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11 Creative Christmas Tree Theme Ideas That Will Inspire You

Find some creative and unique ways to decorate for Christmas this year with these beautiful Christmas tree theme ideas that are sure to inspire you.

Every year when I’m getting ready for Christmas, the first thing I do is come up with the direction I want to take with my Christmas decorations.

Sometimes it’s color related (like my blue and white Christmas) and sometimes it’s more of a theme, like my Kate-spade inspired tree and the rest of these beautiful Christmas trees.

Creative Christmas tree theme ideas including a Kate-spade inspired tree, a coastal Christmas tree theme, 2 peacock Christmas trees and a candyland Christmas tree theme

Every year around this time I find myself trying to think up a new way to decorate my Christmas tree.  

And I have to admit a lot of times I end up going with the color scheme of either my Halloween party or my upcoming New Year’s Eve party.  

That way I save some time pulling out and putting away decorations.

In an effort to be a little more creative this year, I decided to do some research on Christmas tree themes that I might want to use.  Here’s the list that I came up with.

Keep reading to see my list of Christmas tree theme ideas…and hopefully you will find some inspiration, too.

1 | The top hat tree

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The Top Hat Christmas tree theme is traditional with a twist.  

The green and red color scheme, poinsettias, red berries and candles are all traditional elements of Christmas decor.

Adding in the top hats keeps with the traditional idea but uses them in an unexpected way…which is what makes the tree more interesting.

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4 ft. Glittery Bristle Entrance Artificial Christmas Tree with Clear Lights
Christmas Holly Sheer Wired Ribbon - 2 1/2 inches Wide x 10 Yards (566302502)
The Lakeside Collection Christmas Tree Topper – Black Top Hat with Vintage Look, Faux Mistletoe
Top Hat Christmas Tree Hanging Figurine Ornament
BANBERRY DESIGNS Red Poinsettia Christmas Picks - Set of 10 Holiday Sprays Red and Gold Trimmed Poinsettias - Berries and Pine Needle Accents
Set of 10 Flameless Electric LED Candles – Clip-On Christmas Tree Lights – Christmas Candles, Battery Operated, Remote Controlled (5.5", White)

 2 | The musical Christmas tree

If your family is a musical one, then this Christmas tree theme may be the one for you!

Using music notes, instruments and bells for ornaments lets you know immediately what this tree is all about.

Winding some musical note ribbon through the branches adds to the musical portion of the tree.  

Then fill in the gaps with gold and silver ornaments and tree picks to complete the elegant look.

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Gold Faceted Crystal Berry Spray - Wedding Floral, Holiday Floral

3 | The coastal Christmas tree

If you are one of the many people that loves the sand and water colors of coastal decor, this coastal Christmas tree theme is for you.

It uses shells, faux coral and manzanita branches to give the idea of the beach without going too over the top.  

And the colors are perfect for bringing in that beachy feel!

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CT CRAFT LLC Canvas Wired Ribbon for Gift Wrapping, Home Decor, Decoration DIYs and Crafts, 2.5 Inch x 10 Yards x 1 Roll, Ivory Canvas
Christmas By Krebs Seamless Glass Christmas Ripple Ball Finial Ornament, 8 3/4" (222mm), Blue
JACEKAKO 24ct Shatterproof Plastic Christmas Balls Ornaments for Christmas Tree 2.36"/60mm Christmas Decorations Ball Holiday Wedding Party Xmas Ornaments Hanging Ball Hooks (Tiffany Blue)
2 Piece Drop Finial Ornament Set
Large White Seashells and Sand Dollar Glittered Coastal Christmas Ornaments with Turquoise Ribbon, 6 pieces
BEACH CHRISTMAS ornament,AUTHENTIC Glass Float Ornament, vintage aqua/green Japanese fishing float, nautical, coastal Christmas, 2.5"
Beach Christmas Ornaments, Set of 6, Seashell Ornaments, Coastal, Beach Christmas Decor, Beach Decor, Natural Starfish and Sand Dollars Xmas
Burlap Poinsettia Pick Christmas Tree Trimming Home Decoration Keepsake Wreath Decorations
Styrofoam Coral Ball Christmas Ornament, 4-1/2-Inch
Kurt Adler Silver Gold Glitter Shell Christmas Ornaments

4 | Kate Spade inspired Christmas tree

The next tree on my list of creative Christmas tree theme ideas is a contemporary color scheme that would make Kate Spade proud.

Black and white stripes with gold and bright pink accents really make this tree stand out.

The top of the Kate Spade inspired Christmas tree

I used this as the inspiration for my Kate Spade inspired Christmas tree, and I love how glam it is!

