54 Festive Christmas Nails Ideas for the Holidays

Updated on December 5, 2023
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    54 Festive Christmas Nails Ideas for the Holidays

    Santa is coming to town, and it’s time to prepare. If Christmas nails sound like Christmas carols to your ears, then stick around cause we have 54 different Christmas nail ideas you can gather inspiration from for your next manicure. These various colors, shapes, and design ideas will get your creative juices flowing just in time for the holiday festivities.

    Gingerbread Nails Video Tutorial

    Try this super cute Christmas Nails style in this simple, step-by-step video.

    Simple Christmas Nails

    Sometimes with everything going on around the holidays, the dinners, the shopping, the entertaining, the parties, it can become overwhelming. If the last thing you want is exceptionally festive nails that only add to the Christmas chaos, give these nails a shot.

    Red is an excellent color for the holidays because almost any shade of it screams Christmas. For simple Christmas nails, we recommend going for a deep warm shade of red, like a glass of red wine.

    Red Christmas Nails

    The shade red is a perfect winter and Christmas color. Not only does it look lovely on your wrapping paper, your Christmas tree, or Santa’s hat, but it also looks stunning on your fingernails. The added shine to red nails will give them an elevated look. You may think this manicure is hard to achieve, but what if we told you it’s straightforward and you can do it at home?

    Here are a few easy steps to getting red chrome nails like these:

    What you’ll need:

    • Red Nail Polish
    • Base Coat
    • Chrome Pigment
    • Buffer
    • Top Coat
    Steps To Achieve Christmas Ornament Nails Description
    Step 1: Apply a base layer of your base coat to your nails.
    Step 2: Apply as many layers of your red polish till the color is where you want it.
    Step 3: Once the nail polish has completely dried, dip your buffer brush into the chrome pigment and lightly buff it onto your nails.
    Step 4: Once it becomes as reflective as you want it, apply a top coat to seal it all in.

    Now that you have completed all four steps, you should have extra shiny and ornament-looking red Christmas nails. The chrome pigment is the star of the show, looking like a million mini mirrors are plastered onto your fingernails.

    Zohna Tip

    You can do this with any color, and it will look just as fantastic.

    White Christmas Nails

    If you want white Christmas nails for their simplicity or a chance to show off your love for snow, these oval nails are perfect. Using white and silver polish dotted all over the nail’s tip and maybe even adding a few smaller distinct white snowflakes is a unique Christmas manicure. This is also an easy manicure to do at home if you have the right tools, such as:

    1. Dotting tool
    2. Nail liner brush

    Acrylic Christmas Nails

    If the Christmas season is your time to ball out with your manicures, we suggest going for acrylic nails to get the best results. This is because not only do they look good, but acrylic nails add length, resulting in more room for your nail art.

    These cute dark blue nails give off an icy vibe while simultaneously being cute and charming. The coffin-shaped acrylic Christmas nails allow nail artists to draw designs like Christmas dwarfs, snowflakes, and tartan. With shorter nails, this may have been very difficult.

    Cute Christmas Nails

    One of the cutest things about the Christmas holidays has to be all the little characters that embody it, such as Santa’s reindeer, snowmen, gingerbread men, elves, and many more. Try incorporating your favorite Christmas character for cute Christmas nails this year. If you also like Rudolf, just like us, give these red and beige Christmas nails a whirl, but don’t forget to add a little reindeer design to one of your fingernails.

    Candy Cane Nails

    Halloween has candy corn, Valentine’s day has chocolate, and Christmas has candy canes. If you are a sweets lover, we suggest putting the infamous candy cane stripes or individual candy cane designs on your Christmas nails. With the right tools, this manicure isn’t hard to achieve at home, but it will also look nice when done in the salon.

    Candy Cane Stiletto Nails


    When you were a kid, did you ever suck the bottom end of the candy cane into a sharp point? If you know what we’re talking about, think that but in the form of Christmas nails. Stiletto nails are a shape of acrylic nails. They look almost claw-like with sharp pointy tips.

    These acrylic nails add both length and more surface area for fun, festive Christmas designs. If simple red and white stripes aren’t enough, try adding snowflakes or stars to your ring fingers, similar to the photo.

    Gel Christmas Nails

    Getting a gel manicure is a perfect idea for the holidays. There’s no denying that it can be the most beautiful time of year, but it can also be the busiest time of the year. If you are lumped into the group of people with limited time over the holidays, we suggest getting a gel manicure.

    Gel polish typically lasts between 2 to 3 weeks before it starts to chip. If you get it near the beginning of December, it will be time to change them just after Christmas and just in time for a new set of New Years’ Eve nails.

