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The 14 Best Animated Christmas Yard Decorations for Your Home in 2021

Nothing catches the eye during the holidays quite like outdoor animated Christmas decorations. From moving inflatable decor to animated string light art pieces, there are a ton of ways you can incorporate bright, animated Christmas decor into your yard. Combined with carefully placed Christmas lights, garlands, and more, an animated Christmas decoration could really pull the whole look together.

If you’re interested in being a little bit extra this year, you’re in luck. We put together a list of our top picks for animated Christmas tree decorations, so you can take the guesswork out of shopping. We included quite a few unconventional animated decorations for Christmas as well. Take a look at our faves!

Best Licensed Character Animated Christmas Yard Decorations

Best Rudolph Christmas Yard Decoration

Who doesn’t love classic movies around Christmastime? One well-known and well-loved Christmas classic is the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special called Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, a delightful Claymation film that delights children and adults to this day. This inflatable animated yard decor set features Bumble, Rudolph, and a Christmas tree. A three-piece set, this outdoor Christmas decoration features bright LED lights and stands at 28 inches tall. Bumble will light and lower a twinkling star as if he is placing it on top of the inflatable tree. It’s a small, simple animated outdoor Christmas decoration that will certainly catch some eyes.

    Animated Rudolph and Bumble Decorating Tree

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    Recreate a charming scene from the TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in your front yard with this colorful 3-piece outdoor Christmas decor set. Both Bumble and Rudolph are 3-dimensional figures made of soft tinsel material on metal frames. This outdoor Christmas decor set features a total of 140 clear mini-lights.

Best Animated Peanuts Animated Outdoor Decoration

When one thinks of Christmas, it isn’t uncommon to think about Charlie Brown. This sweet thirty-six-inch Snoopy mailbox decoration is perfect for an outdoor Peanuts Christmas theme. A great alternative to inflatable Christmas decorations, this item is sturdy and made from metal and colorful fabric. The statue is pre-lit from the inside with 105 crystal clear lights and only requires a standard outdoor outlet to get set up. Fans of the beloved 1965 animated Christmas special will surely love this decoration. It also features a mechanism in the mailbox lid that opens and closes, revealing a very festive Woodstock inside. We recommend placing this cute decoration the edge of your property or next to your front door. This product comes complete with a statue, ground stakes, and six spare light bulbs.

    Snoopy on The Mailbox Animated Christmas Yard Art

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    Pre-lit from within, this officially licensed Peanuts statue has 105 clear mini lights that illuminate it with holiday cheer. The sturdy steel form is covered by colorful, soft fabric and tinsel for a classic, whimsical look that makes the Peanuts characters come alive.

Best Santa Animated Christmas Yard Decorations

Best Santa Riding a Polar Bear Animated Christmas Decoration

If you’re in the mood to go big, this six foot inflatable Santa riding a polar bear could definitely do the trick! This adorable inflatable comes with preassembled LED lights, so you don’t have to do much in the way of setting this decoration up. The inflatable polar bear shakes its head back and forth and has a somewhat realistic look to it. Ideal for the outdoors, this large inflatable animated Christmas decoration inflates and deflates quickly. It’s made of waterproof polyester cloth, so you can rest assured that it will last multiple holidays before wear and tear begins to affect it. And all you need to set this decoration up is an AC outlet and an outdoor GFCI outlet.

    Animated Santa and Polar Bear Inflatable

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    Lights up for better nighttime viewing and will transform your home into a wonderland. Ropes and stakes are included to anchor outdoors. Self-inflates in seconds and collapses quickly for storage until next holiday season. Made of waterproof polyester material.

Best Chimney Santa Animated Christmas Yard Decoration

This adorable inflatable would look its best perched on top of your roof, but it would also look excellent inside or outside the home. A jolly-looking Santa peeks in and out of a red brick chimney, ready to deliver gifts to the children inside the home. As with many of the inflatables on this list, this item is weatherproof, sturdy, and easy to inflate and deflate. Five superbright internal white LEDs ensure that your neighbors and guests will be able to see this decoration on the darkest of nights as well. Just make sure you have a standard electrical outdoor outlet and you’re ready to set this little guy up!

    Outdoor Christmas Lawn Animated Airblown Inflatable

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    Create the ultimate animated, festive Christmas display in your yard this holiday season with Outdoor Santa in a Chimney. With a jolly smile, this inflatable Santa rises and falls, in and out of the chimney, as he returns from delivering presents to the kids inside.

Best Santa on a Teeter Totter Animated Decoration

How adorable is this animated inflatable Christmas yard decoration? This product features Santa Claus and a chunky reindeer teetering back and forth on a holiday-themed seesaw. Designed for use inside the home or outside the home, this item comes with pre-installed internal lights so that it can be seen glowing at night with ease. The material itself is lightweight and the inflation mechanism is very easy to use for inflated and deflating. While this item is reported via reviewers to be somewhat small, it’s still an eye-catching decoration that would work well in a scene setup with other smaller animated inflatables.

    Christmas Inflatables Animated Santa Reindeer Teeter Totter Decoration

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    This inflatable is great for decor in and out of the home. The lighted design makes it perfect for your nighttime display. The lightweight materials and self-inflating design make it easy for anyone in the family to setup and take down.

