18 Festive Christmas Tree Themes

Decorating the Christmas tree is an annual tradition many families enjoy, but the tree itself doesn't need to be traditional. Check out these themed Christmas tree ideas to brighten your decor and suit your style.

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Designer Stacey Vuduris decorated actor Wayne Brady's Christmas tree in a Hawaiian theme, using seashells, starfish, pineapples and tropical flowers.

A Novel Idea

This unique Christmas "tree" is actually made from old books. The literary tree doesn't need ornaments; just carefully string extra-large lights around the books and top with a crafty star to complete the playful look.

Whimsical Decor

If you're big on tradition but would love to bring some whimsy into your Christmas decor, try decorating a second tree in your child's playroom. Designer Tobi Fairley decorated a white Christmas tree with colorful, bold ornaments and sock monkeys for a playful spin. The colors and toy ornaments blend seamlessly into the playroom's design.

All-White Winter Wonderland

Some still shy away from artificial trees, but there is nothing kitschy about this all-white wonder. Designer Casey Noble used simple, metallic ornaments to keep the tree from looking out of place. White and silver gifts complete the monotone look.

Sweet Ornaments

Candy canes are a staple holiday treat. HGTV fan mazuy chose a white tree to create a strong background for the candy-cane ornaments. The red berry tree topper enhances the bold red ornaments.

Black, White and Red All Over

This color combination is a favorite for many, but seldom do we think to put it on a tree. Black and white stripes give this decor an updated, graphic look. The red, while adding that much needed pop of color, also adds just enough holiday nostalgia to remind us of Christmas past. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Trees to Go

This new holiday decorating trend will keep your Christmas on the move. To make the most of your decor, many trees are trading their skirts for wheels so they can change locations within the home. Just anchor your tree in a vintage wagon for a new take on an old-school look. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Frosty the Snowman

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn channeled his inner child to give this white Christmas tree an adorable snowman makeover. All you need is a white spherical topper, a red scarf, twigs for arms and a few black ornaments to make the buttons.

Rustic Repurposing

Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors decorated her tree with household items for a vintage look. The garland is made with white strips of bed sheets and burlap, and vintage license plates and wooden ornaments add rustic flair.

Nontraditional Materials

Personalize your tree by making it from materials that speak to your lifestyle. Designer Bryan Rafanelli made this tree from driftwood as a nod to comedienne Lisa Lampanelli's cozy beachside home. Pale blue and silver ornaments keep with the coastal theme and color palette of the space.

A Christmas Rainbow

Take a queue from the White House and go all out with color. Christmas trees can easily look unpolished with too many bright colors, but separate each color into candy-cane stripes and your decor will stay sophisticated and fun.

Merry and Modern

Bring holiday tradition into the 21st century. Designer Cassandra LaValle decorated this metallic tree with matte and shiny ornaments to bring a modern touch to this holiday display.

Cutlery Ornaments

This cutlery tree is the perfect theme for a dining room. Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room created this look using old spoons and forks. She simply tied the silverware to the tree limbs with jute.

Patriotic Salute

This tree, which sits inside the East Landing of the White House, is a perfect patriotic salute to the holidays. Shimmering red, white and blue ornaments are set off by a red ribbon and soft, white twinkle lights.

A Shabby Chic Christmas

Shabby chic is the look HGTV fan rosevinecottage was going for when she decorated for Christmas. The tabletop pink feather tree features satin pink ribbon and a silver-beaded garland. Shoe and purse ornaments, along with a pink basket tree base with a delicate flower fabric, add feminine touches.

The Advent Calendar

The Advent calendar is a long-standing Christmas tradition. This year, count down the days with a homemade Advent calendar that wraps around your tree. Design by Marian Parsons

O Christmas Tree

Implementing red and gold into your tree's decor brings an elegant touch to your home. The red tree makes a bold statement, while the musical-note ornaments and a treble-clef tree topper are a nod to Christmas carols.

Contemporary Colors

A nontraditional aluminum tree brings a touch of sparkle to this contemporary living room. HGTV fan LABENZ911 added simple blue glass ornaments to the tree for a soothing silver and blue color theme.

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