Watermelon Christmas Trees

Watermelon Christmas trees

These watermelon Christmas trees are the perfect raw treat to take any Christmas function.

When I first saw these a few years back, thanks to my gorgeous and creative sister-in-law, I fell in love with them on the spot.

Frankly they’re so impressive, and SO quick and easy, that they’re worth making anytime you can get your hands on some fresh and juicy watermelon.

Make up any reason you can. Pretend it’s “Hug a Tree Day” , or “National Park Day”, or “Save the Rainforest Week”.

Get creative so you always have an excuse to share these around.

I could rabbit on about how delicious and incredibly simple they are, or I could just show you how to make them.

So I will.

How to Make Watermelon Christmas Trees

1. Get a quarter of a watermelon

Watermelon Christmas trees - a quarter of a watermelon

2. Cut it into slices

Watermelon Christmas trees - a slice of watermelon

3. Cut a slice in half

Watermelon Christmas trees - a triangle of watermelon

4. Slice the rind into thirds

Watermelon Christmas trees - slice the rind into thirds

5. Trim the rind from the flesh at the sides

Watermelon Christmas trees - trim the rind off the sides

Here’s a quick recap of the stages for you…

Watermelon Christmas trees - a recap of the stages

And voila, you have a bunch of watermelon Christmas trees. (Or should that be a grove of trees?)

Watermelon Christmas trees - top view

See? How easy was that?

So simple, so delicious, and guaranteed to impress.

Watermelon Christmas Trees
Diets: Raw, vegan, paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Makes: A forest
  • ¼ fresh watermelon (quartered lengthways)
  1. Cut watermelon into triangular slices.
  2. Cut each slice in half.
  3. Slice the rind into thirds.
  4. Trim off the left-hand and right-hand pieces of rind.
Before: -
During: 5 mins
After: -
Need: Board & sharp knife
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 300g (2 trees) Calories: 90


  • Make sure you get a really nice watermelon – ripe, juicy and full of flavour.
  • The angle you trim the rind off at the sides can make a big difference to how “tree-like” your trees look, so play with doing it straight and at angles and see what you like the best.
  • If you get it wrong, who cares? You just get to eat the “mistakes”. More watermelon for you.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not wasting any of the juicy watermelon flesh. The only thing you’re chopping off is the rind.
  • Not only do these trees look cute, but the tree “stumps” make the perfect handles for holding while you eat the trees, so they’re ideal for small hands. My 4yo daughter loves these. Definitely a great way to encourage kids to eat more fruit. You’ll be a “healthy food hero” if you turn up to the next school function with a plate full of these!

My inspiration

I have my sister-in-law, Erin, to thank for this wonderful idea.

I know I’m not the first person to discover it, and I sure hope I won’t be the last, because these trees deserve to be shared.

Have an awesome, Christmas tree filled day.

And a very Merry Christmas.

~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly

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What others are saying...

    • Nikki says

      Hi Vicki,

      Yes, they’re always a hit at our family gatherings.

      P.S. I’m glad you figured out how to verify your email :)

    • Nikki says

      Hi Jeanette,

      Yes, it’s great, isn’t it? I love it when healthy food can be just as much fun (or even more) as treat food!

  1. Livia says

    love the watermelon Xmas trees….such a healthy adorable snack and easy for everyone to handle and have a snack! Can’t wait for xmas

  2. Roxane says

    Hi just to let you know I used your idea on my blog ) – you are OF COURSE referenced back to – and they have to visit to actually get the directions, I only used the picture.
    If this is of any nuisance to you, please let me know.
    And keep the lovely blog going :)
    Thank you,

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