10 Ways to Style Up Your Door with Outdoor Christmas Decorations

This blogpost about outdoor Christmas decorations was updated August 2023.

Style Up Your Front Door for Christmas

An inviting home starts on the porch with outdoor Christmas decorations. Yet somehow in the mix of the holiday season, lining the exterior of the house with lights gets all the glory. There’s something so festive to dressing up your front door with outdoor decor for ultimate curb appeal.  

We decorated 10 front doors to showcase all of our best outdoor Christmas decorating ideas, so read on for a little festive inspiration:

Style Up Your Front Door for Christmas

1. Tie It with Ribbon  

If there’s anything ribbon cannot be used for we have yet to find it. It’s saved us on more than one hair mishap, outfit disaster, and decorating occasion so we aren’t too surprised at how much interest it adds to otherwise plain columns.

Wrap your favorite ribbon up a pair of columns to create a festive peppermint vibe, and tie a little bow on your light fixture for an extra touch of whimsy. Simple but effective!

Style Up Your Front Door for Christmas

2. Trio of Tassels

We’re wild about tassels, so we tied a trio of tassels at the corners of our garland and even to our wreath. It’s a little unexpected but adds layers of interest. We love how something traditional like tassels contrasts with a sleek set of globes (our Suzanne Kasler Monde Volcanic Ash Sphere) to make a dramatic statement in your outdoor Christmas decorations.  

Style Up Your Front Door for Christmas

3. Metallic Accents

In addition to loving tassels, we’re merry for metallic holiday decor. There’s not a more striking color combination than gold and green at Christmas. Add a few seasonal elements like a faux reindeer and you’re all set. You can cross off simple and festive from your list.   

Suzanne Kasler's holiday front door

4. Tree-Topped

In our opinion, Christmas trees should not just be relegated to the living room. We love the idea of decorating a tree outside and whimsical touches like a sled give a wink and a nod to the fun realities of the snowy season. 

Mix classic and frosted trees together, add a bin of firewood and a few red accents to create a wonderland inspired porch.

Classic black front door styled with outdoor Christmas decorations

5. Curb Appeal in Color 

Blue is a classic color combination during the holidays. Here, we took it one step further by adding turquoise, gold, and silver to our outdoor Christmas decorations. Work in accents of blue however you can, whether it’s including your collection of chinoiserie, or simply using colored ornaments and ribbon. Topping an outdoor plant is a great way to dip your toe into the frosty color combo in your outdoor holiday decor.  

Style Up Your Front Door for Christmas

6. Incorporate Outdoor Planters

Add festive accents to your existing outdoor plants. Battery-operated lights, ornaments, and ribbon are a great way to give your front porch greenery a holiday touch.

In the space above, we added a trio of wreaths to the front door, and add ornaments to small trees. Finish it with a green door mat, and your outdoor decor is done!

A white brick home with a wooden door, styled with Outdoor Christmas Decorations

7. Natural State

Greenery works best by using the architectural structure of your home. Using its lines, follow it with garland and a matching wreath for a stoop that is a statement.  

Natural elements like pine cones, birch wood, and realistic evergreen branches are a decorator’s best friend when it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations. These elements coordinate beautifully with a nostalgic plaid ribbon and a few large red ornaments in the corner.

We also love pieces that can be used beyond winter –  our Legare Lantern isn’t limited to use in December. We keep ours on our front porch all year-round. 

Style Up Your Front Door for Christmas

8. Ornament Overload in Outdoor Christmas Decorations

One way to spruce up greenery is the use of ornaments. A ball ornament wreath fits the bill.  

We love to use wreaths in creative ways. They don’t always have to go on your front door. Top a beautiful arched doorway with a metallic wreath to draw attention to your door, then add a swag of ornaments on the door instead of your wreath.

Style your front door for the holidays with greenery, wreaths, and ribbon and all of your favorite outdoor Christmas decorations

9. Frosted and Festive

Just because your weather forecast doesn’t include snow doesn’t mean you can’t have a white Christmas. We used frosted garland and trees and a frosted wreath on the front door to complement our light green door color and to pop off of a red brick home.

We think you’ll love the added curb appeal when you give your front door a seasonal makeover this holiday season.  

Browse all of our holiday accents online, or find more holiday inspiration on our blog.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    Karen h

    December 15, 2018

    I just put in a new kitchen and bathroom. Always going to the Ballard catolog and website for inspiration. Purchased pictures, kitchen table and chairs towels and shams and more. I couldn’t of done without Ballard. Waiting for another picture to be sent. Always reading the decorative ideas on line. Happy holidays karen h of Huntington