14 Holiday Trends, From Pink Trees to Retro Vibes

Stay trendy this holiday season with our roundup of popular (or soon to be popular!) decor ideas, Christmas tree themes, recipes and more.

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The holiday season offers endless opportunities for creativity, nostalgia and downright joy. Whether you're embracing nostalgic Christmas decor vibes or creating the glam-inspired Christmas tree of your dreams, there are so many ways to personalize the holiday experience by diving headfirst into fun seasonal trends.

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If you're looking for a bit of inspiration to get you started, look no further than our roundup of trends for the holidays. From unconventional Christmas ornaments to ski chalet parties to Taylor Swift herself, we have plenty of holiday decor ideas, DIY projects and playful Christmas themes to help you fall even more in love with the season.

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Ready to have your best holiday ever? Put on your coziest sweater and check out our fresh holiday trend predictions for the most wonderful time of the year.

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1. Beautiful Bows

Vintage-y bows are popping up everywhere this holiday season and not only on presents. We love how Instagrammers like @courtneecrews and @aurelie.erikson adorned their Christmas trees with bows for a decidedly maximalist look. To mimic the vibe, use a thinner ribbon, keep the bow "tails" long and go for old-school fabrics like velvet to up the vintage feel. For an added dash of charm, just sprinkle in some tinsel!

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2. Woodland Christmas

Cottagecore is here to stay, and there's nothing like a cottagecore Christmas with woodland wonderland elements, from pine cones to pressed leaves. Bring a bit of nature to your holiday display by incorporating whimsical mushrooms in the form of cookies (like the magical ones above from @mustloveherbs), ornaments, garlands, centerpieces and more. You can also draw inspiration from TikToker @thekwendyhome, who uses newspaper and paint to create adorable mushroom ornaments that stand out amid other woodland creatures on her tree.

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3. Taylor Swiftmas

Merry Swiftmas! It's no secret that Taylor Swift is the queen of just about everything at the moment, from music to movies to crafts (friendship bracelets, anyone?). True Swifties will find countless ways to incorporate their fanhood into every enchanted element of Christmastime, from a Taylor-themed tree (see TikToker @chelseazeferina's tree) to friendship bracelet wreaths (like @kailochic's wreaths). Of course, you're required to have Tay's "Christmas Tree Farm" on repeat while you decorate!

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4. Snow Globes

We love the charm and childlike glee that accompany snow globes, which are totally having a moment in the world of Christmas decor trends. There are endless ways to incorporate these enchanting creations into seasonal interior design, from DIY snow globes along the fireplace mantel to snow globe-inspired desserts like the gorgeous sugar cookies @linenandgray made. Creating your own edible globe tops with Isomalt might take some practice, so feel free to cheat with plastic toppers for your first batch!

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5. Vintage Shine

Fans of vintage Christmas vibes will be glad to know that metallic ornaments, tinsel and other super-shiny decor in jewel tones galore are making a major comeback. Dress up your living room with reflective elements, from simple and shimmery ornaments to glittery Santas to colorful string lights and, yes, plenty of baubles. You might not be able to literally wear your love for the anything-but-minimalist holiday vibes of yesteryear like Instagrammer @jen_nollaig did with her amazing eyewear, but you can still capture the fun.

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6. Whimsical Felt

It's not a true winter wonderland without...felt! We foresee all sorts of felt decor this holiday season, from classics like homemade felt stockings and felt advent calendars to super-charming felt garlands and DIY gifts like felted soap. We're especially keen on felt ornaments, and you can make your own at home with a beginner-friendly seasonal felting kit from Etsy artisan HawthornHandmade. So cute!

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7. Peppermint Perfection

Peppermints have always gone hand in hand with the Christmas season, whether in the form of home decor, red and white color palettes or candy-cane desserts. This year, we foresee peppermints taking center stage in creative ways, from peppermint-swirl desserts (like the ones from @thesqueakymixer) to peppermint-shaped holiday throw pillows. Of course, we're all about wearing your love for the holidays on your sleeve (and ears), so don't forget to pick up a pair of peppermint earrings like the adorable ones Etsy seller MyCraftyCuteShop makes.

8. Gingerbread Galore

Gingerbread houses are a classic Christmas element, but we foresee this beloved seasonal bake blossoming into a full-blown holiday decor trend. So, consider the humble gingerbread man when creating gift bags (like the ones from Instagrammer @woodlark), homemade ornaments, Christmas wreaths and even doormats. The best part? Faux gingerbread can easily be made using leftover parchment paper, gift bags and cardboard, making it totally eco-friendly. Upcycle your leftover boxes into gingerbread villages, garlands and more.

9. Disco Ball Decor

Peel-and-stick mirror tiles are everywhere at the moment, and the holiday season is the perfect time to let your disco love shine. You can adorn a nutcracker (like @myfourwonders did) with mirror ball tiles or even ornaments. Or take things to the next level by attaching a disco ball atop your Christmas tree a la Instagrammer @aurelie.erikson.

10. Festive Food

Edible wreaths, food-themed ornaments and gifts for foodies? Yes, yes and YES! This season, quirky food-themed decor is totally on-trend while offering decorators the chance to express their originality. While some creations are edible, like the doughnut wreath from @mackenziebiehl, you can also pay homage to your favorite foods with a dedicated foodie Christmas tree. In our dream world, every Christmas tree would include a hot dog-shaped tree topper, a butter ornament and tinsel made out of tiny doughnuts. For now, we'll just keep marveling at the fantastic "food tree" created by TikToker @hungry_hungry_.

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11. Marvelous Miniatures

Whether you're in a small space or just obsessed with tiny things, you're in luck because miniatures are all the rage! Itty-bitty versions of beloved holiday items are trending, from mini holiday villages to pint-size Christmas trees. Capture the trend at home by creating a centerpiece or display made entirely of holiday miniatures with finds from thrift stores, craft stores and discarded dollhouses. TikToker @myminiaturelife provides yet another adorable example.

12. Kitschmas

Embrace all things kitschy with this delightful trend that's a little bit nostalgic and a little bit quirky. Instagrammer @vinnieboyvintage captures the trend to perfection with this wreath that would be easy enough to create with old or thrifted ornaments. Take things over the top by picking up some Christmas tree hats from @lacasadeflores.

13. All Things Pink

Pink is the perfect holiday hue. This year, the color promises to be especially trendy with the popularity of Barbie in all her pink glory! Skip traditional red, green or neutral-toned decor and embrace pink in every shade, from soft pastel to hot pink. Instagrammer @amandamhamman nails the pink Christmas aesthetic, incorporating other trends like gingerbread houses and ribbons. Color us tickled pink!

14. Retro Ski Vibes

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Throwing a holiday party? Here's a theme that's totally on trend for 2023: retro ski lodge! Ask guests to show up in their best 1980s ski attire (neon ski suits, anyone?) and capture those aprés-ski vibes with everything from vintage ski-themed drink glasses to personalizable ski lodge-inspired invitations. Fire up the fondue and you have the recipe for an awesome ski lodge holiday.

We hope your holidays are filled with peppermints, felted ornaments, shimmery baubles, snow globe cupcakes and plenty of good cheer. Here's to a fulfilling (and trendy) season!

Looking for more winter inspiration? Check out our roundup of creative holiday dessert recipes.

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