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It’s that time of year to get in the holiday spirit and start planning for your Christmas nails. This post is packed with ideas of the latest trends for the holiday season. You’re sure to find some you love whether you want simple ideas or unique nail art ideas. Plus, read to the end to find the best supplies to DIY your holiday nails.
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There are a lot of ways to add a festive touch to your nails for the Christmas season. Whether you go the DIY route or head to your nearest nail salon. You could choose a holiday color like red, green, gold or add sparkles. You could also add a fun Christmas Nail art design to all of your nails or an accent nail.
Some Christmas nail art designs that are popular this year are:
Read on to see my favorite examples of all of these ideas and more!
Some of the trends for holiday nails that I’m loving this year are red with small designs, adding black accents, a French tip Santa hat, gold leaf accents, a nude base with a festive design, minimal nails and holiday French tips. Check out some of my favorite new Christmas nail ideas below.
This festive nail design looks like there is a little snow sprinkled on the nails. I love how the ring finger has a full candy cane and the rest of the nails have the candy cane tip only.
Manicure enthusiasts take note! This nail design incorporates so many of the styles that are in this year the nude base, minimal festive design and the holiday French tips.
The black matte nails add a sophisticated touch to this festive design.
Each one of these stilettos nails has a unique Christmas design perfect for the festive season.
One to the hottest trends right now is gold leaf accents on nails. They work great for Christmas time.
Have you seen this cute Santa hat French tip design that is everywhere this year? It looks amazing with one Santa hat accent with a set of red nails.
You can’t go wrong with a classic red and white color combo for Christmas.
Next, I want to show you some fun Christmas nail design ideas. I’m talking Santa’s, reindeer, candy canes, snowman and more. Find your favorite and copy the look.
One of my favorites right now is this peppermint candy design. Make it extra special by changing where the candy lands on each nail.
Here’s some inspiration on a variety of nail art that covers all of your favorite holiday symbols.
Try mixing in nail designs with solid-colored red and forest green nails for a fun look. Add your Christmas designs to a nude base nail for an on trend look.
Each of these nails is unique. I love the Santa sticking out of the chimney, the peppermint nail and the icing design.
Any fun pattern looks festive in red and white and really pops on a bare nail.
These red tips with one accent nail with a red bow would not be too hard to pull off.
What says Christmas like Santa nails? I’m loving the simple Santa hat design that I’ve been seeing a lot of this year. Read on to check it out and other fun Santa Claus nails to copy this year.
The handmade nail design on gel nails is a work of art.
Here’s another take on the Santa hat nails. All the other nails have the red French tip with just one extra special Santa hat for a pretty look.
Do you want a cute little reindeer on your nails? I mean why not, it’s so fun and festive. Check out some of the best ideas below.
Here’s an idea that’s simple but also unique. An accent nail with antlers and another with gold and white stripes take this design to the next level.
White square tip nails take the cuteness up a notch with this adorable Rudolph accent nail.
Here’s a simple design idea for a reindeer with just eyes, a red nose and antlers.
I’m loving the candy cane designs that I’m seeing this year. You can go for a red and white striped nail, little candy cane designs or a small candy cane border. Check out all of them below.
A natural-colored nail with a small design like a candy cane pattern is on trend this year.
Here’s a unique design idea. Add a candy cane stripe to your French tips for a one-of a kind set of nails.
A candy cane nail border is a very creative Christmas nail idea.
Tiny candy canes with a set of red nails is a beautiful Christmas combo.
Snowflakes are a festive nail idea. What I love about them is that they work not only for Christmas but for any time in winter.
This natural nail color with the red of these almond nails with simple snowflakes may be festive perfection!
A white snowflake accent nail with snow dusted French tips is a classy winter design.
The natural nail color with gold and snowflake tips creates a stunning design.
This is a modern snowflake design. The nail artist used a natural nail color with white ombre tips and a variety of white snowflakes.
Have you seen nail ideas with adorable little snowman on them? This design idea works well on an accent nail with a set of white or blue nails. Check out some inspiration below.
Bright blue and polka dots work great with a snowman accent nail. This design will look fab all winter.
This may be the cutest snowman nail design I’ve seen. It looks chic with black and silver sparkly nails.
A new design idea I’ve been seeing this year is Christmas lights. What’s fun about this is you can choose whatever color you like for your string lights. If you want to try this fun holiday design check out some inspiration below.
