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Christmas Tree Layouts: 6 Places to Put Your Tree

Holiday season is here! For many people, things will be a little different this year with holiday celebrations during COVID. But whether you’re spending the holidays in a different location or having a small gathering at home, more than ever this is the year to go big on decorations and close out 2020 on a festive note.

If you celebrate Christmas, it means you’ll probably have a tree. But before you get to trimming yours, deciding where to put a Christmas tree is key. You want your tree to shine and be seen, but you also don’t want it to get in the way of the flow in your space.

For inspiration, here are some of our best Christmas tree layout ideas to help you find the perfect spot for yours this holiday season. Read on for the best spots and get our Christmas tree ideas along the way!

You’ll also want to check out our holiday decor lookbook for tons of bright and happy ideas!

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The Tried-And-True

Setting up your Christmas tree next to your fireplace gives your space a nostalgic holiday look. It also adds a cozy ambiance to the room when there’s a fire crackling and the tree is lit up with Christmas lights. Make sure to leave enough room all around the tree for presents underneath!

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Fireplace Christmas Tree Ideas:

One of our favorite Christmas tree decorating ideas is to tie in our holiday mantel decor with our tree ornaments so you get a big cohesive moment at the front of the living room. Try hanging matching garlands, spreading out ornaments, and stringing lights across your tree and mantel.

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The Stylish Surprise

Putting a Christmas tree in your dining space is an unexpected yet stylish move. It adds cheer and sparkle and turns the gathering space into a spirited setting that’s perfect for small get-togethers. This is best for larger dining rooms or open living-and-dining spaces where a tree can fill out an entire empty corner near or in front of large windows.

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Dining Room Christmas Tree Ideas:

If over-the-top Christmas tree decorating ideas are your style, use your dining space for a second tree in addition to your main one. Because, why stop at one? Have one tree for gifts and decorations and the second one in your dining room for just lights to add more holiday sparkle.

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The Bright Welcome

For a big holiday statement, you can’t beat a decked-out tree in the entryway. One that’s dripping with Christmas tree decorations is a great way to show off the holiday spirit as soon as you enter the home. This is perfect for foyers with high ceilings or if you have an amazing staircase; it’s sure to be a dramatic showstopper.

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Entryway Christmas Tree Ideas: 

As far as 2020 Christmas tree trends go, two trees are always better than one. Just as you would put a tree in your dining room, think of your entryway Christmas tree as the main event. It’s where you’ll go big on ornaments and load up with presents on the floor. Another one of our favorite Christmas tree ideas is to keep the decorations consistent—think all ribbons or all silver and blue ornaments, which will leave a bold impression.

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The Big Spectacle

Make your tree the talk of the town by placing it in front of a large window so that it dazzles passersby. Think of this approach as creating your own holiday window showcase that’s the centerpiece of your house when seen from the outside. Indoors, having your tree in front of a large window gives it a dramatic backdrop and is sure to make it the focal point in your room.

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Window View Christmas Tree Ideas:

With a tree that can be seen from the outside, it’s all about the Christmas decorations versus the tree. So if you’re not sure about a real tree, you can go with other Christmas tree types that are great alternatives. In fact, some of the most iconic Christmas trees in history were not real. Choose one that gets people into the holiday spirit when they see it from the streets!

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The Party Corner

Perfect for studios or apartments where there isn’t a lot of space for a big tree, this is all about setting up a corner that’s dedicated to all things festive for the holiday season. Mix in a smaller Christmas tree alongside accent furniture, like a bar cart that plays up the holiday spirit.

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Small-Space Christmas Tree Ideas:

When it comes to Christmas tree decorating ideas for small spaces, it’s less about the tree and more about the festive accents you’re bringing in. With a small space, think of the tree as not the focal point but part of the focal point you’re creating, which can include a hanging garland, a bowl of ornaments, a faux wreath, and other holiday trinkets you layer into a corner area.

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The Classic Spotlight

Finally, you can keep with a traditional approach where your Christmas tree is set up in a corner in your living room. It’s the easiest and most common spot for a tree that doesn’t obstruct the flow nor take up too much floor space. If you need to rearrange your furniture a little, that’s normal too, and our living room design ideas offer some easy ways to set up for your tree.

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Classic Christmas Tree Ideas:

With a classic tree placement, go big on size. Try bringing in a tree that fills out an entire corner, from bottom to top, to add height and lushness to your living room. Bigger also means endless Christmas tree decorating ideas that will get everyone in the family excited about—meaning, gingerbread cookie ornaments, big ribbons and garlands, and tons of colorful lights. Here, more is always merrier.

