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Outdoor Christmas Decor: Tips for Creating a Festive Wonderland

Christmas is now just around the corner, so now is the right time to start getting ready for the festive season! One of the best ways to do this is with outdoor Christmas decorations at home. Not only will these get you in the festive spirit each time you arrive at home, but they will also help to bring joy and community spirit to your neighbourhood.

Keep reading to discover the best outdoor Christmas decor tips that will help you transform your home and make it stand out this festive period.


Outdoor Christmas Decor Tips

Choosing the Right Lights

Of course, Christmas lights will be one of the main ways to make your home stand out and bring festive cheer to your neighbourhood. You want to make sure that you invest in high-quality outdoor lighting for the best display that will bring your home to life.

Cheap lighting is very unlikely to last you over the festive spirit, so you would either end up buying twice or with a display that does not bring your home to life. It is also a good idea to choose energy-efficient LED lighting, which will both keep your energy bills down and reduce your environmental impact.

You want to make sure that you have the right amount of lighting for your space, so it is important to measure up your outdoor spaces and keep these measurements in mind when choosing your lighting. Crucially, make sure that you do not overdo it - this could cause light pollution and turn your neighbours against you!

Outdoor Christmas Decor Tips

Creating a Theme

For an eye-catching yet tasteful outdoor decorative display, you want to choose a theme. Much like interior design, a central theme creates an attractive and stylish look - this is even more important because it is noticeable to all passers-by! There are a number of themes to consider, such as:

  • Winter Wonderland

  • Traditional red and green

  • Rustic farmhouse

  • Scandinavian

Once you have a chosen theme, you can then search online for decorations that suit this theme. Of course, you can have some flexibility, but a central theme will tie everything together neatly.

Maintenance & Safety

It is important to consider both maintenance and safety when it comes to outdoor decorations, especially if it involves going up on the roof. You should keep a close eye on your decorations throughout winter, especially the lights, as you do not want a few to go out as this would ruin the look.

In terms of safety, you should put the decorations up when the conditions are safe and always have someone supervise. It is also a good idea to weatherproof your decorations as best you can, which can be helpful for both maintenance and safety. A few ways to weatherproof your outdoor decorations include:

  • Choosing weather-resistant materials

  • Storing electrical connections safely

  • Keeping electrical connections off the ground

  • Using weatherproof extension cords

  • Taking decorations in during dangerous conditions

Outdoor Christmas Decor Tips

Outdoor Christmas Decor Tips - Conclusion

Transferring your home with outdoor Christmas decorations is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit. In addition to this, it should also bring plenty of festive cheer and joy to your neighbourhood!

Decorating the exterior can also be challenging, so you want to make sure that you know how to create the best display while minimising your energy consumption, putting up decorations safely, and making sure that you do not anger your neighbours!


Jenny Kakoudakis likes to blog about interiors. She launched the award-winning Seasons in Colour in 2014. When she is not chasing criminals out of the financial system (her day job), she gets creative by redecorating her own home.

Download her free bathroom renovation guide here.


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