10 Christmas window displays and decorating ideas to copy for the holidays

From Christmas stickers for windows, to twinkling lights and festive wreaths, let these Christmas window displays be your inspiration this season

Christmas window displays: Midnight Blue Christmas Cabin Set of 3 Outdoor Micro Light Stars
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Christmas window displays are one of the joys of the holiday season. After all, who doesn't love walking around and admiring the bright lights and beautiful colors of their neighbors' windows adorned with Christmas stickers and more? 

If you're looking for some Christmas window decorating tips and ideas for your own home, we've rounded up our favorites below. From wreaths and garlands to twinkling window lights, there's something for everyone – and these one of a kind festive decorating ideas are sure to brighten up a passerby's day.

1. Light up your Christmas window display with LED stars

Christmas window displays: Osby star Christmas window light

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An upgrade on the humble fairy light, these stars are a simple but effective way to create a bright Christmas display in your window, and they look beautiful from indoors and out. While scouring the internet, we found plenty of other designs like these ones from Osby, too, from pom poms to snowflakes, so you can pick a design that works for you.

2. Show off your handmade (or, ahem, store-bought) wreath

Christmas window displays: wreath propped up in window

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With more time on our hands than normal, we'll be busy looking up how to make a wreath this Christmas – and proudly displaying the result of our hard work in our window for all to see. Alternatively, we'll be finding the best Christmas wreaths online – after all, your neighbors won't know the difference…

3. Add twinkling curtain lights for an instant lift

Christmas window displays: string curtain lights

Curtain lights, Lights4fun

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A set of curtain lights – literally a sheet of string lights that fall down your window, like a curtain – make for a simple, easy but highly effective advent display that looks totally charming, too. Just don't set them to the flashing setting, please – we guarantee it'll drive you mad before long.

4. Repurpose your festive wall hangings

Christmas window displays: decorative stars hung up in window

Maddox star and Cromwell stars, Garden Trading

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If you have Christmas wall hangings you normally place over a fireplace, say, or just on a plain wall, they'll look just as stunning hung up in a window. Try metal cut-out stars like these for a simple, rustic look – perfect for Scandi-inspired Christmas interiors.

5. Christmas window stickers make for an easy update

Christmas window displays: Holly corners and Christmas Snowflake Window Stickers Cling

Window stickers, TileStickerCompany at Etsy

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As much as we're a little wary of window stickers, the right design can look cute – as long as you're not too heavy-handed with their application. Opt for simple white stickers in a snowflake or star shape, and stick them sparingly to your window or place them along the bottom of the window pane.

6. Dress your window sill with a garland

Christmas window displays: wreath in window with garland across windowsill

For a similar garland, try the  ultimate green and berry garland, The White Company

(Image credit: The White Company)

If you're more of a maximalist when it comes to Christmas decorations, consider lining your window sill – and even the top of your window, if you can – with a garland. It looks classy, frames the window beautifully and acts as a stunning finishing touch to a more traditional scheme. Prefer contemporary style? Opt for springs of eucalyptus placed carefully along the sill.

7. Creative a festive window display with paper decorations

Christmas window displays: white paper Christmas decorations in window

For similar, try Garden Trading

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Christmas paper decorations have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years thanks to being a) beautiful, b) inexpensive and c) smash-proof. As well as placing them on your tree and weaving them into garlands, try hanging them from your window for a simple, unobtrusive effect.

8. Hang special Christmas string lights either side of the glass

Christmas window displays: Christmas tree fairy lights

Christmas lights, Garden Trading

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While heavier garlands work well lining a window horizontally, for a similar effect on a vertical level, try hanging a string or two of Christmas fairy lights from top to bottom instead. They don't have to be plain lights, either: we love these tree designs, or opt for pretty snowflakes or stars.

9. Create a layered Christmas window display

Christmas window displays: festive green winter cabin with curtain lights, candles and festoon lights

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Give your Christmas window decor some real pizzaz by layering different types of lighting. This designs uses curtain lights and candles inside to create a warm glow, and sets the scene with outdoor star lights strung above the window. Candles add a beautiful flickering touch to a display, but make sure they're not sitting below anything flammable (like paper decorations) – or opt for LED versions to be on the safe side.

10. String simple garlands across your window

Christmas window displays: felt garlands strung across window

Pom pom garland and star garland, Garden Trading

(Image credit: Garden Trading)

We love the effect created by layering strings of stars and pompoms across a window. This Christmas window display could easily be recreated with paper chains (remember those?) – a perfect way to spend a crafty afternoon and get the kids involved, too.

Ellen Finch
Ellen Finch

After a stint writing for true life titles, Ellen made her venture into the world of interiors in 2017 on Real Homes magazine. Now deputy editor, she's always taking inspiration from Real Homes' clever tips and tricks for renters, and has a special interest in sustainability in the home.