Top 40 Ultimate Christmas Decorations List [2023]

This holiday season you’ll want to be sure you’ve got all the basic, essential and extra Christmas decorations so you and your family can truly get into the holiday spirit.

We all love to buy a few new pieces each year, whether we’re updating our color scheme, adding a new festive touch to the home, or simply want to update to some of the best Christmas decorations out there.

To help you get organised, I’ve created the ultimate Christmas decorations list and turned it into a free checklist (printable) so you can keep track of what you own. Print off and store with your decorations so when you find them again next year, you know exactly what you have. No need to rummage in the attic!

So let’s dig in.

The Ultimate Christmas Decorations List

This first section covers all the basics that most of us own, or like to. 

  1. Christmas Tree
  2. Christmas Tree Skirt
  3. Christmas Ornaments 
  4. Christmas Lights
  5. Christmas Stockings
  6. Tree Topper
  7. Christmas Wreath
  8. Advent Calendars
  9. Fireplace Mantel Decorations
  10. Christmas Candles

Now we all like to add to our Christmas decorations, probably every year, so here is a list of extra decorations you can use on the Christmas tree or around the home. 

  1. Santa Claus Figure
  2. Reindeer
  3. Nutcracker Ornaments
  4. Poinsettias
  5. Mistletoe
  6. Fake Snow
  7. Tabletop Faux Trees
  8. Christmas Cards Display
  9. Advent Candle
  10. Pine Cones
  11. String Lights
  12. Christmas Garland
  13. Nativity Scene 
  14. Coffee Table Festive Christmas Decorations
  15. Tinsel 
  16. Christmas Bells
  17. Candy Canes
  18. Snow Globes
  19. Festive Designs Throw Pillows 
  20. Festive Season Throw Blankets
  21. Christmas Bedding
  22. Dining Room Table Centerpieces
  23. Christmas Dinner Table Runners
  24. Dining Table Festive Plates and Cutlery
  25. Christmas Morning Festive Breakfast Set

Finally, I’ve included some Outdoor Christmas Decorations. You might like to add to this (I know some love to really go for it on the outside of their homes) as in recent years we’ve all become partial to decorating our home exteriors and gardens with flair. 

  1. House Festive Lights
  2. Merry Christmas Sign
  3. Front Door Decorations
  4. Front Porch String Lights
  5. Front Door Wreath

Remember, the best thing about holiday decorations is making them your own and imbuing your space with the Christmas spirit in a way that resonates with your family’s traditions and tastes.

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Top 10 Essential Christmas Decorations List

Let’s just look at the Top 10 Essential Christmas decorations in more detail.

1. Christmas Tree: Real Or Artificial?

At the centerpiece of all our holiday festivities is the beloved Christmas tree! Now, one of the age-old debates that surfaces around the holidays is the choice between real trees or artificial trees. Each has its merits, and honestly, it all boils down to personal preference. 

For those who love the fresh scent of pine and the feeling of tradition, a real tree is the way to go. There’s nothing quite like selecting your own tree, bringing it home, and feeling those pine needles between your fingers.

On the other hand, for those who prefer a fuss-free and reusable option, artificial trees are your best buddy. Plus, no needles to clean up!

No matter which type you choose, sprinkling your tree with traditional Christmas tree touches of gold can elevate its look instantly. Those subtle golden ornaments, tinsel, or lights can bring a warmth that captures the very essence of the festive season.

And let’s not forget the importance of tree stands. These trusty bases ensure our trees stand tall and proud, bearing all the lovely decorations we adorn them with.

So, whether you’re Team Real or Team Artificial, one thing’s for sure: the joy of decorating our trees is a feeling like no other.

2. Christmas Tree Skirt

A Christmas tree skirt is a decorative piece placed around the base of your Christmas tree. Its main purpose? To catch falling needles from real trees and provide a neat appearance. Plus, it offers a spot for gifts to rest before being opened.

There are many types of tree skirts. Some are quilted with festive patterns, while others might be plush and velvety. You’ll find them in various colors and sizes to fit both small and large trees. Some even come adorned with sequins, bells, or embroidery for added flair.

Choosing a tree skirt is straightforward. First, consider the size of your tree; the skirt should be large enough to cover the stand but not so big it overwhelms the space.

Next, think about your decor style. If you’re going for a traditional look, a red and green skirt might be best. For a more modern vibe, perhaps a sleek silver or white skirt would fit the bill.

In the end, a tree skirt is both functional and decorative, adding a finishing touch to your festive setup. Whether simple or ornate, it enhances the overall look of your Christmas tree.

3. Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments are the delightful details that bring our trees to life. With the onset of the Christmas season, we often find ourselves browsing through myriad types, each more enchanting than the last. From glistening glass ball ornaments to handcrafted treasures passed down through generations, the variety is endless.

