Best Front Yard Christmas Decoration Ideas For a Festive Display

Updated: Mar. 23, 2024

Use these timeless, best outdoor Christmas decorations in your front yard or porch to design a warm and magical welcome.

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Adding decor to the outside of your home during the holiday season is a great way to help get the neighborhood in the Christmas spirit. If decorating the entire outside of your home seems like a daunting task, try starting by taking a walk across the street and really looking at your home, says Tom Yates, interior stylist and founder of Wreaths. “What is visible to passersbys either on foot or when sitting in a vehicle? Is there an area of your front garden that you could utilize for a ‘showpiece’ or would you prefer to just focus on your roofline, door and porch?”

Once you have that in mind, it’s time for the fun part of looking through some of the best Christmas decor options to add to your home.

Crafted from strong resin, this jumbo Christmas ornament is handpainted, stands over 3 feet tall and comes ready to display with virtually no maintenance. Rest it in a grouping or use a pair to flank your front entrance, and they’ll beautifully fill up your porch, patio or grass. And with three designs to choose from, try combining red stripe, black stripe and red plaid to create a layered arrangement that’ll look festive from any angle.

Brighten up your long winter nights with a dazzling snowflake landscape outside your front door with this snowflake Christmas projector. This projector has a convenient remote control, so commanding snowfall at different speeds is as easy as pressing a button.

Skip the inflatable Santa Claus scene this year and keep your outdoor Christmas decorations simple with these pre-lit reindeer. Each rustic deer is wrapped in texture-rich rattan and strung with a set of warm-white light-emitting diode (LED) lights that twinkle for a soft glow. Position one by your front door or a grouping on your covered patio to add a cheery welcome to your home.

This metal mailbox effortlessly flaunts vintage Christmas style. Throw it back this season and create an antique-inspired holiday scape, or mix it in with a vignette of wooden crates, pine branches, old ice skates and whatever else fits your scene for a quaint Christmas porch setup.

Line the walkway up to your home and make an eye-catching display with multi-colored pathway lights in the shape of Christmas bulbs. Stretching to 25.7 feet, these lights are waterproof to survive throughout the winter. Plus, each light operates on its own, meaning if one happens to go out or break, the rest will stay on.

Add a classic touch to your front entrance with these pathway trees adorned with Scotch pine, pistol pine, novel fir sprays, pine cones and berries. Each 5-foot tree is decorated with 220 long-burning (3,000 hours, to be exact) warm-white LED lights for an enjoyable nighttime display.

These red and gold gifts are complete with giant bows that are decked out with pine cones, greenery and berries. This three-piece set includes one large, one medium and one small box. They’ll be a good reminder to Santa that he must stop at your home to fill your stocking.

If you’re looking for something a bit different from the jumbo lawn ornament, try these oversized jingle bells. Available in sizes 24 inches and 27.5 inches in diameter (the larger of the two also having a red bow), these glossy pieces have a metallic-gold finish to bring the holiday fun to your lawn.

Dress up your front entrance with pre-lit garland. With 9 feet in length, this garland is suitable for indoors and outdoors, and is made of hypoallergenic, fire-resistant needles. The lifelike branches are pre-lit with white lights that you simply plug in to give this display a lush, glowing look.

Light up your front door with this snowflake display crafted with metal and decked out with clear LED lights. Available in a pair, choose from two sizes: 19 or 32 inches. For a curated look, group a few together and stagger in both sizes.

Christmas wreaths always fit an idyllic holiday formula, but why not try a spin on this holiday classic? This jingling sleigh bell wreath, for example, makes a sweet statement during the most wonderful time of the year. For added visual interest, pair your wreath with a garland overhead or jazz it up with a few battery-operated lights.

Give your porch swing or outdoor bench a Christmas spruce-up with simple touches like an outdoor holiday pillow. This mildew-resistant pillow with ultraviolet (UV)-safe paint adds practical style to your outdoor seating. Mix in a few additional printed and solid throw pillows from your favorite brands to build an elegant and comfy holiday-inspired arrangement.