If you’re feeling artistic give this nail design a try. The Christmas lights are a thin black line with colored polka dots.
This light design looks modern on natural-colored square nails.
I’ve only seen a few polar bear nail designs. But I’m totally loving them. If you want a design idea that’s a little unique try adding an accent nail with a polar bear.
This is a unique Christmas color combination. The gold sparkles including the gold star give it a cheerful feel.
If you're looking for an idea for a holiday manicure that will last through winter, consider copying this idea. The icicle nails along with the cute bear are a fun addition to this nail set.
There are so many different ways to do Christmas tree nails. You can add little trees on each nail or more of a tree pattern on one or two accent nails. Check out some ideas to pull off the look.
If you're looking for a unique Christmas nail art idea, you may want to try this one. This nail artist has an assortment of different styles of Christmas tree designs for a fun and modern look.
Try simple chrome trees with a star on top for a classy Christmas manicure.
The black, white and red combo with simple Christmas trees gives these nails a stylish holiday feel.
To add something a little extra to your red manicure try adding a tiny hand painted Christmas tree.
Nails with negative space and small design are in style this year. You can try adding a tiny Christmas tree on a natural-colored nail to master the look.
You want to find a design that is festive but also very classy right? If you’re wanting a design that is sophisticated and that would look good for work or a holiday party read on to find some classy nail options.
The pretty snowflakes and the sweater design gives all the winter vibes.
The Christmas red and the sparkle give these nails a sophisticated holiday feel.
This is a sophisticated take on a French tip. These nails could take you from Christmas through the New Year party season!
If you have gel nails there are tons of fun design ideas for Christmas. Check out some of my favorites below.
The stoic Santa and Rudolph look cute on these natural nails with gel.
Pastels like pink and mint green are an unexpected Christmas color choice but look very festive with the holiday details. If you want to try a different color consider adding pale pink nails or mint green with a classic Christmas color like red.
Here’s a fun idea for Christmas patterns that will make your nails stand out from the rest.
Do you love acrylic nails and are looking for the perfect festive nail art inspiration? If so, then check out my favorite acrylic nail art designs for the holidays below.
To really make your nails stand out why not try out a 3-D design like this one.
If you want to try a 3-D design this year you can use these 3-D nail decals to copy the look.
Red sweater nails, with candy canes stripes and snowflakes make a fun holiday combo.
The coffin nail shape is an almond shaped with a flat square top. It looks great on long nails. If you love this nail shape then check out my favorite Christmas coffin nail ideas below.
I love the detail of these festive holiday nails.
This nail set is definitely giving Christmas vibes.
This plaid accent nail is a fun twist to this red sparkly set.
This year the top Christmas nail colors are:
Read on to see the best examples I found of Christmas colored nails.
Let’s be honest red is always the favorite color for Christmas nails. It's a classic color that will never go out of style and will always give you that festive holiday look that you’re going for.
These short gel nails are a classic go to for Christmas time.
The combo of the shape and the color of these nails would make a statement at Christmas time.
These long stiletto nails in bright red are hot. These would definitely make you stand out.
Green is one of the hottest colors this year in nails. Choose green nails this holiday to be on trend this year.
These forest green nails may be the perfect Christmas green shade. They remind me of the color of a Christmas tree or a wreath.
The shimmer of these green glazed donut nails gives a festive holiday feel.
Gold is very festive and cheerful. It looks chic if you have a Christmas party or holiday event that you'll be attending.
These almond acrylic nails have the perfect amount of gold and sparkle for all the holiday parties.
Shimmery gold nails would be an elegant look for the holidays.
White nails are a classy holiday choice. What I love about white is that it will take you past Christmas into winter season as well. This is a great choice for a dip manicure that you will be rocking past Christmas.
These long chic nails are set off with the sparkle accents.
The crisp white nails combined with the white and gold flecks are flawless.
A mix of white French tips and white with chunky sparkles is a fun and chic holiday look.
What says Christmas more than sparkles? Adding glitter to any of your nails instantly adds the fun festive feeling. Check out my favorite glitter nail ideas below.
The combo of white and silver sparkle set off these oval nails.
Red and gold glitter is the perfect holiday color combo.
A thin coat of glitter polish is very on trend this holiday season.
This year natural color nails are all the rage. To make this trend Christmassy just add a fun Christmas design to them. Check out what I mean below.
