16 Simple But Cute Christmas and Holiday Nail Art Designs

Photo: @manuelav_ via Naked Beauty Bar

In a regular year, wearing amazingly detailed holiday nail designs would be as simple as booking an appointment at your local nail salon. Alas, it is 2020. Not being able to see nail artists in person complicates things, but we have solutions.

First, simplify! You don’t need a Meredith Grey-level steady hand to DIY some festival nail art. Think solid colours: a wash of red, silver, gold or any sort of glitter-y polish. (Or perhaps a solid colour topped with some glitter? Layer away!)

Second, press-on nails. The old-school technique is having a major renaissance right now and there are more size, shape and colour options than ever. Check out designs from Canadian nail experts at TIPS Nail Bar, Naked Beauty Bar and Rebecca Ramsdale. If you don’t think you’re a press-on person, think again.

See below for 16 holiday nail design ideas to try now.


It doesn’t get more classic than a red manicure – and the design options are endless.


Is it even the holiday season if you aren’t wearing glitter somewhere? (No, it is not.)


If you aren’t going over-the-top with your nails during the holiday season, when are you going to do it?

Easy Christmas Nail Art

If you do want to try some slightly more intricate DIY nail art, start here.

Skittles Nails

“Skittle” nail art is, simply put, the trendy name for wearing a different colour on each nail. Get extra fancy and do a gradient ombre with a single colour, going from dark reds to light reds, for example.

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