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20 Amazing Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

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Christmas is a magical time of year, isn’t it? It happens to be one of my favorite holidays and a time when I absolutely love to decorate my house. There seem to be two key areas where my love for holiday decor shines the brightest–the Christmas tree (of course) and the fireplace mantel. I often start brainstorming Christmas mantel decorating ideas a few months early, just to get the look perfect.

After all, the mantel and hearth is the heart of your home. As the poem goes, “the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…” I love decorating my front door, porch, and entryway because it’s where I welcome guests to my home. Well, if Santa arrives via the fireplace, set the stage for one of the most important guests of the season with awesome Christmas mantels.

Not everyone has a mantel of course, but many of us have a gathering area–around a front window, a shelf or other spot in our home–where we hang our holiday stockings and put out our favorite decorations. These Christmas mantels (and faux mantels) are a focal point of your holiday decorating!

When it comes to Christmas mantel decorating ideas (for your fireplace, shelf, or gathering spot) there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. You can go with a simple look, using natural elements, pops of color, red and green patterns, or go as elaborate, yummy, and over-the-top as you want with your Christmas mantel decor.

The most important part of decorating Christmas mantels is that you have fun doing it and love the end product! If you follow those two simple guidelines, your mantel will be a holiday hit!

I’ve compiled a list of 20 amazing Christmas mantels to give you ideas and inspiration as you work on your own holiday mantel display. Find elements you love to recreate in your space or take one of these Christmas mantel decorating ideas and let it spark your imagination–run with something unique and a style all your own. Take a look at these amazing Christmas mantels to get started!

20 Festive Christmas Mantels


Candy Cane Christmas Mantel

For Christmas, I love the look of candy-cane stripes used on all sorts of holiday decorations. There’s something so whimsical and sweet about them. This was our Christmas mantel in 2012. I added some of my favorite holiday pieces to show off. I wove lots of red ribbons through the garlands and tucked in bright red holly berries. Repurposing old Coca-Cola boxes with their red and white elements worked for this Christmas mantel display as well.Christmas Mantels - white tile with red holly berry garland, red and green flower accents and red ribbon - Our Christmas Mantel A Blissful Nest{ A Blissful Nest Christmas Mantel 2012 }


Simple Red & White Holiday Mantel

Another year, I decided to go with a simple red and white Christmas mantel decorating scheme with touches of burlap. While this Christmas mantel decor was simpler than others, as I look through these images of Christmas mantels, I just love how festive and inviting it seems. The sparkling red trees stand out on either side of the awesome holiday chalkboard art, creating a cute Christmas mantel display. I just had to add a banner with our last name to the mini tree!Christmas mantels - holly berries and glitter decorative trees - Our Christmas Mantel A Blissful Nest Last Year{ A Blissful Nest Christmas Mantel 2014 }


Cheerful Red Christmas Mantel

I love the look of this simple holiday mantel decor. The red stands out all around the cozy fireplace. Sometimes all you need is a pair of vases filled with ornaments and a solid red wreath to make your Christmas mantel decor just what you want. This Christmas mantel display has a great composition–simple, cheerful, and festive.

Christmas mantels - pom pom wreath with red, green, and gold accents - Christmas Mantel Fireplace Makeover Decor Chick{ Decor Chick }


Farmhouse Christmas Mantel

I adore farmhouse Christmas mantel ideas, and this is no exception! The galvanized lanterns and handmade burlap stockings adorning the holiday mantel are festive and fun. The pinecones, holly, and other holiday elements look great interspersed with the evergreen garland in this festive mantel display.

Christmas mantels - rustic accents with pine cones and burlap bows - Christmas Mantel Confessions of a Plate Addict{ Confessions of a Plate Addict }


Antler Holiday Mantel

I am loving how these reindeer antlers are used as the stocking holders for this holiday mantel! It’s such a great idea and with the evergreen garland woven through, it looks like this Christmas fireplace came straight from the North Pole! Check out the cute pointy-toe elf socks! The addition of leopard cuffs gives the stockings a fun and funky look.

Christmas mantels - polka dot stockings and holly berry garland - Christmas Mantel The Yellow Cape CodThe Yellow Cape Cod }


Holiday Mantel with Pallet Sign

The sign above this holiday hearth is just a super simple one you can DIY! You could create the sign with a reclaimed pallet or other pieces of rustic wood. It’s perfect for a DIY Christmas mantel display. I love how the whole mantel came together to give a lodge look. The skinny antique skis are a great addition to this cozy fireplace scene.

Christmas mantels - simple christmas mantel with gold garland and antique skis - Christmas Mantel The LIlyPad Cottage{ The Lily Pad Cottage }


Rustic Mantel with Wood Sign

This is a great neutral, rustic look with a snowy log cabin feel. Another DIY reclaimed wood sign adds whimsy and charm above the burlap socks. With candles interspersed among the holiday decorations on the evergreen garland, this simple fireplace becomes a beautiful focal point for the room. Sometimes the simplest decor makes for the best holiday mantel ideas.

Christmas mantels - rustic burlap stockings, wooden christmas sign and white tile fireplace - Christmas Mantel The LIly Pad CottageThe Lily Pad Cottage }


Rustic Country Holiday Mantel

The rustic look of the garland strewn across this holiday mantel is just amazing, especially around the deer head. The use of magnolia-type leaves in the wreath and garland is unexpected, yet festive and beautiful. I love the choice of flour sacking as stocking material and how the pillows match in this beautiful Christmas fireplace display!

