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20 Chic Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Outdoor Christmas decorations are often overdone and cheesy. If you're looking for thoughtful pieces that make your front door, porch, yard and more feel chic instead of tacky, this inspirational list is for you.

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Three-Piece Lighted Decorative Christmas Package Set

These pre-lit gifts are a posh addition to your porch display. The three-piece set includes large, medium and small packages. Place them on your porch and they’ll glisten in the snow.

With the holiday season in full swing, you’ll be glad to know these handy holiday decorating tips.

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Snow-Flocked Pathway Christmas Trees

Add a classy touch to your pathway with these snow-flocked trees adorned with artificial pine cones and berries. Each two-foot tree is decorated with 30 pre-programmed, LED soft-white light bulbs. This idea is tame compared to what these homeowners did.

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Solar Garden or Path Christmas Lights

Light up your front door or landscape with solar-powered outdoor Christmas lights. This one features a metal stake decorated with faux berries, pine boughs, bright poinsettia flowers, LED balls and copper string lights.

Next, check out more outdoor Christmas decoration ideas that will put you into the holiday spirit.

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Flanked Pathway with Topiaries and Lanterns

Keep your outdoor Christmas decorations classy by flanking your pathway with lighted topiaries in soft, white pots. Lead the eye up to the front door with a matching garland and wreath. We also love the warm addition of white lanterns.

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All White Everything

Embrace the snowy scene with more white! If you live in a warmer climate, the white decor will make for a festive, chic pop on your porch. Adding a touch of pale pink is right on trend.

We love a stylish idea like this, but sometimes it’s also fun to chuckle at some Christmas decorating fails like these.

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Eco Chic Arch

One thing that can make outdoor Christmas decor tacky is too much plastic. That’s why we like this handsome, natural front door arch. It’s made with a bundle of branches, white, gold and silver ornaments and fairy lights.

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Snow Garden

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t add decor to your garden. Grab an old wooden chair and spruce it up alongside some shrubbery. Adorn the chair with a Christmas wreath, a tray holding silver ornaments and warm fairy lights. Or create a bundle of tiny pine branches, wrap them with twine, gather some pine cones and place them in a silver jar on the tray.

If you’re not one for as many frills, check out our list of minimalist holiday decorating ideas.

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Pre-Lit Deer

Skip the inflatable Santa scene and keep your outdoor Christmas decorations simple and chic with this pre-lit deer. The golden buck is accented with a festive red bow and features 105 bright bulbs.

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Snowflake Lights

A look we recommend for warmer climates: giant snowflake lights! These 3D flashing snow lights create a welcoming, wintery scene. They work well as pathway outdoor Christmas lights, or hung above an alfresco entertainment space or dining table.

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Jumbo Yard Ornaments

Can you be bold and tasteful at the same time? Absolutely! These jumbo red Christmas ornaments are a splurge, but you’ll use them for years to come. With a simple backdrop of snow-flocked greenery, these big bulbs feel vibrantly festive.

On a smaller scale, here are five easy-to-make Christmas ornaments.

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3D Foldable Lighted Spheres

For a minimalistic look, consider these 3D lighted spheres. The hollow design promotes a less-is-more vibe, while the lights add a touch of holiday spirit. Place these spheres on your front lawn or hang in a tree using the affixed metal top loops.

Learn to decorate the halls in style with this decorating guide.

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Vintage Scene

Vintage decor is effortlessly stylish, so incorporate it into outdoor Christmas decorations. This vintage Christmas tree sign perched atop a wooden crate filled with pine branches and old ice skates is a quaint porch decoration we can get behind.

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Toy Soldiers

Toy soldiers are holiday classics and they look right at home near these beautiful topiaries. We also love the way the garland is draped above the door.

Running out of time? Here are 15 last-minute holiday decorating ideas.

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Christmas Balcony

Apartment dwellers or those with second-story balconies, take note! This quintessential holiday combination of pine garland, white lights and red ornaments and bells never goes out of style.

For more easy-to-DIY Christmas decorating ideas, check out this mega list.

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Double Christmas Garland

Dress up the entrance of your home with a gorgeous garland display. Drape a thinner garland over your front door, then add a thicker, larger one from the roof boards.

Looking for some new tree decorating ideas? Check out the best Christmas tree decorations for 2020.

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Front Door with Ice Skates

Your front door holiday decor says a lot about who’s behind it. Welcome guests to your home with a front door swag made of pine boughs and ice skates. Be sure to cover the blades with tape or nice-looking skate guards so the blades don’t scratch your door — or your guests.

Christmas can be expensive, but this idea is free if you own a pair of skates!

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Decorated Window Planter Box

Add planter box embellishment to your outdoor Christmas decor. Tuck in pine boughs, dried magnolia leaves and coordinating ornaments for a festive display.

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Pre-Lit Arrow-Tip Mailbox Garland

Give your mailbox some holiday cheer with this perfectly-sized swag. Your letter carrier will appreciate the effort as he or she fills your box with festive cards.

Watching your budget? Check out the cheapskate’s guide to Christmas decorating and gift buying.

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Holiday Door Decorations

Here’s a unique twist on a wreath. Try a holiday door decoration that makes a sweet statement during the most wonderful time of the year.

Don’t be a Griswold this Christmas — follow these Family Handyman tips.

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Festive Outdoor Pillows

Give your porch swing or outdoor bench a Christmas spruce-up with simple touches like outdoor holiday pillows. These pillows are water resistant and quick drying, yet lovely enough to display indoors as well.

When you’re ready to move on to wrapping presents, check out this tutorial on how to make a Christmas bow.

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Alexa Erickson
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