Ultimate Guide To Creating A Beach Inspired Christmas Tree 2021

Two beach chairs on the sand with Santa hats resting on the edge.

If you’re dreaming of the seaside this holiday season you are not alone. The beach is the perfect place to spend the festive season, especially if you’re usually in a cooler climate. Who needs snow when you can have sand! Even if you won’t be at the beach this year, there are plenty of ways to infuse a little bit of that beach magic into your celebration. 

One way to truly indulge in a seaside Christmas is with a completely coastal themed tree. From New England to Hawaii, California to the Keys, all the way to the Gold Coast and everywhere in between there are plenty of decor options to create the perfect beachy tree. 

We searched the internet from top to bottom to bring you some carefully curated beachy Christmas tree finds. We broke them down into categories for easy viewing; Tree Toppers, Ornaments, Light Sets, Garlands and Ribbons, Trees, and Inflatables. Let us help you bring the beach to your home this holiday season. 

If you’re looking for more seaside items check out 15 Home Décor Items for a Very Beachy Christmas 2021 and 19 Shirts for a Very Beachy Christmas 2021. From humorous to classic and everything between. We even found several shirt options in sizes for the whole family. (Cue the adorable group photos!) 

If you love Christmas and you love the beach-we’ve got you covered.

Trees

There are so many options for trees to use with a seaside theme. You can use something bright and colorful, plain white, or a more traditional tree. More realistic palm shaped trees hit the market every year too.  You can’t go wrong with any of these options! 

Pre-Lit Palm Trees

Pre-Lit Palm Trees

What a great find! Traditional meets palm. This tree set couldn’t be any more perfect for a beachy seaside Christmas. The tree area isn’t very large so you don’t need much to make it festive, but the branches appear to be sturdy.

A few ornaments, a fun shaped light set and you’ll be all set. Wouldn’t it be fun to have two of these trees to frame a fireplace or at either end of your patio/porch? This is my favorite tree this year. 

5 Foot Palm Tree

Lightshare 5FT Artificial Lighted Palm Tree, 56LED Lights, Decoration for Home,Party, Christmas, Nativity, Outside Patio

This is a classic artificial palm tree with LED lights. The branches are delicate, but could definitely handle a few ornaments or a simple garland. 

7 ½ Foot Prelit White Tree

National Tree Company Artificial Pre-Lit Slim Christmas Tree, White, Kingswood Fir, White Lights, Includes Stand, 7.5 Feet

This white tree will provide the perfect backdrop for any color scheme you choose for your coastal Christmas. The pencil shape makes it ideal for smaller spaces, but still brings the height so you have ample space to decorate. 

7.5 Foot Unlit Pink Tree

Goplus 7.5ft Unlit Pink Artificial Christmas Tree, Hinged Spruce Full Tree with Metal Stand, 100% New PVC Material, Xmas Tree for Indoor and Outdoor Decoration

What a fun option! This pink is bright and fun. A gorgeous backdrop from some white ornaments or shell garland. Teal, navy, gold, or silver would be great color options as well.  

6 Foot Turquoise Tinsel Tree

National Tree Company Artificial Christmas Tree, Turquoise Tinsel, Includes Stand, 6 feet

A great option for some height without all of the width. This could be used on a table top if you have high ceilings or in a porch area. A great pop of color to let some simpler ornaments take center stage. 

4 Foot Turquoise Tinsel Tree

National Tree Company Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree, Silver Tinsel, White Lights, Includes Stand, 4 feet

A great tabletop tree. Easy to assemble and store. How perfect would one of the starfish tree toppers look on this? The Under the Sea ribbon or any of the white garlands would look amazing as well. 

7.5 Foot Slim Carolina Pine

National Tree Company Pre-lit Artificial Christmas Tree | Includes Pre-strung White Lights and Stand | Carolina Pine Slim - 7.5 ft

A carolina pine offers fluffy branches that appear softer than other evergreens. This makes it ideal for a seaside tree. The slim width and the height makes this idea for smaller spaces like porches or as a secondary tree. 

4 Foot Flocked Tree

Perfect Holiday Christmas Tree, 4-Feet, Flocked Snow

A traditional 4 foot flocked tree. This is a lovely option that offers a white background with a classic tree look as well.  A great blend of beach and non-beach. 

Tree Toppers

Let’s start from the top! No tree is complete without a festive and smile inducing topper. These stunning options set the tone for the rest of the tree decor and make a one-of-a-kind statement. 

Starfish Tree Topper

Starfish Tree Topper

A stunning addition to top any tree. The layered look and rustic wiring make this a can’t miss. 

Minimal Starfish Tree Topper 

Minimal Starfish Tree Topper 

The combination of four white starfish make this minimal piece really stand out. Available in several sizes and with optional glitter in several colors. 

