Christmas dinner is definitely the highlight of the holiday for many families, so many of us like to go the extra mile to make our Christmas table look really special. Even if its the same old table you eat your dinner off every evening, a Christmas centrepiece can transform your tablescape into something truly magical.
Traditionally, a Christmas centrepiece might be a simple garland of artificial fir branches and pine cones or a candelabra. We’ve included some classic centrepiece ideas, but in our round-up you’ll also find some unique and contemporary designs guaranteed to be a talking point at your Christmas table this year.
And if you want to make your Christmas dinner extra special with a festive tablecloth or runner, check out our round-up!
Best Christmas centrepieces on the market for 2021
Handmade spruce Christmas table centrepiece
A simple and thoroughly festive addition to any table, this handmade centrepiece wreath by Etsy maker ForeverChristmasArt is made to order from pinecones, chestnuts, dried foliage, artificial ivy and white roses. At roughly 30cm across, with an 11cm hole in the centre, it’s the perfect size to hold a candle, and would also double as a small Christmas wreath for your mantelpiece or front door when not needed on the table.
Light-up brush trees forest
Gorgeously understated, this natural-looking snowy alpine scene would complement a Scandi Christmas scheme. We love that it comes pre-lit with 60 warm white micro LED lights (3 x AA batteries not included), to add a magical glow to your gathering.
While it’s not the cheapest model on the market, this is definitely a centrepiece guaranteed to wow your visitors year after year.
Christmas table 3-candle holder
If you’re looking for a classic Christmas centrepiece, they don’t come more traditional than this one by Premier, available through Amazon.
A quintessentially festive assortment of faux pine sprigs, shiny red berries and pinecones with a dusting of gold glitter to add a little extra sparkle, it’s guaranteed to get you feeling merry and bright.
In the centre of the arrangement, you’ll find three candle holders designed to hold standard dinner candles (not included). Approximately 60cm long and weighing 1.5kg, this is a sturdy centrepiece that would be ideal for a large dinner table.
Retreat botanical pillar light-up candle
Whether you’ve got a small dining table or you just don’t like a lot of decorative clutter on your tablescape – more room for the pigs in blankets! – a candle makes for an excellent centrepiece. This impressive pillar candle from M&S includes strands of festive sprigs within the wax, which glows from within when lit.
Its scented with essential oils including Siberian fir, eucalyptus and Scots pine – not only will your room be filled with festive fragrance, the calming properties of the oils could diffuse any dinner table disagreements, too!
Copper berry light-up centrepiece
Candles aren’t a good centrepiece option for everyone, especially if you’re planning on serving your Christmas feast buffet-style! As a flame-free alternative, we love this delicate garland from Dibor, a Yorkshire-based brand specialising in French country and shabby-chic home accessories. The bough comes pre-lit with LED lights (3 x AA batteries not included), guaranteed to put a magical twinkle on those glittery copper and gold berries.
Pluto Produkter star spinner candle holder
If simple and elegant is your style, look no further than this small but eye-catching candle holder from Scandi home accessories brand Pluto Produkter, available at John Lewis. The mobile-style strands of plated iron stars hang down above a base that’s just the right size to hold a tealight. At £10, we reckon it’s an absolute steal!
Vanthylit white twig Christmas tree with lights
We’re seeing more and more imitation birch trees used as Christmas decorations, and it’s easy to see why – those spindly bare branches are super-atmospheric, especially with snug Nordic style still firmly in fashion. This sophisticated white birch tree makes is a great choice if you want those hygge vibes at your dinnertable this year – plus, it comes pre-lit with 24 LED lights (3 x AA batteries not included) for added cosiness.
At 2ft. tall, it’s perfect for a large table, and can also be used to decorate other corners of your home when you’re not at the table – we think it would look fantastic on a hearth or on a mantelpiece!
Christmas table display hoop
Just because you’re not a fan of traditional Christmas decor, doesn’t mean that you can’t find the right centrepiece for you! This stunning contemporary hoop design is handmade by Etsy maker Indipity, and sits atop a real wood slice.
To make it your own, you can choose from a plain hoop or hoop with two hanging stars in a wire colour of your choice – black, silver, gold or rose gold. All options come with a floating candle detail to give your dinner table that cosy glow.
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