Get Creative with these 6 Class Christmas Tree Ideas

We don’t know about you, but it has never been our jam to bring a proper Christmas tree into our classrooms at the end of the year (no judgment on the festive teachers who love to do this!)

However, having some Christmasy things in the classroom can add to student excitement and brighten up your classroom as you take down displays and prepare for the end of the year.

So, let’s look at some fun ways to make your own creative class Christmas Tree!

Warning: You may want to do them all by the time you get to the bottom of this post!

Idea 1: Kindness Kris Kringle

Traditionally, Kris Kringle is a small gift exchange where each student chooses a name from a hat and then gives a little treat or gift for their chosen person. Instead of treating their Kris Kringle in the traditional way, students need to focus on random acts of kindness for their Kris Kringle.Class Christmas Tree - Kindness Christmas Tree

As your Kindness Kris Kringle continues, students will likely start noticing each other’s acts of kindness more. To easily incorporate this into your classroom, we have created this freebie where students can record the acts of kindness they are seeing or experiencing.

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Idea 2: Kindness Advent Calendar

Create this tree-shaped kindness calendar (ideally) 18 days before the end of the school year – but you can always cut it down and make it shorter. The aim is for students to explore the idea of being kind and completing random acts of kindness, leading up to the Christmas season.Advent Class Christmas tree

A tree that focuses and encourages looking beyond oneself and showing kindness to others!Advent Class Christmas tree

Grab your copy of the Kindness Tree here.

Idea 3: Handprint Christmas tree

Use paint or paper for this one.

Handprint Class Christmas tree


If you teach older students, encourage them to record something on their hand, this will give it a personal touch. It might be:

  • Something they enjoyed learning this year
  • Something they think is special about themselves
  • A Christmas wish
  • How to promote giving over receiving at Christmas (the possibilities are endless)

Idea 4: Class Community Tree

This is the sweetest little Christmas tree we ever did see, and such a simple idea. This could work with lots of different age groups. You could even get your older students to create one of these for the teacher’s staff room as a Christmas surprise!test alt text

Photo credit: @twoperthteachers on Instagram

Idea 5: Paper chain tree

Borrow a few staplers and tape from your colleagues and split the class into small groups to create your paper chains. Put each group in charge of 1-2 chains for the tree. If they are older, you can get them to work on how long they need to make it and how they want to put it together to create the tree. Here are some ideas:

Idea 6: Turn it into a Maths lesson

Instead of a big class tree, decorate your classroom with these individual trees. Not only do they look great, but they are also educational (and free)! Every time we have delivered this lesson, the kids have loved it!Number of the Day Class Christmas Tree

Get a copy of these FREE Number Sense Christmas trees here.

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Community idea:

If you have a shared school space or a school community that enjoys sharing celebrations, you could adapt one of these ideas to create a whole school creative Christmas tree!


If you have a creative Christmas tree idea that you would like to share with our community, please reach out to us via Instagram. We are always looking for opportunities to shout out other teachers and share amazing ideas!

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What to read next:

Student Gift inspo from Kmart

Kindness at Christmas – Tips, Strategies, and Free Resources

Our Favourite Christmas Activities that are still Academically Focused

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