Our Favorite Christmas Dresses for Little Girls
Christmastime brings around all sorts of festive reasons to get dressed up. As much as we all look forward to bringing our prized sequins and dressy coats out of the shadows of our wardrobes, the real magic happens when getting the little ones dressed up for each and every Christmas event. While we’ll always get a thrill out of picking out a new Christmas bow tie for a little gentleman, there’s nothing that takes us back to the joys of our own youth like picking out the perfect holiday dress for a little girl (shoes and hair bow to match, naturally). For little girls, these special occasions are well deserving of a very special dress to be envied even by the likes of Clara in The Nutcracker. We’ve completely fallen in love with the current selection of Christmas dresses for little girls so much that we’ll happily forfeit the loss from them out dressing us this holiday season. With sweet smocking, classic hues, and playful details to keep things fun, these darling dresses are sure to be prized possessions that your little girl will love to pass down to her own one day.
Mini Boden Kids’ Velvet Dress
BUY: $79; nordstrom.com
This sweet velvet frock has vintage style to spare. Add a pair of white Mary Janes and cable-knit knee socks and you’ve got one Christmas outfit that will most assuredly garner plenty of twirls and even more compliments.
Blue Nativity Christmas Smocked Bishop Dress
BUY: $29; etsy.com
The reason for the season is depicted on this blue smocked collar bishop. According to the seller, it runs big so size down if she's between sizes.
Girls Short-Sleeve Tartan Dress
BUY: $68.95; brooksbrothers.com
A festive tartan print, drop waist, and plenty of pleats make this a winter night’s dream. Add tights and a velvet hair bow to finish the look.
Heirloom Ivory Bishop Dress with Red Smocking
BUY: $32; etsy.com
This handmade bishop features a classic ivory and red color palette with a hint of ecru lace around the edge of the sleeves. Size down or refer to the size chart to ensure it hits at ankle-length.
Girls’ Sleeveless Jacquard Dress in Botanical Deer Print
BUY: $98; jcrew.com
By the looks of it, you’d never know this gilded print is machine washable. Let her eat all the chocolate, candy canes, and cookies her heart desires without fearing the dry clean bill.
Pin Tuck Jersey Dress
BUY: $79; bodenusa.com
Pintuck pleating and lace details have earned this cotton dress special-occasion status. It comes in Forest Green, Formica Pink, and College Navy.
Lace Ruffle Collar Dress
BUY: $69; janieandjack.com
Lace is always in season for little girls—and this winter-white frock with a delicate velvet ribbon is no exception. A bloomer is included for sizes up to 18 to 24 months, though the dress is offered up to size 12.
Girls Mini Franci Dress
BUY: $118; lillypulitzer.com
It’s always the right time for Lilly Pulitzer, and this dressed-up fit-and-flare style with raised collar and stunning jacquard print proves it.
Bonnie Jean Little Girls Christmas Tree Corduroy Fit-and-Flare Dress
BUY: $40; dillards.com
Subtle smocking keeps it from getting too cutesy—but still with the traditional style Southern mamas love. It’s all in the details when it comes to the back’s button closures and tie.
Toddler Girls Plaid Holiday Dress
BUY: $38; macys.com
Perfect in plaid with just a hint of whimsy, this smocked dress features a Peter Pan collar, button back closure, and sleeves with just enough poof.
Little English Girl’s Candy Cane Short-Sleeve Dress
BUY: $54; neimanmarcus.com
Christmas casual is still plenty festive with this green cotton number with Peter Pan collar and front patch pockets from Southern-based Little English.
DIY Peppermint Christmas Tree Ornaments
Brighten up your Fraser Fir with these cheery, classic peppermint ornaments. Little elves will love playing around with their favorite shapes, and you'll love how simple this project is to pull together. To make these ornaments, grease festive cookie cutters, and then fill with hard peppermints. When you bake, the peppermints will melt into the desired shapes. Add a hole for a bright ribbon, and you're all set with DIY Peppermint Ornaments for your Christmas tree.