The Best Outdoor Christmas Decor: Mixing Natural and Faux Elements to Create a Fashionable Forest in Chalet Chic Style

Looking to transform your outdoor space into a winter wonderland this holiday season? Look no further! We have curated the best outdoor Christmas decor ideas that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Whether you want to create a cozy chalet ambiance or brighten up your porch with festive lights, we have the perfect inspiration for you. Get ready to mix natural and faux elements, fashion a forest, and layer up your outdoor space with our top picks for the best outdoor Christmas decor.

Mix Natural and Faux Elements

outdoor christmas decorWhen decorator Cyndy Aldred prepares for the holidays, she likes to surround her stoop with small evergreens in large natural baskets to bring in texture and a forest feel. “When I create Christmas garlands and wreaths, I always start with a strong base of faux greenery and then I work in organic elements like magnolia branches, large sugar pine cones, pine branches, and bundles of juniper berries,” she says. By mixing together faux and real elements, Christmas decor will last longer and look fresher.


Fashion a Forest

emily hendersonCreate your very own winter wonderland—snow optional—courtesy of Emily Henderson. The mix of lush garland, pint-size tree, and bunch of leafy greens is idyllic without being overdone.


Chalet Chic

emily hendersonTurn your front door into a cool ski chalet, just like Emily Henderson did here. The abstract wreath, geometric lanterns, and sleek wooden ski set give this front porch a modern touch. Best of all? Since this arrangement isn’t over-the-top Christmas, you can leave it up all winter long.

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Layer Up

joy williamsThe holidays don’t happen every day, so why not pile on the accessories? Chicago-based designer Joy Williams packed on the festive fripperies with poinsettia plants and gilded trees. Rounding out the look are ribbons and ornaments on the topiaries.

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Brighten Up Your Porch

citrine livingLet there be light! Tamara Anka of Citrine Living illuminated her front porch by wrapping the perimeter of her door in a light-strung garland. The bright white wreath and modern lanterns below round out the space in style.

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Pick Up a Planter

lmbContrary to popular belief, Christmas trees aren’t just for the great indoors. For an outdoor edge, take a cue from blogger Liz Marie Galvan, who paired two lush trees with rustic wood planters.


Take a Seat

sugar and charmWant to take in your lovely handiwork? Add a chair to your outdoor Christmas setup, just as Sugar & Charm’s Eden Passante did here.


Keep Your Guests Cozy

outdoor christmas decorYou don’t have to ditch alfresco dining come wintertime—just make sure you have a fire going and plenty of warm blankets. Interior designer Kara Williams also suggests adding lots of warm light and old-timey elements for ambience. “I love to add vintage touches like old sleds, buckets with Christmas trees in them, and vintage signs,” she says.


National Tree Company Pre-Lit 9-Foot Artificial Christmas Garland

Pre-Lit 9-Foot Artificial Christmas GarlandFor those who prefer traditional Christmas decor, this 9-foot bough is an excellent choice for giving your doorframe or porch columns a classic look.

The garland is lush and pre-lit with 100 white lights, featuring 200 branch tips and decorated with red holly berries and assorted pinecones. It's also reasonably priced, considering its quality.

One 5-star reviewer says: “We bought three of these to decorate our porch banister and front door around the holidays and they looked truly beautiful. They had a good amount of lights and looked very full.”


For Christmas Magic

Alcott Hill 6.4-Foot Pre-Lit Garland

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Festive Door Decor

The Holiday Aisle Kaye Artificial Pine Lighted Wreath

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The Traditional Wreath

The Holiday Aisle Holiday Wall Décor

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For the Kid in You

National Tree Company Crystal Angel Lighted Display

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The Christmas Angel

The Holiday Aisle Crystal Snowman Christmas Decoration

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The Happy Snowman

The Holiday Aisle Christmas Ornaments Artificial Wreath

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Upgrade Your Holiday Decor with the Holiday Aisle Christmas Ornaments Artificial Wreath. The wreath, made of polyvinyl chloride, is currently on sale.

The Wintery White Wreath

Mercury Row Lighted Deer Christmas Decoration

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Get Festive with the Mercury Row Lighted Deer Christmas Decoration. This crystal feeding deer lighted display is currently on sale.

For Christmas Magic

Ivenf Christmas Front Door Banners

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Add Style to Your Front Door with Ivenf Christmas Front Door Banners. These banners are currently on sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

For a Festive Welcome

National Tree Company Mailbox Wreath

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Decorate Your Mailbox with the National Tree Company Mailbox Wreath. This festive wreath is perfect for adding holiday cheer to your front yard.

Cheer for Your Mail Carrier

Hashtag Home 3-Piece White Thread Gift Box Lighted Display

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Illuminate Your Yard with the Hashtag Home 3-Piece White Thread Gift Box Lighted Display. These gift box decorations are currently on sale.

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Bright and Frosty

outdoor christmas decorDimples and TanglesDimples and Tangles glammed up her front porch; the flocked decor and riot of colorful ornaments create a joyous and welcoming feel.


Reindeer Entry

reindeer at home entranceBallard DesignsNothing screams Christmas like reindeers. Give your entry an of enchanted forest vibe and decorate the your doorstep with these beautiful critters from Ballard Designs.

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Go for Tropical Colors

outdoor christmas decorSugar & ClothTired of the same old red-and-green theme? Think outside the box, like Sugar & Cloth did here with these salmon-pink doors. Funky colored bulbs frame the entryway, while spray-painted toy soldiers and freestanding sisal trees–echoing the smaller ones inside the wreaths–complete the look.

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Incorporating the best outdoor Christmas decor can truly transform your home into a magical winter wonderland. By mixing natural and faux elements, you can create a stunning contrast that will captivate your guests. Fashioning a forest-inspired theme brings an enchanting touch to your outdoor space, while embracing the chalet chic style adds a cozy and inviting ambiance. Don't forget to layer up with garlands and wreaths, like the National Tree Company's pre-lit artificial Christmas garland or the Alcott Hill pre-lit garland. Brighten up your porch with a dazzling display of lights and ornaments, such as the Holiday Aisle's Kaye artificial pine lighted wreath or the Crystal Snowman Christmas decoration. Take a seat and revel in the joyful spirit with the Holiday Aisle's Christmas ornaments artificial wreath or the Mercury Row lighted deer Christmas decoration. Keep your guests cozy and embrace the holiday spirit with Ivenf Christmas front door banners. Make a statement with the National Tree Company mailbox wreath or Hashtag Home's white thread gift box lighted display, adding a touch of elegance and charm to your outdoor setting. Whether you go for a bright and frosty theme or opt for reindeer motifs, don't be afraid to experiment with tropical colors to create a stunning display that will leave everyone in awe. With these outdoor decor ideas, your home will be the talk of the town this holiday season.

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