With Christmas right around the corner, it's almost time to start unpacking all of your holiday decorations. While we're looking forward to hanging up our stockings, unloading our favorite festive ornaments, and purchasing our tree, perhaps no finishing touch is as important as a tree topper.
We've researched top brands and unique styles for every tree out there, considering durability, ease of installation, and design. Our top picks include a dainty angel from Willow Tree, a sneaky Santa from Balsam Hill, and an adorable reindeer from Amazon.
Here are the best Christmas tree toppers for decorating your tree.
Best Angel : Willow Tree Song of Joy Tree Topper
Packaged for gifting
Universally beautiful design
A little heavy
A faceless design paired with an intricately-patterned gown makes this hand-painted angel topper a timeless piece. Her soft pose makes it look like she's singing and dancing at the same time, and she's perfectly packaged in a fitted box, ready for gift giving. The spiral cone makes for easy installation on a tree, but the angel can also be displayed as mantle decor.
Price at time of publish: $61
Best Snowflake: Pottery Barn Jeweled Snowflake Tree Topper
Beadwork done by hand
Supports small artisans
Difficult to clean
Dreaming of a winter wonderland? Because not everyone can have a white Christmas, this pretty snowflake tree topper makes a great addition to your holiday tree. The 10-pointed snowflake is crafted with an intricate array of white beads and clear gems that give the whole piece a sparkling, diamond effect.
Price at time of publish: $99
Best Light-Up: Kurt Adler 10-Light 12-Point Capiz Star
Includes 4 spare bulbs and 2 spare fuses
Adds to lighted decor
May be too small for large trees
If a light-up star better suits your holiday decor style, you’ll swoon over this artistic option. The twelve-point star has ten bulbs to ensure it really shines atop your Christmas tree, and gold glitter detailing adds to the drama of it all. It latches onto the top of your tree via a spiral clip attachment and includes four spare bulbs and two spare fuses.
Price at time of publish: $94
Best for Kids: Moon Boat Reindeer Hugger Christmas Tree Topper
Affordable price point
Great for large trees
Quality will wear off over time
A friendly face hugging your Christmas tree will delight little ones, as well as those young at heart. This polyester reindeer is an Amazon best-seller and features wired structuring, perfect for posing as you'd like. It's definitely on the bigger side, so keep the dimensions in mind if you plan to use it on smaller trees. Note that the head is empty, so the brand suggests stuffing it with your own newspaper or cloth for best results.
Price at time of publish: $19
Best Unique: Pottery Barn Felt Gnome Tree Topper
Cute and quirky
Might look tiny atop a bigger tree
This festive topper from Pottery Barn adds a playful element to your tree, and pairs well with nearly any colored ornament. Mr. Gnome himself comes dressed in red and sports a matching pointy hat, with only his nose and long white beard peeking out. He only weighs half a pound and can be spot cleaned with a cloth.
Price at time of publish: $59
Best Festive: The Holiday Aisle Santa Hat Tree Topper
No plugs required
Includes inner pocket for branches
Flat and may require your own stuffing
Add a touch of Santa to your tree this year with this festive hat topper. Just like Santa's hat, this adorable topper features a classic red and white tinsel design with a white pouf at the end. Made of hand-felted wool, your tree's branches can be tucked into the interior pocket hidden inside the bottom of the hat.
Weighing only a pound, you won't have to worry about it weighing the tree down. A bonus about this topper is that there are no plugs or electricity required. All you need to do is top this little hat atop your tree (maybe with a bit of extra stuffing), and then you'll have a beautiful, decorated tree right before your eyes.
Price at time of publish: $70
Best Star: Kurt Adler 8-Inch Gold Glittered 5-Point Star
Does not shed glitter
There’s no sacrificing on Christmas sparkle with this traditional five-pointed star, a great choice for those who prefer classic holiday decor. Kurt Adler's tree topper is decked out in plenty of gold glitter that will stand out even across the room. It also boasts an intricate die-cut pattern that lets light from your LED lights shine through, creating an attractive glow that spreads across the ceiling.
Attaching it to the tree is easy, too—just place the coil on the top of the tree. Be mindful to push it all the way down, though, so you don’t experience any tilting.
Price at time of publish: $11
Best Hanukkah: Kurt Adler Hanukkah Tree Topper
Affordable price point
Looks like it's made of metal
A little flimsy
This Hanukkah-inspired tree topper looks like it's made of metal, but it's lightweight and won't weigh down the tree. It features the classic Star of David design with a silver face and black border. You can easily attach it to the top of your tree with the coil stake, but it may take a bit of trail and error to get it to look perfect.
Price at time of publish: $12
Best with Streamer : Etsy Red Velvet Christmas Tree Topper Bow
Looks very full
Easy to store and reuse
Smaller shop may take longer for delivery
Ribbons aren’t just for gifts, and this tree topper is proof. With an elegant bow on top and ribbon tails that cascade down the sides of your tree for unexpected flair, this topper is sure to make your Christmas tree the centerpiece of any room—and a present to everyone who enters your space!
In terms of size, the bow itself is 14 square inches, while the ribbons are 9 feet long (though you can trim them to suit shorter trees). Just be aware that shopping from small artisans means longer shipping times, so be sure to order early.
