Christmas trends 2023

The Christmas trends 2023 focus on a desire for the beautiful and a stronger focus on sustainability

Each year, trend experts at Christmasworld, a holiday trade show run by Messe Frankfurt in Germany, release the top trends for holiday decorations, and the experts have released what is on trend for Christmas 2023. The latest forecast focuses on both classic and surprising designs, partnered with natural, sustainable decorations.

“Moments of joy are precious,” said Annetta Palmisano from the trend bureau bora.herke.palmisano which puts together the forecast on behalf of Messe Frankfurt. “Good design that knows heritage and the future helps us celebrate them even more beautifully. Many things now come across more quietly than before, quite deliberately: valuable impetus instead of a quickly fading show. A new start is evident, triggered by the experience of the past years. More than ever before, the focus is on sustainability: Material research and digital innovations hold new aesthetic solutions in store.”

The trend experts went on to say that nature will remain a great source of inspiration due to its abundance of colors and textures. The three trend statements for 2023 are “unknown beauty_strange + gracious,” “calming nature_careful + pleasant,” and “lasting ideas_passionate + evocative.” See a detailed description of each 2023 trend below.

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UNKNOWN BEAUTY Christmas 2023

Unknown Beauty is marked by surprising elements for the holiday Christmas trends 2023

Unexpected decorations and unfamiliar forms are in the spotlight for this holiday trend. Situational patterns, environmental reflections and the play of light and shadow create remarkable visual effects. Often the surfaces are metallicized, pearlescent or the objects show iridescent mirror surfaces, engravings and flowing color effects. Ambient reflections become a supporting element of the design. The idea of incorporating the passing moment into the design creates further situational dimensions. It becomes exciting when craftsmanship and digital innovations converge. For example, 3D models for candlesticks are developed in the studio and digitally printed in a ceramic factory. In the color range, extravagant colors such as azure blue, peach, magenta or wine red alternate with lovely, soft nuances in sky, lemon, gray and silver.

CALMING NATURE Christmas 2023

Calming Nature brings natural elements and sustainability to the forefront for the holidays for Christmas trends 2023

This product trend stands for calm vitality and a nature-loving minimalism. The designs show a vivid connection to nature and revolve around life cycles and transience. With creativity and sustainable thinking, they increasingly dissolve the boundaries of art, craft and technology. Plant and geological designs, for example of rocks, minerals and rough stones are typical here.

Sometimes natural stone is used as a material, sometimes its grains, coloring and oxidation phenomena serve as inspiration for patterns, motifs and surfaces. Rough and porous materials are often matched by immaculately smooth and gentle surfaces. In addition, plain cardboard and uncoated paper emphasize minimalist, seasonal ornaments.

The color palette begins with three cooler shades, inspired by lichen, mountain lake and raw malachite. This is followed by neutral gradations from white sand to stone gray and dark rock. Three warm tones such as moss, a woody rose tone and a mild rosé nuance complete the natural color harmony. This trend plays off the popularity of the “Brown Christmas” for 2022

LASTING IDEAS Christmas 2023

Lasting Ideas includes decorations with concrete forms and striking geometry for Christmas trends 2023. For details on products included go to

Making a clear design statement, products in this trend have concrete forms and striking geometry. Craftsmanship, a great manufacturing heritage and industrial know-how come together here. Geometric shapes such as circular discs, cones and squares complement the typical sphere as Christmas ornaments. For the surfaces, marble grains and wood structures as well as moiré effects are graphically implemented. With grid, line and relief structures, glass spheres become year-round decoration. The principle of monochromatic and at the same time stripes, from clear-elegant to flowing-subtle, are important design tools.

Intense colorings refine the objects. Petrol and blue nuances dominate the cool series, while orange-red, violet and ochre set warm color accents. In between, the neutral, metallic tones of pewter, iron and bronze-gray mediate.

To view the Festive store’s latest themes and colours available for Christmas decorating 2023, please request our indoor and outdoor Christmas catalogues.

Large paper Christmas tree in burnt orange with backdrop

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