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    39 Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas, From Understated to Extravagant

    Make the holidays—and your home—feel merry and bright.

    best outdoor christmas decorations
    Douglas Friedman/Grandin Road

    Dressing up your home for the holidays is no easy feat. From wreaths to lights to trees to garlands, there are plenty of decorations—and ideas—to consider. Regardless of the style you strive for, we suggest you start with your outdoor decor to spread that holiday cheer in your neighborhood. But as any seasoned outdoor decorator knows, the lights and wreaths are merely the first steps for festooning your exterior. Whether you’re a festivities fanatic or a holiday novice, there’s an option for every home and every style—you can stick to the basics with unadorned garlands, or go bold with an outdoor Christmas tree. No matter the path you choose, we know it will lead to a magical holiday home. So get inspired by some of our favorite facades, and read on to see how to achieve these joyous looks—here are 39 outdoor decorating ideas for a statement-making holiday.

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    Dimples and Tangles
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    Bright and Frosty

    Dimples and Tangles glammed up her front porch—the flocked decor and riot of colorful ornaments add a joyous and welcoming feel.

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    Get the Look: Merry and Bright Mini Ornaments
    Anthropologie anthropologie.com

    No matter how you’ll be decorating outside, these colorful ornaments will make for a lively exterior.

    porch with wooden doors and a threshold with christmas decor
    Maryna TerletskaGetty Images
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    Symmetrical Front Porch

    If you’re going for a symmetrical look, you need to decorate each side of your porch to match. So whether it’s with wreaths, garlands, or trees, don’t forget to buy two of everything!

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    Get the Look: Twig Wreath
    The Holiday Aisle wayfair.com

    This would be adorable hung on your doors and windows (in pairs, of course). 

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    Grandin Road
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    Cozy Outdoor Bench

    Do you have a bench outside your home? Spruce up its surroundings for an ultra-cozy outdoor seating area.

    Grandin Road
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    Get the Look: Joyful Poinsettia & Holly Berry Pillows
    Grandin Road grandinroad.com

    Throw a couple of outdoor Christmas-themed pillows on your bench for instant holiday atmosphere.

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    Sugar & Cloth
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    Pops of Color

    Tired of the same old red-and-green theme? Think outside the box, like Sugar & Cloth did here with these salmon-pink doors. Funky colored bulbs frame the entryway, while spray-painted toy soldiers and freestanding sisal trees–echoing the smaller ones inside the wreaths–complete the look.

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    Get the Look: Rainbow Forest Sisal Tree
    Cranky Cakes Shop etsy.com

    Add these to any wreath for an easy pop of color on your front door.

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    Sarah Joy
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    Rustic Front Porch

    This porch by Sarah Joy Blog doesn’t have a lot of Christmas decor, but it still brings the holiday cheer. Sarah Joy keeps the vintage wagon on hand year-round and decorates around it, according to the season.

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    Get the Look: Wood “Believe” Sign
    Monarch Restorations etsy.com

    Simply add a holiday-themed wooden sign to your outdoor decor to send a message of hope to passers-by.

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    Reindeer Family

    If the front of your home is still looking a little bare—even after you hang up all of your Christmas lights—these lit-up reindeer would be the perfect addition.

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    Get the Look: Rattan Reindeer Family

    These reindeer bring new meaning to the phrase merry and bright. 

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    A Minimalist Entrance

    If you don’t want to go all-out on holiday decor, you can opt for a simpler, more natural holiday look. Add small lights to some tall branches to frame your door—this style will last throughout the whole winter season.

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    Get the Look: Copper Twine Branch Lights
    Stargazer shopterrain.com

    Weaving these copper wire lights through the branches—or in place of them—will result in a seamless display. 

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    By Georgia Grace
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    Natural Greens

    By Georgia Grace got extra-festive with her theme by having not one but two wreaths on her door. Use garlands as well to mix and match different types of greenery outside.

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    Get the Look: Balsam Hill Mixed Evergreen Christmas Window Wreath
    Balsam Hill amazon.com

    You can hang two of these on your door, one right atop the other.

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    Jordan Jean Blog
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    Black & White & Neutral

    This neutral holiday tableau by Jordan Jean Blog is both chic and welcoming. She stuck to a black-and-white theme and added earth-toned accents. The hanging wicker basket on the door, filled with fresh greenery, is a stylish touch.

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    Get the Look: Wicker Basket in Natural
    Wikli Box etsy.com

    Add your own freshly picked greens and flowers to your door this holiday season—and every season.

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    French Country Cottage
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    The Tree-o

    Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree—or three of them. French Country Cottage has the most charming setup of miniature trees outside of her house, in mismatched pots and even a super-casual bucket.

    Home Depot
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    Get the Look: Artificial Christmas Tree (2 Pack)
    Home Accents Holiday homedepot.com

    Set these up on your porch steps in your choice of planters—matching or not—for an automatic holiday upgrade.

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    Getty Images
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    Hanging Ornaments

    Give your trees the full Christmas treatment with ornaments hung from ribbons for a unique holiday look.

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    Get the Look: Large Outdoor Ornaments

    Dangle these shatterproof ornaments from your trees for a warm and glistening welcome. 

    best outdoor christmas decorations
    Sugar & Cloth
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    Oversized Ornament Decorations

    It’s impossible to resist the spirit of the holiday with this bold outdoor Christmas design—complete with oversized wooden ornaments and quirky potted trees—by Sugar & Cloth.

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    Get the Look: Ribbed Outdoor Planter
    BIRDROCK HOME amazon.com

    Complete your outdoor tree aesthetic with red plant pots for a truly traditional theme.  

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    NurPhotoGetty Images
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    Intense Glow

    From the string-lit archway to the glowy red wreath, this outdoor setup shines for the holidays.

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    Get the Look: Prelit Christmas Wreath

    Your spirits will be merry and bright after hanging this from your front door. 

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    julie blanner
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    Slender Splendor

    The slender shape of Julie Blanner’s needle pine garland and wreath are covered in a fresh snow dusting—but flocking will do just fine.

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    Get the Look: Spray Snow
    Santa homedepot.com

    Anyone can enjoy a white Christmas this year with flocking spray—a.k.a. snow in a can. 

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    Present Wrapped Door

    Being the hostess with the mostest is the best present of all, and this gift wrap-inspired front door provides an apporpriately festive welcome.

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    Get the Look: Poly Mesh Ribbon
    CRAIG BACHMAN amazon.com

    The perfect multipurpose decorating supply is your front door’s new best friend.  

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