Welcome to the Ultimate list of 115+ creative Christmas ideas, recipes, crafts, DIY projects, entertaining inspiration, and so much more! This list of Christmas and holiday inspiration will become your new go-to for festive ideas and loads of Christmas cheer!

100+ Creative Christmas Ideas:

If you can believe it, this January will mark 10 years of blogging for me! I recently got a magazine in the mail, and a headline on it was “100+ ways to Holiday.” That made me think: With 10 years of blogging under my belt, I wonder if I could create a post of 100 Christmas Ideas based on things I’ve created and shared here on Inspired by Charm. So I sat down and started brainstorming and typing . . . and I came pretty close.

Below I’m sharing 115+ Christmas Ideas. For the most part, all of these ideas are inspired by things I’ve created here on IBC. When applicable, I shared a link (in the mint green font color) so you can click for more information. Because I didn’t have 100 things I could link, I did add a few other festive ideas to help put a little more jingle in your step this holiday season.

My goal with this post is to update it year after year so that it becomes one epic list of creative Christmas ideas you can use to help celebrate the holidays.

115+ Creative Christmas Ideas to celebrate the holiday season! #christmas #decor #recipes #crafts #ideas #holiday #inspiration

I hope you enjoy this list not only as a collection of Inspired by Charm’s content but more importantly as an inspiring source of ideas for a magical, memorable, and joy-filled Christmas!

My Favorite Creative Christmas Ideas:

1. Serve up a cocktail in a Christmas ornament.

2. Set up a hot cocoa bar for impromptu treats.

3. Make homemade hot cocoa mix to have and share.

The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

4. Bake the best Christmas cookies.

5. Host a holiday cookie swap with friends and family.

6. Make a yule log for a legendary holiday dessert.

This Pink Velvet Yule Log is a unique and delicious Christmas dessert idea. #holiday #yulelog #christmas #dessert #pink #recipe

7. Make theses frosted and soft eggnog cookies.

8. Creatively wrap presents for friends and family.

9. Host a gift wrapping party.

10. Print festive gift tags for your holiday wrapping.

11. Decorate a rainbow inspired tree.

Gradient Rainbow Christmas Tree Decorations

12. Make homemade White Chocolate Chex Mix with red and green M&Ms to have and share.

13. Make an epic appetizer by crafting a Christmas tree out of cheese.

14. Set a vintage modern Christmas table for your and your friends!

Vintage Modern Christmas Table Decor ideas to dress up your home for the holidays! #diningroom #decor #tablesetting #tablescape #table #decorating #christmas #holiday #modern #vintage

15. Print out adorable Christmas recipe cards to share with friends.

16. Decorate a Christmas tree (or two).

17. Make this easy and crazy delicious three-ingredient holiday punch.

Get the RECIPE: https://inspiredbycharm.com/jingle-juice-holiday-punch/

18. Listen to a Christmas music playlist.

19. Create lottery ticket Christmas ornaments as gifts.

20. Build and paint colorful wood Christmas trees.

A Colorful DIY Forest for Christmas Decorating - DIY Wood Paint Christmas Trees #christmas #craft #holiday #decor

21. DIY these wood stockings for your mantel.

22. Add a Christmas tree to your bedroom.

23. Make a wreath out of cookie cutters.

24. String a wood bead garland.

25. Make a wreath from vintage ornaments.

26. Craft adorable and clever bags for Christmas cookies.

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

27. Style a festive bar cart… or two.

28. Put together a beautiful and creative holiday place setting.

29. Make the creamiest fudge with only three ingredients.

30. Learn how to add ribbon to your Christmas tree.

How to Add Ribbon to your Christmas Tree #ribbon #christmas #tree #decor #decorating #tree

31. Make seasoned pretzels for snacking during Hallmark movies.

32. Enjoy White Russians while watching a Christmas parade.

32. Shake up a White Chocolate Peppermint Martini.

This White Chocolate Peppermint Martini makes delicious holiday cocktail. #christmas #cocktail #martini #recipe #peppermint #whitechocolate

34. Bake classic cookies using clothespins.

35. Make homemade bath bombs to give as gifts.

36. Serve cranberry French toast for a holiday breakfast.

37. Bake a cake that looks like a gingerbread house.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

38. Make a gingerbread cake in the shape of a tree.

39. Toss up some sugared cranberries for a festive garnish.

40. Make this Apple Pie Moonshine to serve or give as a gift.

41. Turn a chocolate chip cookie into an edible shot glass.

42. Create a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table.

43. Add cranberries to pecan pie for a flavor upgrade.

44. Up your holiday entertaining with these festive touches.

45. Warm up with a Slow Cooker Sangria.

46. Craft festive ornaments out of concrete.

DIY Modern Concrete Christmas Tree Decorations #DIY #ornament #christmas #tree #concrete #gold

47. Roll out cute and tasty little cheeseballs.

48. Whip up some homemade eggnog.

49. Make the best candy using a slow cooker.

50. Spike some cherries, then dip them into chocolate.

Spiked Chocolate Covered Cherries - 10 Christmas Cocktail recipes


Well my friends, we made it halfway! Are you ready for more Christmas inspiration? I hope these creative Christmas ideas are giving you a little inspiration to celebrate the holiday season. I also want to mention that you can do one or one hundred of these ideas. This list of festive Christmas ideas is meant to inspire, not to make you feel overwhelmed. Set aside moments to celebrate and do what makes you happy this Christmas season.

