20 Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Living Spaces for the Holidays

20 Ideas for Decorating Your

Outdoor winter decorations

Outdoor Living Spaces for the Holidays

BCLS Landscape Services of Central Virginia

The holidays are around the corner, and you can add to the festive spirit when you decorate your landscape.

In Richmond and Central Virginia, your yard may look gray, but you can bring your indoor décor outdoors.

20 Outdoor Holiday Decoration Ideas

One look at Pinterest, and you’ll have enough tips to transform your front porch, patio, and backyard into a winter wonderland.

Here are 20 popular ideas for Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter whimsy:

  1. The wreath—a traditional holiday decoration doesn’t have to be boring. Take evergreens, birch bark, oversized balls, LED lights, and pinecones as some touches for your holiday wreath.

If you celebrate Hanukkah, make a wreath out of blue and white ribbon and bow. Include birch bark, white berries, and LED lights.

If you’re celebrating Christmas, you can deck your wreath with more than the traditional trinkets. Instead, use red ribbon, eucalyptus, and pinecones.

  1. Spruce up window boxes by adding a winter theme to them. Include evergreens, such as pachysandra, eucalyptus, holly, and pine boughs.
  1. Use oversized ornaments that are waterproof to add something whimsical to your outdoor decorations. You can buy natural grapevine twigs ornaments or large, traditional balls in red, green, white, blue, and silver.Giant outdoor decorations
  1. Put garland over your door, wrap it around columns on your front porch, and add a loose hanging twig garland with lights and winterberry gracing your deck.
  1. Go simple by cleaning up your yard, landscape, and front porch. Add lantern light sconces to give your patio a rustic, clean look.
  1. Highlight your evergreens on your property or the front of your home with a spotlight. If you spruce up your front porch, a spotlight will point to the décor and focus on the warmth of your porch.

Learn more: Fall and Winter Landscaping Ideas to Brighten Your Gardens and Flowerbeds.

  1. Tidy your container gardens by adding greens, berries, lights, moss, and grapevine ornaments. Add a punch of color with a red ribbon wrapped around the top of your container. Add a red or blue bow.
  1. You can also design a container garden with seasonal branches, berries, white pine, eucalyptus, red twig dogwood branches, and red winterberries.
  1. Don’t forget about your topiaries. Add lights, ornaments, faux red, white or blue-colored berries, and flowers to mix it up for the holidays.
  1. Decorate your front porch with blue mason jars and white blooms, such as roses and dried baby’s breath.
  1. Don’t forget to decorate your outdoor fireplace with garlands, warm white lights, and a punch of red or blue and silver.
  1. Your mailbox can be cheery and bright with candy cane striped ribbon, greens, and pinecones.
  1. Dress up an old wagon, a bench, or old wooden crates. Folks have used ice skates, antique skis, and sleds to get that old-fashioned feel. Don’t forget to add string lights.

Learn more: How to Create the Best Outdoor Living Space

  1. If you like to sew, you can create red and black flannel pillows that sit on white wicker furniture. You can also put out throws and seasonal pillows that you can find at your favorite retailer.
  1. Since the weather and landscape are gray by the holidays, adding blue, white, silver, or red LED lights contrast well on your porch, on your landscaped trees, and around railings.
  1. Lanterns or luminaries outlining the curves and lines of your driveway and walkways leading up to your front door gives a warm welcome feel.
  1. Your firepit can look festive as well with Adirondack chairs covered with colorful winter throws and festive pillows. Stringing white lights on trees and shrubs will add a festive flair. Again, put up lanterns nearby to light the way to your firepit.
  1. If you celebrate Hanukkah, use lighted menorahs, Star of David lights, and other holiday symbols.
  1. If you celebrate Christmas, include blue, green, and red lights to bring in the holiday cheer.
  1. You can find your holiday décor at your favorite online retailer, at your favorite arts and craft store, and your hardware supply store.

How BCLS Landscape Services Creates Fire Pits and Fireplaces for Your Holiday Cheer

If you don’t have a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace to decorate for the holidays, you can put that on your wish list. It’s not too late to call.

If you want to get your outdoor fireplace or fire pit designed and built for next spring, call us at (804) 752-0052 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to working with you to create your fire feature.

BCLS serves residential and commercial properties throughout Richmond and Central Virginia.


EHow.com, “What Do Blue Holiday Lights Mean?

HGTV.com, “14 Outdoor Items for Hanukkah.”

Ibid, “Beautiful Flower Arrangements for Hanukkah.”

HouseBeautiful.com, “52 Festive and Chic Outdoor Christmas Decorations.”

LoveYourLandscape.org, “8 Festive Ideas for Winter Container Gardens

Ibid, “Bring the Holiday Spirit to Your Yard.”