Still need to trim your Christmas tree? We’re here to help. Nothing says “Christmas” like a nutcracker. Made iconic thanks to the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, a nutcracker is a timeless, old world symbol of the holiday season. Nutcrackers are more than just decorative, of course. They are also traditionally used to crack nuts, though of course smaller nutcracker ornaments aren’t useful for this purpose. If you want to use some nutcrackers to decorate your Christmas tree, we’re here to help. Skip the mall, skip the endless hours of hunting for just the right option online — our curated list includes the best of the best, and we’ll be updating it throughout the holiday season to ensure our list stays up to date. Read on to see 10 great nutcracker ornaments you should add to the family Christmas tree this year. Whether you’re looking for something traditional, something offbeat, or something that’s part of a larger ornament set, something on our list below will definitely appeal to your sensibilities (and your budget). If you want to put nutcrackers all over your house, check out our guide to the best nutcracker decorations, which includes fun items like snow globes, music boxes, and inflatables.
1. Kurt Adler 2.75″ Polyresin Nutcracker Suite Miniature Ornament Set
When you think nutcracker, it’s hard not to think “Nutcracker”. If you want a nutcracker ornament that’s inspired by the famous Nutcracker ballet, this eight-piece set is perfect. It has eight different ornaments, highlighting different characters from the ballet. If you don’t want the full set, you can also buy a Clara ornament on its own.
Price: $13.30 (67 percent off MSRP)
2. Nutcracker Soldier Picture Frame Ornament
Want a nutcracker ornament that can be personalized for your family? Get this ornament, put a picture of your family inside, and you’ve got a great keepsake ornament that your family will treasure for many holidays to come.
3. Naimo Set of 6 Christmas Wooden Nutcracker Soldier Ornaments
Looking for traditional nutcracker ornaments? This set fits the bill, and includes enough nutcrackers to positively festoon your Christmas tree. Each ornament measures five inches tall.
4. Wooden Christmas Nutcracker Ornaments by Clever Creations
These wooden ornaments have a clever, global twist. Each one is designed to look like people from different countries around the world. There are nutcrackers to represent Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and Mexico. There are also two more nutcracker figures to represent a British bobby and Uncle Sam himself. If your family loves to travel, comes from any of these countries, or just appreciates diversity, this is a cool ornament set to add to your tree this year.
5. E&S Soldier Dog Ornament
This is a great twist on the classic ornament, and it’s perfect for dog lovers in general, and pug lovers in particular. He’s handprinted for added charm. If you want a canine-themed tree this year, consider adding this ornament into your holiday decor rotation.
6. Nutcracker Christmas Ornament Set by Clever Creations
Each one of these festive ornaments measures about five and a half inches tall. The set includes four different nutcracker designs, including a drummer, a swordsman, a rifleman, and a nutcracker king holding a peppermint scepter. Their classic red and white coloring means they’ll fit in with pretty much any traditional Christmas decor.
7. Christmas Holiday Wooden Nutcracker Figure Soldier With Metallic Silver & Pink Uniform Jacket
With a touch of “millennial pink”, this nutcracker is spot-on for 2017. The silver accents will make him look especially nice on a tree that’s trimmed with either tinsel or ribbon garlands. He’s made by a family company, adding another level of Christmas cheer to this design.
Buy the Christmas Holiday Wooden Nutcracker Figure Soldier with Metallic Silver & Pink Uniform Jacket here.
8. Kurt Adler Glass Nutcracker Treetop
Looking for a non-traditional approach to trimming your tree with nutcrackers? This nutcracker tree topper is a nice alternative to traditional stars or angels. It is 13 inches tall, which is a nice size. Do note that this treetop ornament is made from glass, so it may not be the best choice for households with pets, babies, toddlers, or small children.
Price: $10.45 (54 percent off MSRP)
9. Kurt Adler Nutcracker Design Glass Ball Ornament
Love the look of ball ornaments? This glass ball is perfect for those who like nutcrackers, but are tired of traditional nutcracker ornaments. Do note that this ornament is made from glass, so it may not be the best choice for households with pets, babies, toddlers, or small children.
10. Crooked Christmas Ornament- The Nut-Cracker
Looking for a funny, twisted take on a classic ornament? If you like raunchy ornaments, this “nutcracker” solider ornament set will definitely add a little off-color humor to your Christmas tree.