    Nightmare Before Christmas Nails

    If one of your favorite Christmas pass times is snuggling up on the couch with a hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie, we have the perfect Christmas nails for you. We suggest incorporating designs that represent your favorite holiday movie into your manicure.

    If the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of your favorites, try doing something similar to these nails. These might be a bit spooky for the Christmas festivities, but if it’s something you love, who cares.

    Zohna Tip

    For nails this intricate, it might be your best bet to buy press-on nails with the designs already on them or to get nail stickers.

    Coffin Christmas Nails

    Coffin Christmas nails sound like an oxymoron, but we promise you it’s not what you think. A coffin nail is a nail shape. Coffin Christmas nails are not necessarily about what’s on the nails and more about the shape. You can add nearly anything to your coffin nails, red, white, or green, perhaps an elf or snowflakes.

    The characteristics of coffin nails are:

    1. Long
    2. Round at the edges of the tip
    3. Flat at the very tip
    4. Resembles the shape of a coffin

    If you aren’t sure what design you want for your coffin manicure, these pretty dark blue and sparkly nails are ideal and look great with the shape. Sometimes because the nail shape is already dramatic, adding drama to the nails with designs can become too much. Therefore, going for a similar look to the photo is a great way to keep the drama low while still looking festive.

    Green Christmas Nails

    One of the all-time best Christmas movies is The Grinch. It never gets old and is just as good every Christmas season. If you feel the same way and want to elevate your green Christmas nails, we suggest taking some inspiration from the legend himself, Dr. Zeus.

    Short Christmas Nails

    French tip nails are a huge trend, and we suggest capitalizing on that for your Christmas nails this season. Take these lovely navy french tip nails as an example. Even though the white has been swapped out for a blue shade, they still look elegant and crisp. To make it more festive, don’t be afraid to add little designs like Christmas nail stickers.

    Nail stickers are a cute and fun way to incorporate nail art without the time and patience they take to create. If you are unsure of whether or not nail stickers are a right fit for your Christmas nails, here’s a pros and cons list to help.

    Pros of Nail Stickers Cons of Nail Stickers
    Pre-cut Can’t be reused
    Can get almost any illustration on the sticker Come in one-size-fits-all
    Easy to use Not great for intricate designs
    Has own adhesive Can’t cut the smallest sizes smaller

    Christmas Gel Nails

    Christmas Gel NailsInstagram@agnes.k_aPIN

    Gel polish is excellent for those looking to have a long-lasting manicure for the holiday season. Finding time to go to the nail salon or paint your nails during the holiday can take time and effort. Gel polish lasts up to 3 weeks, perfect for those on a time crunch.

    What we like most about these Christmas gel nails is that they aren’t the typical nails you’d see over the holidays. We acknowledge that all the bright greens, reds, and golds might not be your thing. These give off a winter holiday feel, while the lovely dark silver gives a cold icicle vibe.

    Pink Christmas Nails

    The color pink and Christmas aren’t two things you often think of together. However, for all those reading this who love the color pink and the Christmas holidays, we got you. The trick to incorporating pink and Christmas is to do something on every finger representing the holiday, like candy cane patterns, glitter, snowflakes, and sweater patterns, but make them pink.

    Black Christmas Nails

    One of the prettiest sites to see during winter is snowfall at night. Everything goes silent, and all you see is snow dumping down, illuminated under a street light. Fun fact, if you have ever noticed that it goes hushed while it snows, that is because the snow absorbs the sound around you.

    Just because black isn’t your usual Christmas color doesn’t mean you can’t make it festive. Adding small snowflake designs will really bring to life that snowfall-at-night look.

    Christmas Press-On Nails

    One of the best things about press-on nails over the holidays is all the different designs already available for you. Press-on nails make it effortless to have a perfect Christmas manicure for your festivities. These gingerbread press-on nails are a great example. They are fun and festive, full of intricate little designs. Having this one done in the salon would likely take hours and result in a numb bum. But you can skip all that with the press on nails.

    Acrylic Coffin Christmas Nails

    Some people in this world are blessed with strong nails that can grow out without breaking. If that’s not you, you have come to the right place. Acrylic coffin Christmas nails will make your fingers look primed and ready for the holiday season and long and thick, just like we dream of. Acrylic coffin nails are fake nails in the shape of a coffin. Traditionally a coffin shape is long, rounded at the edges, flat at the very tip, and resembles a coffin.

    We suggest these blue snowflake chrome and sparkle nails. The dark blue, lightly coated with chrome pigment and painted over with white polish and glitter, is the perfect combination.

