The best outdoor Christmas decorations

Sleigh bells ringing - it's the season to decorate your home for the holidays.

Happy couple outdoors putting up Christmas lights

by Natalie Knowles |
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So much more than putting tinsel on your garden gnomes, the best outdoor Christmas decorations come in all manner of magical guises. As well as bringing you the best external lights to adorn your outdoor Christmas tree, we'll look at some fun alternatives to a traditional Tannenbaum in your garden. Whether you're recreating a Narnian winter scene or you're looking for dinosaur-inspired decorations to delight your kids, there's trendy outdoor decor for all tastes.

Get in the festive mood by throwing a garden party, stoke up the winter BBQ and getting the sausages sizzling. Ask your guests to bring a bottle or some sweet nibbles, such as stollen or mince pies, and have festive tunes playing through outdoor speakers in the garden, or simply gather around the fire pit and sing a few cheery seasonal songs.

Best outdoor Christmas decorations at a glance

Best outdoor icicle lights: LED Icicle Outdoor Christmas Lights - View Offer on Amazon UK
Best outdoor Christmas decoration: Grey Glitter Door Decoration Set - View Offer at J D Williams
Best outdoor Christmas neon sign: Merry Christmas Neon Sign - View Offer on Amazon UK

If you're feeling inspired and have the space, you could create your own illuminated trail around your garden. Whether you're planning a full-on light festival in your backyard with some energy-efficient Christmas lights, or you just want to bring some festive cheer, we decor-. our guide to the best outdoor Christmas tree decorations. Consider DIY decor this year, but if you're pushed for time Etsy and Not on the High Street have some wonderful handmade options.

Below, is our guide to alternative and festive outdoor Christmas decorations.

The best outdoor Christmas decorations

Best outdoor icicle lights

 LED Icicle Outdoor Christmas Lights

Rrp: £39.99

Price: £29.99


These striking LED Icicle Outdoor Christmas Lights are 17 metres of pure festive magic. 480 LED

Best outdoor window decoration

Christow Holly Berry Christmas Light, 45cm Wall Window Decoration, Micro LED Silhouette, Indoor Outdoor, Mains Operated
Price: £27.99


Illuminate your Christmas with the Micro LED Christow Holly Berry Christmas Light. With a 45cm

Editor's choice


We adore this gorgeous Trio Of Light Up Penguins, to cheer up a dark corner in the garden. They

Best energy-efficient outdoor lights


Rather than decorating a tree, why not opt for a sculptural Large Metal Light-Up Tree? This

Best Gonk outdoor Christmas decor


Brighten up your backyard with this Outdoor Gonk Christmas Light Decoration. An easy way to bring

Best reindeer outdoor decoration


This magical three-piece reindeer display has an eye-catching and crisp rope light for a bright

Best outdoor fairy lights

Christmas Decoration Colour Changing Fairy Lights
Price: £43.99


The possibilities are endless with this fantastic Christmas Decoration Colour Changing Fairy

Best outdoor Christmas decoration

Grey Glitter Door Decoration Set
Price: £83 (was £139)


Make a bold festive statement to your outdoor space with this Grey Glitter Door Decoration Set.

Unusual Christmas decoration

Price: £64.99 (was £99.99)


Make a real statement with your Christmas decorations this year and let the Acrylic LED Unicorn

Best Christmas lawn decoration


This Robins Appear When Loved Ones Are Near metal decoration makes a tasteful and thoughtful

Best inflatable outdoor Christmas decoration

6.7 Feet Tall Christmas Inflatables, Kalolary Christmas Inflatables Dinosaur with Elf Reindeer Santa Claus Blow up Xmas Outdoor Indoor Decoration for Home...
Price: £81.99


This fun Christmasaurous is bound to bring delight. LED bulbs light it and comes with fixings and

Best Christmas outdoor neon sign

Merry Christmas Neon Signs Green Red Letters Neon Light with Switch for Wall Decor LED Neon Light Sign for Christmas Party, New Year, Holiday Decoration...
Price: £39.99


A handmade acrylic neon sign that unmistakably says Christmas is here. This Merry Christmas Neon

Best Christmas lawn lights

Spiral Christmas Tree Path Finder Stake Lights
Price: £24.99


Available in white or multi-coloured, these Spiral Christmas Tree Path Finder Stake Lights will

Which is the best outdoor Christmas decoration?

If you simply can't decide which decoration to pick, it was "Love at Frost Sight" for the Icicle Lights.

Choose from cool, warm or blue light to create a fantasy with fairy lights. We particularly like the generous cord allowance, which is useful if you have a large garden. The eight lighting modes allow you to vary the speed and brightness - just magical to see twinkling lights outside the window as you're cosy indoors.

Whether you're decorating a patio, hedge, front porch or tree, these versatile lights come in different lengths to suit your requirements. Yule be sorry to miss out on these value-for-money outdoor Christmas lights.


You'd have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the popularity of the gonk. This Nordic and Scandinavian mythical being is a cross between a gnome and a hobgoblin.

With long dark days, lights are the most important decoration to bring joy and enchantment. From fairy lights to icicles, neon signs and so much more, there will be a style to suit your festive decorating plans. As it's very easy to get carried away with all the sparkle, it's a good idea to set a budget first. Then, list the integral decorations, such as an outdoor artificial Christmas tree, wreath, lights and perhaps some stake lights to illuminate the garden path.

You can even go down the route of many celebrities and influencers who decorate their front doors, transforming their homes into a winter wonderland. Think about installing penguins, a snowman, reindeers, or Santa figures to make it more Christmassy, or perhaps a blow-up dinasour for Jurassic Park winter is right up your street.

There's nothing more wonderful than inviting loved ones over for a winter garden party. Indeed, for the last couple of years, outdoor entertaining has been the norm. If you haven't yet held an outdoor Christmas party, it's worth considering the possibilities.

How do I decorate my outdoor Christmas tree?

When decorating your outdoor Christmas tree, or hedge for that matter, do ensure that you unravel the lights and evenly distribute them over the tree. It's a good idea to fix them to the tree in case they get blown off. It's also a good idea to choose a sheltered spot in the garden to place your decorations.

What outdoor Christmas decorations can I make?

One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a festive touch to your garden is to make a wreath for your door. In addition, red ribbon, holly sprigs, fir branches and gold baubles in plant pots and porches is a simple way to extend the decorations into the garden. To get your creative juices flowing, here's a wonderful guide to making a natural Christmas wreath for your door.

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Natalie Knowles is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for Modern Gardens, specialising in garden trends. When she's not flexing her mow-how, Natalie is a successful artist and illustrator.

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