Best Animal Animated Christmas Yard Decorations

Best Animated Outdoor Christmas Yard Decoration for Dog Lovers

Do you love dogs? Do you want to celebrate your furry friend for Christmas this year? This 44-inch inflatable animated dog could be a great addition to your outdoor Christmas decor. This design features a simple inflatable red doghouse adorned with felt Christmas string lights, a wreath, and a cute brown down with a candy cane bone. The complete kit comes with the inflatable dog that moves its head up and down, stakes, and tie-downs. This product is 100% weather resistant and works well for indoor and outdoor use.

    Animated Dog in Presents with Candy Cane Bone

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    Add a fun decoration to your holiday décor with the Inflatable Outdoor Animated Dog in Presents with Candy Cane Bone. This adorable yard decoration will catch everyone's eye during the holiday season.

Best Polar Bear and Penguin Animated Yard Decoration

This is another great decoration idea for a sweet treat or Candyland Christmas themed yard! This animated six foot tall inflatable boasts a polar bear, three cute penguins, and a cookie jar. Once plugged in and inflated, the penguin in the cookie jar pops in and out. This product is tall enough that it would look great outside but is also small enough to be an excellent indoor decoration as well. Pair this inflatable animated decoration with other decor like candy canes, cupcakes, and gingerbread houses for a cohesive holiday look.

    Animated Christmas Inflatable - Polar Bear and Penguins

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    This adorable inflatable animated Christmas decoration self-inflates in minutes, packs flat for storage, and will light up your entire holiday season with its charming scene. Made of weatherproof polyvinyl material, includes stakes.

Best Animated Alligator Chasing Ducks Christmas Decoration

If you aren’t interested in traditional animated Christmas decorations, this cheeky light-based decoration could be perfect for you. This animated string light decoration will definitely turn some heads! Featuring an alligator with a Christmas hat pursuing a duck, this wall hanging decoration really stands out at night. Powdercoated, durable, and waterproof, this item would look excellent hanging from a garage door or large window. It also comes with a waterproof controller that is easy to use.

    Animated Gator Chasing Ducks Light Display

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    This display will turn some heads! This Gator with a Santa Hat is trying to get his Christmas dinner. Comes with waterproof controller and 2 Ducks. POWDERCOATED! Now available in LED! Gator 22H 56W Duck 26H 15W

Best Animated Christmas Vehicle Yard Decorations

Best Animated Holiday Locomotive Train

Are you a fan of animated lights? Are you also a fan of trains? This decoration piece is perfect for you. A well-crafted Hammacher Schlemmer item, this animated five-foot holiday train decoration features lights on the wheels of the train that spin around, giving the illusion of a locomotive tugging forward. This item comes complete with 420 energy-saving LED lights, a powder-coated steel frame that can withstand rough winter winds and temperatures, and an AC plug with a nine foot cord. You can place this decoration on a wall outside of your home or stand it upright in your front yard.

    The 5' Animated Holiday Locomotive

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    The locomotive’s three (and the coal car’s two) LED wheels flash on/off in sequence around the rims and spokes. A jolly bear rides along in the coal car filled to the brim with presents. White LEDs suggest a huffing, puffing rail journey in a snowy landscape.

Best Santa Claus Flying an Airplane Animated Yard Decoration

Santa decides to take a more modern means of transportation with this cute inflatable North Pole Express plane. An impressive eight feet wide, this inflatable is an awesome choice for larger lawns. This item self inflates quickly with no more than a standard electrical outlet and features bright internal pre-installed lights and a spinning plane propeller. To keep this decoration steady, it comes with ground stakes and attached strings to keep it in place in your front yard. This decoration would also look delightful on top of a roof as well.

    Christmas Inflatable Santa Claus Flying Airplane

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    The reindeer are beloved, but that's a lot of flying, and Santa's no dummy. Here he is, in an inflatable airplane packed full of toys. Self-inflating, comes with ties and stakes, and internal lights create a glowing nighttime display.

Best Animated Cement Mixer Christmas Yard Decor

You wouldn’t think of a cement mixer as a key Christmas symbol, but this decoration applies the concept of a cement mixer in a very cute holiday-appropriate way. This inflatable features an “icing” cement mixer-style vehicle complete with an elf driver and a couple of helpful penguin pals. If you want a Candyland-style sweet treat theme for your yard’s decor, this would make the perfect addition. And the cement mixer actually spins around! All you need to do is plug it into a standard outdoor outlet, stake it down to keep it secure, and enjoy the magic. At about nine feet long, this decoration would best fit larger front lawns.

    Animated Inflatable Cement Mixer Christmas Yard Decor

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    Delight your holiday guests and passersby with this Animated Inflatable Cement Mixer Christmas Yard Decor featuring a frosting truck, adorable workers and a giant Christmas cupcake. Incredibly easy to set up with a mixer that really turns.

Bottom Line

Animated Christmas tree decorations really are an exciting thing to incorporate into your outdoor Christmas display. How was our list of animated outdoor yard decor for Christmas? Do you have a top pick that you plan on purchasing? Tell us which one of these eye-catching pieces of decor you plan to use this Christmas in the comments below!