This set of pre-lit birch trees includes three different sizes, 4, 6 and 8 feet, so even if you just put these up and no other best outdoor Christmas decorations, you’ll have a gorgeous display. These LED lights last up to 30,000 hours, so you can certainly keep these Christmas trees on past the holiday season for a wintery glow.

This giant nutcracker stands at over 4 feet tall and is dipped in a gold hue. This solider’s meticulous detail is visible in every form, from its laced boots to curly beard and tailored belt. Ideal for covered outdoor (or indoor) use, this Christmas decor brings festive magic to your home entrance.

Give your porch light an upgrade with this snowman cover. This piece comes with an elastic rope so it can easily slide on most porch lights. It’s a simple way to add a little bit of Frosty the Snowman magic to your home

This faux mailbox greenery is pre-strung with LED Christmas lights and interweaved with pine cones and holiday berries. All you need is two AA batteries to bring this piece to life, and you can thank the eight hours on/16 hours off timer feature to ensure you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself.

For a minimalistic look, consider these 3D lighted spheres. Their hollow design promotes a less-is-more vibe while the lights add a touch of holiday spirit. Best part: Each light is fully collapsible, so you can store it in even the tightest of spaces. But since it provides a versatile aesthetic, you may just pull this decor staple out of storage multiple times a year for other holidays.

Make a festive statement by greeting your friends and family with this holiday-ready lamp post. This all-in-one piece has everything you need for a one-step setup. Built with a Christmas planter, Victorian-style lamp post, wreath and 25 pre-strung warm LED lights, this porch ornament will make a delightful addition to your holiday decor this year.

Grown with English Ivy without any herbicides or pesticides, this sculptural reindeer topiary is a beautiful pick for outdoor or indoor use. Crafted with galvanized, this holiday piece arrives planted and ready to be displayed. With proper care, it can even thrive indefinitely!

Nothing says Christmas like a curated display of soft glowing lights—only this time, pathway solar lanterns take the spotlight over twinkling LEDs. These warm-white solar lights have a candlelit effect that create a calming walkway for you and your guests. Plus, you don’t have to worry about taking them down once the season of cheer is over.

What to Look for When Choosing the Best Outdoor Christmas Decor

When you’re feeling ready to start decorating here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on outdoor Christmas decor:

  • Budget: Christmas decorations can get pricey, so nail down a budget before purchasing anything new. You’ll most likely be buying more than one piece of decor to achieve your desired look, so don’t forget to take that into account. “Making a home look festive and classy doesn’t have to cost the earth, and if budget is a factor it is worth considering the ‘CPC’ (cost per Christmas!) as although something may seem expensive as an initial outlay if you use it year after year then it brings down the cost per use – making those decorations a better investment,” says Yates.
  • Colors/Theme: Once you have a budget, think about your Christmas decor theme and color scheme. It can be helpful to create a mood board so you know exactly which pieces you’re looking to buy. Yates says to think about what areas of your home already lend themselves to a certain type of decor, “Does your property have lots of trees you could utilize or a large porch and front door you could bring to life?”
  • Reusable vs. One-Time Use: The majority of your Christmas decor should be re-used year after year. It’s more eco-friendly and allows specific items to hold sentimental value. Before decorating though, you should think about what items will be reusable (even when buying new pieces) versus only usable for one season.
  • Electrical: “If using lighting, it’s also worth considering where power outlets are, and what cables would be required to facilitate your plans,” says Yates. “For those that can’t easily access power outside, lighting fitted to the inside of the windows with hooks can create the illusion they are on the outside, but lighting up the frames.”
  • Weatherproofing: Since this decor lives outside, consider how it will hold up to the elements. Read the product’s care instructions and make sure that it can withstand the sun or the snow, ice and wind depending on what climate you live in.

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We consulted Tom Yates, interior stylist and founder of Wreaths.co. They create seasonal real and artificial wreaths, including ones for Christmas. Designing wreaths is an intricate process that takes an eye for classic Christmas color combinations mixed with new trends.