Festive-themed nails always add a special effect to your holiday look. And Christmas is the best time to wear special designs fitting both the season and the holiday itself. Believe it or not, it is not extremely difficult to create good looking and professional Christmas themed nails. All you need is a little bit of creativity and authenticity to design cute Christmas nail art designs. To help you take your Christmas nails to the next level, we present a fabulous list of 70 Christmas nail design ideas to complete your festive look.
1. Christmas Message
Let’s start with a simple nail design, which features a sparkling snow-white manicure and a funky Christmas message on it. This nail art piece is all about simplicity and minimalistic design.
2. Sparkling Christmas Manicure
Red and white are two colors that are almost always present when creating Christmas nail designs. The main manicure is the sparkling Christmas red color and the ring fingers are featured with winter themed nail art.
3. Christmas Nail Design Diversity
Sparkling gold, Christmas tree green and white and red Christmas patterns are all presented in one nail art design here. The goal of this nail design idea created with gel lacquer is to present the possible Christmas themed patterns on nails and the chance of using them together in one piece.
4. Full Package Christmas Nails
Sometimes it is a wonderful idea to combine different-themed designs in one nail art piece. And Christmas is a great time to recreate this style, as it inspires so many diverse nail design ideas. Starting from Santa gifts to decorated Christmas trees and snowflakes, all look amazing together.
5. Winter Themed French Manicure
French nails can serve as a wonderful base for any winter themed nail design, because they have the so necessary white part in it. The nail artist adds several sparkling snowflakes of different sizes in this case to perfectly get into the Christmas nails theme.
6. Sparkling Blue
Christmas Eve is a wonderful time not only for getting nails done, but also for subtle design choices, like this dense blue with the amazing sparkling effect. The great thing about this kind of nail design is the fact that it fits any nail type, regardless of different lengths and shapes.
7. Christmas Cartoon Mood
One can get extremely creative with Christmas nail designs, because the theme allows so many colors and patterns to be used to impress everyone. This cartoon and fairy-tale character design is definitely one of them, as there are millions of Christmas themed cartoons, movies and tales. This cute Christmas bear is a real painting art piece.
8. Christmas Decorations on Nails
Among millions of Christmas themed patterns, the Christmas tree and its decorations are an unlimited source of inspiration for nail design ideas. The dark red nail art below features Christmas tree toys and golden snowflakes all looking festive and glorious.
9. Stripes and Sparkles
If you are looking for something, which is both festive and simple, you need to look at the patterns like metallic stripes. And to avoid too boring styles, you can add shiny sparkles on ring finger nails. The background color should be chosen professionally to serve as a good-looking base for the mentioned patterns.
10. Festive Dark Red
When opting for the right colors for your Christmas nail design, you need to pick darker and warmer tones to match the Christmas mood. Dark red is probably one of the most popular tones used by millions of women and girls to decorate their nails in Christmas. This color fits longer nails and has a pure shining effect in it.
11. Santa Is on the Way
Switch on the Christmas mood. Santa is on the way! A lot of people like the patterns of Santa’s reindeer as a Christmas themed nail design. And you will agree that these patterns are also used in all design aspects, including shoes, socks, clothing, home decor, etc.
12. Black and White Christmas Patterns
Even if it sounds odd, black and white can also make a warm Christmas nail art design. Minimalist design patterns, like the linear Christmas tree and white dots are the essentials of this nail design. The base for this simple nail decoration is the popular French manicure.
13. Shattered Glass Abstract Nail Art
Shattered glass effect is a nice technique to implement while designing a festive Christmas nail art. The design below uses also the negative space trend to make a beautiful nail design. The color palette of black, white and grey fits the theme perfectly.
14. Cute Christmas Nail Design in Vintage Style
Here is a wonderful nail design idea for vintage style fans. Again the dominating colors are the tones of red and white. The nail artist uses both flat and 3D design patterns to create a lovely Christmas look.
