Last-minute outdoor Christmas decor ideas that you can put together in a snap

Try these easy and implementable outdoor Christmas decor ideas to give your front yard a festive look in time for the holiday

Hostess Jo front porch header
(Image credit: Hostess Jo)

If you haven't decked out your front yard yet for Christmas, don't worry it's not too late, but time is of the essence. With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, you can still put together a gorgeous display that doesn't require heaps of DIY or difficult installations. It's just a matter of arranging your favorite holiday decor together. Whether you're all about classic displays filled with greenery or tableaus full of whimsy, consider these outdoor Christmas decor ideas to get your home into the holiday spirit. Once you decide on your "theme" of the year, it all comes down to sourcing. Luckily, we did the heavy-lifting on this one so you can put your outdoor Christmas decor together ASAP. 

Looking for more holiday decor inspiration, be sure to check out our holiday hub for all things Christmas.  

A traditional snow-brushed look

Outdoor Christmas decor

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No matter your locale, your home can take on the winter wonderland look. Turn your front entrance into a winter wonderland holiday with faux snow-tipped garlands and wreaths that are simple and easy to install with Command hooks. Finish off the display with a decorative topiary for added visual interest. 

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Icy Pine Cordless Garland | Was $139, now $104 at Grandin Road

Invest in this six-foot faux garland with a snow-brushed effect now, and you can reuse it year after year. View Deal

Winter Harlow Topiary | Was $269, now 215.20

Two of these elegant hand-painted topiaries placed outside your entryway is both classic and unexpected.  Be sure to add sand to help them stay steady in case of inclement weather.View Deal

Incorporate unexpected elements

Hostess Jo front porch

(Image credit: Hostess Jo)

We can't help but smile when we see Joanna of the blog Hostess Jo and Instagram account Southern Surrounding's merry holiday porch. In addition to tons of farmhouse modern references, you have the buffalo check, the galvanized metal, and tons of classic Christmas motifs, but the real eye-catcher was her use of massive ornaments tied to her covered porch's ceiling.  For her display, she partnered with home decor store Old Time Pottery, but unfortunately, they do not offer shipping.

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Wondershop 3ct Large Christmas Ornament Set Red White | $10 at Target

The larger ornaments you can find, the better when it comes to making maximum impact. Hang with twine or ribbon from your ceiling. These 6-inch Wondershop ornaments are sold in a pack of three for just $10, and so fun with their glittery candy cane design. View Deal

The Holiday Aisle "Merry Christmas" Metal Ornament Sign | Was $60.62, now $40.99 at Wayfair

Rather than a traditional wreath on your door, hang your own galvanized metal sign, like this ornament shaped design rimmed with tiny Christmas trees. View Deal

RUBFAC Red Velvet Christmas Bows 5 X 7 Inches, 16-pack| $17.99 at Amazon

Red ribbon tied on to wreaths, shrubs, and other greenery is an affordable and easy way to further tailor your design. If you don't want to fuss with tying your own bows, this 16-pack of velvet Christmas bows will help you add a festive touch around your home with minimal struggle. View Deal

Go bold and colorful

When it comes to the holidays, Josy Castro goes all out with her magical and bright ornament-filled entryway. The classic red and green color scheme truly pops. Easily emulate the North Pole, toy-shop feeling with an abundance of ornaments and gifts leading the way. Bonus if your space opens to a massive complementary tree in the foyer for an even more dramatic effect. 

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The Holiday Aisle Christmas Decorated Ornaments Pinecone 24" Plastic Wreath | Was $69.99, now $52.99 at Wayfair

When there is no time for DIY, this colorful wreath covered in red and green ornaments offers up just the right amount of pop without being too over the top! View Deal

The Holiday Aisle 6' Christmas Decorated Ornament Pinecone Garland | Was $69.99, now $48.99 at Wayfair

For the most impact, this is the time you'll want your greenery and ornaments to match! Line your doorway with this garland, and if you have extra time, weave in some lights to further mimic the look. View Deal

TOPNEW Set of 3 Pre-Lit Red Boxes with Green Bows | $50.99 at Amazon

Illuminate the path to your door with two sets of these pre-lit gift boxes in scaling size leading to your doorway. These presents are made of metal with a sparkling glitter sisal fiber for a shimmering finish and adorned with snowflakes. View Deal

Threshold Doormat Home Sweet Home | $19.99 at Target

Stop dirt and mud in its tracks with a coir doormat that emphasizes the feeling you're trying to create, and it can stay on your porch all year long! View Deal

A clean and modern approach

Utah-interior design studio House of Jade went with a less is more approach for this holiday porch design, and we love the sleek and modern feel. The use of greenery in wicker baskets, glass lanterns and bells dangling from the cedar wreath in a neutral palette is refreshing and light. 

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Greenery Wreath with Bells | Was $49.99, now $37.49

If your front porch is still short a wreath, pick up this design from Kirkland's which combines the bell detail with twine for a rustic approach. View Deal

Wind & Weather Meditation Bells Wind Chime | $29.95 at Amazon

Repurpose this wind chime into door decor with minimal DIY required. The five iron bells are strung with jute rope that can be attached to your existing wreath. View Deal

Threshold 24" Artificial Sparse Tree | $25 at Target

This 2-foot tree housed in a boho braided burlap pot is without a doubt an aesthetic. Note, make sure this little tree stays under a covered porch. View Deal

Lights4fun Metal Solar Powered LED Flameless Candle Lantern | $41.99 at Amazon

Light the way with lanterns that can be used all year long. This Lights4Fun lantern features a safe solar-powered LED flameless candle and is available in two sizes so you can play with height. View Deal

Don't forget about outdoor seating

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(Image credit: Rachel Pena)

If there was a porch to covet, it would this wraparound with plenty of seating opportunities and even more space to decorate. While we social distance, outdoor conversations are definitely a better way to communicate, so it's important to to make the space inviting and cozy... plus, we could all benefit from more time outdoors.  Rachel Peña accentuated her Tennessee porch space with an outdoor Christmas tree, inviting holiday pillows and throws, and lots of fabulous live greenery. 

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Syntus Set of 2 Buffalo Check Throw Pillow Covers | $9.99 at Amazon

A base layer to any farmhouse design: buffalo check. These outdoor -appropriate pillow covers easily turn outdoor benches and rockets into a cozy arrangement. 


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SANDEGOO Garden Flag, Christmas Buffalo Check Plaid 28"×45" | $16.99 at Amazon

We're totally feeling this buffalo check holiday flag that is super similar to Peña's as a wintry pick to commemorate the season. View Deal

The Wreath Depot Marion Winter Berry Wreath 22 Inch | $79.99 at Amazon

Wreaths aren't just for doors or windows, but can fill an empty space on your wall. The winter berries on this wreath pick up all the red used on this porch design. It also includes a storage box to stow it when not in use. View Deal