It’s almost Christmas. Our lists are made, our trees are decorated, and now all that’s left are cute Christmas nails. A good manicure is holiday preparation as essential as listening to a Michael Bublé song.
These nail designs are perfect for a holiday party, a tree trimming, or hiding in your childhood bedroom from your relatives. Manicures range from more simple designs like trees and snowflakes to elaborate nail art celebrating your favorite Christmas movie (Elf, thanks for asking).
Whether you love reindeer or candy canes, there’s something for everyone on this list.
25 Cute Christmas Nail Designs
1. Let It Snow Nails
The weather outside is frightful, but this nail design is so delightful. And since we have no place to go–well, hopefully you do have somewhere to go to show these off.
2. Gingerbread Nails
This adorable nail design does include gumdrop buttons. It’s now your responsibility to keep him safe from Lord Farquad.
3. Christmas Tree Nails
This winter wonderland nail design makes us feel like we’ve got 10 individual snowglobes. Unfortunately nothing will happen if you shake them up. But if something does, you might want to dry them a little more.
4. Christmas Time Nails
Celebrate with all the Christmas icons at once. Rudolph, Santa, some candy canes… we’re just wondering where Krampus is.
5. Elf Nails
No one loves Christmas as much as Buddy the Elf. Not even you, Santa. What better way to show your holiday spirit than to give him some representation?
6. Nutcracker Nails
While painting these nails, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies” must be playing on repeat. We didn’t make the rules. Tchaikovsky did.
7. Santa Hat Nails
This Santa French manicure is surely something that will get you on the nice list. A little sucking up never hurts anyone.
8. Mistletoe Nails
Mistletoe is an essential Christmas decoration. It’s technically a parasite, which explains why it is everywhere, making it very hard to avoid kissing people.
9. Reindeer Nails
It was really nice of all the other reindeers to let Rudolph join in on this design. Even if he’s still barred from the reindeer games.
10. Christmas Stamp Nails
The perfect way to send yourself home and say “I’m the gift.” It also says, “I didn’t budget for gifts this year.” A nail design of many messages.
11. Little Christmas Icon Nails
We just love all things symbolic of Christmas, especially when they are mini. Why are small things so cute? We’re looking at you, elves.
12. Disney Christmas Nails
There’s no better place to go than to Disney at Christmas time. Santa tells us we can go if we’re good this year. If we’re bad, it’s Universal Studios.
13. Candy Cane French Tip Nails
A gold tinsel garland just screams fun n’ flirty. A pine garland screams classic. A popcorn garland screams hungry.
14. String Light Nails
String lights are an essential Christmas tree decoration and therefore belong on your nails. Unfortunately, they are also an essential college dorm room decoration. We’re sorry about the flashbacks.
15. Tinsel Nails
Tinsel is the official bling of the Christmas season. Unless your Christmas present is an engagement ring. Then, well, uh, good for you…
16. Ho Ho Ho Nails
These Christmas nails fulfill our Barbie dreams. No Mojo Dojo Casa Houses allowed here. Even if they’re made of gingerbread.
17. Pink Reindeer Nails
The eyelashes really take this nail design to the next level. She must’ve gotten them during the Sephora holiday sale.
18. Santa Nails
These nails are something to Claus commotion about. We snow that was a bad pun, but we just love them. Let us be a little elfish.
19. Christmas Cactus Nails
This is for the desert girlies who still want to celebrate Christmas even though it is an inhabitable climate for pine. Next year, we’re getting a Christmas succulent.
20. Mrs. Snow Nails
We’re pretty sure this one doesn’t come to life. But if she does, hopefully she doesn’t talk too much. We’re watching Suits.
21. Candy Cane Nails
These adorable candy cane nails are the candy grams of our dreams. Here’s hoping our crush sends us one this year.
22. Gingerbread Man Nails
These cute gingerbread designs come in pairs. That way no one gets lonely. We strongly believe in the buddy system.
23. Gonk Nails
These little creatures from Nordic and Scandinavian mythology are said to take up with families during the colder seasons. Be nice to them and they’ll bring you good luck. Be mean, and…well, let’s just say we’re still trying to grow out our bangs.
24. Christmas Tree Nails
These trees really say winter wonderland. The question is, if no one is around to hear them, do they make a sound?
25. Candy Cane and Gingerbread Nails
Candy canes and gingerbread are easily the most delicious snacks emblematic of Yuletide joy. As opposed to fruit cake, which is emblematic of Yuletide blech.
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