Price at time of publish: $89
Best Santa : Balsam Hill Jolly Saint Nick Tree Topper
Doubles as decor
High-quality and long-lasting
Looks better on large trees
Before Santa comes down your chimney, give him a well-deserved place on top of your tree. This cute tree topper from Balsam Hill features Saint Nick halfway down a chimney with a bag full of toys. While it's definitely pricey for a tree topper, the details are hand-painted and, with proper care, you can reuse this tree topper year after year. We recommend this grandiose pick for large trees for the best look.
Price at time of publish: $139
Best Pop Culture : Pottery Barn Teen Harry Potter Golden Snitch Tree Topper
Easy to match to other decor
Pop culture reference
Not as festive
If binging all of the Harry Potter movies is an annual tradition in your house, consider adding some wizardly elements to your holiday decor with this golden snitch tree topper from Pottery Barn Teen. The iconic quidditch ball's classy gold look will easily match other ornaments and decor, and shine in the light. It's perfect for a mini tree in a teen's room or a grand statement for a family of superfans.
Price at time of publish: $69
Best Animated : Mr. Christmas 11-Inch Carousel Animated Christmas Tree Topper
Chord can be cumbersome
Add even more interest to your beautifully decorated Christmas tree with a tree topper that spins. Santa's reindeer spin around the festive carousel and light up the night. It's a simple plug-in design, but be sure to hide the cord, so it doesn't take away from your decorations. The included mount makes it simple to place atop your tree and admire all season long.
Price at time of publish: $64
Best Ornament : The Twillery Co Christmas Tree Topper
Festive colors and design
Makes your tree appear smaller
Glass can be difficult to store
Sure, you deck your tree out in tons of ornaments, but did you know that there are special ornaments you can put atop your tree as well? This tall topper features red and gold glass stacked to add to the height of your tree. It looks great with either white or colored lights, as well as a whole host of colored tree baubles and trimmings. For a sophisticated vibe, try pairing the colorful tree topper with all-white lights, white ornaments, and some silver tinsel.
Price at time of publish: $69
Best Projector : Yostyle Lighted Star Tree Topper with LED Rotating Projector
Projects up to four feet
Shines very brightly
Stable and heavy
The projection gets smaller if your tree is close to the ceiling
Go above and beyond this year with a tree topper that spins and projects gorgeous lights and shapes on your ceiling. The bright star as a built-in projector that shines snowflakes up to four feet around your tree. Combined with lights and ornaments, you're sure to have the brightest tree on the block. It also comes in a snowflake shape if you want to do something different than the classic star.
Price at time of publish: $14
Best Modern : Cody Foster Disco Ball Tree Topper
Reflects light beautifully
Can be used year round
Not traditional icon or colors
Turn the holidays into a party every day with a disco ball for a tree topper. While it's definitely not traditional, this option from Cody Foster adds a modern feel and an element of fun to your tree. This tree topper works best near a window, so the disco ball can work its magic and project beautiful light all around your living room. Lean into the nontraditional style with an entirely silver, sequined, or shiny Christmas tree. This pick would also look amazing on colored artificial trees. During the other 11 months of the year, use your disco ball as a table centerpiece to keep the party going.
Price at time of publish: $50
What to Look for in a Christmas Tree Topper
Ability to Light Up
If a tree topper lights up, it will need to be connected to your tree lights in order to work, which is important to consider since wiring can get cumbersome. Also, bulbs in light-up toppers will eventually burn out, so look for toppers that include spare bulbs and fuses.
Tree toppers come in a variety of sizes, and it's important to choose one that's going to look appropriate on your Christmas tree. For instance, smaller toppers can look awkward on bigger trees, and bigger toppers can make already small trees look tinier. Pictures can be deceiving, so be sure to look at dimensions or measurements as you make your decision.
Ease of Use
Tree toppers with good bases shouldn't give you much trouble, but in certain cases, you'll need to anchor, or secure, the topper to the Christmas tree. When you're looking to get a tree topper, pay attention to the base and peruse reader reviews about their installation experience. Different types of bases included clip-on, coil, or attach via a plastic cone.
How do you anchor a Christmas tree topper?
If your Christmas tree topper has a spiral bottom, you can just place it on the tree, tucking the top branch inside the base. If the tree topper won't sit straight, you can use a wooden or metal skewer and place it behind the topper. You can attach the base of the skewer to the tree with string, pipe cleaners, ribbon, or a nearby tree branch. If you have a cone shaped tree topper that isn't sitting straight, you can add string to the inside of the topper and tie it around the tree to hold the topper in place.
How far from the ceiling should a Christmas tree topper be?
For the best look, you want to have some room between your tree topper and the ceiling. The top of your tree topper should be at least two inches below the ceiling, with six inches of space being ideal. Tree toppers come in a wide variety of heights, so you should be able to find one that fits your tree the best. If you haven't bought your tree yet, buy one at least two feet shorter than your ceiling height. This will make sure that your tree topper isn't too close to the ceiling.
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This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer with nearly 15 years of experience writing about consumer products like home appliances. Additional reporting was done by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.