10 ways to make your outdoor space festive |

We know it’s niche, but we love Christmas patio ideas. Perfect if your living room or main dining room overlooks your garden, they can extend the festivities outside and make your whole house look more dressed up for the celebrations. And, they’re not all for large spaces – they can also be used to make your balcony, back porch, and even front porch festive.

So if you’re looking to create a mix of outdoor christmas decorations and patio ideasDo not look any further.

Christmas Patio Ideas

For Christmas terraces, choose Christmas decoration ideas that will endure the conditions, be it wind, rain… or snow. And keep in mind that not all of your ideas will be decorations – some additions will be about showmanship. These are our favourites.

2. Enjoy festive evenings on the terrace with a fireplace

Christmas porch decorating ideas with white walls, a black fireplace, wooden skis and fur and wool blankets on the seats

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“As long as it’s warm and glasses of eggnog during the holiday season, we’re happy, aren’t we?” A fireplace is a great investment for this busy festive season – and beyond, so dress up your patio with a sleigh to place lanterns, Christmas foliage and cozy blankets,” says Andrea Childs, editor, Country houses and interiors.

Wayfair offers a selection of black fireplaces (opens in a new tab) like this one.

2. Add charm with tree-shaped string lights

Christmas tree lights on side of house, crate with logs underneath

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If your garden’s line of sight is towards a blank wall, why not indulge in one of the best alternative christmas tree ideas known to mankind: the garland tree? So easy to create with tiny thumbtacks or command strips, or you can buy one ready made, it’s a fantastic space saver Christmas wall decoration idea for those who don’t have a ton of outdoor space, and it’s great to watch.

‘Designed to capture the charm of a traditional star tree, the Indoor Outdoor Magic Fairy Lights (opens in a new tab) is perfect for those who love Christmas but are short on space, or for those looking for something a little different. Made with shaped metal branches and easy to hang from a hook on your wall, this magical tree can be displayed inside or outside the home for stunning effect. Stand it alone in the lobby or patio to welcome guests, or as a main attraction paired with a range of decorations,” says Dani Taylor, product and director at Cox & Cox.

3. Break out the interior with lanterns and mini trees

house exterior with Christmas decorations, lanterns, gifts on a shelf, wooden and wire bench, basket with logs, mini trees

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Who says Christmas Dining Room Ideas have to be inside? They could easily be the decoration your Christmas patio needs, especially if the weather is mild.

“Sometimes an outdoor patio-style space can be extremely useful during the holiday season when the house is full of friends and family. We like to create a small, inviting entertaining space outside so people can enjoy the fresh air without missing out on the fun. We hang bistro lights and dot many small faux Christmas trees and lanterns filled with pillar candles.

“We also usually set up a small bar on a table for people to help themselves to a drink, it relieves busy guests and of course the drinks will stay cool. I would recommend layering chairs or benches with blankets and a few pillows to make people feel comfortable and cozy,” says Suzy Humphreys, founder of Bunk lounge (opens in a new tab).

4. Create a festive welcome with a decorated front patio

porch/patio with Christmas wreath on the door, bench with presents and bags, garland, sleigh with presents

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Looking for Christmas porch decorating ideas which are easily translatable into patio?

‘Nothing beats decorating your home for Christmas and the front patio is one of the most important parts. Give your family and guests the merriest holiday welcome with fresh Christmas wreaths, a large Christmas tinsel and goody bags,” says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor, Homes & Gardens.

5. Give your patio windows a festive look

exterior window sill with garland of Christmas foliage

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“Windows are so useful that you can use them all year round to add color and texture to the exterior of your home. In the summer, it can be a bouquet of flowers. In winter, Christmas window decoration ideas as garlands can create a festive atmosphere that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. Those fir stalks, berries and pine cones look fabulous on this window,” says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor, Homes & Gardens.

6. Give your patio a Christmas makeover with mini trees, stars and lights

Outdoor Christmas patio decorations, trees, fairy lights, lanterns

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‘For the gathering season, create a spectacular welcome for guests with a warm and cozy atmosphere, using lots of festive foliage and twinkling lights.

“By combining curtains of hanging lights with pre-lit trees and garlands, the end result is dramatic and uplifting. If you want to go all out, decorate the walls with (opens in a new tab)stars, and add layers of cozy throws and sheepskins to transform the space into a warm and magical winter wonderland – the more the merrier! said Dani Taylor, Product and Creative Director of Cox & Cox.

7. A bench with some cozy accessories will do the trick

Christmas exterior with black painted door, wreath, rubber boots on the steps, bench with cushion and red velvet throw, lanterns, basket with fresh foliage

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Whatever the size of your terrace, Christmas Door Decoration Ideas doesn’t take up space, but can still be enjoyed (and from the inside if your door is glass.

“If you don’t have a patio as such, but rather a garden space, take advantage of it by using a bench for those moments of peace and relaxation during busy holiday weeks. A cozy pillow, blanket and lanterns are all you need – plus a cup of hot chocolate of course! says Lucy Searle, Global Editor, Homes & Gardens.

8. Match your door wreath to your garland

Blue door and archway with Christmas garland and wreath, gifts in baskets on step

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‘If you have beautiful architectural details like an arch, give it some love with a festive garland. You can dried orange slices to display (which will last longer than fresh slices). A door wreath is a must – make it cohesively match and use paper decorations for added appeal,” says Melanie Griffiths, Editor, Period life.

9. Invest in a super cozy chair and blanket

Outdoor Christmas patio with armchair, wooden blocks with candles, fir tree and candles, house in background

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‘The secret of the holiday season outside eating is comfort. Very high quality seat cushions such as sheepskin that make sitting on any hardwood or metal piece of furniture that much more inviting. Add soft throws to warm and soften the backs of metal chairs and snuggle up in them,” says Mark Winstanley, Creative Director at The White Company (opens in a new tab).

10. If you live in a warmer climate, dine on your patio

Christmas patio/porch with dining table, Christmas tree, garland, white table and chairs, gray and white tiled floor

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“Depending on where in the world you live, Christmas Day can be spent sitting outside on your patio or porch. It’s time to take it too far Christmas tree decorating ideas. Decorate your patio with a life-sized decorated tree, white paper stars and a garland of fresh foliage,” says Andrea Childs, editor, Country houses and interiors.

How to decorate my front terrace for Christmas?

At night, Christmas lighting ideas are paramount, not only to beautifully light up the exterior of your home, but also to create a display that neighbors can enjoy from their homes. Think: string lights hung from the gables and lanterns strewn around the patio, porch and front door, at the very least. For daytime, choose colors that will stand out: if you tend to get a ton of snow every winter, choose bright, festive hues, like red, green, or gold (or all three); if you live in warmer climates, white decorations can be stylish.