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Valery Madelyn 30ct 60mm Monochrome Winter Black and White Halloween Christmas Ball Ornaments, Shatterproof Christmas Tree Ornaments Decoration
Northlight 51" Champagne Glitter Hanging Pine Christmas Spray
Valery Madelyn 16ct 80mm Black and White Christmas Halloween Ball Ornaments Decor, Shatterproof Halloween Tree Accessories Christmas Ornaments for Xmas Party Decoration
Holiday Lane Black & White Glass White/Black Icicle Hanging Christmas Tree Ornament, Created for Macy's
Deco Inspired Glitter Ornaments, Set of Six
2 Rolls/ 20 Yards Black and White Checkered Ribbons Buffalo Plaid Wired Edge Ribbon Diamond Check Gingham Wrapping Ribbon for Christmas Tree DIY Hair Bow Wreath Decors Crafts, 2 Styles (2.5 Inch Wide)
KI Store 12pcs Christmas Polka Dot Ornaments Shatterproof 3.15-Inch Black and White Christmas Balls for Xmas Trees Parties and Holiday Decoration
GameXcel 24Pcs Christmas Balls Ornaments for Xmas Tree - Shatterproof Christmas Tree Decorations Perfect Hanging Ball Fluorescent Pink 1.6" x 24 Pack
Queens of Christmas Checker Teardrop Christmas Ornaments
Ribbon Traditions 2.5" Wired Sheer Organza Ribbon Fuchsia 50 Yards
Queens of Christmas Glitter Swirls Pick, 27", Purple, Red, and Lime Green
Bomandu Artificial Glittery Berry Picks for Christmas Tree Wreath Garland Decoration, Pack of 6(Hot Pink)
Vickerman 395431-4" White-Black Plastic Matte-Glitter Chevron Ball Christmas Tree Ornament (4 pack) (M143377)
Cabilock 12pcs Christmas Artificial Glitter Leaves Sparkle Leaf Christmas Tree Pick Leaves Ornament, Wreath Garland Vase Filler Xmas Holiday Decor Wedding Decoration (Gold)
Morex Ribbon Lustrous Wired Metallic Sheer Ribbon, 2-1/2-Inch by 50-Yard Spool, Gold
Tinksky 6Pcs Christmas Butterfly Christmas Decorations Christmas Tree Ornaments Wedding Party Decorations 3"/8cm (Gold)
XmasExp Christmas Tree Ball Ornaments Decoration - Gold Basic Ball Shatterproof Stuffed Delicate Glittering for Holiday Wedding Xmas Party Decoration Tree,(24ct 70mm/2.76",Gold)
Gold Faceted Crystal Berry Spray - Wedding Floral, Holiday Floral
Vickerman 6" (150mm) Classic Black and White Glitter Wave Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornament

5 | Winter woodlands Christmas tree

The Winter Woodlands Christmas tree theme brings the outside indoors.

With its silver, white and brown color scheme, it certainly looks and feels like winter.  

But the earthy elements and furry owls prevent it from feeling too cold.

Shop the woodlands Christmas tree theme

BBTO 18 Pieces 1.57 Inch Christmas Pine Cones Snow Tipped Natural Pine Cone with String for Christmas Tree Decoration (Gold)
Vickerman Ribbon, Q170141
Northlight 51" Champagne Glitter Hanging Pine Christmas Spray
Clever Creations 4 Pack Christmas Pinecone Ornament Set, Shatterproof Holiday Décor for Christmas Trees, Gold
Valery Madelyn 6 Pcs Gold Glitter Christmas Picks with Artificial Branches and Leaves for Christmas Decorations and Home Vase Decor-12inch
Silver Mini Lanterns with LED Star - 4.5 Inch Tall, Warm White 3D Holographic Star Light, Small Table Decor for Wedding Centerpieces or Holiday Decorations, Batteries Included - Set of 6
24 piece Set Kurt Adler 3.5"-5.5" Assorted Clear Glass Icicle Ornaments - Set of 2
Valery Madelyn 9ct 100mm Frozen Winter Silver and White Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornament, Large Christmas Tree Ornaments Decoration, Themed with Tree Skirt (Not Included)

6 | Snowy Christmas tree

Snowy Christmas tree theme

The snowy Christmas tree theme is another variation on the white color scheme.

Polar bears and penguins are the animals on this version of the tree.  And it has lots of white ornaments, snowflakes and white tree picks to give it a wintry feel.

