13 best Christmas tree decorations for kids

Make Christmas magical for the little ones with our pick of the best tree decorations for children

Three Ladder Mice by Cox & Cox
(Image credit: House of Bath)

Picking tree decorations that children will love makes Christmas all the more special for them. Let's face it, nothing compares to the magic of Christmas when you are a child; the anticipation of presents and the fun of decorating the Christmas tree are favourite childhood memories for many of us. So, why not make Christmas wonderful for the children in your life with our pick of the year's child-friendly Christmas tree decorations and baubles? 

Find more gorgeous decorations and gift ideas on our dedicated Christmas page.

1. Pick soft and safe felt animal decorations

Perfect for very young children, felt tree decorations will not shatter when an inquisitive child inevitably picks them off the tree to play with; they won't last long, but will bring lots of fun (and a touch of Scandi charm) to your tree.  

We love the Nordic Christmas Hanging Felt Animal Tree Decorations from Talking Tables

Find more Scandi Christmas decorating ideas in our feature.

Talking Tables Nordic Christmas Hanging Felt Animal Tree Decorations

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2. Bring a fairy tale glamour to your decorating scheme

Christmas is a perfect time to re-read their favourite fairy tales – and re-watch the Disney versions, on repeat – so why not incorporate some of the fairy tale magic into your tree decorating scheme? 

The Glitter Princess Carriage Decoration from The Contemporary Home will instantly transport them into the world of Cinderella. 

Glitter Princess Carriage Decoration The Contemporary Home

(Image credit: The Contemporary Home)

3. Occupy them with a tree train

A Christmas tree train – a classic tree decoration for kids. From Cox & Cox, this retro marvel comes with a track, a realistic train sound, and a coal cart. Guaranteed to keep them occupied for hours. 

Cox & Cox tree train

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

More Christmas tree trains:

4. Make room for elves and fairies 

Indulge their imagination with fantasy decorations. This dainty Red Rose Fairy is by Gisela Graham.

Frosted Red Rose Fairy Decoration, £7.50 by Gisela Graham London

(Image credit: Gisela Graham London)

5. Bring woodland creatures into your home (not literally)

The delightfully shiny and friendly-looking Woodland Glass Decorations from Cox & Cox will delight children of all ages, although are probably best hung out of reach of toddlers.

Six Woodland Glass Decorations Cox & Cox

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

6. Pick tree decorations that are fun and educational

And while we are on the woodland theme, why not combine the joy of decorating the Christmas tree with learning about wildlife? The British Birds Tree Ornaments (set of six) from House of Bath represents the bullfinch, wren, greenfinch, robin, blue tit and goldfinch. What better way to teach your kids about the birds in the garden?


(Image credit: House of Bath)

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7. Remind them of winter hobbies

Ice-skating is a fun Christmas activity most kids love – and you can give it a nod with this pretty Ice Skating Decoration from Dunelm. 

Ice Skating Tree Decoration by Dunelm

(Image credit: Dunelm)

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8. Indulge their love of puppies – and yours

Kids won't stop asking for a puppy? If for whatever reason you can't give them a real one, these super-cute Dogs Hanging Christmas Tree Decorations from the Contemporary Home may just do the trick. At least until next year, when your hunt for Christmas tree decorations for kids will begin anew... 

Dogs Hanging Christmas Tree Decorations - £4.00 Each from The Contemporary Home

(Image credit: The Contemporary Home)

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9. Tell a story with your Christmas decorations

What if your Christmas tree became a fascinating story you and your kids could make up as you go along decorating? Get their imaginations going with the delightful Three Felt Mice from Cox & Cox. Where are they climbing? What's up there? So much fun. 

Three Ladder Mice by Cox & Cox

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

10. Introduce edible decorations 

Christmas is the time when we all get to enjoy a sweet treat (or two, or too many...); delight the whole family with these pretty and yummy Christmas Tree Decorations from the Biscuiteers. They are pricey, but that's probably a good thing, given how moreish they are. 

christmas tree decorations luxe biscuit tin Biscuiteers

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Alternatively, make your own delicious Christmas decorations with some cookie cutters:

11. Celebrate a new addition to the family with your decs

Ok, this one might be for the parents rather than the kids, but who can resist this Baby's First Christmas Polar Bear Decoration?  It's fluffy, and it's personalised, and just lovely. Available at Not On The High Street.

Baby's First Christmas Polar Bear Decoration

(Image credit: Not On The High Street)

12. Indulge their love of cats (and yours)

The Christmas Cat Garland from IWM will delight children big and small; it's silly and lovely, and also will make a perfect addition to a traditional Christmas decorating scheme with its Edwardian motif. 

Christmas Cat Garland from IWM

(Image credit: IWM )

13. And a sloth won't be out of place either

Animal-shaped Christmas tree decorations delight children of all ages, and the ones that are made from felt are safe for even the smallest kids. There are lots of different animal-themed Christmas decorations out there, but we find the felt hanging sloths from Etsy especially endearing. 

Felt hanging sloths from Etsy

(Image credit: Etsy)

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