49 Best Christmas Decoration Ideas of 2020

Looking for the best Christmas decoration ideas? There are plenty of ways to deck the halls (and everything else) that extend beyond spun glass ornaments or a glittered Christmas village. Transform your home into a winter wonderland with our favorite Christmas décor ideas, including pom pom garlands, generous amounts of tree ribbon, and pinecones galore. Discover our favorite holiday decorations for 2020, including classic and contemporary ideas.

1. Hot Chocolate Station

Form meets function with this kitchen island centerpiece that has every hot chocolate fixin' to keep you warm and cozy throughout the entire holiday season.

2. Merry Mason Jars

Mason jars a classic holiday go-to. Fill them with red berries and pine sprigs for instant holiday decorations (and these also make great Christmas gifts).

3. Sheepskin Throws and Rugs

It's time for all things cozy! Sheepskin throws and rugs will comfy up any room instantly: draped on chairs, on the floor, anywhere…

Cozy home, beagle sleeps at the floor in living room, Christmas atmosphere

Cozy home, beagle sleeps at the floor in living room, Christmas atmosphere

Cozy home, beagle sleeps at the floor in living room, Christmas atmosphere

4. Have Yourself a Twinkly Little Christmas

These are arguably the coolest string lights ever. You can control these bright LED Christmas lights from your phone, and change them to (literally) any color you can imagine. You can create custom designs, as well, and can configure them into any arrangement you want. Whether you're draping them across a tree or stringing them along your balcony, the effect is epic. You can even pair them with the Twinkly Music Dongle to make your lights dance to the music.

5. Candy Cane Stocking Hangers

These candy canes double as stocking hangers and cheery décor.

6. Stockings Hung on the Staircase with Care

If you don't have a mantel, try a staircase railing (ensconced in garland, of course) for hanging up your stockings.

7. Bring on the Buffalo Check

This pattern channels all the Christmas vibes, whether it's on ribbons or stockings.

8. Wrap Your Front Door Like a Present

We can't forget about outdoor Christmas decorations. Transform your front door into a Christmas present with the wide ribbon and an oversized bow.

9. Or Dress It Up with Decals

Or, if you have a white door, it makes the perfect backdrop for a cheery snowman. You can also bring this idea indoors, of course.

10. Tree in a Basket

The tree-in-a-basket trick is a classic.

11. Ribbons Cascading Down the Christmas Tree

Thick strands of ribbon cascading down the tree? Yes please. There are endless color, pattern, and fabric combinations, so you can create a look all your own.

12. Cavalcade of Candles

What's more festive than a spread of flickering holiday candles? Pull out all the candles and candle holders you own and parade them down the center of your table or mantel. More is more!

13. Gift Wrap Runners

Paper runners are a striking look on your holiday table (they double as wrapping paper if you run out). Or vice versa: Use extra gift wrap as a runner.

14. Pinecone Centerpiece

Gather up some pine cones (or pick them up at Target) and voilà! Cluster them on top of a runner and you'll have an instant beautiful Christmas tablescape. You can use them au natural, or you can spray paint them gold or silver for a shimmery effect that dances in the candlelight.

15. Updated Holiday Wreath

Who says a Christmas wreath has to be made of pine? It's certainly not the only greenery in town. Try an updated wreath made of eucalyptus for a contemporary twist on this classic Christmas decoration.

16. Wooden Christmas Tree

Why not venture outside the box with your Christmas tree? We love this unexpected tree made of wooden dowels (available on Etsy).

17. Deck your Chandelier with Christmas Cheer

Another great way to bring holiday cheer to your dining room? Deck out the chandelier with sprigs of pine and bows, and tie on pinecones, snowflakes, or Christmas ornaments. So festive!

18. Handcrafted Snowflakes

Handcrafted snowflakes are the ultimate DIY Christmas decorations. Printer paper (or construction paper) + scissors + a few snips = snowflakes!

19. Expanded Christmas Color Palette

Think beyond red and green—all colors are Christmas colors! As you can see, pink, mint and blue are right at home in the festive display below.

20. Rustic-Chic Strands of Wooden Beads

For your holiday tree this year, swap the perishable popcorn-and-cranberry garland for strands of timeless wooden beads—unfinished or dyed by dipping them into RIT dye. You can also buy them ready-made at Crate & Barrel.

21. Dress Up Your Stockings

Another creative way to incorporate wooden beads, use them as decorative accents on your stockings. We can't get enough of this joyful design.

22. Bottle Brush Trees

Make or buy bottle brush trees. Build a forest on your mantle or have one grace each place setting. You can also encase under the glass of a cake stand for a more elevated look.

