Learn how to set your table with the prettiest holiday centerpiece! This is a Christmas garland centerpiece, created with fresh fragrant cedar garland intertwined with cozy candles.

For those of you who visit regularly, you know I love to keep it simple – and often very traditional. This Christmas table setting is the perfect blend of the two.

It’s a 5 minute garland centerpiece that can be repurposed in your Christmas decor.

A festive table setting adorned with a garland of holly and pine cones.
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In fact, I have a complete guide for both Christmas Centerpieces and Fall Centerpieces! There’s an incredible collection of inspiration from years gone by that I just know you’ll enjoy.

A Christmas table setting adorned with garland and candles.

At the encouragement of readers, I hope to start sharing more video tutorials for my simple centerpieces.

This garland centerpiece would have been perfect, but it was so simple I wasn’t sure if you’d want/need a video. Anyone can create this simple centerpiece – no skills necessary!

A Christmas table setting adorned with a candle and garland.

To recreate this Christmas table setting you’ll need:

10′ cedar garland {this was purchased at Whole Foods for $10}, available at Trader Joe’s and hardware stores

3 pillar candles

1 stem of red berries {purchased or from a holly bush}

cinnamon stick for each place setting


  1. Unroll cedar garland allowing 1’+ to drape over each side of the table allowing it to fall naturally.
  2. Manipulate the garland to create a wavy pattern – it’s more interesting than a straight line.
  3. Place candles at the center and both ends of the garland.
  4. Cut pieces of cedar for each place setting.
  5. Add cedar, a snip of berries and a cinnamon stick at each place setting.
A napkin with a garland of red berries on it.

Easy, but festive and most importantly, classic.

A Christmas table runner featuring garland adorned with greenery and pine cones.

You can find all of my Christmas table settings and centerpieces here.

A garland centerpiece with a candle.

But first, have you ever wondered how to make a candle look drippy? Just take a lighter to the edge for a few seconds {over a protected surface} far enough away that it doesn’t leave any black, close enough that it melts.

A Christmas table setting with a napkin, fork, and a sprig of holly amidst a garland.

If you are looking for more of a blue Christmas look this year, check out my Blue Christmas Table Setting. Don’t skip our guide to the prettiest faux Norfolk Pine Garland, too.

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  1. Beautiful and festive, yet so simple to create! This is the proof that the most beautiful things don’t need to be complicated, they only need to be from the heart. Thank you for sharing simple to follow steps to creating this gorgeous garland centerpiece!

  2. This is one of my favorite tablescapes yet! Thank you for sharing with us. Where did you purchase the glasses?

    1. Thank you, Melissa! You can find them by clicking “shop” at the top of my site. I frequently use them as vases as well. Enjoy!

  3. You make the MOST beautiful tables Julie! Always simple, but also stunning in their simplicity and this one is no exception.

    I’m definitely going to go make some of my candles “drippy” now – love that tip:)

    As always, it’s great to be hopping with you again. And I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!