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A garland can complement your Christmas tree or bring a touch of holiday cheer to your fireplace mantle, staircase, or front door.
We researched the best holiday garlands available online, evaluating quality, length, embellishments, and value. Our favorite, the Frontgate Christmas Cheer Garland, is extra-long, realistically full, and accented with pinecones, berries, and lights.
Here are the best holiday garlands.
Best Overall: Frontgate Christmas Cheer Garland
For a festive, bright, and durable Christmas garland you'll use season after season, we recommend Frontgate's 9-foot Christmas Cheer Garland. The combination of faux Scotch pine (the national tree of Scotland), pistol pine, and fir branches—all made using molds of live branches and needles—looks full and lush. Pinecones, bright red berries, and warm white lights add additional flair to this stunning holiday decoration.
The garland is suitable for indoor or covered outdoor use, so you can drape it across the fireplace mantel, run it along a staircase railing, or hang it over the front door. You can even add lights, bows, or other accents to increase the holiday aesthetic. Complete the look with the matching wreath and chair back swag (both sold separately).
Reviewers love that the greenery is sturdy and will last for years to come. Just hang on to the shipping box to use for storage and fluff the garland to restore its shape when it's time to decorate. One drawback is that the lights may not last as long as the life of the garland.
Best Budget: Amenon 9 ft. Prelit Christmas Garland 50 Lights Frosted Xmas Garland Battery Operated
If you don't want to break the bank on holiday decorations, add some festive cheer with this affordable pre-lit garland that's decorated with pine cones and red berries. You’ll find that it’s full and bushy wherever you perch it, whether you hang the garland on your mantel or on furniture (it's flexible enough to be shaped to fit your furniture—or, as the manufacturer points out, it can also be bent into the shape of a wreath).
It comes with 50 warm, battery-powered lights which can either be left on or adjusted so they flash on and off. This budget-friendly option is beautiful, durable, and ideal for a wide range of decorating situations.
Best Outdoor: Laurel Foundry 9' Carolina Pine Pre-Lit Garland with 100 Warm Lights
For another beautiful option that can be used to decorate staircases, doorways, and more, check out Laurel Foundry's Carolina Pine Pre-Lit Garland. Similar to our pick for best overall, this garland comes with clear white lights and can be used indoors and outdoors.
Each 9-foot garland boasts 100 white lights that will continue to burn brightly even if individual bulbs blow out, although it also comes with extra bulbs and fuses to help extend the lifespan of the lights. The flocked pinecones lend a rustic touch to this piece, so traditional pine or evergreen wreaths will pair well with this decoration.
Best Natural: Creekside Farms Fragrant Pod Garland
If you prefer a more rustic look, this natural garland will make a stunning addition to your home. Hand-crafted from eucalyptus (a favorite among crafters who create dried arrangements at home), salal leaves, lotus pods, and bear grass, this arrangement is unique both in its fragrance and its appearance. The different varieties of eucalyptus produce an aroma that is fresh, minty, and a touch sweet.
The simplicity of the natural elements can easily be dressed up, or left more minimal, depending on your personal preference. Before buying, it's important to note that this garland is about 6 feet long, which is shorter than other options on this list, and and it's best to use it indoors. However, the manufacturer says that the garland can be displayed outdoors as long as it's protected from wet weather and humidity—but it may not last as long. Also, dried garlands will shed when being handled or transported, so expect a little fallout from this one.
Best Realistic: Pottery Barn Pre-Lit LED Faux Mixed Pine Glitter Garland, 9'
Why fuss with strands of lights and a garland when you can combine the two with a pre-lit version? This plug-in garland also features frosted faux evergreen branches, glitter, and berries for a solid dose of festive cheer.
This festive garland comes with 50 lights and can be used indoors and outdoors (in covered areas). It’s quite large and plush and looks quite authentic as well. Be careful putting it up, though, since the glittery berries are a bit fragile. You can also purchase the matching wreath for a cohesive holiday spread.
Best Colorful : Home Accents Holiday 9 ft. Fantasleigh Battery Operated Pre-Lit LED Artificial Christmas Garland
Upgrade a simple garland with colorful bulbs for a unique and playful addition to your holiday decor. This option from Home Accents Holiday features bright white LED bulbs throughout that are battery operated. Red, green, and gold ornaments are strung throughout for a fun touch that is easy to match with other festive decorations.
The nine foot garland is recommended for indoor or covered outdoor use, and the lights operate on a timer for worry-free lighting. Wrap around your railings, windows, or mantel for a more whimsical option this winter.
Best Long: Northlight 50' x 10" Commercial Length Canadian Pine Artificial Christmas Garland - Unlit
If you’ve got a lot of ground to cover—say, a long staircase with a banister that’s looking bare—then you’ll want a longer garland. This one extends a full 50 feet and is suitable for use both inside your home and on your home’s exterior.
