish: $47
Kurt S. Adler 16-Inch Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Nutcracker
Complete your holiday decorations with this wooden Gingerbread Nutcracker figure that will spread holiday cheer to any room you place it. The nutcracker will evoke visions of sugar plum fairies and more. It measures 17 x 7.2 x 6.2 inches and is crafted of solid wood.
This piece comes packaged in a festive box, so you can even purchase this as a holiday gift. Kurt Adler's Gingerbread Christmas Nutcracker will be a treasured holiday decoration for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $55
The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition
The North Pole pixie scout (aka “Elf on the Shelf”) keeps young ones on their best behavior for the duration of the season. After all, they don’t want Santa’s helper reporting back to place them on the “Naughty List.”
The set includes a plush rendition of the Elf, right from the story, to place around the home as an element to delight children. Children can even register their elf online to receive an official certificate and a letter from Santa to truly make the tradition come alive. With so much hype behind it, adding it to your home is worth all of the joy and laughter that are sure to ensue for the season.
Price at time of publish: $33
GOER Merry Christmas Burlap Garland Banner
For the Pinterest-lover who doesn’t have time to DIY, this garland is a whimsical and classy way to decorate this holiday. Made out of burlap with red-painted letters, it’s 106 inches long and ideal for when you need to fill a little blank space. It’s often easy to find Christmas decorations to cover your mantel or your staircase railing, but if you want to add some cheer to an entryway or above a buffet table, this is a great solution. One owner also used this banner for adorable Christmas card photos, an idea you and your family should definitely steal.
Some reviewers mention the banner’s strong smell, so you may want to purchase this a few days before you hang it to give it some time to air out — but for the price the quality is superb.
Price at time of publish: $13
Best Hand Towel
The Holiday Aisle Coastal Christmas Hand Towel
Want to spruce up every nook and cranny in your kitchen this holiday season? The Coastal Christmas Hand Towel from The Holiday Aisle will provide a lovely dose of Christmas cheer to your kitchen. Crafted from 70% cotton and 30% polyester, these patterned hand towels feature a vibrant scene of three snow-people, and they come in dark green, pale blue, and navy blue. The towels are easy to care for and can be cleaned in the washing machine along with like-colored items. Users praise the Coastal Christmas Hand Towels for their “great quality” and “adorable” design, at an affordable price point.
Price at time of publish: $43
Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
Your dining room table is a great place to incorporate festive decor that is also functional and practical. This 12-piece dinnerware set from Spode is a timeless and sophisticated option for an elegant table setting, perfect for Christmas dinner. This set comes with 10 dinner plates, eight salad plates, and four mugs designed with Santa atop a festive Christmas tree with sprigs of holly.
The classic colorway leaves plenty of room to complete the rest of your table with red, green, or white additions including napkins, tablecloths, candles, or centerpieces. The durable material is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup and extended use year after year.
Price at time of publish: $91
Best Window Decal
SULOLI Xmas Window Clings Decoration
If you’re looking for a low-effort way to share your holiday spirit with the world, these Christmas window decals are the perfect affordable decoration to add to your shopping list. The decals adhere easily to surfaces without any mess or damage and can be a fun way for children to help out with the decorating process.
This temporary, aesthetically-pleasing decoration set comes with eight sheets of 141 stickers featuring an abundance of holiday-themed images, including snowflakes, presents, ornaments, and a winter landscape. The classic white coloring allows for a tasteful and lighthearted addition that can bring Christmas cheer to both the inside and outside of your home.
Price at time of publish: $9
Best Holiday Card Display
Pottery Barn Christmas Tree Card Holder
Instead of tucking away your Christmas cards into a drawer this year, showcase your loved ones’ season’s greetings using this holiday card holder. It doubles as fun holiday decor and is ideal to display on any mantel, countertop, or table.
Its practical and understated tiered design allows you to display up to 20 cards and even features a decorative star on top. In addition to holiday cards, you can also use this to exhibit family photos or kids’ drawings. The 2-pound durable card holder is made of iron and features a powder finish, so this item is sure to last numerous holiday seasons.
