Everyone has a different way of celebrating the holidays. Some go full-throttle, wearing a different “ugly” Christmas sweater for every day of December, decking their halls (and the entire exterior of their homes) with more lights than Paris, and practicing for a perfect cork-pop on New Year’s Eve. Others prefer a more subtle approach, hardly dabbling in the traditional red and green shades of the season, preferring hints of sparkle over in-your-face festiveness. The same goes for Christmas nail designs.
If you’re picturing your nails covered in three-dimensional merry motifs — perhaps a cotton-bearded Santa and all of his reindeer, complete with pointy antlers and working light-up nose for Rudolph — don’t hold back. Prefer simple Christmas nails, like a coat of silver glitter that will take you through winter to 2022? Your polish options are endless.
There’s really no wrong way to do Christmas nail art, but if you’re having a hard time deciding on what manicure to get in these jovial last couple weeks of the year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. Find inspiration in Instagram’s greatest nail artists, Fashion Week fabulousness, our very own editors’ hands, and more. You’ll find the perfect holiday mani that’s right for your particular level of spirit.