11 Christmas yard decorations for the happiest house on the block

Carson Downing

When you’re decorating hallways this holiday season, don’t forget to party outside the house, too. A handful of Christmas yard decorations will make your outdoor space as festive as the inside of your home. Keep it simple with wintry door decor or go all out with a big, bright holiday display. After all, how will Santa Claus and his reindeer find your home without a Christmas garden setting to guide you?

These Christmas garden decorating ideas will be the envy of the neighborhood this season. Coordinate your outdoor Christmas decor with your indoor pieces to look like a continuation of your style, or take this opportunity to try a whole new look.

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Jacob Fox

Jacob Fox

You may not be able to make flowers bloom in the snow, but you can still create a wonderful winter planter. Here, a miniature evergreen tree is lovely planted in a wooden planter that gives a rustic charming feel. Decorate your outdoor tree with classic ornaments, a wreath or even a garland of twinkling lights to make your outdoor winter decor shine at night.

Decorate with lanterns



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Light the way for vacationers with festive red lanterns. The white cylindrical candles inside blend perfectly with the snow in daylight, and when you light them at night, you’ll feel like the snow itself is glowing inside the lantern. These crimson-hued lanterns aren’t strictly Christmas, so they can be used in your outdoor decor all year round.

Outdoor Gnome Decorations

Carson Downing

Carson Downing

For a rustic Christmas vibe, think beyond Santa Claus characters and snowflakes. These DIY Gnome figurines will give your front yard a happy and fun holiday feeling. Match the greenery of gnome beards to your front door wreath for a cohesive look.

Decorate your fence

For a twist on the classic circular crown, try a six-pointed star shape. Recreate this at home with loose greenery (you can even use tree clippings) and floral wire. Red winter berries add a pop of color. You can play around with different shapes, but a star is super easy; just make an X on the side, secure it with wire, then place a branch vertically in the center. Mix up your look even more by displaying it on your fence rather than a gate.

Farm Christmas Sleigh

Catherine Gamble

Catherine Gamble

Your front yard could be used for sledding this year, but don’t limit the iconic symbol of winter to kids’ activities. Decorate a rustic sleigh with fresh greens, pinecones and ornaments for a gorgeous outdoor Christmas piece you can display on the porch or nestle in your backyard. It pairs well with other farmhouse Christmas decorations and can easily be decorated with leftover greenery or decor for an economical look.

Decorate the mailbox

Michael Partenio Productions

Michael Partenio Productions

Why settle for one evergreen wreath when you can fit two? This lovely outdoor Christmas decoration is made by hanging a wreath from the back of a mailbox. The loot is simply decorated with pine cones and red berries, but what really steals the show here is the dusting of snow all over the display. Create matching Christmas wreaths and hang one on the mailbox and the other on your front door.

Decorate with holiday planters

Carson Downing

Carson Downing

Welcome winter guests with a set of beautiful holiday planters. Filling a pot or planter with sprigs of evergreens and thick birch branches adds color and brings a cheerful tone to your front yard. If you live somewhere with a warm winter season, embrace the tropical vacation vibe with brighter colors, green topiary, or citrus accents.

Cozy winter display

Kip Dawkins

Kip Dawkins

Your porch is a continuation of your outdoor space, so turn the space into a cozy place to sit and admire your Christmas yard decor. This cozy screen porch uses a black and white color scheme to create a cozy farmhouse feel. Greenery on the chairs, a pitcher of flowers, and an ornate wreath of ice skates give this space an unmistakable wintry vibe. It will be impossible not to curl up with a coffee in the morning or a hot chocolate in the evening on the covered veranda which will protect you from the snow.

Outdoor Christmas candles

Michel Partenio

Michel Partenio

Light up your garden with red pillar candles arranged in large glass vases. These simple yet impactful Christmas yard decorations are both cheerful and bright, styled with fresh greens and a handful of holiday ornaments. If you won’t be outside to keep an eye out for candles, consider LED or battery-powered candles instead.

Non-traditional Christmas lights



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If your holiday lights are still tangled from last season, don’t worry. Style an outdoor Christmas light display by placing a ball of fairy lights in a glass dome or bell. Surround the area with clipped greenery (it’s a great use for tree clippings) and pine cones for a gorgeous winter look that’s quickly combined.

Decorate with Christmas lights

Greg Scheidemann

Greg Scheidemann

Looks like Santa lost his sleigh and improvised. You can turn almost anything into outdoor Christmas decor with a little creativity. Here, a vintage blue bicycle is adorned with large, colorful lights that look great whether they’re off or on. You can achieve the same look with almost any everyday item you have in your garden. Decorate a wheelbarrow, Adirondack chair or mailbox for the season with a simple strand of lights.

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