Who says you need snow to enjoy a winter wonderland for the holidays? All you need is to decorate a white Christmas tree with a unique theme in the spirit of the season.

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We put together tips and gorgeous design themes from talented decorators. Read on to transform your white tree into a Christmas masterpiece.

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The best thing about a white Christmas tree is it’s pretty much like a blank canvas. Bright and colorful ornaments stand out, and so do metallics and neutrals. It’s a win-win situation no matter the color palette. So, here’s where your creative genius comes in.

Tip: Go with a theme that speaks of who you are and what you love. Express yourself with your Christmas tree. It will make your decorations so much more meaningful.

As promised, here are amazing white Christmas tree decorating ideas to spark your imagination.

Whimsical Themes for Your Winter Wonderland

#1 A Tween’s Ice Cream Dream

White Christmas tree inspired by sweets
Photo and white tree decor by Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins decorated this adorable slim white Christmas tree for her daughter. As you can see, it’s decorated with the sweet stuff that girly dreams are made of. She used ice cream pompom cones, cake boxes, and sundae cups as decorations. Jen also whipped up DIY air-dry clay ice cream cone ornaments. Check out that lollipop tree topper!

#2 Baby is Gonna Love This

Toddler-themed white Christmas tree
Photo and white tree decor by Tiffany of Parenthood. Baby. Style

Tiffany of Parenthood. Baby. Style wanted a white artificial Christmas tree that her toddler would also love. She accessorized it with shatter-proof ornaments and small stuffed toys.

If you have a young child at home, choose a smaller tree and make sure it’s anchored to the ground. This prevents the tree from toppling over.

#3 Can You Say Olé?

Feliz navidad white Christmas tree
Photo and white tree decor by Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins calls this her Feliz Navidad tree, and rightly so. She used piñata and cactus-shaped ornaments, pompoms, tinsel garlands, and colorful lights. A gorgeous tree skirt with a Mexican motif takes the cake.

You can also use this white tree decorating theme on your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Or, your kid’s birthday party. Make it more fun for your guest with a real piñata!

#4 It Takes a Village

White Christmas tree with putz houses
Photo and white tree decor by Kelli and Kristi of Lollyjane

Decorating twins Kelli and Kristi of Lollyjane went for a Christmas village look. They dolled up their white tree with putz houses and tiny bottle brush trees. To personalize the houses, they painted them in bright colors: aqua, coral, mint, and mustard. They also glued on DIY pipe cleaner wreaths for extra detail. Check out that sign under the tree. We know. This is too cute for words!

#5 Space Age Retro

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Photo and white tree decor by Krys of Melodrama

We are over the moon with Krys of Melodrama’s spacey take on classic holiday décor. She hung boomerang shapes, UFOs, starbursts, and a few vintage-looking ornaments on her white tree. Instead of Christmas lights, she used a color wheel to up her lighting game.

Tip: Use white or shiny trim to fill up gaps between branches and add texture. Krys used silver tinsel garlands to give her tree more fullness.

Shine Bright with These Metallic Themes

#6 Gold, Silver & All That Jazz

White Christmas tree in room
Photo and white tree decor by Beth of Chinoiserie Chic

Beth of Chinoiserie Chic did a spectacular job decorating with metallics. She played with the texture, color, and shape of her ornaments. She also filled in her artificial white christmas tree with glittery gold ribbon and berry picks. Her Christmas centerpiece is definitely a class act and it complements her room’s color scheme.

#7 All That Glitters isn’t Just Gold

Green and gold theme for white Christmas tree
Photo and white tree decor by Michael of Inspired by Charm

When we say decorate with metallics we don’t mean stick to silver and gold. Michael of Inspired by Charm hung shiny green and gold ornaments on a white flocked Christmas tree. The effect? A “no-fuss” theme that is simply stunning.

He drew inspiration from an outfit the singer Adele wore to a live performance on BBC One in 2015. Like we said, let your personal favorites motivate when you decorate.

Tip: Start from the top of the tree, placing large ornaments first with even spaces between the next. Alternate placing them near the trunk and farther out the tips to add depth. Your tree will look fab from all angles.

#8 Luxe & Shine

Metallic white Christmas tree decor
Photo and white tree decor by Reichel of Copy Cat Chic

This is an example of how dazzling a white Christmas tree can look with the lights on. Reichel of Copy Cat Chic used metallic ornaments, a beautiful star tree topper, and a fur tree skirt as décor. This white Christmas tree looks like it’s straight out of a magazine. 

Tip: Choose lights that match your theme. Clear lights are always a safe bet. Multi-colored lights can add another dimension to your white tree. There’s an unwritten rule that you need 100 lights per foot for your tree to be well-lit. If your tree comes unlit, get a set of lights with white strands so they blend into the foliage.

Classic Themes Never Go Out of Style

#9 Candy Cane Cool

candy cane white pre-lit Christmas tree
Photo and white tree decor by Abbey of The Cards We Drew

This crunchy, minty striped sweet is almost everybody’s favorite Christmas treat. Abbey of The Cards We Drew based her decorating theme on Candy Canes. Classic green and red Christmas elements come into play. Striped ribbon, stained glass ornaments, little bells, and berry picks, to name a few. You gotta love that huge candy cane and funny pair of elf feet sticking out of her white pre-lit Christmas tree.

Tip: Decorating for Christmas should be fun. Have a few good laughs with humorous elements. This brings out what the season is all about—joy!

#10 Tradition with a Twist

Classic white Christmas tree
Photo and white tree decor by Heather of WhipperBerry

Heather of WhipperBerry used traditional European Christmas elements on her white artificial tree. Stars, berries, and snowflakes in red, white, and gold make up the décor. Plus, ball ornaments patterned in plaid.

She took her theme a step further with decorative wooden skis and a tree topper that lights up. She chose sleek ornament shapes to give her classic white tree an updated look.

Tip: A color scheme with a few distinct hues make your decorations stand out even more against a white artificial Christmas tree.

Turn your dream of a white Christmas into reality. If this decorating guide helped, share it with those who want to know how you created your winter fantasy!

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