15. Chrome Effect Nails
Chrome effect or mirror effect nails are one of the newest nail design trends. The chic look is created with the help of different shiny colors and using the tools like chrome nail polish, highly pigmented powder and metallic nail wraps.
16. Gold Foils on Christmas Nail Design
Dark plum and gold serve as a beautiful combination for creating a cool Christmas nail design. You will benefit from using these color tones, because you do not have to repeat the so popular red and white combination. Gold foils are used to decorate the ring fingers and the rest of the nails are dyed in a dark plum tone.
17. Matte Christmas Nails
Matte effect is not the usual one to take over the shining and glossy Christmas patterns, but it can still create beautiful Christmas nail designs. A great example presented below features the amazing combination of black, white and gold for a catchy and festive nail art design.
18. Red Gel Lacquer for a Christmas Nail Design
It is not only the darkest shade of red that fits the Christmas mood. Light and bright red tones also match the Christmas theme perfectly. Red gel lacquer is used to create a simple festive nail art along with sparkling golden manicure.
19. Glossy Silver Nails
Here is another festive nail art using one color tone only. Glossy silver shades are perfect to be used for Christmas nail art, especially if you have chosen to go for one color only. Short nails will look longer and more shining due to the rich color tone.
20. Funky Christmas Patterns
The candy combination of red, green and white used to create subtle Christmas patterns is there to be picked as a great Christmas nail design. Various patterns starting from diamond shapes up to vintage decors make an enchanting Christmas Eve nail art.
21. Blue and White Gel Nails
Seasonal nail designs can be very creative despite the fact that there are limited numbers of patterns that totally fit the mood. Snowflakes are the ones that are always present in winter and when it comes to Christmas themed nail design ideas. This French manicure with the blue gel and the white snowflakes creates a true winter mood.
22. Sweet Christmas Patterns
Candy patterns like white and red stripes and Christmas gift box designs are very popular in Christmas themed nail art. These design ideas are for those who prefer simple nail art designs without too much shine. Such patterns can be created easily at home without many efforts and professional nail brushes.
23. Golden Stripes
Metallic golden stripes look wonderful on the creamy white manicure. This is a good choice for minimalist nail art fans and can be easily achieved without any professional help. The ring finger nails wear golden sparkles and stand out in the simple stripes design.
24. Glorious Christmas Nails
This style uses small intricate jewels shining brightly for a Christmas Eve nail design. The nail art is created on the semi-permanent nail manicure and features nice Swarovski jewels. This style is definitely not the one to wear for weeks, but for a festive evening it will fit perfectly.
25. Blue and White Acrylic Nails
The blue and white color combination is another favorite one for Christmas nail designs. The great thing about this combination is the fact that both the colors can act as a background and a pattern color. In the design presented below we have a full range of winter and Christmas themed patterns all in the minimalistic trend.
26. Pretty Red Nail Design on Short Nails
Maintaining longer nails is a hard work in and of itself, which is why many practical women just go short. And the nail length is not an issue for creating amazing Christmas nail designs. Such a festive nail design features just a pretty red manicure with shiny gold gel on the ring finger.
27. Pastel Grey and Silver Nails for Christmas
If you are tired of the usual dark toned Christmas nail designs, here is a pastel shaded manicure featuring pastel grey and shiny silver.Subtle Christmas patterns are hand-painted and create a sweet mood not to miss the overall festive trends of Christmas.
28. The Festive Combination of Red and Silver
Shine is everywhere in Christmas themed nail designs. The best thing to do is to pick a good-looking color combination. Red and silver look pretty awesome for Christmas nail designs, especially if you choose to go for a shiny sparkling manicure.The dominating color is red and only one finger nail is painted in a glossy silver.
29. Glitter Nails in Blue and White
This nail artist combines two different nail techniques for this amazing Christmas themed nail art piece. She uses the mirror effect with the silver nail dye, and also the glittering manicure to achieve a totally shining style.
