A Christmas wreath welcomes guests into your home with a little bit of festive cheer and a celebration of the nature that’s still on offer through the UK’s coldest months.
Traditionally made from evergreens, including holly and ivy, with a sprinkling of red berries, real Christmas wreaths now include a wide variety of fresh and dried plant material. Shape can also vary from the traditional circle to stars, hearts and semi-circles.
We have curated a mix of wreath styles, shapes, foliage and materials to show what’s on offer this year and provide inspiration for your own Christmas decorations.
For those who would prefer to have a Christmas wreath that can be reused year after year, we’ve also hand-picked some sustainable, plastic-free options made from materials such as felt and stained glass.
And while most of the reusable wreaths can be hung with the ribbon or string provided, some of the larger, real wreaths will require a metal wreath hook.
If you would like to try your hand at making your own, take a look at our guide on how to make a classic Christmas wreath for inspiration.
Why do we have wreaths at Christmas?
Christmas is filled with traditions that help us get into the festive spirit and hanging a Christmas wreath on the door is one of them. As with most traditions, there are various different meanings behind the hanging of a Christmas wreath.
Wreaths are typically made from evergreens, which signify strength and eternal life, while the round shape is believed to symbolise the circle of life. For some Christians, the wreath is representative of Jesus’ suffering and is meant to symbolise the crown of thorns worn on the cross. Red berries are often used to represent his blood.
In Christianity, wreaths are hung on front doors to invite the spirit of Christ into the home, and they can also be used to observe advent. Traditionally in advent, a candle was added on each day of the countdown, with Sundays traditionally marked with a white candle.
However, it’s also suggested that the origin of the wreath can be traced back to the Ancient Romans who wore and hung wreaths to celebrate a victory.
Best Christmas wreaths for the festive season
Browse our selection of the best Christmas wreaths available this festive season.
John Lewis & Partners Real Christmas Wreath
A real fir and holly wreath decorated with berried twigs, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Measuring 36cm in diameter and finished with a red and gold, hand-tied ribbon.
Stained Glass Holly And Ivy Wreath
Made from blown glass, this wreath is a great option that you can decorate with year after year. Because it’s handmade, each wreath is unique and it’s supplied with a 50cm chain to make it easier to display.
National Trust Felt Christmas Holly Wreath with Robin
A reusable alternative to the traditional wreath, this felt holly wreath from the National Trust is made from biodegradable, handmade materials. The wreath is coloured with natural and organic dyes.
Amazon Handmade Von Koenigshofen Christmas Wreath
Decorated with a white wooden house, pine cones and dried flowers, this large red and white wreath from Amazon Handmade measures 40cm in diameter. Finished with a red ribbon, this wreath is best displayed inside the home.
Moon & Stars Natural Wild Christmas Wreath
Hand-crafted with sea lavender, pampas grass, honesty seed pods, cedar and juniper, this wreath has a wild, yet minimalist design. All of the materials used are harvested from a regenerative, off grid farm in West Wales.
Bloom & Wild Classic Christmas Wreath
Bloom & Wild describe this wreath as being inspired by a festive forest, and it’s decorated in red canella berries and dainty myrtle, along with eucalyptus leaves, poppy seed heads and pine cones. The foliage is fresh but some of the additional adornments are dried. There is the option to add a gift card if you wish to send it as a present.
Dried Hydrangea And Heather Wreath
Made from dried ivy vines, hydrangea, heather and pine cones and scented with cinnamon and cedarwood essential oils. This wreath is best suited to hanging on your front door and measures 30cm in diameter.
Luxury Forest Foraged Natural Door Wreath
This reusable wreath is decorated with pine cones, rough grain wood chips, and dried lotus flowers. Supplied with an eco jute rope, this 36cm wreath is suitable for both indoor and outdoor display. The price includes free Mainland UK delivery.
The Cambridge Wreath Co. Handmade Natural Christmas Wreath
Made from natural foliage foraged from a family farm, this homemade wreath is decorated with blue fir, holly, ivy, bay leaves and pine cones. It is a standard 30cm in diameter and all materials, except from the internal wire, are compostable.
Holly and Roots Dried Fruit Heart Wreath
Homemade in Cornwall, this heart-shaped wreath is made from dried lime, orange, apple, chillies, mini pumpkin and bay leaves and finished with red cotton bows and a rustic bell. To prolong the life of the fruit, this wreath is best suited to being hung indoors and out of direct sunlight.