20+ Charming Coastal Christmas Trees
Whether you prefer traditional green or daring multicolored tinsel, you’re bound to find your perfect holiday tree.
Silver beads and a snowflake-bedecked starfish top this tree in this Seaside, Florida, home. Gifts wrapped in pretty turquoise and pale blue paper surround the base.
Splashes of gold and jolly blue whales make this tiny seaside sparkler both nautical and nice. Talk about a brilliant pick for beach houses. At just 2½ feet tall, this tinsel tree is minimal effort, big reward. Plus, there's no stand required: Just pop it into a sturdy vase and let it shine. Play up the tree's shimmer with bronze anchors and sunny-hued glass globes. The 7-inch topper has just the right amount of star power to headline this mini-but-mighty tree.
This groovy palette of sea foam, pinks, and corals is full of retro-inspired fun. The white branches of flocked spruce trees like this one make ornaments in hot hues shine. Conceal the stand in a garden planter—we used a patterned, Chippendale-style container. Channel retro cheer with quirky 1940s saucer ornaments, and then balance the kitsch with translucent jade globes. Crown with a large bow. Let the party begin!
Strolls along the shore net all kinds of cool finds, including this clever take on decorating with beach treasures. The sturdy, deep, blue-green branches of Fraser Firs won't sag under the weight of oversize ornaments. Brush seashells (these are Irish deeps shells from a crafts store) with purple glitter glue, and then drill a small hole in the hinge end for hanging. Deepen the palette with bright globe ornaments, like these 3¼-inch lavender balls.
Singer Jack Johnson's holiday features a gift from the sea. He fashioned his family's driftwood tree from what he suspects to be pieces of a water-worn, turquoise deck. Ornaments on the tree are made out of everything from plastic found on the beach, old magazines, wire, and glass.
The main attraction of this California cottage during the holidays is the 9-foot-tall tree in front of one window. It’s covered in seahorse, starfish, and sailboat ornaments, and surrounded by gold-and-blue packages.
A sunny spot in the dining room gives this tree an out-of-the-way but prominent place to shine. The family decorated it with simple silver and blue ornaments, nautical touches, and candy canes.
Position your tree in a spot where it can be admired indoors and out. If the weather isn’t too chilly, like here in West Palm Beach, Florida, you can take your holiday party outside and still maintain a festive atmosphere.
Tip: Add a few rustic lanterns to create a warm poolside glow.
Tip: Place extra bulbs in a bowl for an easy centerpiece.
Tip: Use a bright blue blanket or throw as a tree skirt to complement the tree’s palette.