30. Candy Cane Stripes
Fans of sweet and simple nail art will appreciate the unlimited patterns and ideas for Christmas Eve using candy cane decors, like simple white stripes. The background color is a traditional red, which can also be replaced with an authentic green that also fits in with the theme.
31. Christmas Themed Gel Nails
We are in love with gel nails in the sweet combination of dark blue and shiny silver. The nail artist also implements metallic stripes to make short nails even longer and richer in the style. This is a type of manicure that you can wear for weeks and never get bored with due to the beautiful and simple look.
32. Black and Silver Christmas Nails
Gel manicures can be used for natural nails and create a fabulous look just like they do for semi-temporary or temporary nails.This design combination of black gel and silver sparkling glitter is an example of professionally cared natural nails.We recommend this style, especially the color combination for Christmas nail designs.
33. Hand-Painted Christmas Patterns
Nail masters take the nail art to the next level by creating fabulous hand-painted designs. And there is lots of appreciation for hand-painted designs, even if they are not as smooth as the ready-made patterns. Such an example is the nail art presented below, which features different Christmas nail design patterns all done by hand.
34. Christmas Nails with Tiny Jewels
Everyone would agree that there is no limit when designing a creative nail art piece for Christmas. This absolutely fantastic Christmas nail design is quite a fabulous choice for those who welcome rich and dense design ideas. Golden jewels and tiny manicure decorations are used to make a complete festive mood. No wonder, you are about to recreate this nail design.
35. Glitter Nail Polish in White and Gold
Glitter nail polish is a trendy style among Christmas themed nail designs.It can create an amazing shiny effect, though it is extremely hard to get a perfect application on your own. So if you have chosen this white and gold glittering nail polish for your Christmas nail style, make sure you watch professional how-to videos for a good result.
36. Mirror Effect Gold Nails
Mirror effect nails are another trend taking over the industry right now. And Christmas is a wonderful time to style nails in mirror or chrome effect using festive color tones, like dark red, gold or silver. Nail artists usually advise to implement it on longer nails to get the best look.
37. White 3D Effect
Here we present a simple and beautiful Christmas nail design idea for fans of simple looks. Shiny red lacquer does a great job on both natural and makeover nails. But the key successful element is the 3D white pattern on the ring finger. The 3D effect is something you can definitely try for Christmas nail designs, because it creates additional dimension letting you be way much more creative.
38. Cute Dotted Manicure
Polka dots have proved they are always in fashion no matter the season and the existing trends. If you have missed your lovely dotted manicures, make sure you pick a dotted Christmas design to recreate them in the festive winter mood. Here is an example to help you when it comes to putting together classic Christmas nail art patterns and polka dots.
39. Diverse Christmas Patterns
Some nail artists recommend trying diverse patterns in one Christmas nail art piece. To recreate such a design you need to pick different patterns in the same theme. Besides you need to pick a dominating color, choose whether your want to go for matte or shiny manicure, and then start designing your nails. Here are various patterns for you to recreate.
40. Glitzy Holographic Effect
Go ahead and pick this silver holographic effect for glitzy and swanky Christmas nail design. Besides the fact that it is on trend, it also fits perfectly the festive Christmas mood and the shiny and warm patterns of overall winter nail art.
41. Nail Jewelry
There are millions of nail accessories and jewels that can decorate your nails to achieve a stunning Christmas style. This new twist can be implemented both for one or multiple nails depending on your preferences. The white makeover nails wear glorious gold jewels representing a Christmas tree and its decorations.
42. Santa’s Stocking Cap
This nail artist uses negative space design and Santa’s stocking cap pattern to create a beautiful nail art piece for Christmas. Santa’s stocking cap is a popular pattern and can easily be painted with a detailed brush.
43. True Christmas Nail Decor
Here is how real festive Christmas nails look like! Really good Santa bear along with glittering green and shining red shades make a wonderful combination for Christmas Eve nail designs. The negative space effect featured in the design below creates an illusion of longer nails.