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J Devlin ORN 252 Clear Iridized Glass Moravian Star Ornament or Window Ornament Dimensional Star Christmas Ornament 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
Tatuo Artificial Pine Tree Branches Christmas Pin Picks 13.8 Inches with Pine Cones Red Berry Flower Ornaments in 6 Styles for Xmas Wreaths Home Vase Decor (12)
Acrylic Crystal Snowflakes Ornaments Acrylic Xmas Snowflakes for Christmas Winter DIY Decoration, Assorted Sizes 1.6/ 2/ 2.8/ 3.4/ 4.4 Inches (Clear, 24)
Sleetly 12pk White Snowball Christmas Tree Decorations, Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornaments, Medium 3.15"
36pcs Christmas White Snowflake Ornaments Plastic Glitter Snow Flakes Ornaments for Winter Christmas Tree Decorations Size Varies Craft Snowflakes
Ajuny Set of 6 Handmade Snowflake Iron Glass and Plastic Beads Pendant Christmas Tree Deorative Ornaments 6 Inches
ISULIFE Christmas Ball Ornaments 80mm/3.15" Shatterproof Clear Large Plastic Christmas Tree Decoration, Delicate Hanging Ornaments for Xmas Party, Wedding, Holiday and Home Décor(6ct,White)

7 | The Santa Christmas tree

A white Christmas decorated with red and white Santa decorations and candy cane ornaments
via pier1.com (link no longer available)

The next addition to my list of Christmas tree theme ideas is the Santa Claus tree.

It uses a traditional red and white color scheme but is put up on a non-traditional white Christmas tree.

The white background really makes the red (and bits of green) in the ornaments stand out.  

And the Santa hat topper and belt tree skirt add some extra fun.

Santa-themed Christmas tree beside a fireplace mantel

I did my own version of this tree and took it a little further by hanging red fabric on the walls. Which really makes the red and white decor stand out.

You can see more of my Santa-themed Christmas tree HERE.

Shop the Santa Christmas tree theme

Metal 'Letters to Santa' Mailbox Christmas Tree Ornament Red - Wondershop™
Metal 'Santa Mail' Mailbox Christmas Tree Ornament - Wondershop™
Holiday Lane Christmas Cheer Red & White Decorated Ball Ornaments, Set of 4, Created for Macy's
Holiday Lane Macy's Red & White Santa Mail Box Ornament, Created for Macy's
Holiday Lane Christmas Cheer Large White Finial with Stripe Pattern Ornament, Created for Macy's
Gift Boutique Christmas Picks Plush Stuffed Santa Hat Gloves Candy Cane Balls and Candies with Red and White Stripes on Sticks Set of 6 Vase Filler Crafts & Tree Ornament Wreath Holiday Decorations
idyllic Christmas Picks Elf Legs Boot Pick Striped Red, Festive and Whimsical Decorations Ornaments for Christmas Tree
Northlight 48" Traditional Red and White Velveteen Santa Claus Belt Buckle Christmas Tree Skirt

8 | The candy land Christmas tree

If you love candy, this fun Candyland tree from razchristmas.blogspot.com could be the perfect Christmas tree theme for you.

Hang candy canes from the branches.  

Stick large lollipops, or candy-shaped tree picks into the branches.  

Then add some gingerbread house and cupcake ornaments…or make some cookies in the shape of gingerbread houses if you really want to go with the candy theme.

Finally add some twisted pipe cleaners, a few colorful ornaments and some berry sprays to finish the look off.

Shop the candy land Christmas tree theme

Holiday Lane Sweet Tooth Glass Donut Ornament, Created for Macy's
Holiday Lane Sweet Tooth Mint Ice Cream Ornament, Created for Macy's
Holiday Lane Christmas Cheer Gingerbread House Stocking Holder, Created for Macy's
Holiday Lane Sweet Tooth Gingerbread House Ornament, Created for Macy's
Holiday Lane Christmas Cheer Candy Cane Star Tree Topper, Created for Macy's

9 | The Grinch Christmas tree

The Grinch Christmas tree

I couldn’t do a list of themed Christmas tree ideas without including the Grinch. It’s my all-time favorite Christmas show!

Decorated with red, green and white ornaments and lots of tree picks, you can’t help but smile when you see this tree.

Get the step-by-step tutorial on how to decorate a Grinch tree HERE.

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10 | The peacock Christmas tree

A white Christmas tree decorated with peacock ornaments
via Pier1.com (link no longer available)

Peacocks have such pretty colors that it’s easy to build a tree around them.

This one uses peacock ornaments and cascading tree picks that mimic the look of feathers.  

Add in a few brightly colored ornaments and you’re done!

A black Christmas tree decorated with peacock ornaments

I did this theme one year but used a black Christmas tree instead of a white one which gives a completely different look.

See all the details of my peacock Christmas tree decor HERE.

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11 | The nutcracker tree

nutcracker christmas tree

For a traditional Christmas theme that isn’t the same-old thing, try a nutcracker-themed Christmas tree.

Combining plaid ribbon with ornaments and (of course) lots of nutcrackers keeps this tree looking interesting while creating an elegant vibe.

And all those nutcrackers are sure to bring some good luck for the upcoming season!

Shop the Nutcracker themed tree

Now that you’ve been through my list, hopefully you have found some inspiration of your own.  Which tree was your favorite?

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10 Creative Christmas Tree Themes

This post was originally published on December 6, 2016 but was updated with new content on August 14, 2023.

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