Choosing the right ones can seem daunting, especially with the plethora of different types of ornaments available. Here’s a tip: Start with a theme for your Christmas tree.

Whether you’re dreaming of a winter wonderland or a vintage Victorian vibe, your theme will guide your selection process. Glass ball ornaments, for instance, lend a classic touch, while your favorite ornaments, tell your personal story.

Building up a collection of Christmas tree decorations isn’t a race; it’s a journey. Each year offers a new opportunity to add special ornaments that resonate with memories or milestones.

You might find a quirky Christmas tree ornament during a holiday vacation or receive one that marks a significant event. These become the ornaments that, years later, evoke the strongest emotions.

Remember, it’s not just about filling every branch. It’s about curating a collection that, when you unwrap each piece during the festive season, feels like reuniting with old friends.

4. The Magic of Christmas Lights

There’s something truly magical about the glow of Christmas lights. As the nights grow longer and colder, these twinkling wonders bring warmth and enchantment to our homes. While we might traditionally think of simple strings of lights, the world of holiday lighting has evolved, and there’s so much more on offer now!

One of the game-changers in recent years has been the advent of built-in LED lights. Not only are they energy efficient, but their bright and clear luminescence makes every decoration stand out. If you’ve invested in a pre-lit tree, chances are it’s adorned with these little LED marvels.

And for those who prefer to drape their own lights, choosing LEDs is a smart move for both your electric bill and the environment.

Now, here’s a tip when stringing lights on your tree: Ensure they’re strung on well-spaced branches. It not only ensures an even glow all around but also shows off the beauty of individual ornaments. Wondering about the best places to hang lights apart from your tree?

Think windows, door frames, or even outdoors to line your front porch or garden path. It’s an easy way to amplify the festive spirit inside and out!

So, as you deck the halls this season, let the glow of Christmas lights lead the way, spreading cheer in every corner.

5. Christmas Stockings

When it comes to decking the halls and setting the festive mood, Christmas stockings hold a nostalgic place in our hearts. They are among the most popular Christmas decorations, and for good reason! These decorative socks take many of us on a trip down memory lane, to mornings of yore filled with the excitement of finding them filled to the brim by Santa.

Each stocking often tells a story. Whether it’s one that’s been passed down through generations or a new addition showcasing personal favorites – be it a cartoon character for the kids or a more classic design for the adults. And, while individual stockings reflect each family member’s personality, choosing stockings that match the home’s overall holiday theme can create a cohesive and charming look.

The question of when to hang these beauties up always arises. Well, Christmas Eve, with its palpable anticipation, is a favored time. Yet, many families start the tradition earlier, letting the stockings adorn their fireplace mantels throughout the festive season, eagerly waiting to be filled.

Indeed, stockings are more than just decorations. They’re an embodiment of holiday spirit, family ties, and cherished traditions that the whole family looks forward to, year after year.

6. Perfect Christmas Tree Topper

As the festivities approach, and we herald in the most wonderful time of the year, this singular decoration becomes the topic of many a family debate. Do we go traditional or try something new? The topper is not just a beautiful decoration; it’s the crowning glory, the finishing touch that sits high on the top of your tree, overlooking all the festivities below.

There’s a vast variety. There’s the age-old star, then there’s the angel symbolizing the angelic hosts that announced Christ’s birth. Both these choices have adorned trees for centuries, each carrying its own profound meaning and history.

Yet, in recent years, non-traditional toppers have been gaining popularity. Some families opt for bows, ribbons, or even personalized heirlooms that hold sentimental value. These might not have the ancient lineage of a star or angel but are equally significant in the emotions they encapsulate.

In many households, the topper becomes a family heirloom, passed down through generations. Whether you opt for the traditional or the unique, remember that the topper is more than just an ornament; it’s a beacon of the season’s spirit and significance.

7. Christmas Wreath

A Christmas wreath is a welcoming sight during the festive season. It’s a unique decoration that adds a touch of holiday spirit to any door or wall. But with so many varieties and choices out there, how do you pick the right one?

First, think about where you want to hang it. The front door is a classic spot, greeting visitors with holiday cheer. But you can also hang wreaths inside, maybe on a living room wall or over a fireplace.

Next, decide on the style. There are traditional wreaths made of evergreen branches, and then there are more modern ones with ribbons, ornaments, or even lights. Some folks love the rustic look of pinecones and red berries, while others go for a more glamorous touch with touches of gold or silver.

Lastly, consider whether to buy or DIY. Store-bought wreaths can save time and come in many beautiful designs. But making your own can be a fun family activity. With a simple wire frame and some creativity, you can craft a wreath that’s truly personal.