44. Dark Red Nails for Christmas
Here are shellac red nails to wear in Christmas. The shellac technique has longer life and makes you not spend a lot of time on making your nails over and over again. You can wear this dark red shellac for weeks and not bother to spend joyful Christmas vacations on nail design.
45. Disney Christmas Nails
Disney characters are perfect for cartoon nail art, as they are colorful, diverse and engaging. Disney Christmas nail art designs are for Disney fans to recreate their favorite characters in nail art using the 3D patterns effect.
46. Geometric Christmas Nails
Here is a non-traditional color combination for Christmas nail designs styled in geometric patterns. The geometric Christmas trees are represented with minimalist triangles and make a sweet manicure design. And the combination of grey, gold and black is an out-of-box option to be different from the rest of the popular color combos.
47. Christmas Patterns on Super Long Nails
Go festive by sporting snowflake talons on your super long nail makeovers.This nail artist picks a transparent background for red and gold snowflakes and other winter patterns. The nails look like having a printed effect with the patterns and the transparent nail lacquer.
48. Nude Nails
Who says that nude nails cannot shine? They do, and it looks so feminine.Silver metallic stripes decorate the nude cream-colored nails adding special shine and dimension. The nail artist also chooses to use glittering gold for a few fingers to create a truly festive Christmas nail art piece.
49. Dark Blue and Starry Talons
Here is a romantic nail design created with dark blue and starry silver patterns. A small portion of gold glitter is used to decorate the totally blue nails, while the ring finger nails wear silver stars looking like a shattered glass effect. The design does not necessarily have the exact Christmas patterns, but it has such a sweet winter feel that we are sure it will make a festive one for Christmas.
50. Pure Red Nail with Gold Glitter
Glitter effect is a versatile nail technique that can make any simple nail art piece a more attractive and festive one. It is not a secret that gold and red go hand in hand when talking about Christmas nail design ideas. So we recommend this nice red nail lacquer along with sexy gold glitters for your Christmas look.
51. 3D Effect on Extra Long Fake Nails
If you happen to choose fake nails instead of natural ones, make sure you do a professional application, which will let you pick so many creative and diverse designs. These extra long nails wear 3D Christmas decorations in silver, which melt beautifully into a snowy white.
52. Blue Glitter Nip Nails
Beautiful blue glitter running across the nails makes a subtle design for your next Christmas nail art. The winter mood is switched on with the help of the chosen color combination and the design patterns, like snowflakes and dots.
53. Winter Gel Polish in Sweet Rose and Gold
Here is another feminine color combination for you to get creative with Christmas nail art designs. The sweet rose and shiny gold combination creates a unique festive mood without too much design and overwhelming glitter.
54. Christmas Nails with Pearls and Jewels
Nothing can be compared with the elegance that tiny pearls can create on the nails. The cream to white ombre nail lacquer along with the pearls and small nail jewels is the way to go to achieve an elegant Christmas nail design.
55. Golden Ribbons
Metallic golden stripes continue to create various nail styles perfect for different seasons and trends. Christmas nail designs use suchstriped elements a lot. The nail design idea below suggests a pure white manicure along with tiny golden stripes and a gold glitter effect. This style is very easy to recreate at home and will definitely fit the overall Christmas look.
56. Line Patterns
Here we suggest another stylish manicure design to try to create at home. The red and matte rose line patterns are worn on a white nail lacquer.The natural short nails look really creative with this kind of simple and catchy styles. And the color combination definitely falls under Christmas festive color categories, so feel free to copy the design for the upcoming Christmas Eve.
57. Abstract Christmas Nail Art
This is probably one of the most beautiful color combinations for Christmas nail designs. Look at the dense green and the white tones matching perfectly the winter and Christmas celebrations mood. And the geometric abstract Christmas tree pattern makes these nails so sweet and special. You can implement this design idea both on fake and natural nails.
