The holidays are finally here, and festive decorations abound. Everything is aglow with colorful lights, wintry accents, and jovial décor that exemplifies the seasonal spirit. As we ready our beauty looks to get on board with the holly-jolly sentiment, it's the perfect opportunity to experiment with some festive nail art. After all, what better time than the doldrums of winter to liven up your tips with some unexpected Christmas-inspired pops of color, texture, and design?
To make sure you're perfectly outfitted for the season, we've rounded up 30 Christmas nail designs that are surprisingly understated. So whether you're topping off a glitzy holiday party look or keeping things more laid-back while cozying up fireside, your nails will look wonderful and in step with the most wonderful time of the year. Keep scrolling! Visions of the following Christmas nail designs are currently dancing in our heads.
Festive Gold Accents
Top off a classic red manicure with gold accents for festive flair.
Silver Glitter Accents
Capture the winter wonderland around you with a white nail design featuring flecks of metallic silver.
Add a touch of glitter to the tips of your nails for a modern look that's perfect for ringing in the New Year.
If you're a fan of glitter and a pretty ombré-inspired application, we recommend this showstopping take in warming ruby red.
Adorned in pretty pastels, an elegant display of ornaments feels right on point for the season and still feels fresh and understated thanks to the comparably tame color scheme.
To emulate a classic holiday nail look with a twist, opt for a sharper almond shape outlined in a still-wintry hue of periwinkle with fresh, winter-wonderland vibes.
Gold Glitter Stripe
For a truly minimalist holiday nail design, we suggest going for something simple that will handily catch the light ever so slightly, like this stripe of glittering gold against a neutral nail.
Jelly nails are still very much a thing for the holiday season, and we're very much into this red-hot take on the trend. In fact, it reminds us of the spicy candies with which we loved to decorate our gingerbread men.
This super-sparkly look will have you set from now through New Year's Eve.
Gold French Manicure
This double French manicure is understated yet holiday-ready with delicate double-gold detailing.