The weather outside may be frightful, but you can make your nails oh-so-delightful with these December nail design ideas for 2023. So bring these festively fun December nail ideas to your nail tech before you start making the the holiday party rounds.
These holiday-worthy (and Insta-worthy) sets feature the Christmas colors of reds and greens along with Santa hats, gingerbread men, candy cane nails, and much more. From simple designs to more complicated seasonal nail art, you’re sure to find your fave mani idea below. And, if not, there’s always these Grinch designs.
25 December Nail Designs to Spruce Up Your Manicure
1. Holly Nails
2. Gingerbread Nails
The only danger with these gingerbread-focused nails is the fact that you may accidentally eat them. But it’s worth the risk.
3. Santa Hat Nails
For a little surprise this holiday season, show up to Christmas dinner with your new girlfriend, who was your brother’s old girlfriend, and watch the telenovela play out. Or just paint a cute little Santa hat French tip on a statement nail. Yeah, that seems safer (if less exciting).
4. Rudolph Statement Nail Art
The lesson I took away from watching Rudolph is that all the other reindeer are jerks, so clearly, the only one you should immortalize in nail form is Rudolph himself. But for real, everyone in that movie needed therapy. Except Hermey. He had hims-elf together.
5. Candy Cane Nails
This set has everything: elegant French tips with pops of color, sweet snowflake decals, and a statement nail with colorful candy canes. All it’s missing is Dan Cortese. Man, I miss Stefon (and also the ‘90s).
6. Pink Christmas Nails
Dreaming of a white Christmas? That’s cute, but in the year of our lord Barbie, we think a Pinkmas is in order. Fingers crossed that a DreamHouse is under the tree come Christmas morning. Although, if the Barbie movie has taught us anything, it’s to actually wish for Birkenstocks instead.
7. Disney Christmas Nails
Can’t be in Walt Disney World this Christmas? Yeah, I’m not made of money either. Well, at least you can rock your Disney style on your nails. It’s much cheaper that way.
8. Gold Stars
These are perfect for the holidays or Oscar season, which is also the holidays. Welp, better do these this month.
9. Peppermint Nail Art
Have some fun painting peppermint candy swirls on light pink nails. It’s a pop of color that looks way more delicious than peppermint candies actually are. Is it controversial to say they are the candy corn of the holiday season? Well, we’re going to say it anyway.
10. Sweater Weather
Cable knit sweaters are all I wear during the holiday season. That, and the relaxed grin of someone who will not put down the eggnog. If you, too, rock cable knits all season long, why not put them on your nails? Now, can someone point me in the direction of the rum?
11. Green and Gold Star Nails
Red and white tend to take centerstage around December (kind of like at a Chiefs’ game or, currently, a Taylor Swift concert). But we can’t forget about green and gold as holiday colors, like the colors in this elegant set.
Maybe Taylor needs to start dating a Packers player for a while to switch up the holiday color scheme.
12. Christmas Dot Nail Design
This Christmas, make your nails scream, “Confetti! It’s a parade!” If you don’t get that reference, you have about 15 years of content to start watching. And if you did get that reference, we’re besties now. Them’s the rules, fellow Misha Minion.
13. Grey Holiday Nails
White Christmases are lovely, but Gray Christmases are a little more chic, don’t you think? Go chic with a nail set that screams, “I’m too stylish for a Kitschy Christmas.” (But we won’t tell anyone if you still put up that glitter-covered Nutcracker.)
14. Red and Green Stripe Nails
I don’t actually know anyone who eats candy canes for the holiday season. But that doesn’t mean I don’t condone putting a candy cane on a statement nail. On average, candy cane statement nails are probably eaten as much as candy canes themselves, which is to say, hopefully, not at all.
15. Glittery French Tips
All that glitters isn’t gold. But these gold glittered French tips sure are and they’re perfect for New Year’s Eve. We’re sure you could use silver too, but then we couldn’t use this line.
16. Christmas Light Nails
These string lights nails could work for both a Christmas design and for an homage to “Stranger Things.” And we appreciate not having to change our nails between Halloween and Christmas. It’s a busy enough time of year as it is.
17. Snowflake Nails
There’s one thing that’s clear this time of year: I’m going to go broke shopping for my family this holiday season. Well, actually, there are two things that are clear. The second are these wintry December nails.
18. Silver and Black Nails
For a totally elegant New Year’s Eve look, combine silver and black. And if you want to keep the elegance going, maybe don’t kiss a stranger when the ball drops. Or do, because we both know that’s how 90 percent of New Year’s Eve rom-coms start.
19. Snowflake Nails
You’re dreaming of sugar plums. I’m dreaming of these beautiful white snowflake nails with little specks of color. We are not the same (but I’ll still wish you a happy holiday).
20. Gonk Nails
Create a statement nail with a gonk, which is like a gnome, but these stem from Scandinavian mythology and prefer to live in barns. (We’re still teaching ours to shut the front door. It’s a whole thing.)
21. Red and Green French Tips
For a colorful December nail set, mix full nails and French tips painted with all the different colors associated with the holiday season. It’s simple and elegant, like that sugar cookie set you have saved on Pinterest that you just know you can’t actually recreate. Sorry to break it to you, but royal icing is hard!
22. Evergreen Nails
For something that’s perfect for winter but doesn’t scream Christmas (you know, unlike everything else this time of year), add in some elegant white French tips and perfectly painted evergreen trees. Just don’t paint them the day after Halloween. We all know those trees won’t last until Christmas.
23. Black Glitter Nails
Ring in the new year with some black glitter French tips and snowflake decals. It’s classy with a bit of spice. Like going to Taco Bell in a ball gown. Okay, maybe a little fancier than that.
24. Garland Nails
If you’re jumping on the shower rod garland trend, go all in with this December nail design. These garland-covered French tips both give me nostalgic joy and flashbacks of the number of times I tripped on a garland going downstairs. Oh, well, at least it was pretty.
25. Plaid Nails
Nothing’s better during December than a warm, fluffy plaid blanket and a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. But if you find yourself out shoveling snow instead, you can just pretend you’re somewhere else with this nail set with plaid statement nails. Now, may I also suggest a snowblower?
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