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Turns out, Grandma was right all along when she pulled out her retro ceramic Christmas tree every year along with the Christmas lights. Though charming vintage holiday decorations never really go out of style, these tabletop Tannenbaums are in full vogue once again and going fast at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Wayfair.
Here we've gathered the 12 best vintage-inspired ceramic Christmas trees to grace your home. But first, some history about the pretty figurines. Believe it or not, the trees first hit the scene back in the '40s but didn't become truly popular until the '70s. They were first designed (at least officially) by Atlantic Molds, but most vintage ones you'll find at flea markets or online sellers were made by Nowell. Many were part-DIY, starting with pre-made ceramic trees that were painted and assembled.
True vintage models scored at local and online antiques shops are most popular of all. If you have any extras hanging out in your attic, they could make you some big bucks. But if they have a great family story attached, you'll probably want to keep them as family heirlooms to pass on to the next generation.
Nowadays, you can find new vintage-inspired styles in a variety of colors, sizes, and designs, both battery-powered and electric. Going the authentic vintage route? You can find replacement lights for ceramic Christmas trees too. Whichever you choose, you're going to make Grandma very proud!
15" Green Ceramic Christmas Tree
This charming ceramic tree checks all the Christmas boxes—it's hand-painted, features multi-color lights and a clear star, and has a holly embellishment on the base. It comes in five designs, so this is also a great pick if you want white lights, snow-covered branches, an all-white tree, or even a festive candy cane-inspired palette. With 4.7 stars out of 8,000+ reviews on Amazon, it's one of the most customer-tested trees out there. Plugs in with 5-foot power cord with on/off switch.
Prefer a yellow star? Check on this similar ceramic tree.
15.5" Silver Ceramic Christmas Tree
Maybe you want to break up the red and green, or maybe you're going all in on a silvery retro look for the holidays. Either way, this silver beauty with multicolor lights and bright yellow star is glorious. Want a bit more color? Check out the "pearl emerald" option for the best combination of metallic and traditional green, or "pearl pink" for a bright metallic hue. Plugs in with 5-foot power cord.
Ready-to-Paint Ceramic Bisque Large Christmas Tree
Looking for a fun DIY element? How very retro of you! Back in the day, many crafted their very own starting with pre-made ceramic trees, and you can do the same. Paint this bisque ceramic tree however you like. Twist-in multi-color bulbs, red star, and power cord with main light bulb included.
Treasured Traditions Green Porcelain Light-Up Tree
With a 24k gold hand-painted star, this Lenox porcelain tree with a pretty garland detail and multicolored lights will fit right in with your fine china during the holidays. Battery operated.
14" Nostalgic Pink Ceramic Tree
The vintage-factor is high on this pink tree. Snowy highlights, a fir tree-like texture on the branches, and a sweet star-shaped based wins the title of prettiest in pink, but we have a few other pink favorites too. Battery operated with 4-hour timer.
Find your pink of perfection:
Prefer a solid pink glaze? See Casafield's pink tree (it also has a cute base with raised holly detail).
Looking for something more petite? Blissun's 10" tree comes in pink too.
Want a larger statement piece? Then upgrade to the Mr. Christmas 18" pink tree.
Craving a more vibrant pink? Merchant Mills' "pearl pink" tree is a shiny, eye-popping shade.
Ceramic Christmas Tree Cactus
Love cacti? This ceramic "tree" with multi-colored lights has all the nostalgic elements of a vintage tree—in the cutest cactus form. Plugs in with power cord with on/off switch.
10" Ceramic Christmas Tree
At only 10" high, this cute ceramic tree, like many of the options here, has multicolored lights and a clear star. But the gifts hand-painted around the base is a detail that makes it stand out from the crowd. Some reviewers say it's smaller than they expected; just keep in mind that the star counts toward the total height. Also available in white and pink. Plugs in with 5-foot power cord with on/off switch.
15" Red Nostalgic Ceramic Tree
This retro-inspired red ceramic tree with snowy details looks like it was plucked from the pages of a vintage Christmas storybook. Battery operated with 4-hour timer.
Treasured Traditions Ivory Porcelain Lit Tree
Want a white ceramic Christmas tree that's not too stark? The ivory version of Lenox's porcelain tree is perfect. Multicolored lights and a 24k gold star add just the right amount of color. Battery operated.
Check out these white ceramic tree options too:
Know you want a white ceramic tree but can't decide between clear or multi-color bulbs? Casafield's white tree comes with one set of each.
13" Green Ceramic Christmas Tree
The glitter-touched branches of this charming Kurt Adler tree with multi-color lights will make you feel like you're dancin' and prancin' in the frosty air. Battery operated.
For another snowy option, check out this tree.
15" Peppermint Ceramic Christmas Tree
This peppermint-inspired palette looks good enough to eat. Plugs in with a 5-foot power cord with on/off switch. Plugs in with 5-foot power cord with on/off switch.
15.5" Hand-Painted Ceramic Christmas Tree
Can't decide between multi-color or clear bulbs? You're good, because this ceramic tree comes with a full set of both, including coordinating star toppers. For the tree itself, choose between a green, white, or pink tree. Whatever the color, the raised holly design is an adorable touch. Plugs in with 5-foot power cord with on/off switch.
Tips for Sprucing Up a Vintage Ceramic Tree
If you scored a vintage ceramic tree, you might need to spruce it up a bit (pun very much intended!). Luckily, it's easy to track down replacement bulbs to make your tree merry and bright again. There are even replacement ceramic tree bases on the market for bigger restoration projects. Talk about a Christmas miracle!
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