Ideas for outdoor Christmas decorations

Ideas for outdoor Christmas decorations

Every year it seems like more and more people are decorating the exterior of their homes for Christmas. And it's easy to see why.

Post-Covid many people are spending a lot more time locally. Like pictures of rainbows in windows during lockdown, outdoor Christmas decorations display a sense of community spirit.

And anyway, what better way to brighten up a dreary winter than by adding some sparkle and shine to the outside of your home?

Ideas for outdoor Christmas decorations

Outdoor Christmas lights add some festive sparkle to the neighbourhood.

If you're lacking inspiration on what type of Christmas decorations to use in your garden or porch then we have some answers. Typically, you can't go wrong with traditional accessories, many of which are long-lasting and can be given a contemporary twist.


Let's start with the show-stopper. An outdoor real Christmas tree is a sure way to share festive cheer. Not only does a decorated evergreen tree look the part, but it also draws attention, which is ideal from a 'less is more' perspective.

If you already have a conifer growing in your garden, then lucky you! Use it as a starting point for your outdoor Christmas decorations. If not, then don't despair! A pot-grown Christmas tree is the answer. Available in different sizes, these trees have been grown in pots from seedlings. They are perfect for the front garden or patio and can even be moved inside to decorate and pile the gifts underneath.

For those with their hearts set on something taller, freshly cut trees can also be used outdoors. However, they will need a little more thought. They need watering frequently and don't have a container full of soil weighing them down.

tree branch close up

Our collection of trees will add some Christmas shine to your life.

At Christmas Trees Direct we have a range of trees suitable for outdoor use. Read on for some of our recommendations:

Nordmann Fir

Nordmann Firs are the best-selling Christmas tree variety in the UK. It's easy to see why with its classic shape, glossy foliage, excellent needle retention and fresh light scent.

Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce has a classic look that screams festive fun. Its symmetrical shape is perfect for bringing a little Christmas nostalgia to your outside decor.

norway spruce

Our collection of pot-grown trees will add some Christmas shine to your garden.

Fraser Fir

Known for its densely packed foliage and shimmering needles, the Fraser Fir is quickly becoming one of the most popular searches on Christmas Trees Direct. Its soft needles make it the perfect choice for families with young children.

Kids will love helping to decorate a Fraser Fir

Kids will love helping to decorate a Fraser Fir.


Traditional decorations for the front door, and wreaths are a delightful way to show off your home over the festive season. Whether you prefer a classic or contemporary look, wreaths can set off your outdoor decor and make your home stand out.

We stock a range of real Christmas wreaths in a variety of styles. In the unlikely event that you don't see anything you like, we also sell DIY wreaths. Order the basic wreath and add your chosen decorations to create something unique. Perfect for crafty people who enjoy designing their own decorations without the drudgework of constructing a base.

christmas tree assembly

Wreaths are traditional decorations that have made a comeback in recent years.


Of course, we can't write about outdoor decorations without mentioning lights. These quintessential Christmas decorations are key to brightening up long dark winter evenings and bringing some sparkle to the garden.

Wrap lights around Christmas trees, wind around wreaths, hang across fences and soffits or drape over a window to help spread Christmas cheer among your neighbours.

Outdoor Christmas lights add some festive sparkle to the neighbourhood. 

Things to consider

When decorating outside for Christmas, there are a few things you should always bear in mind. Aim for style over volume, and your outdoor Christmas display will be admired by everyone from your family to the postie.

outdoor christmas lights

Ensure your outdoor Christmas lights are waterproof and don't go overboard hanging too many.
  • Before hanging lights, check they can reach an accessible power socket.

  • Make sure any power cables are out of the way or secured safely, so they don't become a trip hazard.

  • Ensure your festive lights are suitable for outdoor use and that they are energy efficient.

  • Secure wreaths and decorations to help deter thieves and prevent them from being damaged by strong winds.

  • Don't attempt to hang decorations without an appropriate ladder.

There's no denying that outdoor Christmas decorations are a fun way to delight your family and guests over the Christmas season. They add some festive sparkle and bring Christmas magic to gardens and porches.

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