White detail on a natural nail gives a soft beautiful look.
Snowflakes and presents would make the perfect detail on a natural-colored nail.
Adding a little color to the tips of your nails is a timeless look. Try a holiday color like red or gold for the perfect Christmas nails.
Sometimes the simplest nail art designs are the best.
A red French tip design makes a stunning Christmas nail.
Here’s a simple nail design idea for gel nails with a little touch of Christmas flair.
Gold tips add just the right amount of holiday sparkle on this acrylic set.
There’s something I just love about a simple nail. It’s timeless and classy and it works with a variety of outfits and occasions. Check out my favorite simple holiday nail ideas below.
With this year's styles less is more. A nude base with a tiny festive design on a short nail is everything you need to get the holiday started.
A classic French manicure with little holly berries makes for a festive set of nails.
For a simple holiday nail idea try red with silver sparkles.
For an easy and classic nail idea just try your favorite holiday color.
If you have short natural nails and are looking for some Christmas inspiration, then read on. I've gathered my favorite festive Christmas nail designs this season that look amazing with short nails.
Red, white and green with Christmas plaid and snowflakes is a classic holiday nail choice.
Even if your nails are super short you can still add a little Christmas charm.
Sonya’s Nails again for the win. What a fun abstract Christmas tree pattern. To create this look you'll want to use a thin nail brush to paint on the Christmas tree design.
Are you looking for nail ideas that no one else has? If so, then I’ll show you some fun ideas to try that will make your nails really stand out this season.
If you want a unique holiday manicure, why not try something different with your color pallet like pink and gold. Add a fun detail like a cute Christmas gnome to really make your nails stand out.
These red, green, and white nails have a fun retro swirl pattern with a touch of gold and a subtle sparkle.
Hunter green and gold is a pairing that is not the typical Christmas color combo but gives a unique holiday look that I’m loving.
If you want to try something different for the holidays with a winter wonderland vibe, try a blue and grey combo for your nails.
Here’s another out of the box idea. How about one of the all-time favorite holiday character’s, the Grinch, on your nails?
If I inspired, you to get fabulous Christmas nails and you are a DIY type of person then check out my favorite fake holiday nails that you can get on Amazon.
ACRYLIC HOLIDAY NAILS | WHERE TO FIND
THREE | EXTRA LONG COFFIN NAILS
In this post we explored the top nail polish colors for Christmas. Below check out my favorites on Amazon.
CHRISTMAS NAIL POLISH | WHERE TO FIND
THREE | OPI BIG APPLE RED
FOUR | OPI WHITE NAIL POLISH
FIVE | OPI GREEN STAY OFF THE LAWN
Another fun way to get that salon look at home is by adding fun Christmas stickers to your nails. Below check out my favorites that you can get on Amazon.
CHRISTMAS NAIL DECALS | WHERE TO FIND
Some popular Christmas nail designs include glittery red nails, tartan-inspired nails, and festive nail art with snowflakes, reindeer, or Christmas trees.
For a simple and festive look, use a base color like red or green, and add small accents like snowflakes, polka dots, or a gold stripe.
Trending Christmas nail colors include classic red and green, as well as metallic shades like gold and silver, and neutral colors with a touch of sparkle.
You can style acrylic nails for Christmas by choosing festive designs like candy cane stripes, snowflakes, or Christmas tree patterns. Add rhinestones or glitter for an extra touch of holiday flair.
Yes, French tips are great for Christmas, especially if you opt for a festive twist like adding a touch of red or green, or incorporating some glitter.
To do your own Christmas nails, start by choosing your base color and any accent colors or designs. Apply the base color first, then use a thin brush or dotting tool to create simple accents like snowflakes, stripes, or dots.
Colors that work well for both Christmas and New Year's include metallic shades like gold and silver, and neutral tones with a hint of sparkle.
White nails can be a great choice for Christmas, as they evoke the feeling of a snowy winter wonderland. Add some sparkle or a snowflake pattern for a more festive look.
A good nail color for a Christmas party is one that complements your outfit or gives a festive touch to your overall look. Go for shades like red, green, gold, silver, or even a subtle shimmer.
Now you have tons of inspiration to create the perfect Christmas nails this holiday season. Feel free to save your favorite ideas to your Pinterest boards. If you loved this post, please share it on your favorite social!
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