The green garland has a classic look—for even more festivity, you can add bows, beads, and other decorative elements to the garland. While this pick doesn't come with lights, it's quite simple to drape a strand (or two) of tiny white lights around the length of the garland. It’s made from durable flame-retardant materials with a bendable wire and metal hooks for easy shaping and hanging.
Best Decorated: Haute Decor 9 ft. Pre-Lit LED Artificial Frosted Garland with Ornaments
For something that's extra bold and bright, Haute Decor's Artificial Frosted Garland with Ornaments is sure to fit the bill. The snowy greenery is decorated with faux berries and shatterproof red and silver ornaments, so you won't have to add additional decorations. Purchase one garland as the pièce de résistance, or attach multiple garlands for a stunning arrangement (each end of the garland has a plug so you can connect multiple strands).
The dimensions of this garland are 9 feet x 12 inches, and it has long-lasting LED lights that illuminate the rich greenery (the needles are made from PVC, which is a synthetic plastic that is soft and flexible). No matter where you drape this accessory, the rich colors and shiny ornaments are sure to impress guests.
Best Flocked: Home Accents 9 ft. Snowy Mixed Pine Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Garland Twigs and Cedar Accents (2)
If you want to avoid flocking a Christmas garland yourself, opt for this faux flocked pinecone garland from Home Accents . The branches appear to be dusted with snow, and the warm, timer-activated LED lights and realistic-looking pinecones help accentuate the rustic green and white color scheme. Complete the modern rustic look with birch logs, white pillar candles, and a cozy throw blanket.
Each garland measures 9 feet long, and the snowy garland is flame-retardant so use in various indoor areas is completely worry-free.
Best Cascading: Grandin Road 6' Cascading Christmas Garland
This cascading garland offers more than a single big strand of greenery—from the main strand, there are varying drops of greenery, perfect for hanging down your mantel. Once decorated, you’ll find that this garland adds a festive, warm, and inviting look to your holiday décor.
The 6-foot garland comes wrapped with 70 lights which you can plug into a standard outlet or extension cord (the included cord is 36 inches long). It's important to note that the branches will need to be fluffed and adjusted when the garland arrives for a more voluminous look. You can also add your own decorations in addition to the lights—keep it seasonal with reindeer or ornaments, or highlight other celebrations with pumpkins and other motifs.
Best Tinsel: PEPPERLONELY 100 FT Commercial Length Christmas Garland Classic Christmas Decorations
If you have a large space to decorate, this shiny 100-foot long tinsel garland is sure to do the trick. Available in two festive colors, this garland is ideal for wrapping around a massive tree or draping around the outside of your house (it's safe for both indoor and outdoor use).
Because it is made from plastic and doesn't have delicate accessories hanging on the "branches," it can handle more wear and tear than other options. If 100 feet seems excessively long, just use scissors to cut the garland and save the scraps for a crafting project with the little ones.
What to Look for When Buying a Christmas Garland
Before committing to a strand of garland, ensure it’s the right fit for your space. Measure the space you intend to decorate—a banister, a mantel—and add a buffer to let the garland hang or wrap around railings. To be extra safe, opt for too long over too short—especially if you intend to wrap the garland around multiple times.
As much as we appreciate faux garland, you don’t want it to look faux, especially from far away. Select one that's as realistic as possible, with properly-sized greenery. The most popular varieties of faux greenery are pine evergreen, cypress, boxwood, eucalyptus, short-needle evergreen, and juniper. Fluff out any flattened branches, and store them carefully so they’re not crushed between holiday seasons.
While pre-lit garland is ultra-convenient, once the lights inevitably fry, your use for the garland may be over, too. Do you want a pre-lit garland, or would you rather decorate with your own ornaments or lights? That’s up to you, but it's something to consider.
What are Christmas garlands made out of?
Most store-bought garlands are synthetic, allowing you to use them year after year without much of a mess. If you prefer the fragrant charm of fresh or preserved garlands, those are most often made out of pine, holly, fir, and cedar branches, then decorated with pinecones, holly leaves, and ornaments.
How do you put a garland on a Christmas tree?
There are few rules to decorating a Christmas tree, but oftentimes it’s best to decorate in this order: lights, garland, ornaments. Drape the garland as you like, though often it’s easiest to start at the top and work your way down. Don’t worry about it being too perfect. In fact, garland looks best when it’s loosely draped, so step back and assess as you’re wrapping it around your tree. Plan to use about 9 to 10 feet of garland per foot of your tree’s height.
Can you make your own Christmas garland?
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Where do you even start? There are so many ways to personalize garland, starting with decorating a store-bought one with ornaments and twinkle lights to make it your own. With a bit of a green thumb and a few gardening tools, you could string garland together yourself, too. Or you could go in an entirely different direction.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written and researched by Katherine Louie, a lifestyle writer and the senior commerce editor for The Spruce and MyDomaine. Additional research was done by Megan McCarty, a writer for The Spruce and MyDomaine with over 13 years of experience in both print and digital media, and Julia Fields, lifestyle writer at The Spruce.