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How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - here you see a young boy eating a gingerbread house on the windowsill surrounded by other Gingerbread house style candle holders.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations

Here at Nordic Nest we love Scandinavian design and we know you do too. Christmas is knocking on the door once again and we want to share with you our best tips on how to decorate your home with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations – because we love Scandinavian design at all times of the year.
Updated Monday 9th October 2023
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So, how do you decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations?

In Scandinavia we love to decorate with lighting, candles and of course Santa always comes to visit! We have put together a list of our top tips for decorating with Scandinavian Christmas decorations to help you create the perfect Scandi feeling this Christmas.

  1. Enchanting Christmas stars
  2. Delicate Angel chimes
  3. Stylish advent candles
  4. Create a Christmas village
  5. Traditional Scandinavian candle arch
  6. Charming Christmas porcelain
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations, here you see a folded paper star Snöblomman from Watt & Veke being held by a young boy.
Watt & VekeSnöblomma advent star
$185

1. ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS STARS

The hanging Christmas star is an enchanting and iconic decoration in Scandinavia during the Christmas period. Hang these charming and traditional Scandi Christmas details in your window or group them together for an eye-catching display that is sure to bring a touch of Scandinavia into your home.

You can find more inspiration for our Christmas stars here!

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Christmas stars in different shapes and materials like the Fiona folded paper star in lilac from Watt & Veke,
Watt & VekeFiona advent star Ø65 cm
$112.40$124.89
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Lucia star in paper from Scandi Living is a really Scandinavian Christmas decoration, here you see it placed on a rattan stool.
Scandi LivingLuna advent star white
$112.50$125
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Eve hanging Christmas star in white paper from Scandi Living is a very atmospheric traditional Scandi Christmas decoration.
Scandi LivingBare advent star nature
$40.50$45
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - the Snöblomma hanging paper star from Watt & Veke is always a popular Christmas decoration here in Scandinavia. Hang it in the window with a light for a soft glow.
Watt & VekeSnöblomma advent star
$58.50$65

2. DELICATE ANGEL CHIMES

Delicate and atmospheric angel chimes are a quintessential and traditional Scandinavian Christmas decoration. They make the perfect addition to the Christmas table or look lovely placed on a sideboard. When lit, the heat from the candle causes the angels to spin and tinkles the bells on either side of the chime.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The charming Angel Chime from Dala Industrier is the perfect Scandinavian Christmas decoration to add atmosphere to your home.
Dala IndustrierSwedish Angel Chimes
$18
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - make sure you have the correct sized candles for your angel chime and purchase some to go with it.

No angel chime is complete without a complementing set of candles for the perfect fit.

3. STYLISH ADVENT CANDLES

One of the most atmospheric traditions here in Scandinavia during the Christmas season is the lighting of advent candles. Traditionally four candles are placed in a wreath and on each Sunday leading up to Christmas an additional candle is lit. Decorate with these traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations by placing the candle holder in the centre of the dining table during the advent period.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - the Luna candle holder from Applicata looks lovely placed on the Christmas table. The candle holders are adjustable so you can choose how to space your candles.
ApplicataLuna candleholder
$182
Here you see a traditional Scandinavian Christmas candle holder on the table with gingerbread and a cup of mulled wine.
House DoctorMarb advent candle stick 13x35 cm
$29.70$33
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Season candle holder from Georg Jensen is a stylish and modern addition to the christmas table.

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The Season candle holder from Georg Jensen with the extension stand in the home of Hannes Mauritzson.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Bowl advent candle holder in beige from Scandi Living is an elegant candle holder that looks like as lovely on the sideboard as the dining table.  Seen here at the home of @myjapandihome.

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4. CREATE A CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

Create a quintessential Christmas scene for your traditional Scandinavian Christmas with the stylish Urbania collection from Kähler. These elegant candle holders allow you to build your own charming community on the sideboard each year. Dim the lights at home and light up your own Christmas town.

Decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations like the Urbania candle holders from Kähler. Here you see a collection of them in the windowsill with a young boy.
KählerUrbania candleholder
$39
Decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations and create a gingerbread village on the windowsill with Kähler's candle holders.

Create a gingerbread village on the windowsill with candle holders from Kähler. 

5. TRADITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN CANDLE ARCH

In the long, dark Scandinavian winter a cosy light source is a must, so at Christmas time you will see these traditional candle arches gracing the windows of homes all over the land. It is thought that these candle arches were meant to signify the Scandinavians’ longing for daylight during the long winter nights. These elegant wooden versions from Star Trading bring atmosphere and warmth to your living room or place one in your window for the ultimate Scandinavian approach.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The elegant Pine candle arch from Scandi Living in stained wood adds a traditional Scandinavian feeling to your home at Christmas time.
Scandi LivingPine advent candle 62 cm
$134.10$149
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Eli candle arch from Star Trading in red adds a Scandi atmosphere to your home during the long winter nights
Star TradingEli advent candle
$105
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations- The Sky candle arch from Scandi living looks lovely on the sideboard or placed in the window for a traditional Scandi approach to Christmas lighting.
Scandi LivingSky advent candle bow 41 cm
$134.10$149
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Elflugan original advent light from Elflugan is a very popular light to place in the window during the Scandinavian winter.
ElfluganElflugan light
$242.10$269

6. CHARMING CHRISTMAS PORCELAIN

Christmas porcelain may not be a uniquely Scandinavian idea but with these traditional Scandinavian brands you cannot go wrong! Bring a little extra Christmas spirit to your breakfasts during the Christmas season with the Swedish Grace Winter collection from Rörstrand or plate up your Christmas dinner in style on the Julemorgen collection from Norwegian brand Wik & Walsøe.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Julemorgen collection from Wik & Walsøe gives a luxurious and Scandinavian feeling to your Christmas dinner table.

The Scandinavian quality, Julemorgen collection fromWik & Walsøe is a delicate and stylish approach to Christmas porcelain.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Fill your breakfasts with Christmas feeling with the Swedish Grace Winter collection.

Add a touch of Scandinavia to all your breakfast and fika moments during the Christmas period with the Swedish Grace Winter collection.

We hope we have inspired you to add an extra Scandinavian touch to your Christmas decorations this year. However you decide to decorate we wish you a very merry Christmas from Nordic Nest!

Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph, Ferm Living, Star Trading, By Lassen

Rebecca Sparling
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TRADITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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