    Easy Christmas Nails

    One of the best ways to do an easy manicure that looks anything but easy is to incorporate more than one color. These nails here are an ideal example. Using the Christmas tree green paired with the shimmering gold makes this manicure look like a well-thought-out decision. In reality, all it took was the use of two different colors.

    Christmas Tree Nails

    What would be cuter than having little pine trees on your Christmas nails? If you love going and getting your tree for the holidays, decorating it with the family, and turning on the lights for the first time after it’s done, then the nails will be perfect for you.

    These little Christmas tree nails will remind you of the smell of pine and how pretty a Christmas tree is. These nails are a perfect opportunity to try out some nail stickers.

    Christmas Ombre Nails


    A fun way to encapsulate the glitter and shine of the holidays is by adding both to your Christmas nails. You can take it further than using one glitter by adding two shimmer colors and creating an ombre effect. Ombre is a two-toned color effect typically darker at the bottom and lighter at the top.

    White Ombre Christmas Nails

    If you’re into the ombre glitter but not with all the colors, instead try white ombre Christmas nails with white and silver colors. These Christmas nails are elegant and classy, but the silver sparkle adds character and festive fun. Ombre nails are super easy to achieve at home.

    Red and Green Christmas Nails

    Two of the most infamous Christmas colors are two shades that look great on a fresh set of manicured hands. Red and green go together and scream Christmas, perfect for Christmas nails. You can either alternate colors or do all fingers on color except for one. Choosing your Christmas nails is a time for you to be creative. You can take inspiration from these nails and do a red and green ombre style.

    Red and White Christmas Nails

    Another Christmas color combination that oozes the Christmas spirit is red and white. You could go for a candy cane approach or something less predictable like these red and white swirl nails. This melted candy cane-looking manicure is a fantastic way to add a modern twist to your Christmas nails.

    Red and white can be two very bright colors, but to tone them down a bit, doing a nail look similar to this can make the colors less prominent as they cover less of the nails.

    Classy Christmas Nails

    When we picture classy nails, we think simple but elegant, your typical nude color with a hint of that Christmas magic, aka glitter. If you are one of those people that a) likes it natural and b) sticks to routine, classy Christmas nails will likely be just what you are searching for.

    These pink nude nails are the ideal length and color and something you probably already get at your regular nail appointments. However, by adding a bit of glitter, you are elevating them to look more Christmassy.

    Christmas Stiletto Nails

    Stiletto nails are a nail shape that is long and pointy. They are great for creating Christmas designs because of the added length and surface area. Because of their length and size, they add a lot of drama. If you want to add even more drama to your Christmas stiletto nails, try to apply gems and rhinestones similar to this image.

    Applying gems and rhinestones is a straightforward process and only takes a few minutes.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Rhinestones
    • Top coat
    • Rhinestone picker dotting pen

    Now that you have all the tools, here is a step-by-step process to add some drama to your Christmas nails:

    1. Using the dotting pen with the rubber end, pick up the rhinestone and place it on top of the polish while it’s still a bit sticky.
    2. If the polish has already dried, the stone won’t stick. You can always apply a layer of top coat to work as a binding agent.
    3. Once the rhinestone has dried into place, apply two layers of top coat to ensure it won’t come off.

    Christmas French Nails

    Christmas French NailsInstagram@sogelousPIN

    Going for a classic french tip nail over the Christmas holiday is always the right idea. They’re clean, sharp looking, and the perfect amount of sexy. If you don’t want to stop there, there are ways to jazz up your essential french tips, such as:

    1. Adding glitter
    2. Adding nail stickers
    3. Changing the tip color
    4. Adding gemstones
    5. Adding a design

    If option five speaks to you, these cute Santa hat french tip nails will have you swooning over your fingernails this winter.

    Christmas Glitter Nails

    Over the Christmas season, everything sparkles, so why shouldn’t you? There are so many different glitter colors, but the ones that scream Christmas the most are these green, red, and silver glitter nails. The fun thing about these is that they don’t look like much in dull lighting, but when they catch the light, they will glitter and shine.

    Zohna Tip

    Glitter nail polish is tricky to remove, so make sure you have a 100% acetone nail polish remover; it will work the best and quickest.

    Black Glitter Christmas Nails

    White Glitter

    Just because black isn’t generally associated with Christmas doesn’t mean it’s not a nail color to be worn during the holidays. However, if you want to make it seem more festive, try going for black glitter Christmas nails. These are really stunning; as a bonus, they’ll look good with whatever outfits you have chosen for your holiday events.

    Blue Glitter Christmas Nails