21 December Nail Ideas for a Fun & Festive Look All Month

There are so many options for December nails, and we've got all the inspo you need right here.

Published December 1, 2023

December’s a busy month full of holiday events and quality family time — the perfect reason to make sure your nails are looking fresh each week. If you still need ideas for December nails, you’ve come to the right place. With so much beauty all around us, it’s easy to find inspiration for your manicure.

Shiny White Nails With Black Snowflake Details


Go with a snow white shimmery base for your nails and cute black snowflakes for a slightly edgier take on a classic December scene.

Cat's Eye Green With a Little Bling


Feeling glamorous? Try an attention-grabbing green cat’s eye polish. Gold accents make this design pop even more!

Pretty in Light Pink for December


This soft pink makes us want to snuggle up by the fireplace with our besties, a bottle of wine, and some serious girl talk.

Turquoise December Birthstone Nails


A December birthday calls for a turquoise nail design. It's the perfect excuse to remind everyone that your big day is coming up when they compliment your manicure! 

Glittery Navy Blue


A glittery midnight blue mani just makes sense for December. Looks just like the sky on a cold, dark evening, and just as magical.

A Simple and Beautiful Burgundy for December


Go romantic for December with a deep burgundy shade. It’s classic, it’s chic, and it goes with all your best December outfits.

Matte Black and Glittery Silver Accents


If the classic December shades aren’t your thing, a matte black design can work in any month, including December! If you want a little more flair, add some silver glitter. This look would also be great for NYE!

Cute Teal Nails for Something Different


Teal nails are a gorgeous way to change up the classic Christmas green, and they’re just as fun. Go for a glittery accent nail for some extra pizazz.

Cute Red and Green Holiday-Inspired Nails


We weren’t going to get through December nails without something Christmas-themed. These red, white, green, and gold details will get you lots of compliments, which is half the fun of a cute mani.

Minty Blue and Wintery White


Capture an icy feel with a light turquoise color palette. Plaid and snowflake designs tie the December look together.

Hot Cocoa Brown Nails


Brown nail polish brings all the comfort of a cup of hot cocoa. Keep it simple and minimal or add white embellishments for marshmallows.

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If you need a more neutral nail look for work, this is a great option that still gives a nod to the season. You can also add a gold glitter top coat to spice it up for the weekend. 

Classy White Nails With Gold Glitter


A white and gold nail combo reminds us of that beautiful moment when the sun comes out after a heavy snowfall. This is the perfect look anytime in December.

Warm Winter Palette and White Snowflakes


Can’t decide on one color? Go with all the warm winter tones of maroons, blues, and greens with snowflake details to capture the essence of December.

Floral Mint Nails


Florals aren’t just for spring and summer months. Look how gorgeous these minty December nails are. Simple, but elegant and cheerful.

Beautiful Biege and White Nails


How do you make your nail designs pop without feeling like overkill? Try pairing white nail polish with a natural beige color — you'll love the chic look! 

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The subtle stripes remind us of holiday candy canes, and you can use white stripes over any color polish to get a similar vibe. 

French Tips With Red, Green, and Gold Details


Maybe you want festive green and red nails for December that don’t necessarily scream "Christmas!". Just add a few colorful embellishments to a French manicure. You won’t be able to stop admiring your own nails…

Magenta Nails for a Feminine December Feel


Magenta is a gorgeous color for your December nails and adds feminine power. Add some glitter or keep it simple (or a bit of both to mix things up).

Royal Blue and Silver Stars


Want something more unique for your December nails? Royal blue will make a statement, plus silver stars to make your set pop!

Bright Red Nails Are Always Classic for December


You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel to have December nails. You can keep it classic with festive red nails to get you through the month and all of the holiday events.

Light Green Glitter Nails


If you’re feeling extra merry and bright this December, sparkly bright green nails could be your next mani move. Snowflakes and candy stripes ramp up the festive feel!

Nails for December Can Be Splashy or Simple


You can go all out with your nails this month or go simple and let fresh snow be your inspo with white nails. As you move from your November manicure to your December nails, you can’t go wrong with classic looks, but you can get fancy with the details if you want.

The beauty of this month means that there are so many festive, fresh, pretty, and easy nail looks to try! 

21 December Nail Ideas for a Fun & Festive Look All Month