The Perfect Outdoor Decorations for Christmas

Choosing the right outdoor decorations around the holidays is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!

By Tina Jepson


One minute, you’re sitting there enjoying your turkey, cranberries, and stuffing. The next thing you know, all your neighbors have their Christmas decorations up and your home is the only one on the block that's not an electrical rainbow light show. Nowadays, it seems like it’s never too early for Christmas décor. But that begs the question:  Which outdoor decorations for Christmas are right for you?


While it may seem like a good idea to just start adding wreaths, lights, and lawn decorations outdoors to your heart’s content, it’s always best to have a plan before you begin any decorating project.


Whether you’re aiming for classy or slightly tacky Christmas yard decorations, consider incorporating your outdoor Christmas décor into these four areas.


1. Door Décor

We've spent a lot of time here at House Tipster helping you create the perfect front door. Everything from paint to accent windows makes a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal. And that’s why Christmas door decorations are so important in your overall holiday décor scheme. Your front door sets the tone for everything else!




For some amazing elegant front door Christmas decorations, consider a simple wreath made of evergreens and a single red bow. It’s a classic look that never gets old! For a bolder array, outline your door with garland or evergreen branches and/or a unique wreath made from glass Christmas ornaments.


2. Front Yard

There are two types of people in the world: those who prefer giant inflatable Christmas yard decorations and those who are content with simpler décor. 


If you belong to the "less is more" group, use the holiday season opportunity to shine a bit of light on your bare, winterized yard. Place a string or net of lights around your shrubs and trees, and exchange your landscaping accent lights with red, yellow, or sparkly blue bulbs. And don’t fret about using too many lights. Homes outlined with a single strand of warm white bulbs definitely maintain their traditional look without looking overwhelming or tacky.


Then again, a giant inflatable Santa or reindeer herd are also good options, especially if you have children or grandchildren of your own. You have to admit, there’s no better time than the holidays to go a little wild with your lawn ornaments.




Thankfully, you can maintain a classy look and still use a handful of lawn sculptures by using wooden cutouts or décor made with branches and lights. You can find anything from angels and reindeer to nativity scenes made of natural, unobtrusive materials.


3. Entrance Gates or Entryway Stairs

Your front door isn’t the only entrance to your home. You may also have a gate or entryway steps that will look even better and more welcoming when you add a touch of Christmas spirit.




Christmas decorations for entrance gates don't have to be anything complicated. Even a simple strand of lights will do. This is also a great spot to add a hanging sign wishing guests and passersby “Merry Christmas” or "Happy Holidays."




You’re may be more inclined to use decorations that require hanging around your gate, but if you have any standalone décor that you don’t want on your front lawn, use it on your entryway stairs. Miniature Christmas trees, decorative snowmen, or anything else that can stand on its own will work here.


4. Windows

While you may think of windows as an indoor decoration spot, many homeowners choose to use their winterized windows to hang a variety of Christmas decorations. I’m partial to the look of a simple wreath mounted in the middle of every forward-facing window. Double-sided Command hooks are ideal since they’re remarkably secure yet easily removable once the holiday season wraps up.




In many parts of the world and our country, it’s common for homeowners to add candles in the window. Of course, real candles are a liability and, to be frank, a pain to maintain. So skip the headache and invest in a set of plastic lighted candles that you can reuse for years or even decades down the road.


Regardless of how you decorate your outdoor areas for Christmas, remember that you don’t have to break the bank to get the results you want. Cheap ideas for Christmas decorations include:


  • Simple strands of white lights
  • Pinecones collected from your yard or the park, mixed with cinnamon sticks and placed in a bowl in your entryway


Take the time to make your outdoor Christmas decorations count because before you know it, it’ll be time to pack away all those decorations and make way for spring-inspired decor. 


Images used with permission, courtesy of Tina Jepson,, and

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