Price at time of publish: $60
Best Lawn Decoration
The Holiday Aisle Crystal Snowman Christmas Decoration Lighted Display
Looking to enhance your outdoor space beyond the classic string lights? Consider lighting up your lawn with this charming snowman decoration that will get the whole neighborhood feeling the Christmas spirit. The cheerful snowman wears a classic top hat and scarf and is sure to be a hit with the kids while also invoking nostalgia with the adults.
At 5 feet tall, this Christmas lawn decoration is an eye-catching addition to any outdoor space, and the product’s 300 warm white light bulbs are sure to illuminate your yard beautifully at night. This outdoor decoration utilizes ground stakes to keep it in place, and many reviewers say this product is not only sturdy but easy to assemble as well.
Price at time of publish: $110
Gemmy Animated Inflatable Santa and Elves in Helicopter Scene
A holiday-themed inflatable is a perfect option for displaying outdoors and impressing neighbors. This pre-lit option features Santa and his elves dropping down from their helicopter to deliver presents all over the world.
The self-inflating design includes everything you need for easy installation on your lawn and stands at a whopping 8 feet tall to truly make a statement. With proper care, inflatables can be enjoyed year after year, providing an easy way to brighten up your house from the outside.
Price at time of publish: $170
Zion Judaica Traditional Grace Menorah with Satin Finish
Add an elegant and classic touch to your candle-lighting tradition with this sleek menorah from Bed Bath & Beyond. The piece is constructed with metal and finished with matte satin for an understated yet sophisticated design that can mesh seamlessly with any home style. Its classic color makes this a perfect addition to other pieces as a centerpiece or mantel staple.
The metal frame ensures you can enjoy this menorah for years in the future with proper care and storage. And this is a great option for those on a budget, being much more affordable than competitors' picks.
Price at time of publish: $36
Best Cheese Board
Taiga Holiday Small Wood and Green Marble Tree Serving Board
Prepare for entertaining with the perfect cheese board from Mark & Graham. Serve up appetizers, cocktails, charcuterie, and so much more on this wood and marble board that comes in the shape of a Christmas tree. Bring to a holiday party and leave the board as a hostess gift or get creative with a dessert board for a holiday party with friends and family.
Price at time of publish: $50
Best Door Mat
West Elm Gingerbread Village Coir Door Mat
Another easy way to dress up your house or apartment for the holidays is with a festive doormat. We love this option from West Elm that features a detailed gingerbread house to get your guests thinking about delicious desserts before entering your home. The coir material is perfect for wiping off snowy shoes or warm winters. It's handmade and durable so you can enjoy using and seeing it year after year.
Price at time of publish: $103
Best for Adults
Jameson Whiskey Table-Top Tree
If alcohol is a staple of holiday celebrations, you need this iconic table-top Christmas tree made out of Jameson bottles. The unique tree consists of empty Jameson bottles acting as branches with a wooden base and string lights. It comes ready to assemble and only takes about 15 minutes. Plus, the purchase comes with a full bottle to stand on top and enjoy throughout the season.
Price at time of publish: $211
Best Ornament Hooks
Ornament Anchor Ornament Hooks
Thanks to Ornament Anchor, there's no more worrying about your ornaments falling off your tree this year. The non-slip hooks as seen on Shark Tank hold up to 10 pounds so bring on those fancy glass options. The adjustable hooks fit any sized branch and stay secure throughout the season. You can even purchase green options to blend into the needles, red, silver, or white, to fit your ornament decor or add some interest to your tree decor.
Price at time of publish: $20
French Knot Sugar Plum Tree Set
If traditional Christmas colors aren't for you, opt for something whimsical this year. Try this tree trio from French Knot that combines iconic holiday motifs with unconventional color schemes. The sugar plum trees come decorated in pink, yellow, and green and look gorgeous on any tabletop or mantle. We love that they're made out of felted wool for a soft touch and vintage appearance.
Price at time of publish: $88
Best Christmas Village
Pottery Barn Ceramic Christmas Village Houses
Christmas villages make beautiful decor for tabletops and mantles and are the perfect collectible decoration you can add to every year and pass down to future generations. These five differently-sized ceramic houses from Pottery Barn come together to form a gorgeous scene when lit up with tea lights. You can add greenery and figurines for a bit more color and interest to admire throughout the season.