Ready for more Christmas ideas? Let’s do this!!

More Festive Christmas Ideas:

51. Set up a Bloody Mary Bar.

52. Jazz up plain ornaments with a paint pen.

53. Print Christmas bottle tags to make gift wrapping fun and easy.

54. Enjoy the twinkle of Christmas lights at night.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

55. Whip up an easy breakfast casserole for Christmas morning.

56. Add a creative chalkboard holiday label to your serveware.

57. Make a garland or a wreath out of marshmallows.

58. Stir up a holiday sangria mocktail.

A delicious and easy Non-Alcoholic Sangria for Christmas #christmas #holiday #sangria #mocktail #recipe #drink


59. Wow ‘em with Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars.

60. Dazzle friends and family with Braided Nutella Bread.

61. Tickle taste buds with Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies.

62. Bake these festive Christmas sprinkle cookie cups.

These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

63. Make red pepper jelly to give as a gift or serve as an appetizer.

64. Make mini cheesecakes in mason jars.

65. Build a tortilla roll-up tree as a tasty holiday appetizer.

Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

66. Decorate your mantel with rustic charm.

67. Bake mini skillet cookie cakes.

68. Make your own mulling spices.

69. Bake a gorgeous Christmas Cake to share with friends and family.

This Black Walnut Cake is a delicious Christmas Cake perfect for the holiday season! #blackwalnut #cake #recipe #christmas #christmascake #cake #dessert #recipe

70. Decorate a flocked Christmas tree.

72. Serve a classic quiche to start the day.

71. Whip up this homemade pancake mix for a delicious breakfast or tasty gift idea. 

Learn how to make this easy and delicious Homemade Pancake Mix. #homemade #pancake #mix #breakfast #recipe #pancakes

73. Host a White Christmas Celebration.

74. Make Cinnamon Roll Skillet Bread.

75. Decorate a tree in green (or your favorite color).

Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

76. Prepare overnight oats for guests.

77. String popcorn or cranberry garland for the tree.

78. Create a holiday dessert spread with a bar cart.

79. Create a delicious monkey bread in a slow cooker.

80. Add seasonal flavor to a classic old fashioned with cranberries.

The best Cranberry Old Fashioned recipe

81. Bake ugly sweater Christmas cookies.

82. Style a very merry entry table with chalkboard paint.

83. Create easy holiday artwork with washi tape.

84. Craft colorful coasters for a gift.

DIY Woold Felt Ball Coaster #diy #feltball #coaster

85. Decorate a tree entirely with vintage ornaments.

86. Or decorate a tree entirely inspired by memories of Christmases past.

87. Make a favorite holiday side dish: Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin.

88. Set up the ultimate holiday beverage cabinet.

Tips for Styling the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart

89. Serve Berry Stuffed French Toast on Christmas morning.

90. Drive around the neighborhood to look at holiday lights as you enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn.

91. Heat up a batch of mulled wine to serve when company arrives.

Mulled Wine - winter holiday Christmas cocktail recipe #christmas #holiday #mulled #wine #cocktail #recipe

92. Gift homemade herb butter and gourmet bread.

93. Shop the thrift stores and antique shops for unique and vintage holiday decorations.

94. Prepare a cheeseball or two in advance for unexpected holiday visitors.

How to make a Christmas Tree Shaped Cheese Ball #christmas #appetizer #cheeseball #recipe

95. Serve cranberry meatballs on Christmas Eve.

96. Attend a holiday concert or musical with a friend.

97. Make THE BEST veggie dip for your holiday crudite.

98. Assemble an array of the BEST Christmas appetizers.

99. Add a gradient rainbow wreath to your front door to welcome guests.

Gradient Rainbow Christmas Wreath

100. Whip up this red and green jalapeño dip in minutes.

101. Wrap something in bacon like these water chestnuts or these stuffed jalapeños.

102. Incorporate a little festive flare to your kitchen for the holidays.

Festive and Beautiful Christmas Kitchen Decor Ideas #holiday #christmas #kitchen #decor #decorating #ideas

103. Make this pizza bread for an unforgettable holiday appetizer.

104. Add a little festive flare to your mantel for the holidays.

105. Style this olive wreath holiday appetizer to pair with an epic cheese board.

Easy Olive Wreath Holiday Appetizer recipe idea. #christmas #recipe #thanksgiving #holiday #appetizer #recipe #olive

