50 Festive and Chic Outdoor Christmas Decorations

From understated to over-the-top.

Erin Kunkel

You don't have to have the most lights on the block (but go for it, we're not stopping you) to have the best-dressed house in the neighborhood on Christmas. But you do need to have the right outdoor Christmas decorations that feel both festive and elevated, tasteful and spirited. We rounded up fifty stylish and fun outdoor holiday decorating ideas to inspire you. From the front porch, to the mailbox and front door, we've go you covered. Where's Santa stopping first? Oh, that'd be your house, of course.

Mike Garten
Include Santa

Put up a "letters to Santa" mailbox so your kids can drop them directly in there to be sent to the North Pole. Consider swapping out your welcome mat, too.

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Pernille Loof
Go Simple, But Chic

Obvious, but needs to be said—one simple wreath looks clean and tasteful, but still seasonally on point.

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Stacey Brandford
Update Summer Staples

Why stop at one wreath when you can have two? Then update a summery adorondack chair by throwing a plaid blanket over it.

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Erin Kunkel
Decorate Your Outdoor Fireplace

Your outdoor fireplace deserves the same treatment as indoor. Deck it out with a garland, then place a bowl of red fruits near it for a color pop.

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Erin Kunkel
Put a Wreath On Your Car

Are you going to be that person who decorates your car? Oh, totally. Especially if it's parked in front.

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Cheetah Is the New Black
Add a Fragrance

Add nice smelling ingredients to your wreaths to evoke a wintery, jolly mood before you even step through the front door. The wreath from Cheetah Is the New Black contains sweet orange slices, but you could also add in cinnamon sticks, cloves, and plumberries.

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Annie Schlechter
Double The Wreaths

Why have one when you could have two? This pair of magnolia wreaths is simple, but stunning.

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Mike Garten
Display a Sled

Antiques always have such a charm to them. If you have an old sled lying around or you scored on a flea market, lean it against the wall next to your front door this Christmas.

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Mark Scott
Bring Presents Outside

Presents? Under the tree? Overrated. This year, let your porch get in on the action. If you don't want snow to melt through your actual presents, just wrap up old shoeboxes for the look and reuse them again next year.

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Courtesy of Citrine Living
Put Up A Christmas Tree

Why wouldn't you put a full-sized Christmas tree on your porch? Double the trees, double the presents.

See more at Citrine Living.

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Loon Peak
Wrap Your Columns

If you have columns on the front of your house, warm them up with a garland that'll turn this space into a winter wonderland for the season.

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The Holiday Aisle
Make Your Gifts Glow

Garland and wreaths strung with lights are standard, but colorful green presents are a bit more unexpected. This set adds color to a classic white bench.

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Courtesy of Citrine Living
Hang A Wreath On Your Lantern

Yeah, you could (and probably will) put a wreath on your door, but look how chic they look hanging from lanterns, too.

See more at Citrine Living.

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Infarrantly Creative
DIY A Star

You'd never believe this star was made using yardsticks. Plus, this is a great way to spruce up your home's facade that isn't the front door.

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Tie a Bow

Put all that extra wrapping paper to good use. Gift wrapping your door takes 5 minutes, but the results are stunning.

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Courtesy of Lia Griffith
Make A Snowman

It won't cost you anything, and it's actually fun to make. The only downside? We can't guarantee Frosty will last until Christmas day.

See more at Lia Griffith.

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Christmas Door - Colonial Home
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Display Poinsettia

Plant wintery flowers in your garden. Or just put poinsettia in a a planter for the same vibe but with less planning involved.

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Bon Traveler
Don't Forget the Backyard

You don't only have to show love to the front porch! Bring the cozy vibes to the backyard with plenty of cushions and plush throws around a fire pit. Then hang cafe string lights. This look from Bon Traveler is stylish and understated enough to keep up throughout the season.

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Mark Scott
Stagger Lanterns

Flank the front door with a ton of lanterns. Fill them with real or flameless candles (the latter is safest, of course). The more the merrier.

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Clean Up Your Landscaping

You don't need to go all out with Christmas decorations to make your front porch look pretty and inviting... With clean, simple landscaping and lantern scones, your front porch will look dressed up, but you won't be dreading the day you have to throw out the holiday wreath.

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Victoria Pearson
Add Some Mini Evergreens

Popped in a galvanized tub and orchard basket, pint-sized trees add greenery to a bare porch. Scatter leftover trimmings around the base and in a rustic crate for even more foliage.

See more at Country Living.

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Steven Randazzo
Cones on Cones

Don't stop at your wreath—add pine cones in your garland, as well. And if you're bored of wreaths, opt for a door hanging like this one instead.

See more Country Living.

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Frances Janisch
Mimic a Candy Cane

Sweeten a plain exterior with a jumbo treat. This door decoration is coated in real peppermints, just like a gingerbread house. And it really pops against crisp white background.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Max Kim-Bee
Dress Up a Bench

You don't necessarily need to put your front porch bench in storage. Just add some plaid blankets and a throw so it doesn't look out of place. And let your kids leave their sled leaning by your home's entryway for an alpine-inspired exterior.

See more at Country Living.

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Sugar & Cloth
DIY Lights

For something especially festive, considering DIYing some oversized felt Christmas lights. If your door is painted a bright color, match some of the "lights" with it, but keep the others on-theme for Christmas.

See more at Sugar & Cloth.

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When You're Over Your Wreath...

Instead of a wreath, try hanging a basket filled with greens, pinecones, or holly.

See more at Country Living.

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House entrance with Christmas decorations
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Hire a Florist

For a sophisticated and subtle Christmas-ready porch, hire a florist to create two over the top arrangement. Use these two planters as inspiration.

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Courtesy of Red Cottage Chronicles
DIY A Christmas Tree Farm Truck

Save the inflatable yard decorations this year. Not only is this insanely creative, but it'll made your yard look seriously show-stopping.

Get the tutorial at Red Cottage Chronicles.

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On Sutton Place
Play With Fabrics

Flannel shirts become cozy festive pillows thanks to a little stitching.

See more at On Sutton Place.

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Spruce Up Your Railings

Decorating for Christmas is literally as easy as wrapping ribbon around your railings. It's so simple, but the result is gorgeous. And if red is too bright for your taste, try chestut brown ribbons instead.

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