25 Most Beautiful Ways to Decorate Your Staircase for Christmas


For a cozy and bright Christmas season, decorate your staircase with garlands of greenery, strings of holiday lights, ribbons, ornaments, pinecones, and berries. Typically located at the entry of your home, the staircase is the perfect place to showcase Christmas decor and welcome your guests inside.

To get some festive inspiration, have a look below at our collection of Christmas stairway decor ideas to get yourself in the holiday mood. From clean and minimal to elegant and sophisticated arrangements, we have a variety of styles to help get you started on decorating your own staircase. Below each of the images is further details and links to the Instagram accounts. While there, be sure to give us a follow: https://www.instagram.com/onekindesign/

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1. Metallic Stairway. A gorgeous garland mixed with metallic berries is draped down this staircase banister. A ribbon adds the finishing touch. Add a beautiful Christmas tree for a showstopping look, especially if the staircase is the first thing guests see when entering your home. (via @nissalynninteriors)


2. Cozy and Neutral. Keep your staircase decorations clean and classic with a mix of cedar and pine garland from @nearlynaturalfloral. Secure them to your banister with zip ties and 1-inch thick ivory velvet ribbons tied in bows. The garland will help to elongate and elevate your staircase. If you have a nearby console table, be sure to keep the decoration in a similar theme with natural greenery for a cohesive look. The pottery on the table is from Anthropologie and CB2, while the battery-operated candlesticks are on a timer. The small artwork is a Norwegian winter scene print downloaded from Etsy, printed, and framed. The neutral styling of this space can be kept up all winter long! (via @redwhiteanddenim)



3. Traditional Red and Green. To create this stunning staircase garland, just add some sparkly eucalyptus, mixed with cypress style greenery, and red berries from @michaelsstores. The bows are a mix of cream color ribbon and a sparkly burlap style. Be sure to add string lights for a magical glow. (via @simple.joy.at.home)


4. Oversize Bow Garland. Adorn your pre-lit Christmas garland with large red velvet ribbon bows. Affix the bows to your draped holiday garland using florists wire and evenly space them out along your banister. (via @traditionalhome)



5. Staircase Christmas Garland. Blend two garlands together for a fuller, more aesthetically pleasing look. This staircase entry features a mix of balsam fir garland weaved together with a cedar garland. Add in some LED lights and a beautiful red ball garland. To secure the garland to your banister, use some Christmas garland ties. Layer in some vintage Christmas cards secured with oversized clothespins and brass and bead garland for the finishing touch. Your staircase will have an instant visual impact with color and some holiday cheer. (via @inspiredbycharm)


6. Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Banister. This entry staircase is decorated with frosted garland, ribbons, and bells. If you have some extra space, add an eye-catching Christmas tree in the corner for some added holiday cheer. The fun and festive ornaments on the Christmas tree were sourced from @cominghomestores. (via @amywilsondesigns)


7. Joy-Ful Holiday Decorated Stairs. Galvanized letters and a wreath spell out the word “Joy”, secured with floral wire to the balusters. Add some green garland with red berries and a black and white buffalo check ribbon for the finishing details. (via @wmdesignhouse)


8. Festive Garland. This beautiful staircase is simple and elegant, finished with a big black bow. The Cathedral Fir Tree on the staircase landing is from @balsamhill. (via @zdesignathome)


9. Red Ball Garland. If you have extra tree ornaments, why not add them to your banister’s garland? This staircase is decorated with a classic pre-lit Christmas garland with red ornaments in varied sizes and white stars for a festive look and a pop of color. Hang the ornaments from your garland with yarn, ribbon, string, or twine. (via On Sutton Place)


10. Cozy Fur Stockings. For a twist on the traditional staircase garland, opt instead for some plush, white stockings for a warm and cozy look. Secure the stockings with rope, twine, or ribbon to the balusters. The Christmas-decorated staircase of this playroom is in harmony with the rest of the decor. This includes two cozy nooks adorned with textured and furry pillows, throws, and lighted decor for warmth. (via Emily Henderson)


