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.
Plus beach-inspired items, some are now referring to this as crustaceancore, are trending for the 2023 holiday season. This is good news for you because there are more items than ever to bring that warm beachy vibe into your home.
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 décor 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 2023 and 19 Shirts for a Very Beachy Christmas 2023. From humorous to classic and everything in 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.
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!
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, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
A great option for some height without all of the width. This could be used on a tabletop if you have high ceilings or in a porch area. A great pop of color to let some simpler ornaments take center stage.
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.
A Carolina pine offers fluffy branches that appear softer than other evergreens. This makes it ideal for a seaside tree. The slim width and height make this ideal for smaller spaces like porches or as a secondary tree.
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.
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.
The combination of four white starfish makes this minimal piece really stand out. Available in several sizes and with optional glitter in several colors.
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.
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.
A slight variation on a traditional Christmas angel tree topper. This angel has coral wings and carries a net filled with shells.
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!
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!
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.
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!
This is a great classic look for any coastal tree. A remote-operated 13-foot strand with 40 LED lights. This set is battery powered so it can be used in a variety of ways.
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.
These are a unique twist on traditional 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another pretty option with blue tones. This one looks way more expensive than it is. It will deliver the wow factor.
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 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 of 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 of 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!
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.
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.
Go GLAM with these adorable sea turtles! These are light-reflecting and gorgeous against the lights of your tree. Each turtle will bring beautiful dimension and color to your tree. Go ahead and grab 2 sets of these special ornaments!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pink, green, or even flocked trees. These will pop! Add ribbon or string to coordinate with your tree for a one-of-a-kind look.
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 every day. Make sure to secure him carefully as he is made of delicate glass.
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.
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 its own, but with the included ribbon hanger it can be as long as 8 inches. Several beautiful colors to choose from as well.
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.
If you’re looking for more seaside items check out 15 Home Décor Items for a Very Beachy Christmas 2023 and 18 Shirts for a Very Beachy Christmas 2023. From humorous to classic and everything in between. We even found several shirt options in sizes for the whole family. (Cue the adorable group photos!)