For some, the day after Thanksgiving means shopping Black Friday sales. While I love partaking in a good deal—who doesn’t?—for me, the fourth Friday in November is always the start of the Christmas season. You can catch me putting out my décor bright and early (following a slice of pecan pie for breakfast, of course). I’m busy swapping out my home’s autumnal color palette for something a bit more holiday-appropriate. We’re talking all the silvers, reds, golds, and greens.
Depending on the year too, I might make a day out of chopping down a tree. Or, if things feel a bit too busy, I’ll pull out the quick and easy artificial fir I keep just in case. But in the frenzy of making my space a winter wonderland, I get so caught up in decking the indoor halls that I forget about the all-important outdoor décor. Well, not this year. I’ve made 2021 all about spreading joy, and in an effort to bring holiday cheer to everyone, I’m putting as much time into my outdoor set-up as I am indoors. With that, I’ve rounded up the best outdoor Christmas decorations so you can join the festivities and fun.
Does anyone else associate the “keeping up with Joneses” idiom with holiday décor? While Martha May Whovier’s Christmas light gun immediately comes to mind, I’m also reminded of social media’s ability to bring out our natural tendency to compare. And honestly, that sentiment seems to be most prevalent during this time of year. If you come across a post that makes you feel even the tiniest bit inadequate, take this invitation. Embrace your holiday aesthetic and decorate in whatever way feels most true for you. Classic, relatively minimalist, and with a nod to tradition, the outdoor Christmas decorations I’ve rounded up below fit best in nearly any holiday home. Let the list inspire you, and try incorporating a few of the products into your own unique outdoor décor.
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Grandin Road Pre-lit Porch Tree
While the height adds drama (7 feet!), this tree’s slender tapered shape means that it won’t crowd your porch. If you live in a milder climate, you can even arrange a few wrapped gift boxes around the base to create a cozy feel.
Grandin Road Pre-lit Porch Tree, $239.20 (reg. $299)
West Elm Mixed Eucalyptus Wreath
No matter the season, you can always catch me weaving a little eucalyptus into my home’s décor. The fresh and bright scent is energizing in the best way possible, and I love the naturally vibrant color. This wreath uses freshly-cut plants for an outdoor accent that’ll offer a warm welcome to any guest.
West Elm Mixed Eucalyptus Wreath, $126
Lanterns and Lights
Wondershop™ Christmas Starburst Pure White (Set of 2)
Reflect the charming beauty of a starry winter night with this pair of white starburst lights. Hang them from the trees in your yard or off your front porch. Wherever you place them, get ready to enjoy their glittering and glistening effect.
Wondershop™ Christmas Starburst Pure White (Set of 2), $20
Frontgate Hit the Slopes Door Mat
Imagine you’re spending the holidays in a snow-capped cabin in Vermont. This hand-hooked mat is made with weather-resistant fibers, so you won’t have to feel bad about wiping off your boots before heading indoors.
Frontgate Hit the Slopes Door Mat, $94.97 (reg. $129)
Birch Lane LED Cone Tree Lighted Display (Set of 3)
This trio of trees can fit with nearly any Christmas décor. Whether you’re going for rustic elegance, cottage-chic, or trying to recreate the coziness of a cabin deep in the woods, these trees will do the trick. Just be sure to keep them on your porch—they won’t fare well out in the snow.
Birch Lane LED Cone Tree Lighted Display (Set of 3), $70 (reg. $85.99)
Harlow Grey Rattan Leaping Doe & Fawn Outdoor Reindeer Figure
If you have the space, then this gorgeous leaping doe and fawn will light up your yard. Crafted from gray rattan and with 300 LED light bulbs (200 on the doe and 100 on the fawn) they will create a stunning display at night that is sure to wow your neighbors and guests this time of year.
Harlow Grey Rattan Leaping Doe & Fawn Outdoor Reindeer Figure, $349.99
Pottery Barn Metal Santa Riding Sleigh And Reindeer Outdoor Yard Stake
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen! This classic yard stake evokes holiday excitement, year after year. Made with a durable metal frame, this display is easy to set up, just as soon as you’re ready to signal the season.
Pottery Barn Metal Santa Riding Sleigh And Reindeer Outdoor Yard Stake, $199
One and Done
West Elm Front Porch Holiday Tree, 4-Piece Set
If you’re looking for a one-and-done solution, then opt for this chic matching set from West Elm. Make your entry holiday ready in an instant—now, that’s the kind of solution we’re looking for during the busy season.
West Elm Front Porch Holiday Tree, 4-Piece Set, $200
What outdoor decorations will you be decking the halls with this holiday season?
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