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5 Iconic Christmas Tree Moments That Changed The Holidays

holiday decor ideasChristmas is just around the corner and we’re already feeling the holiday spirit take over. Christmas trees, for many people, are a staple when it comes to holiday decor. Decorating the tree with ornaments and stringing it with lights is a tradition found in many homes. But how did it all come to be?

For a fun little jaunt down memory lane, we’re taking a look at how tree trimming turned into a celebrated moment all over the world. Additionally, we’ve also included some of our favorite tree moments in holiday history. Read on for 5 iconic Christmas trees that’s made a mark in history.

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1. Queen Victoria’s Christmas Tree

If we’re going to talk about iconic Christmas trees and their best moments in holiday history, we’ve got to start from the beginning. While tree-decorating didn’t start with Queen Victoria, without her it wouldn’t be the same glittering holiday tradition.

The Backstory: Trees were a German tradition that her husband, Prince Albert, introduced to Victoria. In 1848 The London Illustrated News printed descriptions and sketches of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s Christmas tree and those all around Windsor castle. It set in motion the now-global tradition of decorating Christmas trees within the home.

Why We Love This Moment: Because can you imagine if we never got a glimpse of the Queen’s over-the-top Christmas tree? And the frenzy that ensued? No, neither can we.

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2. Charlie Brown’s Tree

No one will argue that A Charlie Brown Christmas was and will always be a heartwarming holiday favorite for kids and adults alike. It speaks to the holiday spirit with its adorable, and lighthearted (okay, maybe not super lighthearted at first) holiday spirit.

The Backstory: First aired in 1965, the animated TV special by Charles M. Schulz, based on his comic strip Peanuts, was at once a charming celebration of Christmas and a commentary on the commercialization of the holiday. Charlie Brown, who’s at the center of many of Schulz’s stories, picks a seemingly ugly tree to decorate. In the end, instead of bemoaning the sad state of the tree, Charlie Brown sends the message of optimism and hope by emphasizing it’s not the presents under the tree, but what’s around each Christmas tree (family, friends, love, the holiday spirit) that truly matters.

Why We Love This Moment: Since 1965, Charlie Brown has inspired naturalists everywhere to find beauty in all Christmas trees, even if they seem sparse and sad.

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3. The Silver Tinsel Tree

In the late 1950s the aluminum faux Christmas tree was born and gained popularity into the 1960s. An icon of the mid-century, the chrome-like trees symbolized the newness of the mid-century era and the ability to use materials, which were previously rationed during wartime, at will.

The Backstory: All the way up until 1965, the first year A Charlie Brown Christmas aired, aluminum trees were painted as symbols of the commercialization of the holiday. But their popularity waned in the following years. Although more recently we’ve seen a resurgence of these silver trees accompanying the revival of all things Mid-Century Modern in the 21st century.

Why We Love This Moment: Even though there’s no beating the look and smell of a real Christmas tree, who doesn’t love seeing these faux versions out in city streets and front lawns every year?

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4. The Rockefeller Center Tree

One of the most viewed Christmas trees in the U.S., the Rockefeller Center began its tree display tradition in 1931. A Norway spruce, this tree type is probably one of the most iconic and classic evergreens used for Christmas trees.

The Backstory: The first tree in 1931 was a small one. The workers at Rockefeller Center pooled their money to buy a tree as a symbol of hope during the Depression Era. Two years later, the tree lighting ceremony became an annual tradition, and it has progressively grown taller and grander over the years.

Why We Love This Moment: It’s an 80-foot-tall tree that’s fully lit and decked out and it’s viewed by over 125 million people during the holidays each year. It’s probably the most notable worldwide symbol of Christmas we can think of!

5. The Whoville Christmas Tree

From the ever beloved Dr. Seuss classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the tree in this holiday staple is often depicted as sagging with a drooping top. One of our favorite iconic Christmas trees, is shows a little wear and tear from being burglarized by Mr. Grinch and driven up a mountain before its eventual return to Whoville.

The Backstory: This holiday classic has a traditional feel-good story arc that’s stood the test of time. There have been multiple motion picture re-makes and a killer soundtrack, so there’s no denying the Grinch is a true holiday classic. Plus, it’s always whimsical, fun, and oh-so colorful!

Why We Love This Story: This is another timeless tale full of moral lessons—it’s not about the gifts, it’s about the holiday spirit!