Whale Christmas Tree Topper

Whale Christmas Tree Topper

From New England to the Keys this whale will fit right in. Handmade of aluminum, this whale measures 14 inches long by 3.5 inches tall. A great addition to any coastal tree.

Ratan Star Topper with Lights

EAMBRITE 13.375” 40LT Christmas Rattan Tree Topper Indoor Rattan Natural Star Treetop

This 10 inch pre-lit star made of natural rattan will shine brightly on top of your tree this year. A great option for a rustic and natural decor style. 

Aqua Angel Tree Topper

Windy Hill Collection 14' Inch Standing Aqua Angel Christmas Tree Topper or Table Top 148510

A slight variation on a traditional Christmas angel tree topper. This angel has coral wings and carries a net filled with shells. 

Starfish With Flamingo

Starfish With Flamingo

Fa-la-la-la-mingo! What a cute topper. Handmade with metal and mixed media this is a conversation starter. Listed for a 4 foot or smaller tree, but could be used on a taller slim tree as well. 

Festive Light Sets

Light strands in unique shapes can add an extra element of fun to your tree. You can add these to an unlit or a pre-lit tree. The more (lights) the merrier! 

Palm Tree String Lights

SUNSGNE Palm Tree Patio Lights String - Summer Patio String Lights, Beach Themed Party Decorations, Tropical Party Decorations, Indoor Fun Lights, Birthday String Lights

These cuties will really light up your coastal tree. Each strand is 8.5 feet long on a white cord with 10 palm trees. Replacement parts included! 

Conch Shell String Lights

HDNICEZM Natural Conch LED String Lights, 10 Ft 10 LED Battery Powered Waterproof Low Heat Silver Copper Wire Beach Theme Fairy Lights for Indoor Outdoor Decoration Projects (Warm White, Timer).

This set is so pretty. 10 feet of wire with 10 real conch shells. Battery powered LEDs make this set ideal for trees or wreaths. 

Nautical String Lights

Impress Life Nautical Theme Decorative String Lights, Under The Sea Sand Dollars Seahorse Beach Lights Battery&USB Plug in with Remote 10 ft 30 LEDs for Covered Outdoor Camping Wedding Birthday Party

A really fun set with seahorse, sand dollar and starfish shapes. 30 LEDs on a 10 foot wire.  Bonus-they come with a remote control for easy use! 

Seashell String Lights

HDNICEZM Beach Seashell Decorative String Lights 14.1Ft 40 Warm White LED Waterproof Battery Operated Ocean String Lights for Bedroom Wedding Holiday Party Garden Indoor Outdoor Decorations

This is a great classic look for any coastal tree. Remote operated 13 foot strand with 40 LED lights. This set is battery powered so it can be used in a variety of ways. 

Sea Glass String Lights

Impress Life Decorative String Lights, Sea Glass Festive Beach Themed 10 ft 40 LEDs Battery&USB Cord Operated Eco-Friendly with Multi-Function Remote for Tent Wedding Nursery Bedroom Party Ornament

Another unique set to add some dimension and texture to your tree. Acrylic pieces shaped to look like sea glass make this strand truly unique. Battery powered with included remote control. This strand also offers a USB plug if you prefer that to batteries. 

Pineapple Lights

GIGALUMI 10ft 10 LED Pineapple Shaped String Lights, Battery Operated Fairy Lights for Patio Home Wedding Party Bedroom Birthday Hawaiian Tropical Tiki Decoration (Warm White)

These are a unique twist on traditional plastic shaped lights. These have a wire look and reviewers mention they are sturdy. This set is battery powered with LED lights. 

Garlands & Ribbons

Garland and Ribbons are the extra special touch that takes your tree from ordinary to extraordinary. Layer your ribbons or garland for a truly special look. 

5 Foot Starfish And Teal Beads Garland

5 Foot Starfish And Teal Beads Garland

Wow! This garland is stunning and looks truly unique. It would look beautiful on so many different tree styles. Each piece is 5 feet long with teal beads and starfish. 

Natural Shell Garland

Darice 2503-77 6-Foot Natural Clam Shell Garland

This 6 foot natural garland is the perfect layering piece. It would look great with a simple textural ribbon. Neutral colors lend themselves to several color combos too. 

White Garland

White Garland

This garland wins the award for most versatile. 10 feet of all white netting ribbon with delicate starfish. Wired netting makes this piece easy to position on any tree. 

Aqua And Pink Ribbon

Morex Ribbon Tres Chic Ribbon, 1-1/2 inch by 50 yards, Aqua/Shell Pink/White

If you’re creating a pink flamingo, coral or aqua themed tree this ribbon is for you! It comes in 1.5 and 2.5 wide options. Choose a wider ribbon for a taller tree. Wired edges for easy positioning. This would look great layered with another solid color ribbon or garland. 