58. Half Moon Nails with Silver Glitter
This nail design is one of the most popular and favorite trends, which is often worn by celebrities.Nail artists put tons of efforts and skills to make fresh half moon designs and keep them on trend, as they are really perfect for different seasons. Besides the half moon effect can be created with millions of color tones, shades, glitters and other techniques.The example below features silver glitter making the half moon shape on a nude rose color.
59. Funky Christmas Nails
Here is a hand-painted funky nail art piece featuring a snowman, white and blue snow effect dots and silver glitters.The nails are natural of short length, so it is not a good idea to try heavy designed styles. Go for such a simple and easy-to-make nail design which will not take too much time and efforts.
60. Short and Simple
Sometimes beauty can be perfectly expressed with simplicity and authenticity. The nail art piece below is the vivid example of it. The nail artist chooses to use simple white on professionally cared short nails adding tiny glitzy effects, which will make sure that the festive style is present.
61. White Caviar Nails
If you are ready to move beyond the smooth nail polish and pick something edgier for this Christmas, the caviar nail technique is definitely for you. You can choose among all different colors, including snowy white, dark red, blue, silver or gold. No other nail accessory or finger rings are needed due to the luxurious look that caviar nails can create.
62. Hand-Painted Nail Art
Gel polish is a great technique to create hand-painted pieces of arts on your nails. You need to have a professional set of brushes to create amazing winter images and Christmas patterns in such a subtle and cute way. This wonderful winter forest image looks amazing on nails creating the real Christmas fairy-tale mood.
63. Dark Backgrounds
Christmas colors are so diverse that you will have no difficulty in picking matching tones and create true Christmas nail designs. The nail design idea below suggests darker backgrounds, like burgundy, dark blue, dark purple, glossy black and others. This choice will help you create the mysterious miracle mood that Christmas Eve has in it.
64. Acrylic Nail Technique for Glorious Christmas Nail Design
The acrylic technique is a way to have low maintenance nails, which last longer and can feature any type of nail decoration. In the example below the acrylic nails wear a wine red color background along with glitzy gold gel. Both the choice of color combination and the design patterns fit perfectly the Christmas theme.
65. The Harmony of Burgundy, Cream and Silver
Here is a sweet and out-of-box color combination for your Christmas nail design. Short and natural nails wear the three amazing color tones gloriously, looking well-groomed and ready for the Christmas celebrations. Never hesitate to go for non-traditional color combos. Just wear them confidently.
66. Gel Extension with Purple and Silver
We have different options when we head to salon to have our nails done. One of the most popular techniques is the fake nail application, which has two ways to go – gelextension or acrylic extension. Some experts argue that gel application is as strong as the acrylic one and looks very close to natural nails. There are a bunch of pros and cons, and you need to make your own decision. Just note here that gel or acrylic extensions can wear beautiful Christmas designs, even if you pick one color-toned nails and simple glitter silver.
67. Christmas Nail Bijous and Accessories
These acrylic nails wear festive jewels and accessories fitting quite well the Christmas theme. Christmas tree, its decorations and snowflakes are all combined in one black and white colored nail art.
68. Pretty Sparkling Manicure
This Christmas style manicure features subtle sugar effect on colorful nails. The sugar texture looks so sweet that you cannot resist trying it on your natural or acrylic nails. Besides the candy effect, it also creates a snowy look, which is the way to go to achieve a simple and cute Christmas nail design.
69. 3D Textures on Greyish Blue
Here is a combination of colder colors to pick for this Christmas. Greyish blue and white color tones look beautiful featuring 3D textures for an interesting nail art piece. This is a cute minimalist art to try especially when you are tired of too much glittering effects and dark shiny colors.
70. Sparkling Bling Nails
How about these trendy bling nails for the upcoming Christmas? You should definitely opt for million-dollar-looking bling nails if you are a fan of truly luxurious nail art designs. And remember, Christmas is a wonderful time to get shiny and sparkling nails, which usually fit perfectly the fabulous Christmas themes.