These Exterior Christmas Decoration Ideas Will Help Your Holiday Spirit Shine Through

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Exterior Christmas Decorations Ideas and Inspiration

When it comes to the holidays, getting festive with your exterior Christmas decorations can be as simple as adding a little extra sparkle and shine to your doors and driveways. From twinkling lights to evergreen delights, nothing's more fun than bringing yuletide to your yard.

And whether you want to go big or bigger, the ideas are endless. Here are 11 exterior Christmas decoration ideas that that have us more than ready to celebrate and spread some joy pronto.

1. Work your window boxes.

Grab some old school, ball-shaped ornaments and artificial greens, then pile them in your window boxes for a whimsical holiday look like this one from Just Grand. It'll be a great way to reuse ornaments that may be slightly worse for wear and add a fun pop of color to your curb appeal.

2. Create a starburst.

Drape tiny white lights from a tree to your roof line, and add some star-shaped sparklers for a stylish burst of holiday spirit. They'll be super easy to install if you want bit of holiday magic. Plus, if you leave them up past December, no one will mind.

3. Get some smart snowflake silhouettes.

There are so many innovative ways to light your home during the holidays. And we love this traditional look that projects surprise snowflakes onto the house. You can get the projectors in many shapes and sizes from Spirit Halloween, so the possibilities for an outdoor light show are endless.

4. Wrap those trunks.

Want another simple but super enchanting idea for your exterior? Wrap tree trunks in your yard with white or multicolored lights. The look will work year-round, but these white twinklers on palm trees bring the perfect California Christmas to life.

5. Go for globes.

We love this cozy Christmas look with gorgeously illuminated garland, but those red and green light-up globes are the perfect modern touch to turn this traditional porch into a fresh holiday scene.

6. Don't skimp on reindeer.

Reindeer figurines always seem a little magical during the holidays. Add one, two, or three light-up ones to your yard to create a cute yuletide motif for day and night. And presto, you have a winter wonderland you can enjoy from the window.

7. Pile on the garland.

Real or artificial garland always makes things look a little more grand. We love how the meteor lights from Frontgate here just take this drape of greenery to a gorgeous next level.

8. Get crafty with what you've got.

Sometimes all you need is some plywood, winter foliage, and a pair of skates (that may or may not fit anymore) to create a crafty exterior Christmas look on your front porch. We love this charming little nook from Fyne Designs that's both nostalgic and chic.

9. Make it about the mailbox.

Holiday cards are something we all look forward to sending and receiving each year. So why not give a little love to your mailbox — the hub for all Christmas packages? Add a natural touch with pinecones like The Butlers did here.

10. Show your lanterns some love.

Work with the decor you already have outside. Don't neglect those existing lanterns, planters, or pots. Deck them out with ornaments, evergreen sprigs, and ribbon. This doable look from Dimples and Tangles is super stylish, and we love that it creates an easy way to recycle old ornaments.

11. Make it modern.

Some find it challenging to lean into the traditional and timeless holiday trim for their exterior Christmas decorations. So here's a more modern (but still festive look). It works for both day and night on either your front lawn or backyard.


As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.

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