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16 Ways to Decorate Your Front Porch This Christmas

Showcasing your Christmas decorations talent is one of the best things during this magical period. From playful lights to decorative wreaths, the porch is your canvas since it allows you to highlight your skills and creativity. However, if you’re not sure where to start when adding the Christmas spirit to your outdoor space, below are the 16 ideas so that you can find some inspiration!

Christmas Greenery and Flowers

Poinsettia Wreaths

When you think of Christmas and plants, there are three common ideas: trees, mistletoe, and poinsettias. Also known as the Christmas flower, the poinsettia is a magnificent red masterpiece of nature, with perfect fierce pointy leaves and an overall appearance that’s just stunning. As you can imagine, wreaths made with poinsettia are as beautiful as can be, so hanging them on your front door is one way to bring the colorful elements of nature to the sometimes dreary days of winter.


The beauty of mistletoe is about its appearance and its symbolism. While we should probably avoid kissing random strangers for all safety causes, it’s a nice reminder that the reason for the season is caring and sharing joy. Best of all, mistletoe can fit in just about any space, costs very little (or is free if you have some growing nearby), and only ever means, “Hey, have a merry Christmas season.”

Little Trees

Whether you put up a tree indoors or not, there’s always room for another little lighted tree outside. A mini tree in a planter will work in a small porch or a narrow pencil tree for narrow-but-tall enclosed spaces. And if you’ve got the room, why not go wild and put up a full-sized front porch tree? There are no rules for Christmas decor.

Banners and Signs

Purchased Christmas Banners

Whether you opt for these Merry Christmas banners, some other model, or customize your own at a print shop, these welcoming Christmas messages can liven up the porch, especially when they’re made in vivid colors like red.

The idea is to make the porch as welcoming as possible, showing visitors and those just passing by that your house is filled with love and kindness. Shatterproof ornaments piled in planters with evergreen branches make a nice addition to the festive atmosphere and flocked spruce garland strung with lights and ornaments.

DIY Christmas Banners

Banners are a quick craft you can make yourself in an hour or two, and let the kids help for an afternoon of fun crafting time ahead of the holidays. Feel free to experiment and use different materials, depending on what you already have at hand. It will boost your creativity as well as allow you to save some money for Xmas presents!

Handmade Christmas Sign Decorations

Spruce up your front door space with a handmade sign. There are so many ways to make your own, but the basics involve little more than choosing a sentiment or phrase you like, painting it on a piece of wood or another surface, and hanging or leaning it near your front door. Use your imagination, make something unique, and light up a little every time you step outside.

Farmhouse Christmas Porch Ideas

Farmhouse style is all the rage. You know the look: buffalo plaid, stag head silhouettes, birch bark, red berries, woodland creatures, handpainted and weathered wooden signs and plaques. Bring a bit of cabin life into your Christmas season with these great Farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas for your front porch.

A Wagonful of Cheer

Having a farmhouse is nothing short of a dream come true for a lot of people, especially families that don’t want their children growing amongst blocks of concrete on the streets of big cities. But this isn’t about that, it’s about how you can turn your farmhouse porch into a winter wonderland. Blending in red with green is one way to decorate the porch, and any potted plants that you may have (and that can withstand a harsh winter) should definitely be on display here.

Pull Up a Chair

Wooden décor elements belong on the porch of a farmhouse, and if you find some that have a Christmas-centered theme, even better. You can also get playful with some buffalo prints, whether it’s for a throw pillow or some gifts. Wooden logs, metal lanterns, wooden signs with warm Christmas wishes, and potted fir trees are just some examples of decorations that would perfectly fit a farmhouse porch.

Colonial Christmas Porch Ideas

Colonial-style homes present their decorating opportunities for the holidays with tall columns and narrow spaces, the shapes of many traditional elements can become elongated. Try some of these great Colonial Style Christmas decoration ideas for your front porch this season.

Go Long

Colonial Christmas porches usually mean that you have a tall space to decorate, so taking advantage of this vertical space is something to consider. In this example, red and silver tree ornaments are hung from the roof of the porch, whilst surrounded by a garland with more ornaments tied to it. The medium-sized potted firs are located on both sides of the entrance, inviting visitors to a festive home.

Wrap Every Column

If your Christmas porch has columns, then you have the opportunity to spruce them up by wrapping garlands or string lights all around them. Colonial houses with entrance columns leave a lot of room for extra decorating, allowing you to play with the colors and the diversity of things you can wrap around them.

Wrap-Around Porch Decorating Ideas

Oooh, the wraparound porch. What real estate for building a welcoming winter wonderland right at your front door! If you’ve got a porch to spare, check out these ideas, perfect for the vast opportunities of a wraparound porch at Christmas.

A Well-Lighted Line

Wrap-around porches are great when it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations. While they usually require string lights, the visual effect is stunning. You can choose simple colorful Christmas lights that go all around the porch, but you can get playful with other decorations as well.

Drape Everything in Green

As you can see, despite the size of such a porch, you don’t need to invest in fancy Christmas decorations, as you can make the house look beautiful with a couple of basic things and plenty of imagination. Here are warm Christmas lights that showcase the beauty of fir branches placed on the railing. Simple, but very effective.

Large Front Porch

A large front porch is great to have but can present some unique challenges for decoration at Christmas. Check out these ideas for making the most of ample space without cramming it all in.

Tie It All Together

You don’t need a lot of decorations for a large porch if the ones you have are placed intelligently. Just divide the entire space by the number of decorations you have (in this case, outdoor wreaths) and place them evenly to fill up the entire space. As you can see in the picture, the central theme is mostly natural, and there aren’t too many elements placed on the porch.

Keep It Simple, Santa

When you want to decorate a large porch, you can’t go wrong with garlands and Christmas lights. These two items are probably the cheapest way to decorate a large space, so they are perfect for people who don’t want to spend money on giant nutcrackers and large wooden reindeer. Opting for hanging Christmas lights is an excellent idea if you have a porch because it creates a beautiful visual effect, almost as if glowing icicles were hanging from the roof.

Balconies and Small Porches

Houses don’t get all the Christmas cheer, of course! Jazz up your apartment, townhome, or condo with these ideas for balconies and small porches.

Go Clark Griswald

The funniest thing about trying to decorate something as small as an apartment porch (at least small compared to the porch of a house) is that you can go over the top if you want to. Since few decorations can be seen from the street if you live above the third floor, Christmas lights are often the most sought decoration for people living in apartments. If you have a balcony that’s located outside the structure of the building itself, you can play around with decorations of your choice.

A Little Goes a Long Way

If you think there’s a chance you might overdo it, you can always stick with more basic decorations. In this example, you can see how a few string lights blend in with the beautiful brick exterior of the apartment building. Just make sure that the lights are waterproof and suitable for outdoor use.

Santa Claus, Please Stop Here! 

It’s never too early to start planning your home Christmas decorations. One of the best places, to begin with, is your porch since it gives you a huge amount of possibilities. From wreaths to banners and signs, there are plenty of decorations you can locate over there, so the only limit is your imagination! Plus, it doesn’t have to be expensive since many ideas can be handmade or bought cheaply.

Which Christmas porch decoration you liked the most? Comment below, and as always, please share!