25 outdoor christmas decorating ideas for the holidays

Written by the Square One team

Updated June 12, 2024 | Published November 18, 2018

The holiday season is almost upon us once again. To help you make your home feel more festive for the holidays, we’ve compiled a list of 25 outdoor Christmas decorating ideas:

  1. Mason jar lights

    Fill mason jars with mini lights and hang them for a trendy holiday lighting look.

    mason jar light

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  2. Holiday lanterns

    On the porch or lining your walkway, customize multi-sized lanterns with candles, pinecones, berries and greenery.


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  3. Shooting stars

    A combination of wire star wreaths and rope lights hung to look like shooting stars create a striking outdoor lighting effect.

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  4. Repurposed finds

    If you’re looking for retro style this season, place a mini decorated tree on a stack of vintage soda crates or a little red wagon.

    vintage soda boxes

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  5. Cranberry luminarias

    A layering of faux snow, cranberries and a pillar candle in a glass vase is a simple and beautiful way to light your walkway.


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  6. Hot cocoa bar

    Heading out caroling or welcoming guests for a holiday party? This outdoor hot cocoa bar on the porch is a great way to warm up.

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  7. Festive planters

    Give your outdoor planters a wintery feel with seasonal greenery, berries and pinecones.

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  8. Lovely lyrics

    Fa la la la la…Create a sign using your favourite holiday lyrics for a unique display.

    lovely lyrics

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  9. Handmade holiday wreaths

    Wreaths made of bay leaves, fir, or holly are easy to make and provide a welcoming yet rustic feel to your door.

    handmade wreath

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  10. Door garland

    Pretty up your entryway with pre-made pinecone garland. Customize it with ornaments that coordinate with your house paint colours.

    door garland

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  11. Glowing gift boxes

    Created from plastic boxes, waterproof ribbon and outdoor light fixtures, they’ll look like magical snow sculptures in the garden.


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  12. Hanging tree outdoor lighting

    Illuminate your trees with trees made of tomato cages and mini lights.

    hanging trees

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  13. Christmas light ‘burning bush’

    Lay coiled lights in a container and insert branches for a gorgeous glow that will light up your winter nights.

    burning bush

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  14. Outdoor stars

    You can create a starry night on the facade of your home, fashioned from ordinary garden stakes, zip ties and white wire lights.

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  15. Winter wonderland

    Use skis, ice skates and sleds to dress up the front of your house.

    winter wonderland

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  16. Oversized ornaments

    Hung from branches and porch overhangs, oversized ornaments create visual interest beyond holiday lighting.

    oversized ornaments

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  17. Decorative icicles

    Give your home extra holiday sparkle by adorning plastic icicle lights with crystals.

    decorative icicles

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  18. Potted Christmas trees

    Potted trees aren’t just reserved for the indoors. Using a few to dress up your doorway is a lovely way to welcome guests.

    potted trees

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  19. Festive door mats

    Give your guests something fun and festive to wipe their snowy boots on with a themed outdoor mat.

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  20. Seasonal greetings

    Spread holiday cheer with a chalkboard sign to display a festive message from your porch.

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  21. Door candy

    Hang large pinecones or oversized ornaments in place of a wreath – great on the back door and garage too.

    giant pine cones

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  22. Starry string lights

    Wrapping tree trunks and branches with mini white lights beautify barren winter trees.

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  23. Dress up outdoor furniture

    Using greenery and seasonal throws, decorate outdoor chairs and benches to stay in keeping with the season.

    dress up outdoor furniture

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  24. Column wraps

    Wrap columns with greenery or red waterproof ribbon to imitate candy canes.

    Column Wraps

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  25. Window displays

    Hang matching wreaths on every window in your house to create an elegant but uniform look.

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