So, as the holiday season approaches, find or make that perfect wreath. It’s a simple yet effective way to spread Christmas joy.

8. Advent Calendar

Advent calendars, counting down the days to Christmas, have become one of the most popular Christmas decorations in many homes. Beyond their function, they serve as delightful decorative items, adding to the festive spirit from December’s start.

Historically, these calendars tell the Christmas story, each window or pocket revealing a scene or symbol from the tale. Modern versions have expanded upon this concept, offering a myriad of themes and surprises. From the traditional paper calendars with pictures or verses behind each window to more elaborate wooden or fabric designs, there’s a style to suit every home and taste.

While many opt for store-bought calendars, the DIY route has its charm. Making your own allows for a personal touch and the freedom to fill each day with handpicked treats, be it chocolates, trinkets, or notes. For families, crafting an advent calendar together can become a cherished pre-Christmas activity.

Whether you’re introducing kids to the Christmas story, continuing a time-honored tradition, or simply adding a decorative touch to your space, an advent calendar is a perfect addition. It captures the anticipation and excitement leading up to Christmas Day, making every day of December special.

9. Fireplace Mantle Decorations

Mistletoe Wreath from Annabel James above Christmas Mantel

The fireplace mantel is a focal point during the holiday season, and decking it out with festive flair is a must for many households. With the right holiday decorations, it becomes a cozy centerpiece that exudes warmth and Christmas spirit.

Start with a Christmas garland. Draping a lush, green garland across the mantel gives an instant festive touch. Intertwining it with twinkling Christmas lights can elevate the look, creating a warm glow during those chilly December nights.

Next, consider your theme. Some folks prefer a traditional look with reds, greens, and golds. Others might lean into more modern, minimalist styles or even nostalgic themes reminiscent of childhood Christmases. Whatever your preference, ensure your mantel decor complements the room’s overall theme.

For those on a budget or feeling crafty, DIY is a great approach. Handmade stockings, tinsel garlands, painted pine cones, or simple candle setups can look charming and bespoke.

In recent years, incorporating personal elements like family photos or heirloom decorations has become trendy. It’s a sweet way to blend holiday decorations with cherished memories.

No matter your style or budget, with a bit of creativity, your fireplace mantel can shine brightly, capturing the magic of the season.

10. Christmas Candles

Christmas candles are more than just decorations; they’re a sensory experience that enhances the festive experience. Strategically placing them around your home can not only provide a soft, warm glow but also fill the space with delightful holiday fragrances.

The living room, being a common gathering spot, is an ideal place for larger candles or candle sets. These can be perched on side tables, or if you have a fireplace, consider placing a few on the mantel. Dining tables are also perfect for candle centerpieces, adding a touch of elegance to holiday meals.

Fragrances play a big role in setting the mood. Popular scents like cinnamon, pine, and cranberry evoke the essence of Christmas, while more subtle ones like vanilla or fresh snow can offer a serene atmosphere.

Now, let’s not forget the advent candle, a unique Christmas tradition. This candle is lit every day of December leading up to Christmas, symbolizing the anticipation of the holiday. It’s a beautiful ritual that adds meaning to the simple act of lighting a candle.

Remember, safety first! Always keep lit candles away from flammable items, and never leave them unattended. With these in mind, candles can surely make your Christmas warmer and brighter.

What are the main decorations for Christmas?

The main decorations for Christmas include a Christmas tree adorned with ornaments, lights, and a tree topper. Other popular decorations are wreaths for doors, garlands for staircases and mantels, stockings hung by the fireplace, and nativity scenes displaying the birth of Jesus. Many people also use candles, bells, and festive figurines like Santa Claus. Outdoor decorations might feature light strings and large inflatables.

What are the different styles of decorating at Christmas?

Christmas decorating styles include traditional with reds, greens, and golds; rustic using wood and burlap; modern with minimalist designs; vintage featuring old-fashioned items; and coastal with beach-themed elements. Some also choose specific themes like “Winter Wonderland.”

You might also like other articles in our Christmas Decorations collection:

25 Christmas Tree Themes, Trends and Looks

Small Christmas Trees for Small Spaces

How to Decorate a Christmas Twig Tree

How to Decorate a Snowy Christmas Tree

How to Decorate an Elegant Christmas Tree

How to Create a Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree

25 Best Christmas Coffee Table Decor Ideas

280 Best Merry Christmas Wishes for a Holiday Card

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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1 Comment

  1. industrial valves
    December 8, 2023 / 6:21 am

    Love these Christmas decoration ideas! ✨ Adding fairy lights always brings that cozy vibe. How about trying some DIY ornaments for a personal touch? –industrial valves

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