Outdoor Christmas decoration buying guide

Outdoor Christmas decoration buying guide

Pauline, Self-taught DIYer, Leeds

Guide written by:

Pauline, Self-taught DIYer, Leeds

Outdoor Christmas decorations come in all forms, whether you want to see snowflakes falling on the side of your home with a projector light, create your own light-up Father Christmas and reindeer display, or just decorate a big outdoor Christmas tree. Read on to find the perfect outdoor Christmas decorations for you this holiday season!

Important features

  • Lights and baubles
  • Projector lights
  • Christmas trees
  • Light-up statues
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Lighten up, it's Christmas!

Lighten up, it's Christmas!

The outside of your home needn't be left out when it comes to putting up your Christmas decorations. At this special time of year, there are no limits: Christmas lights can run the length of your walls, shining stars can welcome your guests, and you might even find a few polar creatures setting up camp on your lawn!

The prettiest outdoor Christmas decorations are the ones that really make the most of your home's architectural features. But that doesn't mean your garden or balcony can't have a little sprucing up, too!

Top 6 outdoor Christmas decoration ideas

Door-hung wreaths 
  1. Front doors can be decorated with light-up stars, a wreath or Father Christmas statues.

  2. Windows are a great place to put weatherproof lanterns and fairy lights.

  3. Your roof eaves can also be lined with fairy lights.

  4. Cover your entire front with some LED lights.

  5. Eye-catching Santa decorations can be set up on the roof.

  6. Balcony or deck railings can be decked out with curtain lights or LED tube lights.

3 tips for the best outdoor Christmas decorations

Light-up Christmas decoration ideas
  1. Don't go overboard with colours and different types of lighting. If you want to avoid a sensory overload, don't go for a projector and fairy lights. However, combining non-lit daytime decorations with light-up ones for the evening can work.

  2. Keep Christmas figures and statues to a minimum to give them maximum impact. A single Santa Claus or snowman will do!

  3. Be sure to secure your fairy lights and garlands properly; this works best along window frames or straight down the corners of your home. Alternatively, stick with free-standing elements.

Not sounding festive enough for you? A mini snow canon should do it!

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Fairy lights

May your garden be merry and bright

May your garden be merry and bright

If you're lucky enough to have a front garden facing the road, why not deck it out with fairy lights, Christmas figures or even a carpet of artificial snow? There's no end of Christmas decorations that can work in this context. If you've got trees like pine or yew, you can wrap them in lights from top to bottom. If you planted last year's Christmas tree out in the garden, you can always keep it in place and decorate it. Strings of lights and Christmas baubles can still be used and you can always set up another tree inside!

But that's not all! You can still scatter a few festive animals among your flowerbeds! Popular options include:

  • Polar bears

  • Reindeer

  • Penguins

If you've got plenty of space, you might want to get some nice light-up animal statues to go along the driveway or to sit on the front step. These outdoor models come in a range of sizes and may be pre-assembled or come in kits for assembly. Once you're set up, all you need to do then is connect them to a weatherproof outdoor socket.

Alternatively, you can set up a landing space for Father Christmas and his sleigh! If you're looking to keep things more traditional and rustic, an enormous Christmas tree or a life-size nativity scene should do the trick!

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Nativity scenes

Christmas projector lights: it's raining snowmen

Christmas projector lights: it's raining snowmen

If you don't want to spend an entire day decorating your outdoors with Christmas decorations, you can always go for the easy option and install a Christmas-themed light projector.

A relatively recent trend, these LED-based systems create stunning light displays. Designed to withstand the lowest temperatures of the year and decent amounts of rain and snow, these devices can be used to project stars, snowflakes and illuminated shapes of all kinds onto the front of your house. What's more, the shapes may be still or moving.

The price of projector lights varies based on the range of colours, settings and images available (stars, snowflakes, etc.). Top-of-the-range models even come with a remote control so you can change up your outdoor lighting from the comfort of the fireplace. So if you're looking for something really special this Christmas, why not treat yourself to the latest outdoor decor for your own winter wonderland? You deserve it!

 
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Guide written by:

Pauline, Self-taught DIYer, Leeds

Pauline, Self-taught DIYer, Leeds

With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral, I learned the basics of DIY and the customisation of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from a sander to varnish. I have two favourite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the tip that will become a friend’s centrepiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications and I constantly research low-cost ideas.

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