11. Dreaming of a Shimmery Christmas. Traditional green garland is adorned with silver accents, including ribbons, berries, and poinsettias. A gorgeous tree nestles into the corner for a festive finishing touch. Most of the Christmas ornaments are from @balsamhill and all of the ribbons, poinsettias and other floral decor is from @decoratorswarehouse. (via @amateurdecorator)


12. Letters on the Stairs. This joyful staircase is decorated with a simple garland, red ribbons, and galvanized letters that spell the word “JOY”. A gorgeous flocked Christmas tree was sourced from @kingofchristmas. The bells on the top of the tree are from @decorsteals. (via @briemarie1023)


13. Classic and Elegant. Drape a pre-lit garland along your staircase banister, adorned with faux branches, poinsettias, ornaments, and ribbon in shades of silver and white. Accent the staircase with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and finish with presents for your visiting family and friends (or faux-wrapped gifts). (via @balsamhill)


14. DIY Stringed Ornaments. If you have extra ornaments left over after decorating your tree, use a fishing line to attach them to your ceiling or garland ties to secure them to your staircase for a festive look. The huge metal “Merry Christmas” sign comes in red or can be spray-painted green, sourced from @decorsteals. Finish the look by trimming your staircase railing with real or faux garland. (via @lizmariegalvan)


15. Festive Red Accents. This fabulous staircase is decorated with frosted garland and finished with large red bows draped over the edges of the handrail. A large flocked tree in the corner features red and black ornaments, ribbons, and berries. (via @briemarie1023)


16. Festive String Lights. This beautiful Christmas-decorated staircase features pinecone-shaped string lights weaved through the balusters. A pre-lit garland trims the handrail with small village houses hanging from the branches. The garland is from @marksandspencer while the houses are from @b&q. (via @gems_home_)


17. Classic Knitted Stockings. Stockings do not have to just decorate your fireplace mantel. Try hanging classic red and white knitted stockings along your stairs with a festive garland and string lights for ambiance. (via On Sutton Place)


18. A Red and White Christmas. The flocked tree and garland combination of this foyer is classic and elegant. The garland is secured to the banister with garland ties and beautiful white ribbon tied into large bows. Red bead garland adds a festive accent to the green. A large flocked tree with red and white ornaments, pinecones, and ribbon brings a cheerful finishing touch. (via @bloom_jennybrooks)


19. Jingle All The Way. Fresh garland along the staircase, and the ribbon, and oversized bells add the perfect touch. The fresh garland can be found at Costco, Trader Joe’s, or your local grocery store. The garland is from @marianosmarket, while the ribbon is from @michaelsstores, and the bells are from @urban.farmgirl. (via @sweetcarolinefarmhouse)


20. Draped Garland. Add some elegance to your garland display be allowing the ends of the bough to gracefully drape on the floor. The garland was purchased at @gatehouseno1. Complete the look with beautiful ribbons securely tied into bows. The flooring is wood laminate by Mohawk and the color is nutmeg chestnut. The walls provide a beautiful backdrop, painted in Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. (via @greybirchdesigns)


21. Decorate The Base. Here, the banister was kept empty and the base was glammed up with pre-lit garland and a variety of hanging ornaments for a festive look. (via @the_woodhouse_family)


22. Foyer With A View. This gorgeous staircase is adorned with natural greenery, bead garland, blue ribbon, and pinecones. A stunning tree in the background adds to the merry and bright aesthetic. (via @traditionalhome)


23. Little Stairway Trees. Instead of a traditional garland lining the banister, small trees adorn each step. A basket elevated on an old wooden step ladder is brimming with evergreen tree clippings and string lights. (via @thepickledrose)


24. Handmade Garland. Freshly clipped greenery drapes over this staircase with globe lights and red ribbon. The garland is attached to the staircase railing with plaid ribbons. Get the tutorial at the provided link. (via @leaholsonstyle)


25. Christmas Cozy Glow. The staircase banister is all aglow, decorated with garland and string lights. Lighted presents and Christmas trees bright added warmth and ambiance. The “Oh Holy Night” lyrics wall sign was sourced from @august.and.april.

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6 months ago

I loved the festive inspiration in your post! The variety of styles from minimalist to sophisticated is wonderful, and the photos are so beautifully captured. It’s great to see traditional and innovative decorating ideas side by side. Thank you for sharing!