How to Create Beautiful Outdoor Christmas Porch Decorations

Learn how to use outdoor Christmas porch decorations to create a warm and inviting entrance to your home.

Make sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. When designing and decorating your front porch for Christmas, don’t settle for less than you would inside your home.. Whether large or small, bold or understated – give your porch special attention! Create an outdoor living space that guests won’t forget!

Today on the blog, I am joining eight blogger friends with the most beautiful porches. Thank you to our host, Rachel @thepondsfarmhouse, for putting this talented group together. If you happen to be hopping over from Rachel’s blog, I am sure you loved her farmhouse porch. Rachel has the most amazing style.

There are so many great ideas in these posts, be sure to stop by each one to see their different styles. There is something here for everyone. You will find the blog links at the end of this post.

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Outdoor Chirstmas porch decorations Blog hop

Our front porch spans the entire width of our home in Southern California. Enjoyable year-round, it’s where I like to go above and beyond for Christmas – inviting guests in with a warm Christmas spirit upon their arrival at holiday parties! This open space serves as additional room for entertaining on cheerful occasions throughout the season. Guests love lingering outside during gatherings here – This is why I like to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Preparing to Decorate the Porch with my Outdoor Decorations

I happen to like to change my decor every year. This can be a good and a bad thing. Typically I can use what I have because I have gathered quite a bit over the years. So much that sometimes I can’t even remember what I have. So every year, I find myself having to re-organize. My husband and I go back and forth about the best way to organize. I like to categorize by item and color. He prefers to do it by room. However, when you are changing it up each year, this can’t be done. I think I have finally convinced him.

So once again, I will reorganize by category this year! and hopefully, I can find just what I need next year.

Front porch-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations

I enjoy sprucing up my home decor every year, and this year isn’t any different. My husband and I often debate the best way to keep it all organized – his preference is by room, while mine leans towards categorizing items by color or type. Luckily for me, we’ve agreed! This season will feature a reorganization arranged according to the category so that when next year rolls around, everything can easily be found without wasting precious hours searching through boxes of forgotten treasures. I also think it is time to purge a few items.

The Porch is typically the last part of my home that I decorate, so I tend to see what is left and work with what I have.

Front porch with outside porch Christmas decoarations
front porch decorations-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
Outdoor porch Chirstmas decorations

My 2022 Front Porch Christmas Decorations

I had used a lot of the giant jingle bells in the house last year and decided they would be great on the porch this year.

Step by Step process to display Outdoor Christmas Porch Decorations

  • First, Choose the colors and a theme for your porch. Since the trim on our home is black and white, I chose to use Black, White, Red, and Green this year.
  • Next, I look at what I have left to decorate and what will work with my outdoor Christmas porch decorations. Fortunately, my porch is covered, so I do not have to worry about the elements too much. If we have inclement weather, I will move the items on the steps up on the porch to avoid any damage.
  • Now it’s time to bring the cozy vibes of a living room straight onto your porch! By strategically placing area rugs, you can create three distinct areas: one at the entrance for guests to enter, inviting warmth; another under the swing for laid-back lounging with friends and family; and lastly, an anchor rug in front of a bench providing extra comfort. It’ll make any outdoor space feel like home.
  • Add a smaller doormat over the area rug for the entrance.
porch swing-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
wreath on front door -Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
outdoor christmas decorations on front porch

Move Any Necessary Furniture to make room for your Outdoor Porch Christmas Decorations.