106. Whip up one of my favorite cranberry recipes! (There are 12+ to choose from.) 

107. Go antiquing / thrifting to start a collection of vintage Christmas decorations

108. Create this adorable tree out of vintage ornaments to decorate your wall. 

Learn how to make this DIY Vintage Ornament Wall Decor Tree #christmas #holiday #vintage #ornament #tree #walldecor #decorating

109. Add a string of colorful lights to your mantel for a nostalgic Christmas look.

110. Bake my favorite Christmas cookies: Cream wafers.

111. Craft vintage-inspired gift tags (free printable) with German glass glitter.

Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Tags (Free Printable) for your holiday gift wrapping! #christmas #gift #wrapping #printable #gifttags #tag #vintage #giftwrap

112. Whip up a batch of these colorful and delicious Peppermint Kiss Cookies

113. Take time to craft a handmade holiday gift with these creative ideas.

114. Make classic gingerbread cookies to eat AND decorate your holiday home. 

Delicious and festive Gingerbread Cookies! #christmas #cookies #gingerbread

115. Make my FAVORITE pie: Graham Cracker Cream Pie

116. Shake up these flavorful Chai Spiced White Russians for a holiday treat. 

117. Add a little touch of “Merry & Bright” to your fireplace mantel

Festive Ideas and Inspiration for Living Room Christmas Decor #christmas #holiday #decor #decorating #ideas #livingroom #mantel #christmastree

118. Create a snow globe-inspired Christmas centerpiece for your table.

119. More ideas…

120. …coming soon!

115+ Creative Christmas Ideas Continued…

And that’s a wrap! 115+ Christmas ideas, recipes, decorating inspiration, entertaining ideas, and lots of holiday cheer! Did I miss anything? Feel free to add you favorite Christmas ideas and holiday traditions in the comments below.

Be sure to save this post like or add one of the images to your Pinterest board. I originally shared this list of Christmas Ideas in 2018, but will continue to add new ideas every year. I hope this list of holiday inspiration becomes a go-to source of inspiration for you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  • Sabrina at

    so much Christmas inspiration, thank you, don’t know where to start, maybe with one of the cocktails

  • Karen M. at

    Merry Christmas, I love all your crafts and suggestions. You do everything with such care, class and elegance. I am so glad I found your blog!!

  • Kristi at

    You have so many great ideas! I dub you Santa’s#1 inspiration elf! Merry Christmas!

  • Carol at

    Wonderful having everything in one spot. Next year I’ll use your ideas for inspiration and to put me in the holiday spirit. Your DIY’s are always very stylish and say “homemade” in the best use of the word. Happy Holidays!

  • Suzanne at

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I wish you a safe and happy New Year! Keep sharing!

  • Carol at

    I think I am going to have to make those eggnog cookies! All great ideas!. I first found you in the Better Homes and Garden Christmas issue last year and fell in love with your Christmas decorations. I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and have been enjoying reading all of your posts. I hope you are adjusting to the area. We moved here 13 years ago from Illinois and it was a hard adjustment for me. My husband and I both come from big families and being away was so hard. Now I wouldn’t move from here unless it is for some place warmer.

  • Li Vincent at

    How Gorgeous! Sadly I missed your post and failed read this earlier.

    Do you have any creative ideas for the New Year? That would be helpful..


  • Nancy at

    Been reading your blog for a short time. Many great ideas and plan on trying a few. Thank you for sharing.

  • Stephanie Chew at

    I had similar to the 42nd one this christmas… My kids loved it.

    btw happy new year wishes to you n your family..


  • Chi at

    Ummm…next Christmas I’m just going to move in to your house, k?

  • Elisha at

    This are really great ideas. I like it. Thanks for sharing

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are very welcome!! Merry Christmas!!

      xo Michael

  • Shannon Paul at

    This is such an amazing collection of Christmas ideas. Thank you for all the time you put into this post. It’s a wealth of festive fun.

  • Happy kaur at

    Nice post about Christmas ideas! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.

  • WhatsApp Love Status at

    Good Post! Thank you so much for sharing this pretty post, it was so good to read and very useful.

  • Pam at

    I am loving your post! Thank you for sharing these wonderful Christmas ideas!

  • Carol at

    Great ideas!

  • Elle at

    Your love of the holidays shows in all these fabulous ideas. Thanks for putting so many in one post. Merry Christmas!


    You inspire me! When I’m having a down day, all I have to do is look for your post in my Inbox and suddenly my day is brightened. Love these 115+ Creative Christmas Ideas; love your posts all year long. Merry Christmas!

  • lisa at

    And I’ve never seen a soaked bread and the cooked onion/garlic mixture mixed into meat to make meatballs. Will have to try this.
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  • lisa at

    Also white pepper, white sugar and just ground pork, but my family is a Danish – Swedish hybrid so we probably do things a little differently 🙂paint by number kits

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