Every item on this page was curated by an ELLE Decor editor. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy.
Your Christmas feast will look as good as it tastes.
One of the easiest ways to fill your home with holiday cheer (besides incredible gifts, of course) is by adding some standout decor to your space. While a lot of your decorating energy might go toward your fireplace or Christmas tree, a great tablescape can have just as much of an impact—especially one dinner rolls around. And, at the core of every beautiful tablescape is a show-stopping centerpiece.
Want to create a Christmas feast that'll appeal to all of the senses? Feast your eyes on the Christmas centerpiece ideas below. From elegant candles to lush garland, and everything in between, these gorgeous arrangements will rival the main course.
Your Christmas centerpiece should be a reflection of the rest of your home decor. If you want to give your dining table a bohemian flair, experiment with texture. With leafy greens, tassels, and smooth ornaments, this tablescape option packs on the holiday cheer.
Via Domicile 37
Want to give your garland a second second? Instead of draping it on your mantle or staircase's railing, layer it over your dining room table. For a setup that stylish and soothing, add a few tea lights to the mix.
Via Julie Blanner
If you want to take your garland to the next level, add some streamers and pinecones for some extra drama.
Via Monika Hibbs
Poinsettias and holly are the plants of the season, but they run the risk of feeling a tad predictable. If you want to shake things up, add some leafy greens and magnolias to your centerpiece.
If you want to give your red and green palette a rest, add some wintry blues to your Christmas feast.
Via Sanctuary Home Decor
Looking for a low-maintenance way to make a big statement? Add a monochromatic centerpiece to your setup. They key is to experiment with different with an array of textures.
Via The Pink Dream
More times than not, Christmas decorations skew more traditional. If you want to give your centerpiece a modern flair, add brass hoops of varying sizes.
Via Harlow and Thistle
Believe it or not, you don't have to wait until after dinner to enjoy some dessert. Indulge your sweet tooth by transforming your favorite holiday candy into a centerpiece.
Take your Christmas centerpiece to new heights by hanging some ornaments and pendants above your dining room table. The result? A setup with floor to ceiling appeal.
Via the Jungalow
To balance a graphic checkered tablecloth, designer Amanda Reynal used a simple arrangement of white roses surrounded by lush greenery. White candlesticks in brass holders add to the look.
Via Amanda Reynal
Every Christmas dinner table can benefit from a striking decorative accent. Here, designer Brian McCarthy used a glass tree sculpture—filled with holiday-appropriate pomegranates—as a conversation starter. While the centerpiece is quite tall, guests can still chat freely due to its translucence.
Via Brian J. McCarthy
Twink + Sis relied on a pair of glitter bottle brush trees for their Christmas table look. The metallic tones perfectly complemented the trays and candle holders on the table.
Via Twink + Sis
Go for a colorful mix of fruit such as apples, pomegranates, and cranberries, as shown in this stylish Sugar and Charm design. It's an unexpected way to celebrate the holiday season.
Via Sugar and Charm
While you can never go wrong with a colorful floral arrangement for a holiday dinner, sticking to earth tones can be just as chic. "A bountiful holiday meal is often full of vibrant and fresh color," says Amanda Reynal. "By using a more earthy and neutral palette in the centerpiece and table, the scheme complements the beautiful harvest instead of competing with it."
Via Amanda Reynal
Incorporate traditional Christmas hues into your centerpiece with inspiration taken directly from nature. This sweeping pine branch garland is adorned with just enough red roses to create a classic holiday aesthetic.
Via Sachi Rose
Energize your winter decor by sprinkling traditional reds and greens with citrus-inspired yellow and orange hues. This bright bouquet brings a unique color palette to an all-white table setting.
Go the modern route this year by styling just a few berry branches in an elegant box vase.
Via Decoration Inc.
For the decorator who wants to make a big statement in an understated way, follow this centerpiece's formula. Though the flowers are in a subdued palette, the arrangement is energized by the thistle, hypericum, artichokes and, most notably, eucalyptus pods.
Via Darlington Avenue
Deck your table in autumnal reds, with a festive arrangement of toad lilies, scabious, dahlias, eucalyptus, and hydrangeas in an antique vase.
For a blend of tradition and glam, pair a monochromatic floral centerpiece with matching Christmas bulbs at each place setting. The flowers offer rich texture while the bulbs provide a touch of glimmer.
Via Jenna Lam Events
This gorgeous centerpiece will steal the show at your Christmas dinner—regardless of how much mouthwatering pie is on the table. A delicately-designed bouquet of white hydrangea, green viburnum, and white-and-green parrot tulips makes for a fresh approach to classic holiday decor.
Via Darlington Avenue
This centerpiece can be created just minutes before a party, but it certainly doesn't look like it. Gather deep-hued fruits—think plums and pomegranates—into a gold compote or serving dish and situate as a centerpiece when flowers just aren't possible. It's a jewel-toned, edible arrangement that looks natural on the Christmas dinner table.
Via Junebug Weddings
Add a unique touch to a small centerpiece by accenting it with wildly wispy blooms. This dainty centerpiece is anchored by traditional pink flowers, but is given an unconventional and wintery touch with nearly-black blossoms arranged in every which way.
Via Sachi Rose
Lovely pink hues can make a statement in just about any holiday centerpiece, but is decidedly "Christmas" when paired with tiny red berry sprigs.
If you're worried a simple bouquet of white flowers may make for a dull centerpiece, take the lead from this elegant arrangement and mix varying types and sizes of white blooms. This offers a sense of variety and unpredictability to the eye, while maintaining a frosty winter palette.
Tall centerpiece vases aren't just for weddings. Place large, white blooms in tall silver vases for a centerpiece that's frosted with the colors of a snowy winter. Side note: A furry throw on the table's chairs or benches will complement this design with a breath of warmth.
Via Sterling Social
If you live in a warm climate where the mere thought of a white Christmas is laugh-worthy, embrace your natural habitat. This Christmas table uses succulents as centerpieces, plopping a cheery cake right in the middle (edible centerpiece art? yes, please!). While it's an approach that may seem untraditional, this design feels right at home in a palm-tree or cactus-filled region.
If you're worried about matching your centerpiece with the rest of your colorful Christmas decor, remember that white flowers are typically a safe bet for the holidays. Here, towering blooms are illuminated by clusters of glowing candles.
Via Kristin Banta Events
A garland centerpiece adds a wisp of whimsy and romance to practically any table. This garland incorporates pastel pink roses and deep red flowers—which echo the jewel tone of the table's candles—for a holiday centerpiece that is equal parts traditional and contemporary.
While you may not actually make it outside for, say, a sleigh ride through the frosted woods, you can still include the outdoor charms of the season in your centerpiece. Arrange classic white flowers in vases, but cushion with strewn pinecones and separate vases filled with sticks and branches.