  • My porch is very long and narrow, so I typically leave my outdoor furniture where it is. I like to add some vintage pieces to my decor, which changes for every season.
  • For Christmas, I added a trunk to use as a coffee table. This allows my guests a place to put their drinks or plates of food.
  • Cushions, pillows, and blankets add a welcoming touch.
Christmas pillows for outdoor porch Christmas cecorationg
Outdoor pillows for decorating the porch

Adding Live Plants to my Porch

  • Fresh greenery and plants are always a nice touch to a front porch. I picked up several poinsettias at Home Depot for Black Friday, so they were a real bargain. Then added a few large fresh green Cypress trees and several pots of paperwhites that I had planted some time ago. You can read my post here about how to force paperwhites in the winter. I planted them in the terra cotta pots I had aged earlier in the year.
  • I love adding touches of vintage to my porch each season. This year I added poinsettias to some old vintage olive buckets. An old house would not be the same without a few vintage touches on the front porch.
Fresh paperwhites for Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
poinsettias in a old vintage olive bucket as outdoor Christmas porch decoration

Adding Faux Christmas Trees and Greens

I always find that mixing the real greens with the faux greens makes for a great combination. Unfortunately, in Southern California, we have been known to have some warm days in December, so the real greens do not hold up very well. Here is a list of what I added to my outdoor Christmas porch decorations.

  • Two large birch branch trees
  • Two small birch branch trees
  • A few flocked faux Christmas trees
  • Several sprigs of faux greenery throughout the porch. I even tied some onto the chains of the porch swing.
  • I hung wreaths on the sides of the porches. I love this new addition. They look like they are floating in the air.
Dogs on the front porch
porch swing-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
jingle bells-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
faux tree on fornt porch- Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
front porch for christmas with jingle bells

Final Details for Decorating my Front Porch

The details are always my favorite part. It is kind of like the icing on the cake.

I added a dough bowl to my trunk in front of the bench with candles, bells, and a french horn.

Dough bowl full of greens and cnadles-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
giant jingle bells-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
wreath on front door -Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
Galvanized bells and signs-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations

Don’t forget the Lights!

Of course, we can’t have a Christmas porch without lots of twinkle lights. I love to sit out here at night with a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa. Do you see who I see in this picture?

Front porch at night with lights-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
Front porch at night-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations
Front porch trees at night-Outdoor Christmas porch decorations

Now it’s time to move on to my friend Michelle’s porch @thistlekeylane. You will love how she has decorated her porch with all red and green decorations.

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to create beautiful outdoor Christmas porch decorations, I hope you’ll be inspired to try them yourself. If you need more inspiration, check out my friends below and follow my blog, where I share many great ideas for holiday decorating. Spread the joy this season by taking a little time to make your porch look festive and welcoming. Your friends and family will thank you!

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Christmas Porch Inspiration Blog Tour

Click the highlighted link below each image to follow along on tour.

Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse / Wendy at WM Design House / Michelle at Thistle Key Lane

Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms / Kim at Shiplap and Shells / Kelly at The Tattered Pew

Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill / Jessica at Old Barn Company / Kristin at White Arrows Home

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  1. I love all of the beautiful details on your Christmas front porch! So festive, cheerful, and welcoming!

  2. Your porch decorated for the holidays is beyond beautiful Wendy. The paperwhites are gorgeous. I wish I could grow those outdoors. Your Christmas trees are so pretty. Love all the inspiration. Happy Holidays my friend.

    1. Thank you, sweet Kim. I enjoy spending time on the porch this time of the year. Happy Holidays to you too!

  3. Hi Wendy! This is the first time I have visited your porch and it did not disappoint! It is so pretty and I love how you have it decorated for Christmas. your paperwhites are stunning and I am so jealous you can keep them outdoors! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. Porches are always so fun to decorate. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  4. I love how your porch came out Wendy! The flocked trees with the birch trees are such a great statement. Looks so pretty all lit up at night.

    1. Thank you so much, I am glad you enjoyed it. If only you could hop on over for a cup of cocoa.

  5. I can only dream of having a porch like yours Wendy! There are too many beautiful details to list them all, but I must say I really love the poinsettias and the clever floating wreaths! Wonderful tour!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle. You are welcome anytime.

  6. Beautiful, Wendy!! I’m laughing because a poinsettia or paperwhite would last about 5 minutes outside here and shrivel up from he cold…I’m a little jealous of your California weather!

    1. LOL, and I have to water them quite often. However, I can’t use fresh greens. I can, but they don’t last but a week.

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