It’s been a long year, and I’ve been looking for every excuse to put up the Christmas tree a few months early—and this new holiday trend has me inspired. Every year, my grandma sets up a classic Christmas village, complete with twinkling lights and miniature people. It’s one of my very favorite holiday traditions, so I was excited to find that people are turning the classic Christmas villages into an all-new holiday trend.
You’re likely familiar with the history of these Christmas villages, but did you know these miniature houses can actually double as ornaments for your tree? That’s right—Christmas village trees will be this year’s biggest holiday trend, and I’m can't wait to get my display up.
Searches for ‘Christmas village trees’ are up more than 100% over the last five years according to Google Trends, and it’s easy to see why people are so excited about making them. These festive trees are decorated with the traditional lights and ornaments, but also feature full-size pieces from Christmas village sets, and the results are truly magical. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ideas to help inspire your own Christmas decorating.
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Pretty in Pink
This pink tree styled by Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed holds twelve miniature pastel houses, each with a small gift inside. That's right—this gorgeous tree doubles as a holiday advent calendar! Check out her how-to instructions for this bright pink 4-foot tree (hint: she used unfinished birdhouses for the village pieces), and pick up some inspiration for your own Christmas village display.
Colorful or neutral Christmas tree? 🎄🌈🖤 We personally love both but are drawn to color so a white tree was a challenge for us... DIY Christmas village added in for color? Check! Featured in this months issue of @hgtv mag? Check! 😱🥰 So exciting! (Swipe to seeee!) #lollyjaneinprint
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Pop of Pastel
Twin sister duo Kristi and Kelli from Lolly Jane used an artificial white tree for the backdrop of their Christmas village display, and I love the way the pastel village houses pop against the light background. To recreate the look, check out their full tutorial. One of the reasons I love this trend so much is because you can make a tree that matches any decorating style. Opt for bright pastels, traditional reds and greens, or stick to a monochromatic look. If you’re looking for a Christmas village to purchase for your tree, here are five of our favorites.
For this Christmas village tree, our editors stuck to a neutral color palette of white and silver on a traditional green tree. Instead of flocking the tree, we accented the branches with fluffy faux cotton snow, then added silver and white snowflake-inspired ornaments to give it a winter wonderland feel. We finished the look with battery-operated miniature white houses and churches that twinkle even more than the Christmas tree lights.
I have always loved Christmas Villages and this year I decided to do this cute and fun Christmas Village Christmas tree. When I saw these cute villages houses I knew I needed them. We partnered with @joann_stores to decorate this unique Christmas tree and I could not be happier with the outcome. I LOVE this Christmas tree. #handmadewithjoann #ad
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You don't need to go out and buy a whole new tree and a fresh set of ornaments to try this trend. Use a Christmas village you already have (if the pieces aren't too heavy, you can add hook screws to the top of each house to create an ornament) and decorate the tree with ornaments, ribbons, and lights that are already in your holiday collection. We love how simple and elegant this farmhouse-inspired look is. Savannah from Classy Clutter used white lights, buffalo check ribbon, and plain ball ornaments to decorate her tree before adding the village pieces.