Beautiful Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

If you’re looking for beautiful outdoor holiday decorating ideas, then look no further. The holidays are right around the corner, but there’s still time to get your lights and holiday décor up. It’s best to get all of your decorations up as soon as possible so that you have more time to enjoy them. You may have already put the tree up and decorated the inside of your house, but don’t forget about the outside. It’s another great way to spread holiday cheer and keep your spirits high. The holidays are also the perfect excuse to spruce up your outdoor space and increase your curb appeal. For this post, I’ve put together some beautiful outdoor decorating ideas to inspire you.

Start With the Basics

Example of a beautiful outdoor holiday decorating idea: a traditional two-story home decorated with string lights

String Lights

String lights are the most common way to decorate your home for the holidays. They add a twinkle to your space while creating a warm and inviting ambiance. Other ways to elevate your outdoor space during any season include adding an outdoor fireplace or styling your outdoor spaces with white outdoor decor.

For the holidays, run string lights along the eaves of your home. To keep them looking straight and neat, attach the lights with commercial-grade clips. If you want to save on power consumption, use LED mini lights. You can also wrap string lights around tree trunks. Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves during the winter, are especially easy to wrap with lights. Remember, the more trees you string with lights, the bigger the impact. To create variation, you can add snowflake lights to some of your trees. For the shrubs around your home, use net lights. These lights are distributed in square or rectangular shapes in a lattice. Make sure to measure the shrubs first to make sure the lights will fit all the way around them.

Garland and Wreaths

Place festive garland around your front porch or use it to create a beautiful wreath for your front door. You can buy a wreath that’s already decorated or create your own. Decorate a plain wreath by stringing lights around it. You can also add in ornaments and glittered pinecones. Don’t forget, you can use garland to create a wreath that’s any shape you want. Get creative and don’t feel limited to only a circular shape. Besides garland wreaths, you can also create a unique wreath by using moss-covered foam.

Add Special Details

Example of a beautiful outdoor decorating idea: potted trees with ornaments

Potted Branches or Small Trees

If you don’t have a lot of trees around your house to place lights on, you can always create a similar look with potted branches. You can do this by gathering branches from your backyard and placing them upright in a planter. To keep them upright, fill the planter with sand or gravel. Another way you can create the look of potted evergreens is with juniper or cypress bushes.


Light up your pathways by lining them with luminarias. You can buy luminarias at stores or you can make them yourself. They are very easy to make. All you have to do is pour a few inches of sand into paper bags to keep them in place. Then, light them up by using tea lights or battery-powered candles.

Decorate in Creative and Unexpected Ways


Vignettes are something I am very familiar with because of my professional work in home staging. They are fun and relatively easy to set up, and they can tell a whole story in just one scene. Create a vignette using a collection of winter-themed items, such as a pair of ice skates, a sled, a bucket of fake snowballs, and blankets. A great place for a vignette is by the entrance of your home. For inspiration, check out the holiday vignette I created for the Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees.

Example of a beautiful outdoor decorating idea: a mailbox wrapped in garland and ribbon with bells

Decorate Your Mailbox

There’s no limit to what you can decorate; you can even make your mailbox more festive by wrapping its post with ribbon. You can also add props around your mailbox such as candy canes and lollipops. In this example from HGTV, they use PVC and small bouncy balls to create larger-than-life lollipops and candy canes.

Use Unexpected Materials

One way to ensure your house will stand out during the holidays is to make unique Christmas decorations with unexpected materials. For example, create candle holders from wine bottles for your front door and spraypaint the bottles black to create a classy, elegant look. I also love the idea of creating an arbor made with ladders that are spraypainted black. 

Experiment with Equestrian

As a farm owner and a horse lover, I love the equestrian theme. You can incorporate this theme by building an equestrian-themed vignette. Some things you can include in your vignette are tall boots, saddles, folded horse blankets, and other horse tacks. You can add greenery into your vignette by stuffing your boots with garland.   

Example of a beautiful outdoor holiday decorating idea: an equestrian-themed wreath in the shape of a horse's head

Another way to incorporate the equestrian theme is by creating wreaths in the shape of a horse head. Add some beautiful details to your horse-shaped wreaths, such as a horse halter and red ribbon. You can place these wreaths on your front door, fences, gates, or sides of barns. Lastly, you can add horse tack into your classic wreaths. Check out Stable Style’s post featuring equestrian wreaths made by Etsy makers for more wonderful ideas.

Try out Your Favorite Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

As you can see, there are many ways you can decorate your outdoor space for the holidays. I hope this post inspired you to think outside of the box and try something new. The most important thing is to have fun with it! 

Warm regards,