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20 Christmas Table Decorations Perfect for the Holiday Season

Get in the holiday spirit with these stunning Christmas table decorations. We have ideas for every style and budget.

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Advent Calendars

No peeking! Make your advent calendar a focal point by displaying it on the table. We love the idea of little boxes representing each day leading up to Christmas. But a standalone piece can be striking, too. Speaking of advent calendars, we’re a big fan of Aldi’s offerings this year!

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Cookie Forest

You spent hours decorating your holiday cookies—so why not show them off? These 3-dimensional beauties make for a gorgeous (and edible!) centerpiece. Learn how to make the trees here.

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Whimsical Teacups

If you’re a fan of fairy gardens, this seasonal project is for you. Simply fill a festive teacup with glass marbles, then decorate with faux moss or snow. Add some finishing touches—like teeny trees or a darling little house—and your pint-sized project is ready to take center stage on your holiday table.

Editor’s Tip: Pick up some teacups in the holiday or glassware section of your local thrift store. And while you’re there, keep an eye out for these can’t-pass-up items.

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Cozy Candles

Add a little warmth (literally!) to your tablescape. Candles of varying heights not only make it easier for guests to see what they’re eating, but it also adds a soft, cozy glow to the atmosphere. For added flair, pick up some festive candle holders.

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Floating Foliage

Fresh holiday greens aren’t limited to your Christmas tree! Float an array of seasonal items—like holly boughs, cranberries or colorful flowers—in a spherical vase. You could add a few floating candles, too.

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Sleigh Bells Ring

They’re mentioned in almost every Christmas song, so you really can’t get more festive than jingle bells. Stack ’em up in clear containers. Or, use smaller bunches to accent your holiday dishes. Just remember—every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. (Love holiday movies? Check out these gifts inspired by the classics.)

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Pretty Pinecones

For Christmas table decorations on the cheap, turn to pinecones. These spray-painted beauties look as though they came from a high-end home store, but you can make them with supplies from your own backyard. We painted ours with a cheery color that embodies the natural beauty of a Blues Spruce. You can make edible pinecones, too!

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Hung from Above

When designing a Christmas centerpiece, think beyond the table’s space constraints. You can include decor on the wall, off to the side or even above the dining area. We love these ornaments strung from a sturdy branch—they add a height contrast that really takes this tablescape to another level.

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Simple Santa Belt

Ho ho ho! Up your table game by embodying the big man himself! Use a red napkin tied off with black and gold ribbon (aka Santa’s “belt”) for a festive brunch or Christmas Eve dinner.

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Rustic Elements

Natural accents never go out of style. Include earth tones, wooden accents and sprigs of pine for an easy yet elegant table.

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Go Retro

If mom or grandma has a totally tubular collection of retro ornaments, put ’em on display! This genius idea comes together with a cake stand and a clear glass cloche. (Luckily you can buy vintage-inspired ornaments, too.)

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Lovely Lanterns

Extend the life of your fall lanterns by giving them a holiday makeover. We love this little light that’s paired with sprigs of cranberry, ornaments and a festive deer friend. Stock up on lanterns of various sizes here.

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Winter Whites 

If you find holiday decor a tad tacky, reach for neutrals and metallics to decorate your holiday table. This look creates a winter wonderland by sticking to simple shades and decorations. Keep the theme going with these impressive menu ideas.

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A Touch of Shine

There’s nothing more classic than a big vase of flowers to serve as your centerpiece. And for the holidays, we love the look of green, red and white florals. Add a little extra pizzazz by stashing your bouquet in a glittery vase.

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Paper Wreath

Whether you buy one at the store or make one out of paper, a wreath is a delightful addition to your table. Just stick a candle in the center and voila! Instantly festive. Whip up a wreath-shaped treat, too!

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Effortless Elegance

Sometimes the simplest touches are the most elegant. For a truly rustic look, make mini wreaths out of rosemary and top with an anise seed. You could also add a few cranberries for a pop of color.

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Home for the Holidays

We all know that there’s no place like home for the holidays, so it’s no surprise that tiny houses have served as holiday decor for years. Keep it simple with a piece made of wood, paper or ceramics.

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Scented Cinnamon Sticks 

Certain scents remind us of the season—and cinnamon is one of our favorites. Bring a sweet-spicy aroma to your table by decorating candles with cinnamon sticks, pinecones and other accents. While you’re at it, bake up some cinnamon treats, too.

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Sweet Snow Globe

This isn’t one of those tacky snow globes you get at the airport. This beauty uses homemade gingerbread, white sugar and a big ol’ glass jar to transport you to a winter wonderland. Sweet! Get the full instructions here.

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Merry Mason Jars

For a Scandinavian-inspired look, use animal figurines, mason jars and fresh greens to bring some holiday cheer to your table. Bonus: This look is fairly evergreen so it can stay on display all winter long!

Also check out these stunning nativity sets to celebrate the season.

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.