20 Charming Coastal Christmas Trees

Whether you prefer traditional green or daring multicolored tinsel, you’re bound to find your perfect holiday tree.

Festive Fish

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Festive Fish

Use a traditional seaside motif, like these cute gold starfish ornaments, to bring a piece of the coast into your holiday decorations. A pine and magnolia garland creates a festive holiday look.

True Blues

Photo: David Hillegas

True Blues

This powder blue-accented tree was inspired by the ocean’s blue sheen. The rope-like woven throw used as a tree skirt adds another coastal element, while homemade sand and shell jar ornaments and dried coral help disguise noticeable holes in the tree.

Bedside Tree

Photo: Eric Roth

Bedside Shrub

Add a little holiday cheer to a bedroom with a small potted tree. Leave it unembellished or hang small ornaments, and place it in a sand pail for a casual finishing touch.

Frame a Walkway

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Frame a Walkway

For a traditional look, flank the sides of a dock or sidewalk with two trees surrounded by white clapboard. It’s also an instant frame for family holiday card pictures!

Beach Baubles

Photo: Tria Giovan

Beach Baubles

Personalize your tree with your favorite beach collections. Use shells, plastic buoys, sea glass, or other coastal finds, and top it all off with a quirky mermaid fixture.

Think Thin

Photo: Lisa Romerein

Think Thin

For rooms with large windows, look for a tall, slender tree to minimize obstructed views. Decorate simply with small clear or frosted bulbs.

Poolside Cheer

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Poolside Cheer

Christmas trees aren’t just for indoors! Bring some festive cheer outside by placing a tree near the pool. Decorate with a beach theme, using lots of blue accents and starfish string lights.

Tip: Add a few rustic lanterns to create a warm poolside glow.

Red, White, and Blue Christmas

Photo: Roger Davies

Red, White, and Blue Christmas

This pool house gets special attention during the holidays, without sacrificing its nautical charm. Blue striped ribbon is strung throughout, while sailboats, navigation wheels, and lifeguard chairs take center stage on the Christmas tree.

Night Light

Photo: Jeff McNamara

Night Light

A white tree, simply decorated with twinkle lights, becomes an extra light fixture during dark winter nights. Metallic bulbs sprinkled throughout the tree reflect light and give the room a festive glow.

Bright and Bold

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Bright and Bold

Embrace beach house fun this holiday season! These festive miniature trees get a tropical boost with cute fish ornaments and a bright tissue paper base.

Put a Ribbon on It

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Put a Ribbon On It

Forgo the usual angel and put a ribbon at the top of your tree. Use contrasting colors, like lilac ribbon and turquoise ornaments, to create your own unique color scheme. Match place settings and presents to tie the room together.

Center of Attention

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Center of Attention

Place your tree in a spot that will get a lot of traffic, like the walkway between the deck and the living area, so that it’s sure to be noticed by your visitors. For an extra hit of coastal style, use palm fronds to fill any holes.

Christmas Casual

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Christmas Casual

For a laidback look, dress your tree with shimmery lights and subtle blue bulbs. Surrounded by two brown-and-white stripe chairs and coordinating brown paper-wrapped gifts, this tree lends the room effortless warmth.

Tip: Place extra bulbs in a bowl for an easy centerpiece.

White Christmas

Photo: Rick Lew

White Christmas

Even if you don’t live in a snowy locale, you can imitate a white Christmas with a pretty white tree. Silver trinkets add sparkle to a stark base, while tropical ornaments lend fun pops of color.

A Collector’s Christmas

Photo: Jeff McNamara

A Collector’s Christmas

Show off your collections while still adding some holiday cheer to your home! Using a wire twig tree, turn small collectibles into festive ornaments with inexpensive fishing hooks or wire. Thin gold chains also look great when paired with strings of twinkle lights.

Tradition with a Twist

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Tradition with a Twist

There’s a reason why classic red is the old standby: Punches of red are the perfect way to add holiday cheer. Use a generous amount of red ribbon to hang wreaths and wrap gifts, and accent the red-and-green palette with silver ornaments in the shape of shells and starfish.

Season’s Greetings

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Season’s Greetings

Place a tree on your front porch to greet holiday visitors. Strings of gold lights and large ornaments offer a warm welcome, while simple pinecone ornaments are a festive nod to the surrounding trees.

Small But Mighty

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Small But Mighty

A tabletop tree in a shell-filled pot adds a touch of seaside glamour without distracting from the views. Use metallic ornaments and silver tinsel to complement the surrounding decor.

Nod to Nautical

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Nod to Nautical

Your home will look perfectly shipshape with this maritime-themed tree. Alternate strings of lights with ribbons of small nautical flags, and place other ship-related insignia around the tree, like lighthouses and sailboats.

Feeling Blue

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Feeling Blue

Place your tree on a deck overlooking the ocean. Stray from tradition with a blue color scheme, and keep it interesting by using bulbs of varying shades.

Tip: Use a bright blue blanket or throw as a tree skirt to complement the tree’s palette.

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