July 23, 2024

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40+ Spectacular Outdoor Christmas Decoration Ideas to Try in 2023

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Kara Williams

Mix Natural and Faux Elements

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Cyndy Aldred

When decorator Cyndy Aldred prepares for the holidays, she likes to surround her stoop with small evergreens in large natural baskets to bring in texture and a forest feel. “When I create Christmas garlands and wreaths, I always start with a strong base of faux greenery and then I work in organic elements like magnolia branches, large sugar pine cones, pine branches, and bundles of juniper berries,” she says. By mixing together faux and real elements, Christmas decor will last longer and look fresher.


Keep Your Guests Cozy

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Kara Willliams

You don’t have to ditch alfresco dining come wintertime—just make sure you have a fire going and plenty of warm blankets. Interior designer Kara Williams also suggests adding lots of warm light and old-timey elements for ambience. “I love to add vintage touches like old sleds, buckets with Christmas trees in them, and vintage signs,” she says.


Double Up on Wreaths

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Young Huh

If your home has double doors, this is the perfect opportunity to double up on wreaths! Designer Young Huh created a festive atmosphere by draping garlands on the front porch and filling planters with juniper trees and other evergreens.

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Supersize Your Decor

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Savannah Kay with Classy Clutter

Oversize decorations take Christmas decor to a new level. These bulbs beautifully fill up the space and give a dramatic pop of color. In the back, the nutcrackers are ready to welcome your friends and family.


Holiday Spirit

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Pottery Barn

Wreaths, garlands, trees, bulbs, lights—this house, as featured in a Pottery Barn catalog, has it all! Follow suit and keep things classic with the red and green palette and the garlands wrapped around your porch columns.


Reindeer Entry

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Ballard Designs

Nothing screams Christmas like reindeers. Give your entry an of enchanted forest vibe and decorate the your doorstep with these beautiful critters from Ballard Designs.

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Incorporate Pops of Red

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Kara Williams

If you think it’s time to pack up the patio furniture, think again. With the right touches (aided by a firepit or heat lamps, of course) your outdoor lounge can become your own après ski paradise. Seasonal decorator Kara Williams loves to add hints of red in the pillows, blankets, and decor to make it look even more festive. “I chose a Christmas plaid theme here, which I love,” she tells us. She also set up a hot cocoa bar to keep guests warm! (Bonus points if it’s spiked!)


Fashion a Forest

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Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Create your very own winter wonderland—snow optional—courtesy of Emily Henderson. The mix of lush garland, pint-size tree, and bunch of leafy greens is idyllic without being overdone.


Chalet Chic

emily henderson
Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Turn your front door into a cool ski chalet, just like Emily Henderson did here. The abstract wreath, geometric lanterns, and sleek wooden ski set give this front porch a modern touch. Best of all? Since this arrangement isn’t over-the-top Christmas, you can leave it up all winter long.

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An Unexpected Surprise

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Annie Sloan

“Making Christmas look a little different is something I strive for… mixing the traditional with the unusual makes you take a second look,” says paint and color expert, Annie Sloan, the creator of Chalk Paint.


Keep It Cozy

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Matt Kisiday

“Last year, my family celebrated Christmas outdoors because of COVID, and sheepskins and throw blankets really saved the day,” designer Allison Babcock shares. “A table set with a sheepskin on every chair and a thick plaid wool throw on the back of every seat, plus plenty of garlands and candlelight, can make even the coldest December day feel warm and bright.”


Layer Up

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Joy Williams

The holidays don’t happen every day, so why not pile on the accessories? Chicago-based designer Joy Williams packed on the festive fripperies with poinsettia plants and gilded trees. Rounding out the look are ribbons and ornaments on the topiaries.

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Keep It Simple

breakfields house, christmas interior design by summer loftin
Nick Burchell

Whoever said Christmas outdoor decor requires only lush, leafy greens needs to check out this setup from Summer Loftin Antiques and Design. Here, the Atlanta-based firm keeps it simple with wooden trees of varying heights and strands of twinkly lights.


Take a Seat

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Sugar and Charm

Want to take in your lovely handiwork? Add a chair to your outdoor Christmas setup, just as Sugar & Charm’s Eden Passante did here.


Brighten Up Your Porch

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Citrine Living

Let there be light! Tamara Anka of Citrine Living illuminated her front porch by wrapping the perimeter of her door in a light-strung garland. The bright white wreath and modern lanterns below round out the space in style.

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Pick Up a Planter

Liz Marie Galvan

Contrary to popular belief, Christmas trees aren’t just for the great indoors. For an outdoor edge, take a cue from blogger Liz Marie Galvan, who paired two lush trees with rustic wood planters.


Bright and Frosty

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Dimples and Tangles

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


Get Symmetrical

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Maryna Terletska//Getty Images

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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Cyndy Aldred

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Cyndy Aldred

When I decorate for myself or my clients for the holidays, I like to use natural large baskets for small Christmas trees on the floor/ground to bring in texture and coziness/warmth. I also mix in real small trees with faux. When I create Christmas garlands and wreaths, I always start with a strong base of faux greenery in my garland/wreaths and then I work in real/organic elements like real magnolia branches, large sugar pine cones, real pine branches and bundles of juniper berries. By mixing together faux and real elements, my Christmas decor will last longer plus it will “read” fresh because the real elements are worked into the top layer. It helps that I have a forest behind my house to forage but if you don’t have access to fresh branches to work into your decor, you can usually get free clippings from local sellers of real Christmas trees.


Go for Tropical Colors

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Sugar & Cloth

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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Sofia Quintero is the Editorial Assistant for ELLE DECOR. She helps out with all aspects of print production and is a frequent contributor to elledecor.com. She graduated from university in Paris, and is originally from Costa Rica.

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Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance lifestyle journalist, who covers shopping and deals for Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and ELLE Decor, among others. Her hobbies include themed spinning classes, Netflix, and nachos.


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