Price at time of publish: $16+
Best Porch Sign
Wondershop Lit Noel Christmas Tree Standing Sign
If you don't have a full front yard to decorate, consider adding a sign on a porch or just resting it against your door for a welcome holiday message for friends and visitors. We love this option from Target-brand Wondershop that comes at an affordable price. The tree-shaped sign stands on its own and reads "NOEL" with bright twinkling lights throughout.
Price at time of publish: $30
Lou & Co Candy Cane Painted Candle
Taper candles are a great product to combine with gorgeous candle holders for beautiful festive tabletop decor. We love this simple white candle painted with a twisting pine garland littered with candy canes. Purchase a few to display together for a bright centerpiece idea.
Price at time of publish: $30
Plants.com Rosemary and Bright Tree
If you don't have room for an 8-foot Christmas tree in your apartment, opt for an alternative Christmas-themed plant from Plants.com. We love this option that comes pre-decorated with lights, ornaments, and a matching candle. The best part? This plant grows rosemary that's perfect to incorporate into your favorite holiday dishes and cocktails.
Price at time of publish: $85
Etsy Holiday Framed Art Print
Why not switch up your gallery wall with the season? Etsy has no shortage of festive holiday prints and we specifically love this option that comes framed from the seller ModLuxeStudio. The vintage-inspired Christmas tree illustration comes in three sizes in a gorgeous deep red frame.
Price at time of publish: $19+
What to Look For in Christmas Decorations
It doesn't matter if you live in a tiny studio apartment or sprawling country abode, every home can use a hefty dose of holiday cheer. But, your space's configuration will ultimately dictate the decorations you buy. For example, anyone who lives in a smaller home might buy just a few decorations that won't swallow up too much precious real estate. However, someone who has more square footage may feel empowered to fill their home to the bring with festive fripperies.
Although yearly trends for decorating will come and go, it's important to look for Christmas decor that will last you several years. For example, you can look for a pack of Christmas lights that have well-protected wiring, if being used outside, and replaceable bulbs. Investing in high-quality, non-breakable ornaments will also help you cut back on the amount of money you spend on basic filler ornaments like mirror bulbs and stars.
As the saying goes, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder—and Christmas decorations are no exception. When selecting Christmas decorations, it's important to look for pieces that match your home's aesthetic. For example, lucite Christmas trees and gilded accessories are a perfect match for contemporary spaces. But, if your personal style skews more rustic, feel free to double down on wooden or traditional accents.
Christmas decorations are available in a range of different price points, so it's important to pick up items that fit comfortably in your budget. While you can spend top dollar on your Christmas decorations, there are plenty of retailers that offer budget-conscious alternatives. Or, if you want to get really crafty, you can always make your own ornaments.
How can you make Christmas decorations?
Ready to flex your DIY muscle? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make striking Christmas decorations from scratch. From popcorn-laced garland to paper ornaments and snowflakes, there's a good chance your tools are already lurking in your home. But, if you need some inspiration, check out these standout Christmas tree ideas.
Where should I buy Christmas decorations?
Come the colder months, you'll be in no shortage of Christmas decorations. While many dedicated retailers like Amazon, Wayfair, and Walmart sell festive accessories year-round, many smaller shops will unveil their inventory once fall rolls around. You can more easily peruse smaller and BIPOC-owned shops on sites like Etsy or Society6.
What is the most popular Christmas decoration?
While popularity of specific decorations may be up for debate, the Christmas tree has been a staple since the 16th century and the tradition of adding lights to trees originated in Germany. Today, the tradition has evolved into the festive string lights, ornaments, and tree toppers we know and love.
How do I decorate my home for Christmas cheaply?
The best way to practically decorate your home and save money is to initially invest in high-quality decorations that you can re-use year after year. You can also look out for sales that happen at the end of the holiday season, where major retailers mark down all of their Christmas decor to get ready for the spring and summer.
When should I take down Christmas decorations?
According to English tradition, the best time to remove your Christmas decorations is on the Twelfth Night, which typically falls on January 5 or January 6. (Yes, there is a connection to Shakespeare's popular play.) Legend has it, this date marks the end of the winter festival and the beginning of the Epiphany when the Magi visited baby Jesus. But really, this is up to you!
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