Best Christmas Tree Decorations for 2020
Transform your tree into a work of art with these stylish ornaments, garland and other on-trend Christmas tree decorations we think you'll love.
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How To Decorate a Tree
First, fluff the branches. On a real tree, make sure there aren’t bent or broken stems, and give it a good shake to free any loose pine needles before you bring it into the house. For an artificial tree, this step is even more important. In storage the tree flattens out, so make sure to fluff each individual bough for the most realistic look.
Next add the lights. If it’s pre-lit, move on to the next step. If not, test the strands before stringing them on the tree. Then start from the bottom and work your way up, weaving each strand between branches, connecting more light strands as needed. Keep the lights turned on as you go. That makes it easier to ensure the whole tree is lit without any dark areas.
Now add your decorations! This is the fun part. Start with the largest ornaments arranged evenly around the tree, then fill in the bare spots with the smaller ornaments. A variety of ornament sizes adds interest. For texture and body, add picks and sprays in the shape of florals, branches or other forms.
Lastly, don’t forget the tree topper!
Read on for more about ornaments and other tree decorations.
Starburst Tree Topper
We love the delicate, sparkly Starburst Spikes Tree Topper, a different version of the classic tree star. It’s finished in champagne gold and wrapped with 70 Christmas lights — 35 fixed and 35 twinkling — for extra glittery glow. A clear clamp ensures a secure fit. Clip, plug in and glow!
Personalized Family Ornament
Commission a one-of-a-kind tree ornament with this custom hand painted family portrait ornament. The artist uses a family photograph to paint your family’s likeness (people or pets!) on a round wood slice. It’s sure to become one of your most treasured Christmas heirlooms.
Hand-Blown Glass Ornament
This glass orb ornament catches the light in beautiful ways. And because it’s hand blown, no two are alike! Called the Tree of Enchantment ornament, it comes in 17 tree designs, each representing a special sentiment such as Family or Remembrance. It’s beautiful enough to earn a spot in your home decor year-round.
DIY Ornament Kit
Make your holiday decorations (and memories) with a DIY ornament kit. This needle felting kit comes with everything you need: felting wool, felting needles and detailed instructions. Gather your family members for an ornament-making night, then decorate the tree together.
Neutral colors and natural wood elements, like this beaded garland, are big trends this year. Drape two or three strands on your Christmas tree for a stylish, casual look. We love how the light wood beads pop against the green tree branches. It’s neutral enough to use in your home outside of the winter holidays, too.
Clip-On Mushroom Ornament
We’re loving nature-themed trees this year, and this glass mushroom ornament would be the perfect addition to one. In place of a traditional hook, the clip-on feature allows you to attach the delicate mushrooms right at the tree-branch tip, for that enchanted fairy tale look.
Hang scented Christmas ornaments on a artificial Christmas tree to make it smell like a real one. The scent lasts all season long. Plus they’re environmentally friendly, made of all-natural, biodegradable recyclable paper. Choose from eight scents including Snow Berry Wreath, Pear in a Pine tree and (our favorite) White Winter Fir.
Red Berry Pick
Picks, sometimes called stems, are an easy way to add texture and body to your tree. They come in all shapes and styles like berries, glitter curls, poinsettias, even feathers. We love the iced snow detail on this classic red berry pick. If you feel like your tree might be missing something, try adding this pick or another one like it!
Pantone Color of the Year Ornaments
Santa Wearing a Mask
What better way to commemorate 2020 than a masked Santa ornament? The pandemic is no joke, of course, but it’s good to find joy in the little things when you can. Surely Santa is washing his hands and social distancing this year, too.
Santa Hat Tree Topper
This playful Santa hat tree topper creates the figurative star on top of trees classic and modern. It’s made from hand-felted wool, stands at 15-in. tall and couldn’t be easier to add to the top. Rumor has it Santa left it behind at your house last year.
Photo Frame Ornaments
Photo ornaments are especially meaningful at a time when most of us leave our photos on our phones and computers. And if ever there was a year to focus on the moments that made you grateful, surely it’s 2020. This set is made from classic enamel and can be broken up to give to kids, siblings or friends.
Buffalo Check Farmhouse Ornament
If you love Farmhouse style, this sweet little house with a buffalo check roof is the perfect ornament for you. The battery-operated LED light adds a cozy glow to the windows and offers an unexpected twist to an otherwise traditional ornament.
Your kids will get a kick out of these stuffed elf legs that make it look like one of Santa’s helpers got left behind. The 23-in. long legs feature bendable wire inside to make them posable. Leave them up all season, or bring them out on Christmas morning.
A wintry Christmas tree adorned in all-white ornaments is a Christmas classic. (Bonus points if you use a flocked tree — or flock one yourself.) Start making all your snowy white Christmas dreams come true with this beautiful 10-piece set of sparkly white ornaments.