13 sparkly holiday dresses for girls: Bring on the dazzle!

If your family’s holiday schedule is anything like mine, and you have daughters, you know why I’m looking for sparkly holiday dresses for girls right now. I have a calendar full of holiday parties, recitals, school concerts, and a gazillion other special events coming up, all excuses for my daughter to get fancy.

But with a budget that doesn’t allow for a whole wardrobe of holiday dresses, I’ve been searching for a fun, sparkly dress that she can wear more than once, from holiday parties to New Year’s Eve with lots of playdates and family visits in between.

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Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This J. Crew knit dress with sparkly hem is a chic look for Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's.

This navy knit dress with sequin hem at J. Crew is my favorite pick for girls who wants just a little bit of sparkle and a whole lot of comfort. It’s a little sporty, not too traditionally “girly,” and the styling is on point. ($66.50, sizes 4-14)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This fancy brocade dress at Target won't break your budget.

Ooh, this shimmery gold brocade dress is so pretty, and since it’s at Target it won’t break your budget. ($24.99, girls sizes XS to XL)

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Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This silver and lavender swing dress at Boden is festive and fancy.

Ooh, this silver sequined tulle dress at Boden is just the perfect sparkly holiday dress for girls if you’ve got tickets to The Nutcracker, or pretty much any holiday party at all. ($54 on sale, limited sizes available)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: Fancy doesn't have to be stuffy, with this casual drop-waist sequined dress at Gap.

Dressing up doesn’t have to be stuffy, and we think this casual style navy sequined drop-waist dress at Gap looks so comfortable. ($68, girls sizes XS to XXL)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This black multi colored dress by Cat & Jack for Target looks super festive.

Our girls will be ready to party in this fun multi-color sequin Cat & Jack dress with a twirl-worthy skirt at Target. ($24.99, girls sizes XS to L Plus)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This mulberry shift dress at the Gap is so fun!

IF you want to spend a bit more, this fun Mulberry sequined shift dress at Gap (also at very top) is perfect for the girl who finds plain gold or silver too ordinary. (Oh, kids these days.) This sparkly holiday dress for girls has a t-shirt cut that looks great as a tunic over leggings too, to dress it down a bit or add a bit of warmth. ($60.99, sizes S to XL)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: Go with this cute sequined romper at Boden as a dress alternative.

For a fun, on-trend alternative to a dress, try this adorable gold sparkly romper for girls at Boden. Party on, teens! ($51+, sizes for girls ages 13-16)

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Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This sparkly sheath by me.n.u at Nordstrom will keep you warm, because yay sleeves!

Yay for sleeves on a cold winter night! This me.n.u sequined sheath dress at Nordstrom will make our older girls shine. ($98, size S to XL)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This red sequined dress at the Gap will steal the show this holiday season.

Whoa, this ruby red sequined dress at Gap is a show-stopper. I’m thinking the school holiday concert, a big Christmas Eve celebration, or even a spot in your local parade (with a warm coat of course). ($61 on sale, sizes M to XXL)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: This simple silver shift at Gap is fun for any holiday party.

This silver shift dress at Gap is just the right amount of sparkle for our tween and teen girls, and the cat ears and shoes are pretty cute too. ($54.40 on sale, sizes XS to XXL, also available in black)

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Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: Get colorful with this multi-colored sequined dress at Boden.

Ohhh how adorably sweet is this Rainbow Drops dress from the Willy Wonka-inspired Roald Dahl collection at Boden? The ultimate sparkly holiday dress for girls who like all of the colors. ($89.55 on sale, limited sizes available)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: Switch things up with this sweet two-piece set by Zunie at Nordstrom.

For an alternative to a typical sparkly holiday dress for girls who like to glimmer, check out this 2-piece pink sequined combo by Zunie which gives you a ton of flexibility to switch up your look as you go from party to party this season. Plus, that pale pink color is just so pretty. ($64, big girl sizes 7-14)

Best sparkly dresses for the holidays: Splurge on a gorgeous Tutu du Monde dress for a really special occasion.

We couldn’t resist adding at least one gorgeous dress from the always exquisite Tutu du Monde, and since this mulberry sequined tulle dress looks like fireworks, we think it’s just perfect for New Year’s Eve. ($178, sizes 1T to 16)

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