Wired Shell Ribbon

Beach Themed Ribbon/Christmas Tree Garland, Beige and Navy Blue Shells, 2.5' x 10 Yards

This beautiful ribbon is beige with various shells in blue. A nice option for a DIY ribbon tree topper or to loop throughout the tree. 

Wired Anchor Ribbon

Anchor Wired Edge Ribbon - 10 Yards (2.5', Pale Blue, Navy)

Classic white and navy bring this ribbon to life. Wired edges for ease of use. This would look great with a solid burlap or navy ribbon. 

Blue Plaid Wired Ribbon

Blue Spring Plaid Wired Ribbon - 2 1/2 Inch x 10 Yards, Christmas, Summer, Father's Day, Beach Decor, Birthday, Wedding, Farmhouse, Easter, Wreath, Gift Basket, DIY

This ribbon looks super fun! The bright colors and fun unexpected plaid make this ideal for a beach Christmas tree. The ribbon is 2.5 inches wide with wired edges. This would be great to loop around the tree or to make bows as ornament hangers. The options are endless. 

Under The Sea Wired Ribbon

Under The Sea Nautical Fabric Wired Ribbon #40-2.5' x 10 Yards

Another pretty option with blue tones. This one looks way more expensive than it is. It will deliver the wow factor. 

Pink Check With Pineapples Wired Ribbon

Pineapples on Woven Check Wired Edge Ribbon, 10 Yards (Pink, 2.5 Inch)

Try not to smile while looking at this ribbon. It’s impossible. The great check print and the bright pineapples will make any tree shine. If pink isn’t your thing this seller also has this print in blue. 

Ornaments 

Ornaments are like jewelry for the tree. They add dimension and detail in just the right places. For a balanced feel follow the rule of thirds. 

One third of your total ornaments should be solid or simple ornaments to serve as a backdrop and bring consistency to the tree. We’ll call these filler ornaments. Think solid colored balls in one or two colors. 

One third should be an ornament that fits the theme with a unique shape. Think solid colored starfish, sand dollars, or palm trees. We’ll call these unique shapes. 

The final third should be unique pieces that don’t need to match. Maybe a fun mermaid you picked up on your travels or a personalized Santa at the beach etc. Let’s refer to these as special ornaments. 

Keep the rule of thirds in mind as you consider ornament options. If you’re unsure on how many ornaments you need, read How to Find the Perfect Number of Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree. 

Here are just a few of our favorites for a beach tree!

Bubble Shell Ornaments Set Of 6

Bubble Shell Ornaments Set Of 6

The perfect addition to any beach tree. Natural shells surround a foam core for an eye-catching piece. Grab a set and add to the tips of a few branches. Add a holiday ribbon for a one-of-a-kind touch. Grab a set or two as filler or unique shapes. 

Driftwood Ball Ornaments Set Of 6

Driftwood Ball Ornaments Set Of 6

All natural driftwood pieces on a foam core. These will give your tree a relaxed and natural look. At approximately 3-4 inches these make an impact on most trees smaller than 9 feet. Grab a set or two as filler or unique shapes. 

Shell Holiday Ornaments Set Of 3

Shell Holiday Ornaments Set Of 3

Go GLAM with these glass shells! Light reflecting and gorgeous against the lights of your tree. Each has a touch of gold glitter for more sparkle. Perfect for the jewelry or special ornaments of your tree. 

Glass Jellyfish Ornament Set Of 4

Mingfuxin Glass Jellyfish Christmas Ornaments 2021, Coastal Christmas Tree Decorations Set Glass Hanging Ornament Decor, 13-Inch Beach Xmas Tree Decorations, 4 Pack

Another fun set. These are wonderful to hang on the tips of branches and let the long pieces hang down freely. They take up a lot of visual space so they’re great space fillers and work best on trees over 4 feet. Perfect for ⅓ of your ornaments that should be unique shapes. 

Gone To The Beach Santa Ornament

Cape Shore Santa Gone to The Beach Christmas Ornament (Regular)

Add some traditional whimsy to your tree with this Santa themed ornament. Santa’s headed to the beach for a well deserved break. We could all use one of those this time of year. Bonus-this piece is hand painted for a wholesome feel. 

Wooden Nautical Ornament Set

22 Pieces Christmas Wooden Nautical Hanging Beach Decorations for Home Mini Beach Ornament Set Anchor Life Ring Starfish Sailboat Hangings Beach Coastal Wall Ornaments for Home Decor

If you’re looking for nautical instead of tropical, this set is for you! The perfect assortment of items that showcase the best of a cooler beach experience. Grab one set for unique pieces on the ends of branches.  Grab more than one set to be ⅓ of your ornaments,in a unique shape, to tie the entire look together. 

