Oh! Christmas Trees!

Need a little Christmas tree inspiration? We've gathered some of the most beautiful of our readers' favorite Christmas trees to spark your holiday decorating spirit!

My infatuation with Christmas trees goes way back. In fact, it was first love at first sight. My mother says that my first spoken sentence was “See the lights!” as I gazed from the backseat of our family’s Rambler, dazzled by the holiday trees in our neighbors’ windows.

Based on response to the Christmas trees we share in the magazine and on social media, it’s a nearly universal fondness. I’ve gathered nearly two dozen of the most beloved trees from our pages to inspire your decorating, or to just enjoy and pass along on your phone with a note saying, “See the lights!”

Click the “See the story.” link in the photo captions to see more holiday decor from each home.

Kitchen Christmas Tree, Norway Spruce

Paying homage to farm life, glass chicken ornaments fill the Norway spruce in Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez’s farmhouse kitchen. See the full story.

Photo by Jenn Verrier

Floral design and interiors by Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

Christmas tree in Cara Brown's gallery with dog sleeping.

Lois Lane, the family Golden Retriever, is no doubt the best gift under jewelry and fashion designer Cara Brown’s tree. Floral designer Jennifer Figge filled the tree with antique bells and a combo of fresh and dried florals. Flowers and greenery include Queen Anne’s lace, tulips, bay leaf, eucalyptus, and English ivy. A circa 1800s antique angel crowns the tree. See the story.

Photo by Tria Giovan

French Country Christmas, Courtney Allison

Courtney Allison’s office mantel is dressed with eucalyptus and flowers that mingle perfectly with a crisp white Christmas tree covered in vintage-style blush baubles and a pearl garland. See the story.

Photo by Courtney Allison from her book, French Country Cottage (Gibbs Smith).

Lighted Christmas tree with red ornaments and ribbons. Fireplace and mantel decorated with magnolia branches.

The family room tree at designer Barry Dixon’s home is filled with red ornaments, while simple arrangements of magnolia leaves adorn the mantel. It’s just one of a dozen trees that will be decorated to grace this 1907 Edwardian-style house nestled amidst almost 400 acres in Virginia’s horse country. See the story.

Photo by Erik Kvalsvik

Living room vignette with an antique upholstered chair, antique wood and glass display cabinet, and a blue spruce covered in ornaments and white holiday lights

At Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez’s farmhouse, the living room’s blue spruce was chosen for its strong limbs that can support lots of ornaments. The tree-topper, crafted by Davis, is a sentimental favorite. See the full story.

Photo by Jenn Verrier

Floral design and interiors by Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

blue-and-white living room decor, Christmas tree, mantle garland, potted amaryllis flowers

Miniature versions of Tina Yaraghi’s personal collection of ginger jars, urns, and tea caddies serve as Christmas tree ornaments. The sprawling Kashan rug corrals multiple seating areas and supports the blue-and-white palette inspired by Tina’s Chinese export porcelain. See the story.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge | Styling by Margaret Zainey Roux

A Christmas tree covered exclusively with ornaments in the shape of reindeer.

The tree in Shelley Johnstone’s study is covered exclusively with ornaments in the shape of reindeer, a common theme for her Christmas décor. See the story.

Photo by Aimee Mazzenga | Styling by Cate Ragan

Spruce Christmas tree, bedroom

The spruce in Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez’s primary bedroom is filled with vintage glass balls in shades of blue. See the full story.

Photo by Jenn Verrier

Floral design and interiors by Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

Christmas tree and mantel decor

Jane Schwab’s living room tree is trimmed in shades of gold, coral, amber, and sage pulled from the antique Oushak rug. When it comes to holiday decorating, the highly sought-after interior designer and co-author of The Welcoming House (Rizzoli, 2013) decks her own halls with the same fervor and flair that she brings year-round to her clients. See the story.

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Paula Sutton’s light-filled, cozy living room at Hill House features pale green walls, a gilt-framed painting of tulips above a roaring fireplace, and a rolled-arm, tufted white sofa. On the large square coffee table, a blue-and-white dish holds blooming hyacinth bulbs. Covered with a faded vintage quilt with wide red and white stripes, the coffee table also holds books, a chess board, and a glass dome filled with pinecones. The mantel is decorated for the holiday season with greenery, grapes, apples, and dried orange slices. In the corner is a petite but full Christmas tree decorated with red bows and dried orange slices.