23. DIY Advent Calendar

Display a bright and merry Advent calendar for all to see. (DIY-ing one is as simple as printing numbers on treat baggies and taping them to the wall—talk about an easy Christmas decoration.)

The Abyssinian cat is waiting for the advent calendar for Christmas. Mood Board with gifts and star garland

DIY Christmas Decorations: Advent Calendar

The Abyssinian cat is waiting for the advent calendar for Christmas. Mood Board with gifts and star garland

24. Holly Jolly Bar Cart

If you have a bar cart, dress that baby up. Garland, citrus, ribbon, or all of the above will do the trick.

25. Swap Out Cookbooks for Seasonal Signs

Stash your cookbooks and set a seasonal sign on the display. Pro tip: You can easily use the lid of a fancy holiday gift box as a (significantly less expensive) sign, as well.

26. Gingerbread Place Settings

Use gingerbread cookies to create bespoke table settings for your family and earn the “host of the year” award.

27. Darling Drink Stirs

Hot-glue glitter pompoms to wooden skewers for an insta-festive drink stirrer.

28. Pom Pom Tree Skirt

Speaking of pompoms, they also look fun and festive on a tree skirt! You can upgrade your own in a DIY project, or you can purchase an already made one from West Elm.

29. Pom Pom Garlands

We'd be remiss not to also include pom pom garlands, like this one from Pottery Barn.

30. Handcrafted Berry Branches

Here's one more piece of pom pom inspo for good measure: arrange a branch and make your own faux pussy willow or berry branch with some artfully placed poms.

31. Sparkle Wall Decals

Removable wall decals—like these golden stars—are magic on a wall behind your holiday table, your tree, in your entryway.

32. Gift Bow Wreath

This colorful wreath doubles as a Christmas craft and Christmas decoration idea! Get yourself a foam craft hoop and hot glue on bows in your desired color scheme.

33. Wreaths in the Window

Wreaths aren't just for the front door. Try hanging them around on large windows.

34. Swap Out Your Everyday Throw Blankets for Seasonal Specials

Throw blankets have a way of changing the whole look of a space in no time. Swap out your everyday ones for seasonal versions to quickly transform your bedroom or living room. The same goes for throw pillows!

35. Santa's Mailbox

Another of one our favorite decorating ideas? Setting out a mailbox for Santa. It'll bring a smile to everyone's face, and if you have kids, they will be exciting to pop in their own letter to Santa.

36. Create Snowy Scenes

Have any empty glass jars on hand? They're the perfect setting for a snowy scene. Pour a liberal amount of granulated sugar inside to create a blanket of snow, and then prop up some of your bottle brushes, figurines, and other miniature holiday décor.

37. Load Up on Logs

Set some firewood in a basket on your front porch for a rustic Christmas feel.

38. Inside and Out

Baskets of logs and pine work equally well inside.

39. Gingerbread Ornaments

Bake a few dozen gingerbread people (before baking, poke holes for hanging) and transform them into ornaments, gifts, even a garland.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

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40. Tree Trimming Accents

Tuck away any extra tree trimmings that didn’t make it onto your door. Tie a sprig onto holiday gifts or top each place setting on your table with one.

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41. DIY Pomanders

Turn up the volume on your citrus and make old-school orange clove pomanders.

42. Cheery Rubber Stamps

Find one stamp you really love and go nuts: Adorn place cards, gift wrap, napkins—nothing is safe!

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43. Washi Tape and Lights

Ditch the Douglas fir and get a wall of washi tape up in the shape of a tree. Perfect if you’re traveling around the holidays—cleanup is a breeze. Or you could swap out the washi tape for strings of holiday lights. Adhere with a wall-safe tape like painters.

44. Glass Vases Filled with Ornaments

Fill any extra vases with the ornaments that didn't make it on the tree for a fun display. Any vase will do, and any ornament will do. Use whatever you have on hand. Add battery-powered string lights to give the whole creation a welcome glow.

45. Merry Mercury Glass

Mercury glass just looks festive, doesn't it? You can't go wrong incorporating silver, gold, red, or green mercury glass trees or globes into your holiday décor.

46. Buy Burlap

Anything burlap = a good Christmas decoration idea. It's just one of those materials that make the whole space feel like holidays.

47. Make Your Own Eucalyptus Ornaments

Buy clear ball ornaments like these and house a fresh sprig of eucalyptus or pine inside each. Attach an ornament hook or twine and you're good to go.

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48. Winter Fruit

Decorate with bowls and vases of winter fruit. Fill them with citrus, pomegranates, pears, or any other winter fruit and place them on the mantel, on the counter, in the guest room, just about anywhere.

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49. Photo Prints Ornaments

Last but not least on our list of Christmas decoration ideas is a bevy of photo prints! You can make everything from personalized ornaments to custom gift tags.

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