If you’re in the holiday spirit, get all the inspiration for Christmas greens in this shopping guide to take your decorating to the next level! Learn about the different types of holiday greenery garlands, where to buy fresh holiday greens (and faux) and so much more.

Christmas greens and garlands will bring your home to life this holiday season! They are the perfect way to add festive color and fragrance to your home – learn how.

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I’ve shared a lot of holiday tours here on the blog over the years! We love to decorate for Christmas, and we especially love to do it in a fresh, minimalistic way.

Learn more about my approach to minimalist Christmas here. As you likely already know, I’m not one for lugging giant bins to the basement or garage every season. I prefer a few fresh touches of Christmas greens and simple greenery garlands to bring our home to life!

In fact, I have an entire post dedicated to How To Keep Live Christmas Wreaths And Live Garlands Fresh. It’s my absolute favorite way to decorate!

And even though I love my favorite Sparse Christmas Tree, fresh will always have my heart… there’s just something about that look and fragrance that can never be replicated with faux.

I’ve used greenery garlands as centerpieces, over exterior doors and interior doors, on mantels and even on chandeliers. There’s no place they can’t go, and no place they won’t turn into a gorgeous holiday showpiece.

Get all the details about my favorite types of greenery garlands and fresh Christmas greens. You’ll find a shopping guide for both fresh and faux, and you’ll learn about what might work best in your home!

Christmas greenery garland in traditional kitchen

What are Christmas Greens?

The Hanging of the Greens is a longstanding tradition in many churches and worship halls, signifying the start of Advent. It’s believed to date back to Celtic culture, and Christmas greens have become a mainstay in Christian holiday celebrations for centuries.

Traditionally, Christmas greens are simply cut branches from locally available evergreen trees. They are often turned into wreaths, greenery garlands, and more! I also love to use stems of greens in vases and containers in flower arrangements, much in the same way we use Eucalyptus or other greenery stems.

Even though they are such a popular look, fresh Christmas greens can be hard to come by – especially if you’re sourcing online. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find my favorite sources for both faux and fresh Christmas greens.

If you’ve got a local florist nearby, they have access to incredible fresh Christmas greens and greenery garlands – and they often carry faux versions, as well. It’s important to support our local small businesses whenever we can, so I encourage you to build a relationship with local flower shops whenever possible.

That’s how you get access to the best flowers and Christmas greens, too!

A brick fireplace with a white mantel and a greenery garland hung with stockings for christmas


  • My best tip? Depending on where you live, you can easily find greenery for free – right in your own backyard! Use clippings that are available to you at zero cost.
  • Be mindful that true evergreens are often the best options for cold outdoor environments.
  • Use my favorite Command Hooks for hanging – no nails required and they are easily hidden behind the greens!
  • For wreaths or Door Swags, try this Door Hanger.
  • Try hanging holiday greens in unexpected places – like your chandeliers and sconces!
  • Incorporate them into your floral arrangements with these Florist Secrets.
  • Feel free to bend the greenery rules as you wish, of course – rules are made to be broken! Many of those items can be featured in your home all year long, too.

Greenery Garlands

Greenery garlands can actually be made from a wide variety of materials, and they are often used all year long! You’ll find them in a variety of decorating styles, most frequently in country and cottage style decor.

They are popular for weddings as centerpieces and decor items, as well as home decorating elements to give a vibrant touch of green to any area of a home.

Holiday greenery garlands, however, are almost always made with evergreen cuttings – learn more about pine garland and cedar garland here.

garland on door frame

Types of Christmas Greens

Traditionally, at the holidays, Christmas greens and greenery garlands are made up of the following evergreens:

  • Cedar
  • Pine
  • Fir
  • Juniper
  • Cypress
  • Spruce

To add interest, consider adding unique winter-inspired foliage and herbs:

  • Boxwood
  • Magnolia
  • Holly
  • Eucalyptus
  • Bay Leaves
  • Rosemary
christmas door decorations of Christmas greens and red ribbon

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Trader Joes have Christmas greenery?

Yes! You can buy your Christmas greens and greenery garlands at Trader Joe’s, but you have to pay attention and grab them quickly. They often sell cute boxwood wreaths, too. Check out this complete guide to Trader Joe’s Flowers.

How long do fresh Christmas greens last?

Fresh holiday greenery will generally last indoors for approximately two weeks, and can last much longer outdoors if you’re in a cold climate. Mist daily with a spray bottle of water, use an antitranspirant and read this guide to Longer Lasting Holiday Greens.

A brick fireplace with a white mantel and a greenery garland hung with stockings for christmas

Sources for Faux Christmas Greens and Greenery Garlands

When you can’t source Christmas greenery for free, there are many options available to you.

Whether you’re looking for fresh greens or garlands, or the best quality permanent options, there’s something for everyone here!

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Smokey Pine Garland 6 Feet | Indoor/Outdoor Artificial Eucalyptus Garland – 8′ | Prelit Artificial Cedar Garland | Afloral Fake Cedar Christmas Greenery – 28″ Afloral Real Touch Norfolk Pine Garland – 60″ | Afloral Real Touch Norfolk Pine Branch – 36″ Tall | Faux Eucalyptus Stems |

Sources for Fresh Christmas Greens and Greenery Garlands

A graphic with a white background full of fresh Christmas greens and greenery garlands

Fresh Juniper + Noble Fir Garland | Fresh Western Red Cedar Garland | Fresh Winter Greens Garland | Fresh Cut Spiral Eucalyptus Branches | Fresh Cut Magnolia Branches | Fresh Mixed Greens Bunches, Set of 4 | Big Box of Fresh Mixed Christmas Evergreens | Fresh Western Cedar Bundle | Fresh Pine Bundle

I know it seems early to start planning your holiday decor, but with shortages and shipment delays, it’s good to have a plan! Are you excited for Christmas greenery this year?

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