Christmas is the most magical time of year filled with twinkling lights, snow-covered landscapes, and delicious treats. It’s no wonder that the holiday inspires so many people and fills them with love and warmth. To keep the holiday spirit alive all year long, some people have chosen to get a Christmas-inspired tattoo. These varied designs are inspired by classic imagery, beloved Christmas movies, and traditional decorations like Christmas trees and lights.
We decided we needed a little cheer and therefore took a deep dive into the world of Christmas tattoos to better understand what sorts of designs people have recently gotten inked. As with most tattoo design, the creativity on display did not disappoint. We found tattoos that brought us back to Christmas mornings and spending time with family and friends. If you’d like to feel like a kid again, check out these 25 amazing Christmas tattoos!
A completely gorgeous pinecone with some holly on top should do the trick! This beautiful tattoo is like the perfect ornament for a Christmas tree.
People love The Nightmare Before Christmas and there are so many tattoos inspired by the film! Here, we find Zero tangled up in some Christmas lights. What a treat!
Oh, Christmas Tree
Wow! Check out this breathtaking Christmas tree. The detail in the branches of the tree itself is amazing. The beautiful dark green shading gives the tree depth and plenty of visual interest.
Snow globes are one of the most magical Christmas decorations. This tattoo of one feels equally compelling. We love the starbursts on the side of the globe which give this design added shine.
This tattoo was inspired by a Christmas pop-up book. We find a castle inside along with a Christmas tree and Santa’s sleigh. What a dream!
The person who shared this amazing tattoo explained in the caption that it was inspired by Scandinavian design. A handsome reindeer is complete with cute flowers and snowflakes. This is such a fun one.
A Whole Scene
This tattoo represents a whole Christmas mood. There’s even a cat curled up by the fire! We love the magic in this piece.
Stole Christmas and Your Heart
Raise your hand if Max from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is your favorite character. Here, we find our little friend disguised as a reindeer topped with one, lone antler.
Here’s another tattoo inspired by a classic holiday film, A Christmas Story. The coveted leg-lamp is one of the most iconic props in the movie.
This design looks like it’s ripped directly from a children’s picture book. We love the window here that looks out on a starry night.
Will Ferrell’s iconic turn as an elf in Elf stole many a person’s heart. We love this tattoo of Ferrell inspired by the films. Check out how the color from the Christmas lights hits the cheeks. What a thrill!
As a general rule, any sort of floral or botanical makes for a handsome tattoo. Here, we find a bunch of mistletoe tied with a red ribbon and cute little jingle bell.
Nothing screams Christmas like a nutcracker. The strange little object has been with us for decades and people’s admiration for them shows no sign of slowing. How cute!
Here’s another tattoo inspired by A Christmas Story. Ralphie was accused of using foul language and, as punishment, had a bar of soap shoved in his mouth. This is such a funny tattoo.
What’s your favorite Christmas candy? We love a striped candy cane and this one’s tied up in a big, green bow. The icy blue snowflakes are the icing on top.
Because we can’t do anything without a little bit of creepy, we found this thrilling Krampus tattoo. And, by “thrilling” we mean very scary! This tattoo is a reminder to always be nice and never naughty.
Ho ho ho!
Santa Claus brings so many children joy during the holidays. Whether he’s learning of a little one’s wishlist or delivering gifts down a chimney, this old man is the embodiment of happiness.
Wow! This micro tattoo of an ornament for a Christmas tree looks magical. Look at all those tiny details! Would you like to spend the holidays in this tiny cabin in the woods? We certainly would.
Here’s another ornament tattoo is based on a vintage ornament that almost everyone has seen before. We love the bright colored inks chosen for this design.
Going to see The Nutcracker at the ballet is an honored Christmas tradition. One of the best characters from it, the Mouse King, is tattooed here to great effect.
This smartly designed tattoo is so well thought out that even the clock is pointing to the time, 12:25. A cute little squirrel rounds things out and helps bring this magical moon-shaped tattoo to life.
Cup of Cheer
Gluhwein is a style of mulled wine that’s traditionally enjoyed around Christmas. Here we find a glass that’s filled with a snowy landscape. Cheers!
Have you seen a cuter gingerbread man? This adorable little fellow is topped with a Santa-hat and enjoying something warm to drink. We especially love the touch of pink to make his cheeks look rosy.
Where do you suppose that gingerbread man lives? This glorious gingerbread house! This person has added a special touch to show their love for all things Disney with a window shaped like Mickey Mouse.
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Move over Old Saint Nick because we want a visit from this Santa Paws on Christmas! Check out this adorable little dog tattoo of a pet dressed as the big man in red. What an absolute blast!
Are you feeling in the holiday spirit yet? We hope you enjoyed these wonderful Christmas tattoos and will consider getting your very own to cherish the holiday all year long.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Oh, Pine
- 2 Zero
- 3 Oh, Christmas Tree
- 4 Snow Globe
- 5 Christmas Castle
- 6 Reindeer
- 7 A Whole Scene
- 8 Stole Christmas and Your Heart
- 9 FRA-GEE-LEE
- 10 Night Before
- 11 Elf
- 12 Mistletoe
- 13 The Nutcracker
- 14 Soapy
- 15 Candy Cane
- 16 Krampus
- 17 Ho ho ho!
- 18 Christmas Magic
- 19 An Ornament
- 20 Mouse King
- 21 Christmas Moon
- 22 Cup of Cheer
- 23 Gingerbread Man
- 24 His House
- 25 Santa Paws
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