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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

The holiday season is upon us once again and I want to share with you some outdoor Christmas decorating ideas and inspirations.   I headed up north to the San Francisco Bay Area right after Thanksgiving to do a decorating job I’ve done for many years now.   Everything used has been collected over the years and is pulled out to turn the front yard into a holiday wonderland.  The porch is made festive with penguins, candles, nutcrackers and garlands –  it sparkles with lights and more lights.  Santa sits merrily in his sleigh surrounded by trees and packages while his reindeer check out the garden.  A beautiful manager scene, with custom painted figures, graces the front corner of the yard and gets accented with palm fronds cut from the back yard.   As usual, there’s a video waiting for you at the end.


 The sleigh, with pumpkins leftover from the Halloween/Fall display, waiting for Santa to jump on in.



 Rudolph, adorned with lit bead garland, leads the way.


The festoons are being hung, temporarily attached with wire, & then secured with fishing line.


The festoons are lit & large, shiny red ornaments hanging from the center of each add even more sparkle & shine.


 Garland is placed at the base of the front porch displays & is then lit.  It brightens the stairs & the way to the front door.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

A couple of my favorites – the Christmas penguins.  If you look close, you can see everything is secured by fishing line – this valley gets very windy.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

The front door display.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

 These candles, in different sizes & colors, are such a nice touch.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

 An overview of the front porch.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas


The nativity  scene is dressed with palm fronds collected from the back yard.  Hydrangeas, cut from the garden, are used as accents too.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

The front gate & arbor, lit on both sides, welcome guests into the yard.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

Small trees illuminate the pathways.


As many of you already know, I was a professional Christmas decorator for years.  I have some tips to share with you to make your decorating endeavors a bit easier and a bit brighter which you can find in the links below.

Ideas For Christmas Decorations

Ideas And Tips To Make Your Christmas Merry And Bright

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  1. bobette helland

    please help me find the festoons

  2. Hi Bobette – I once owned a Christmas decorating business & bought those festoons wholesale from a holiday decorating supplier about 15 years ago. They don’t sell directly to the public. I think amazon sells large ones (9′ or bigger) but I’m not sure if the small ones are made anymore. I’d check ebay or amazon. Hope that helps, Nell

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