Christmas Nail Design Ideas: Certain traditions get us in the holiday spirit: putting on some jolly tunes, decorating the tree in cozy pajamas and fuzzy socks, and giving ourselves a Christmas manicure. ‘Tis the season for all the shimmer, shine, and holiday hues—red, hunter green, winter white, gold, icy blue—and there are plenty of holiday nail polish colors on the market and no shortage of festive symbols and motifs to inspire.
To help guide you, we put together a list of ideas for Christmas nail art designs, including an elevated French tip, Santa-inspired art, snowflake accents, and more. The best part is, thanks to nail stickers, press-on, and stencils, even those of us with the unsteadiest hands can create these styles easily. Keep scrolling for major inspo.
1. Sparkly French Tip
Manicurist Kassandra Jones adds a Christmas twist to a French manicure with rose gold tips and chic leafy accents.
2. Metallic Tips
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, If sparkles aren’t your thing, silver metallic adds an edgy twist to your holiday manicure.
3. Asymmetrical French
This colorful asymmetrical French mani reminds us of those rainbow candy canes that add a beautiful touch of color to your Christmas tree.
4. Golden Accents
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Make your minimalist manicure more festive with a subtle golden accent.
5. Candy Cane
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Draw inspiration from a Christmas favorite—candy canes! This red-and-white abstract manicure is a subtle nod to the holidays.
6. Fairy Dust
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, This iridescent sparkling manicure is as magical as this time of year.
7. Studded French Tips
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Tom Bachik’s holiday collaboration with impress nails makes achieving a festive manicure easy and fast. This set is one of our favorites because it adds a trendy twist to a classic style.
8. Christmas Greenery
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Spice up a neutral manicure with on-theme nail stickers, like these.
9. Half-Moon Sparkles
One of the biggest nail trends of the year are half-moon manicures. To make it more seasonally festive, add sparkles on the lower part of your nail.
10. Glazed Donut Nails
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, You’ve probably seen glazed donut nails all over your social feeds and for good reason. It’s perfect for Christmas time because of the soft wintery-white iridescence.
11. Grinch Manicure
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, If the Grinch is your favorite Christmas character, you might consider this neon-meets-sparkly French tip manicure.
12. Tree Lights
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Here’s proof that multicolored Christmas lights can brighten up a creamy neutral polish.
13. Red Glitter
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Nail artist Jessica Reohr jazzes up an all-red manicure with pops of glitter for the holidays.
14. Molten Lava
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, If you don’t love a literal Christmas manicure, these dripping emerald tips with a golden accent is elegant and unexpected.
15. Ho Ho Ho
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, If you’re looking to take a red manicure to the next level this Christmas, try out this fun “ho, ho, ho” design by Utah-based nail technician Liz Henson.
16. Muted Red
For those who prefer to save the bright reds for summer, try a muted version.
17. Jelly Green
Christmas Nail Design Ideas, Jelly nails are popular for its see-through finish and glossy shine. For a holiday take, opt for a green shade that pays tribute to the winter foliage.
18. Soft Ombré
Minimalist doesn’t have to equal boring. The ombré on this manicure is so soft and subtle, but still festive and bright.