At Hill House, blogger and author Paula Sutton’s charming home in the English countryside, a petite but full Christmas tree decorated with red bows and dried orange slices sits in the corner. See the story.

Photo by Simon Brown from Hill House Living by Paula Sutton (Clarkson Potter)

living room holiday decor

The classic tree in the living room of Alice and Bob Schleusner’s home in Birmingham, Alabama is a perfect complement to Sybil Sylvester’s beautiful threading of mixed garlands turned custom, woven with branches, berries, smilax vines, and eucalyptus pods. See the story.

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

BUTTER WAKEFIELD HOUSE, LONDON: CHRISTMAS - LIVING ROOM, CHRISTMAS TREE, FIREPLACE, MIRROR, TABLE WITH CONTAINER OF PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS

“I am properly obsessed with Christmas decorating,” says Butter from her home in the Shepherd’s Bush neighborhood of West London. The acid-green ribbon that winds between blue and green ornaments on the tree is from Tobias and the Angel, one of Butter’s favorite shops. “I’m not really a red, gold, and green kind of girl,” she says.  See the story.

Photo by Clive Nichols

French Country Christmas, Courtney Allison

One of Courtney Allison’s trees radiates dazzling, golden light and is reflected in a gilded antique mirror hung with a eucalyptus wreath. “The living room tree twinkles in the window at the top of a long driveway, which spreads a bit of cheer to passersby…” says Courtney. See the story.

Photo by Courtney Allison from her book, French Country Cottage (Gibbs Smith).

Christmas presents wrapped in pink paper and tied with red or silver ribbon are stacked on the stairs beside a tabletop tree set on a blue-and-white toy chest

In designer Stephanie Lynton’s eat-in kitchen, presents wrapped in pink paper and tied with red or silver ribbon are stacked on the stairs under “The Nana Tree.” Covered with hand-painted ornaments the tree is set on a blue-and-white toy chest. “My design motto was inspired by Dr. Seuss, who said fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. I like to let my imagination go,” says Stepanie. See the story. 

Photo by Hector Sanchez

outdoor Christmas tree, stone patio

Glass windows overlooking Stephanie Lynton’s flagstone courtyard reflect the lights of a 13-foot blue spruce. See the story.

Photo by Hector Sanchez

Pale green bedroom with rich olive green fabric canopy

With 10 exquisitely decorated bedrooms and Dixon’s easygoing, yet always thoughtful manner regarding hospitality, it’s no surprise that Elway becomes a revolving door for a steady stream of family and friends during the season. “If there’s a guest staying in a bedroom, we’ll definitely have a tree, even if it’s just a tabletop one, and the mantel will always be decorated,” says Barry Dixon. See the story.

Photo by Erik Kvalsvik

Mila Hirsch Christmas decor

At Mila Hirsch’s home, a flocked Christmas tree with golden lights complements the glamorous kitchen’s hammered-brass cabinets and antique Italian lantern. See the story.

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Pink Christmas tree in lobby of Quirk Hotel in Richmond

The signature color of the Quirk Hotel, a hip boutique-style hotel in Richmond’s arts/design district, is pink, so it is no surprise that at Christmastime, a giant pink tree decorated in all shades of the color takes center stage in their lobby. See the story.

Photo by Alston Thompson

Ray Jordan's finished tabletop Christmas tree decorated with red flowers on an entry table

Ray Jordan of Flowerbuds in Birmingham, Alabama says, “My inspiration for this design is so much of what I love about the holidays: traditional reds and greens, childhood memories of decorating the tree, and gatherings friends and family to celebrate.” Get step-by-step instructions for this tabletop Christmas tree.

Photo by David Hillegas

Christmas tree in living room

For a novel twist the tree in Bart McCorquodale’s living room is topped with gilded ferns and palm fronds. An antique silver epergne on the coffee table is filled with red tulips that impart movement. See the story.

Photo by Hector Sanchez  |  Styling by Amanda Smith Fowler

Lighted Christmas tree at Brooke's Bank

Mary Spotswood’s Christmas tree shines in the entry hall at Brooke’s Bank in Essex County, Virginia. The entry is wrapped in Adelfi’s Butterfly Chintz, inspired by an 18th-century French floral print from the archives of the Colonial Williamsburg Collection. See the story.

Photo by Mary Craven Dawkins

By Jason Burnett