Beach Cottage Ornament 

Beach Cottage Ornament 

There are so many fun uses for these handmade sand house ornaments. Adorable and unique! Grab more than one set to serve as your unique shape ornaments. These could be added to one of the garlands above as well. 

Starfish Couple Ornaments Set Of 2 

Kurt Adler C8971 Beach Style Tan Starfish Couple Decorative Holiday Christmas Tree Ornament Set with Twine Rope Hanger (2 Pack)

Grab this set of star-crossed lovers (you see what we did there?) for your tree today! Silly and smile inducing these are a guaranteed hit. Who knew starfish could be so cute?

Blue And White Starfish Ornaments Set Of 20

WILLBOND 20 Pieces Christmas Resin Starfish Ornaments Artificial Pencil Finger Starfish Hanging Decorations with Ribbon Rope for Beach Wedding Christmas Party DIY Craft Decorations

If you’re going with a blue and white theme, these are the ideal ⅓ unique shapes. They’ll look great indoors, but since they’re made of plastic also on a screened in or covered porch tree. Bonus-these come with two types of coordinating string. 

Bright Assorted Starfish Ornaments Set Of 40

LJY 40 Pieces 2.3 Inches Resin Pencil Finger Starfish with Rope for Christmas Tree Hanging Ornaments Beach Theme Wedding Home Decor & DIY Craft Project, 10 Colors

Go bright and bold or go home! This set is not for the faint of heart. Starfish in 10 assorted colors. How great will these look on a white tree?! Grab a set and use these as unique ornaments for ⅓ of your tree. Each measures a little over 2 inches so they’re a great size for several tree sizes. 

Santa On A Hammock Ornament

Kurt Adler J8577 Beach Santa on Hammock Ornament, 4-inch High, Resin

Grab one of these as a special ornament. Santa is taking a rest on a hammock and honestly we’ve never seen him so relaxed. Now, where’s our hammock? Made by quality holiday purveyor Kurt Adler you are guaranteed a high quality piece. 

Festive Flip Flops Ornament

Island Heritage Festive Slippers Ornament

The perfect little pair of candy cane flip flops to peek out from between the branches of your tree. This hand painted ornament measures about 2.5 inches. A fun special piece to add this year. 

White Ornaments Set Of 40

Christmas Resin Starfish Ornaments Ocean Themed Hanging Decor Flatback Starfish Hanging Ornaments with Drilled Holes for Christmas Decor (White,40 Pieces)

Another festive set to serve as ⅓ of your ornaments in a unique, but coordinating set. These all white pieces really fit the bill. Perfect for a pink, green or even a flocked tree. These will pop! Add ribbon or string to coordinate with your tree for a one-of-a-kind look. 

Blue Crab Glass Ornament

Old World Christmas Blue Crab Glass Blown Ornaments for Christmas Tree

This little guy is so adorable we just want to take him home right now! At 1.75 by 2.25 he’s the perfect size for most trees. Add him to the tip of a branch so you’re sure to see him everyday. Make sure to secure him carefully as he is made of delicate glass. 

Surfing Santa Ornament

Wowser Cast Resin Painted Surfing Santa Claus Hanging Christmas Tree Ornament, 3 1/2 Inch

Santa’s got some moves on that surfboard! A fun special piece to make you smile every day. This piece measures around 3.25 inches making him ideal for most trees. 

Aqua Jellyfish Ornament

Aqua Jellyfish Ornament

Wow! These are stunning! Talk about one-of-a-kind. These natural sea urchin shell ornaments are handmade with care. Each one is approximately 6 inches on it’s own, but with the included ribbon hanger it can be as long as 8 inches. Several beautiful colors to choose from as well. 

Personalized Christmas Palm Tree Ornament

Personalized Christmas Palm Tree Ornament

Grab one and commemorate a great year! Personalize this one with your name, hometown, or the name of your favorite beach. Made from ceramic, this one is made to last. 

Sea Urchin Ornament

Sea Urchin Ornament

Get the look of a designer or high-end department store tree with these gorgeous and elegant sea urchin ornaments. You get to choose one of three colors and one of 2 ribbon colors. Add one or add several as a unique filler. You can’t go wrong either way! 

If you’re looking for more seaside items check out 15 Home Decor Items for a Very Beachy Christmas 2021 and 18 Shirts for a Very Beachy Christmas 2021.From humorous to classic and everything between. We even found several shirt options in sizes for the whole family. (Cue the adorable group photos!) 

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