Complete Your Holiday Outfit with These Pretty Christmas Nail Ideas

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25 Best Christmas Nail Ideas to Try This HolidayChristina Radcliffe

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There are so many things to love about Christmastime, and one of them is dressing up for the season. We can't get enough of all the cozy and cute Christmas sweaters, holiday dresses, and head-to-toe accessories. But your Christmas outfits simply wouldn't be complete without a pretty holiday manicure. To help point you in the right direction, we've rounded up the best Christmas nail ideas with festive designs like snowmen, Santa Claus, snowflakes, Christmas ornaments, and more. There's even one that has Christmas tree lights that actually glow in the dark—talk about making your holiday merry and bright!

If nail art isn't your thing, you can go for one of the solid color manicures topped with glitter for a celebratory touch. You'll find a lot of options with everybody's two favorite Christmas colors, red and green, but there are also some with unexpected color palettes that will wow all of your friends and family. The best part is that you don't have to choose just one of these manicures. Pick a few of your favorites and swap them all holiday season long!

Red and Green Glittery Tips Manicure

If you love sparkles, you have to try this shimmering silver manicure with red and green glitter tips. It will stand out, no matter what you're wearing!

Get the tutorial at Chalkboard Nails.


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Chalkboard Nails

Candy Cane French Tip Manicure

Is a French manicure your go-to? Put a holiday twist on your signature style by adding mistletoe along the tips and accent nails featuring candy cane and Christmas sweater designs.

Get the tutorial at Nailed It .

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Nailed It

Modern Christmas Tree Manicure

Embrace modern style this holiday season with this unusual take on Christmas trees. The unexpected color palette makes it even more fun.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY!.

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Studio DIY!

Christmas Snakeskin Manicure

We love animal print everything—even at Christmastime! Learn how to create this moody red and green manicure with a trendy snakeskin effect.

Get the tutorial at Chalkboard Nails.

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Chalkboard Nails

Glow-in-the-Dark Christmas Lights Manicure

Make your Christmas merry and bright with this Christmas light manicure. You'll use glow-in-the-dark polish to make them really shine.

Get the tutorial at Chalkboard Nails.


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Chalkboard Nails

Sparkly Mint Green Manicure

Have a Christmas party on your nails with this mint green manicure featuring a topper of red, green, and gold glitters.

Get the tutorial at Chalkboard Nails.

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Chalkboard Nails

Holographic Christmas Song

You know that silly song "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"? Now you can wear it on your nails with this quirky manicure.

Get the tutorial at Nailed It.

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Nailed It

Pink Christmas Sweater Manicure

It's Christmas sweater season, and we found the perfect accessory! This manicure features a festive fair isle print in different shades of pink.

Get the tutorial at Chalkboard Nails.

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Chalkboard Nails

Color-Changing Snowflakes Manicure

Celebrate the snowy season with pretty neutral nails topped with purple snowflakes. The snowflakes even change color depending on the temperature—so cool!

Get the tutorial at Chalkboard Nails.

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Chalkboard Nails

Swarovski Crystal Christmas Manicure

For the perfect mix of glamorous and playful, try this white mani featuring holiday designs like Christmas tree ornaments, gingerbread men, and candy cane stripes. Top it off with Swarovski crystals for a touch of holiday sparkle.

Get the tutorial at Nailed It.


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Nailed It

Christmas Ornaments Manicure

After you're done decorating your tree with all your favorite ornaments, it's time to give your nails the same treatment! This one can be customized with any color Christmas balls you'd like.

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Christina Radcliffe

Holiday Sprinkles Manicure

This playful nail idea brings to mind yummy Christmas cookies topped with red and green sprinkles. Finish it off with a glossy topcoat for added shine.

Get the tutorial at Nailed It.

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Nailed It

Fair Isle Snowflake Manicure

This cute manicure is giving so much Scandinavian style. It's like a little Christmas sweater for your nails!

Get the tutorial at Nailed It.

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Nailed It

Plaid Christmas Tree Manicure

'Tis the season for festive plaid! This green and gold plaid manicure is made all the cuter with the addition of a white accent nail featuring a minimalist Christmas tree design.

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Christina Radcliffe

Santa Suit Manicure

Speaking of Santa Claus, here's a manicure that pays tribute to his signature red and white suit! The black belt with a glittery gold buckle is such a cute finishing touch.


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Christina Radcliffe

'Ho Ho Ho' Manicure

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Even Santa Claus would be impressed by this sparkly red and white manicure featuring one of his most famous catchphrases on a couple of the nails.

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Tatiana rico

Creamy Christmas Lights

Here's another Christmas light design that we absolutely adore! The colorful lights look so pretty against a creamy white nail.

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Christina Radcliffe

Mistletoe Manicure

Need another excuse to smooch your sweetheart this holiday season? Try this mistletoe-print manicure for lots of Christmas love!

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Christina Radcliffe

Holly Berries and Stripes Manicure

This holly berry and stripes look is adorable! Alternate between nails, or just pick your favorite design for all.

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Christina Radcliffe

Stocking Stuffer Manicure

Opening presents is undeniably one of the most fun things about Christmas! Now you can bring a little bit of that magic to your nails with inspiration from this matte stocking stuffer manicure.


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Christina Radcliffe

Gold Poinsettia Manicure

Poinsettias are everybody's favorite Christmas plant, so you know this one is bound to be a hit! We love this sophisticated color combination of white and gold, too.

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Christina Radcliffe

Christmas Gift Manicure

Treat yourself to this Christmas gift-themed manicure in shades of red and green. The white bow on top makes it feel even more festive.

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Aitor Diago

Winter Wonderland Manicure

Let it snow! You'll feel like you're walking in a winter wonderland with this stunning blue, white, and silver manicure topped with shimmering snowflake decals.

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Red and Gold Leaf Manicure

A classic red manicure is always in style. Give it a little extra holiday flair by adding a gold leaf-inspired detail to a couple accent nails.


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Dariia Chernenko

Snowman Manicure

You'll feel like such a jolly, happy soul with these snowman-inspired nails. The abstract design makes this look easy to achieve while still being wow-worthy!

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Christina Radcliffe

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