16 Christmas Nail Designs I Simply Can't Stop Staring At

Whether you're a regular at your nail salon or have your at-home manicure setup on lock, doing your nails has become synonymous with a little self-care. There's something about having a fresh mani that just makes us feel so put-together—which is why we're making a point to polish up our paws ahead of the holiday season. Figuring out what to do with your nails, though, isn't always the easiest, and when you're standing in front of a wall of hundreds of different polishes (or getting inspired by a slew of nail ideas on Instagram), it's easy to get overwhelmed.

Here's what we'd do: With the holidays just around the corner (we can't believe it either!), why not stay on theme by trying out a Christmas nail art idea that's equal parts festive and cute? We found 16 different manis—from a candy cane–inspired set to a speckled snowflake design—that are sure to step up your holiday look this year. Pick your favorite, take a screenshot of it, and then practice your DIY skills (or if you're like me, simply stare in awe at how pretty they are).

1. Tartan Print

Tartan is an essential Christmas print.

2. Gold & Emerald

This gold-and-emerald combination captures the holiday color scheme in a non-cliché way.

3. Glitter Ombré

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Ombré nails are so much more festive when glitter is involved.

4. Mistletoe Print

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Now, this is a perfect Christmas mani.

5. Abstract Holiday Designs

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This out-of-the-box creation is a pure work of art.

6. Snowflakes

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Frosty flakes are the nail art design for Christmas Eve. 

7. Plaid Red

Plaid is just perfect for this time of year.

8. Statement-Making Jewels

Go bold with some brightly colored gems.

9. Pearl Embellishments

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Try a few pearly white embellishments (also a fashion-girl favorite) for the holidays.

10. Festive French Tips

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This one's simple but still feels holiday-centric.

11. Holly Designs

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This one hits on a total Christmas classic.

12. Burgundy With Gold Tips

For a simple but chic nail look, go for burgundy and add a touch of gold.

13. Holiday Tuxedo Designs



If subtlety is your strong suit, try this opaque white tuxedo design.

14. Candy Cane Designs

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Here's one way to rock candy-cane nails this holiday season.


15. Spatial Green Designs

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This design works all year round, but the deep green feels especially right for the holidays.

16. Green & Red Flecks



Sprinkle a few red and green flecks into the mix or throw a few red dots on top of a pine-colored polish. Either way, it's stunning for Christmas.

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This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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