Christmas mantels - rustic country style fireplace with gold and green wreaths, deer head, burlap ribbons - Christmas Mantel The Everyday Home{ The Everyday Home }


Holiday Mantel with Twinkle Lights

Twinkle lights really set off the Merry and Bright sign, and the DIY confetti artwork is the perfect complement to the hanging Christmas ornaments too. This type of DIY Christmas artwork is easy to create with metallic markers and simple white canvas and looks stunning above your holiday mantel. Create a masterpiece to adorn your holiday hearth. The dark green stockings include metallic touches to accompany this great Christmas mantel look.

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Blue and Silver Christmas Mantel with Ornament Garland

I am in love with this Christmas ornament garland! The blue on the Christmas ball ornaments is all the color you really need. She provided a tutorial so you can make your own gorgeous garland using simple store-bought ball ornaments! Accents of silver and white look great on this beautiful and elegant holiday mantel.

Christmas mantels - bright blue and green ornament garland and white stockings - Christmas Mantel Centsational Girl{ Centsational Girl }

Funky Mantel with Square Wreath

I love the non-traditional square wreath on the deer above this Christmas fireplace. The simple wood basket with candles and pine cones stands out with sprigs of evergreen poking out here and there.  Noel spelled out just sets the scene perfectly. Check out those furry Christmas stockings! So fun and unique! This is a great elegant mantel idea that’s both modern and fun.Christmas mantels - rustic mantel decor with green pine wreaths and garlands - Christmas Mantel Craftberry Bush{ Craftberry Bush }


Most Wonderful Time of Year Mantel with DIY Sign

It’s true! The holidays are officially the most wonderful time of the year! This is one sweet Christmas mantel display with lots of outdoor and natural touches. Believe it or not, those birch logs in the metal bucket are actually repurposed pool noodles! Such great and creative DIY Christmas mantel decorating ideas in this post. Check out the tutorial to get holiday decorating inspiration for your mantel!

Christmas mantels - simple garland, christmas sign - Christmas Mantel Design Dazzle{ Design Dazzle }


White Christmas Mantel Display

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, check out this great wintery holiday mantel display. I love the black and white scheme with fur stockings. It’s an elegant mantel decor idea that’s totally unexpected. The snow scene art is beautiful, and I love the use of marquee lights for the number 25!

Christmas mantels - winter wonderland mantel with winter paintings and white, grey and silver accents - Christmas Mantel Just Destiny{ Just Destiny }

Christmas Mantel with DIY Stockings

The handmade stockings with pom-pom trim take center stage in the middle of the live greenery garland and hand-crafted star above this holiday mantel. If you’re looking for an idea for DIY Christmas stockings, there’s a great tutorial for them featured on this blog!Christmas Mantels - white mantel with wooden star, green pine garland, grey stockings with gold ornaments - Just the Bees Knees{ Just the Bees Knees }


Faux Mantel with Holiday Display

No fireplace mantel for your holiday decorating ideas? Just use a beautiful shelf display with lots of gorgeous details as a faux holiday mantel! The shades of white and ivory are simply elegant in this holiday display and I love the different sized frames used to make the word joy and Christmas ornaments really stand out. This is a simple but elegant holiday mantel idea.

Christmas mantels - white stockings, pine cone trees, white and gold accents - Christmas Mantel Love of Family and Home{ Love of Family and Home }


Whimsical Christmas Mantel

This Christmas mantel just gives off a whimsical and festive vibe with all the bright colors and the silhouettes! It’s proof that Christmas colors don’t have to be limited to just red and green. You can decorate your Christmas mantel using pops of color like turquoise, lime, and pink to create a sweet candy colored holiday display.

Christmas mantels - colorful mantel with blue, white, and red stockings, red christmas tree, colorful ornaments - Christmas Mantel Positively SplendidPositively Splendid }


Red & White Classic Holiday Mantel Decor

I love the classic simplicity of a red and white color scheme, especially when there’s a ‘grown-up’ beach themed tree in the other room! This Christmas mantel display is so festive and elegant, it feels like it came straight from a book or a holiday greeting card.

Christmas mantels - classic christmas mantel with christmas tree, ornaments, and holly berry wreaths - Christmas Mantel Sand and Sisal{ Sand and Sisal }

White & Ivory Elegant Holiday Mantel

Don’t be afraid to use live greenery – it can make a huge impact! I love the mix and match of the stockings in this stunning Christmas mantel display. Using a similar color palette of white, ivory, and gold makes everything come together. That beautiful ivory poinsettia is a showstopping focal point.Christmas mantels - yellow, gold, white, and cream color scheme with poinsettia plant and pine wreath - Christmas Mantels - The Butlers{ The Butlers }


Mixed Metallic Holiday Mantel

Mixing metallics really do make a big impact! Many of the best Christmas mantel decorating ideas include the use of whites and metallics. The white Christmas decorations are absolutely stunning with the touches of lime green. The look is simple, clean, and breathtaking. The adorable model train set running under the tree is the perfect final touch.

Christmas Mantels - Centsational Girl Mixed Metallics{ Centsational Girl }


Nutcracker Christmas Mantel

When you’re looking for Christmas mantel ideas, don’t forget about nutcrackers. These figures are classic Christmas decorations. This room is just so fun with all the nutcrackers, ribbons, and ornaments! The wire and mesh ribbon looks fabulous woven through the garland. Adding symmetrical nutcrackers on either side of the fireplace and mantel creates a sophisticated yet fun look to this great holiday display.

Christmas Mantels - Adventures in Decorating { Adventures in Decorating }


The right Christmas mantel decorating ideas will tie the room together and create a centerpiece for your entire home.  Have fun decorating your fireplace and hearth this Christmas. Hang your stockings by the chimney with care while you wait for the big guy to arrive!

If you’re needing some inspiration for your porch, see our post of 15 Christmas Porch Ideas.


  1. The coastal looks the best, now granted I love costal, however, it looks simple and less cluttered than the rest. It is beautiful

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