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. Hi Rebecca,
      Thanks so much for your kind words, you made my afternoon!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours as well,