If you’re already thinking about your festive decor, look no further for inspiration than our curation of the must-have Christmas tree themes for 2023.
Decorating your Christmas tree is a fun and joyful experience to get you feeling festive, and whether you choose the best real Christmas trees for your home or opt for an artificial Christmas tree in bright and bold hues, the possibilities are endless.
These suggestions bring together the latest Christmas tree colour trends along with our favourite Christmas tree decorating ideas for 2023 but remember, the most important thing is to pick a festive theme that you love and adore and will return to for years to come.
12 Christmas tree themes to try in 2023
The biggest Christmas tree themes for this year take into consideration the latest coordinated colour schemes, stylish baubles, and luxe lighting to decorate the tree like a professional.
1. Candy cane delights
Good enough to eat, quite literally in some instances, sweeten the deal this festive season with a candy cane-themed Christmas tree.
"Christmas trees are looking fun this year with a nod to lifting our spirits," says Emma Morton-Turner, an interior stylist, writer and founder of Inside Stylists. "There are tons of brightly coloured sweetie decorations and oversized candy canes - think what a tree would look like if Willy Wonka went mad at this time of year. Oversized and over fun. I'm so here for it."
Think of a red and white colour scheme, over-the-top ornaments, and plenty of real candy canes, lollipops, and hanging sweet treats for good measure. Of course, if you're worried about little hands helping themselves to real treats you could opt for sweet-themed decorations instead of the real thing.
£1.50 | A simple bauble filled with mini candy canes, topped off with a red and white candy cane striped ribbon is just the thing to encapsulate this characterful Christmas tree theme.
£18.50 | New for this year are these stylish glass candy cane baubles which are sold as a set of three. These elegant designs feel like the grown-up way to indulge in this sweet theme.
2. Rustic charm
Modern country and rustic home decor have remained a top interior design trend in 2023, so it’s no surprise that this simple, laid-back style will lend itself to the Christmas tree themes of the 2023 festive period.
Incorporate this trend with homespun accessories like handmade garlands, rattan Christmas tree topper ideas, and plenty of earth-toned, muted hues. Warm lights are a must for this look, to emulate the soft glow of ambient candlelight and roaring fires which are synonymous with country style.
£!2 | This understated willow star decoration offers a simple yet stylish finishing touch for any rustic Christmas tree theme.
£24.90 | Warm lights are the essential ingredient when dressing a rustic Christmas tree theme because it needs to excude warmth to get the look right.
3. Glam gold
For a classic festive decorating scheme that exudes sophistication, opt for a gold Christmas tree theme. If you're wondering how to decorate a Christmas tree with this metallic scheme, consider glass ornaments, metallic ribbons, stars, and hints of sparkle.
For most, a gold look is unapologetically glam but you can also make it feel more muted if you choose matt gold finishes, rather than shiny attention-grabbing gold Christmas decorations.
£2.50 | Add understated glam to your tree with the addition of this embossed metal decoration. Sold individually means you can add as little or as many as you desire.
£10 | Welcome gold and glitter in abundance with this pack of two hanging decorations. The oversized glittery flowers are ideal to add a glam touch to a gold Christmas tree.
4. Scaled-back Scandi style
When the minimalist style is too little but the other schemes feel too much there are always Scandi influences to set the scene with ease.
"The casual Icelandic retreat trend is perfect for those who favour a reduced colour palette and natural textures," says Claire Douglas, an interior stylist and regular contributor here at w&h.
"I love linens and rustic ceramics, so this calm aesthetic really appeals to me. The trend will work well in a neutrally decorated room and is a great way to create a cosy feel despite the pared-back styling. It's subtle but stylish and is sure to be a popular one for Christmas 2023".
£15 | This set of 4 delicate porcelain bird decorations add a subtle nod to Christmas traditions. The jute hanging ribbon adds a lovely rustic touch.
£10 | Simple, understated yet effortlessly stylish – these honeycomb tree decorations are the epitome of Scandinavian style.
5. Natural wonder
Inspired by nature, this year’s emerging festive trend celebrates the natural beauty of winter woodland, keeping decoration colors neutral or derived from nature.
"This Christmas tree theme captures the essence of woodland charm, but is simplistic and accessible in nature," explains Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill. "Introducing fresh natural foliage, and mixing earthy neutrals and touches of frosty snowy whites to create a soothing and enchanting look.
"Incorporating classic festive greenery into decorating schemes will instantly lift a room, but the complementary tones of oatmeal, verdant greens, and pale woods will elevate the look and make it feel instantly more contemporary."
£4.50 | Amazing value, this pack of 20 assorted baubles has everything you need to achieve this Christmas tree theme - with green, gold and champagne coloured decorations.
£21.99 | This beautifully crafted set of wooden Christmas tree baubles, designed to add a touch of folk-inspired charm to a natural Christmas tree theme.
6. Merry, bright and bonkers
Some would say that Christmas is the ideal time to be bold with colour choices because it's not permanent, so for those people, there are merry and bright Christmas tree themes to embrace bold hues for the holidays. Amongst the celebration of colour are the novelty characters too.
"Novelty is still key for Christmas 2023," says Emma. "With glass decorations in the shape of everything from sushi to knitting needles and balls of wool. More things to make us smile."
Whether decorating alpine spruce or a snowy white tree, add bright and colourful ornaments and accessories to bring a playful pop of colour to your festive space. A bohemian mix of jewel-toned brights to welcome a kaleidoscope of festive colour, all of which will omit a warm glow when illuminated by the tree lights.
£2.50 | A smiling sprout in a Christmas cracker hat, what's not to love? This cheeky little chap is sure to make everyone smile during the festivities.
£20 | One for all the GBBO fans, this kitsch glass stand mixer is a charming spin on a kitchen essential but for the tree – love, love LOVE. You can throw this into the mix with any colour scheme too.