Brighten Your Outdoor Spaces: 21 Festive Outdoor Holiday Decors

Twinkling holiday lights, the crisp smell of evergreen, and bright red and green bows- all of these outdoor decorations add to the magic of the Christmas holiday. We are familiar with the more traditional Christmas decorations such as a brightly lit Christmas trees, sparkling tinsel wrapped around the staircase banister, and woolen stockings hung on the fireplace mantle.


We also eagerly look forward to the tradition of decorating outdoor spaces for the holiday season; to celebrate the holidays by turning your house into a winter wonderland.

If you aren’t sure where to start your outdoor holiday decor, or simply need some inspiration, we have gathered a list of inspiring outdoor holiday decor to make sure your home is jolly and bright!

Aside from the iconic Christmas tree, a wreath hanging from your door is one of the most cherished Christmas decorations.

We love the subtle colors and natural feeling materials used in this wreath.

You'll find some great wreath ideas at Morning Chores.

Add a bit of rustic appeal to your outdoor holiday decor with these red flannel pillows.

Old flannel shirts can easily be repurposed for whimsical holiday decor, or use inexpensive red flannel shirts from Amazon, like the author of On Sutton Place did.

Oversized tire ornaments are the perfect blend of re-purposing and bright holiday cheer! They make quite the jolly statement, and are rugged enough to last through years of holiday weather.

If you are feeling especially crafty, drill small holes in the front and add Christmas lights for festive nighttime cheer!

Visit Addicted2Diy to see how it's done!

If bright flashing lights and bold holiday tones aren’t exactly your style, you can still dress up your outdoor space for the holidays.

Mini evergreens, a simple pinecone wreath, and rustic buckets filled with greens and pine cones will give your space a warm and inviting look.

The best part- this decor transitions beautiful into January, for an inviting look all winter long.

See more at LovegrowsWild.

Weather can be quite unpredictable. Have a bucket of (no) snow snowballs on hand just in case of a warm holiday.

This decor is made with styrofoam balls and Snow Tex (instructions can be found at Cottage In The Oaks), so your holiday decor will be wintery and fun, no matter what climate you are in!

Transition fall decor to winter with these minimalist topiaries. These planters can be made with found objects like evergreen branches, wood logs and pine cones.

As Christmas approaches, add lights, red bows or holiday ornaments to welcome the approaching holiday.

Find out more at

Point your guests (and Santa) in the right direction! Brightly painted wooden arrows point the way to all the festivities happening this season.

You will find the step-by-step instructions at The Happy Scraps.

Put those window boxes to good use this holiday season! Add sprigs of evergreen and brightly colored oversized holiday ornaments for a fun and bright daytime look.

See more at justgrandeko.

For a twist on the traditional lit up tree, make holiday ornaments that light up. Excellent for trees and shrubs that may not have a traditional tree shape, or that are normally a challenge to wrap.

Find the instructions at Miss Information.

Of course if you don’t have any outdoor trees available to decorate, you can always make your own! These wooden trees do require a bit of technical skill, but the results will be enjoyed by all for years to come!

You can see how it's done at HGTV.

Step up your wreath game with this life sized snowman, made out of three wreaths! No more worries over Frosty melting, as this holiday decor will last even the sunniest of winter days.

Visit HGTV for the complete instructions and video.

Add a bit of nostalgia to your front door or windows with paper snowflakes. If hanging side by side in a large window, make sure to stagger the snowflakes. Use fishing line and hang the snowflakes from a rustic branch to complete this whimsical look.

Check it out at nyclq-focalpoint.

These aren’t full of coal, but pretty close! Dull cement blocks are turned into holiday packages with just a bit of metallic spray paint, pvc ribbon and Frog Tape.

The secret ingredient is really the Frog Tape, which is made especially for textured surfaces like cement. You can purchase it from the Club Chica Circle website, or at most local hardware stores. Warning: Santa might be running a little late delivering these hefty holiday packages!

More melt-free snowmen! These snowmen made out of wood slices will add rustic charm to your yard or patio, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

Find these and more great ideas at Grand Parents Plus.

Pallet inspired decor is all the rage right now, and Christmas decor is no exception! Use a discarded pallet or scrap wood bits for a charming outdoor Christmas tree.

Spruce up your pallet tree with ornaments as pictured, or paint your own on! Add Christmas lights for lovely nighttime holiday glow.

See more at Buzz Mills.

These chic planters will add holiday cheer to any part of your outdoor space. Poke a battery operated string of lights through a woven planter, and fill with the holiday decor of your choosing!

Pictured are stamped metal star ornaments, but you could also fill the planters with bright round holiday ornaments, evergreen sprigs, or even oversized jingle bells.

You'll find plenty more ideas at Decoholic.

Don’t let a perfectly good bird bath bo to waste! If your climate allows, freeze festive winter fruits like oranges and cranberries in your bird bath.

This decor is best reserved for the day you are entertaining guests- it will surely be the talk of the dinner table!

See it and more at Better Homes and Gardens.

Turn your yard or patio into a delicious candy wonderland! Adorable giant lollipops are as easy to make as they are fun!

No one will guess they are made out of paper plates and a bit of cellophane.

See how you can make them too at Smart School House.

19. 2-D Wall Tree

No blank walls will be left undecorated! Dress up the side of your garage or barn with a 2-d style Christmas tree.

You can find more ideas like this one by visiting Live DIY Ideas.

If you have the space, these large, light up Christmas balls are the way to go! Use assorted color lights (as pictured), or use all white for a breath-taking holiday landscape.

You can find the complete instructions at

This lovely wonderland inspired porch is a twist on classic Christmas light trimming. Hang icicle style white Christmas lights from the perimeter of your porch or outdoor space to recreate this dreamy look.

For awesome lighting ideas, visit Good Housekeeping.

These are just a few of the many bright ways to dress up your outdoor spaces for the holiday season! Now it’s your turn, how are you decorating to celebrate the season!?

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