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November 9, 2023

Festive Christmas Porch Decor

Deck Your Porch With Boughs of Jolly!

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Festive white house with red door, garland over door, with a red bench in front with pillows.

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Nothing says “Welcome to our home!” during the holidays like festive front door decor. Christmas porch decorations can add fabulous curb appeal and warmth to any entryway. From the traditional winter wreath to cozy seating areas, we have some fabulous front door decorating ideas to turn your porch into a winter wonderland!

Summary

  • Wreaths

  • A Holiday Basket

  • Seasonal Signs and Banners

  • Branches and Bulbs

  • A Big, Beautiful Bow

  • Chalkboards

  • A Welcoming Bench

  • Door Knob Danglers

  • Signs for Santa

  • Welcoming Scents

  • Santa Mailbox

  • Pine Tree Planters

  • Holiday Door Mat

  • Porch Light

  • Color Schemes

Crafting The Perfect Wreath

Every beautiful door starts with a beautiful wreath. For those of you feeling a little crafty this holiday season, SANTA.COM has two fabulous DIY wreath tutorials that will take Christmas wreath-making to a whole other level. 

If you’ve always wanted to know how to make holiday wreaths, here’s your chance to craft your own Earthen or Fragrant winter wreath from scratch! And for more inspiration visit our wreath and garland boards on Pinterest!

Wreath Alternatives

If you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional, you can don your door with these festive front porch Christmas decorations:

The Holiday Basket

Holiday basket containing apples.
Holiday basket containing apples.
iStockPhoto / victoshafoto

Get into the heart of Christmas by hanging a holiday basket on your front door or placing it on your porch. This unique ornament creates a festive vibe while offering practicality as it provides a designated spot for your neighbors to drop off their Christmas cards. 

Make it extra enticing by wrapping the basket with sparkling garlands or miniature Christmas lights. You could even add bottles of water, apples, and other treats for your hardworking delivery people.

Seasonal Signs and Banners

Festive front porch with large welcome sign on door, with festive Christmas pots, plants and garland surrounding door, porch, rails and windows.
Festive front porch with large welcome sign on door, with festive Christmas pots, plants and garland surrounding door, porch, rails and windows.
iStockPhoto / Tammi Mild

Signs and banners emblazoned with jovial holiday messages make for a festive, eye-catching adornment to your front door. Go for whimsical quotes or heartfelt Christmas sentiments – it's your chance to speak holiday cheer to your neighbors and visitors. Wooden signs with carved or painted lettering offer a charming rustic appeal, while colorful banners add a pop of vibrancy to your Christmas porch decor.

Branches and Bulbs

Front porch with white front door with a handmade wreath of branches and pinecones on the door. A frosted Christmas tree in foreground with acorns and bows.
Front porch with white front door with a handmade wreath of branches and pinecones on the door. A frosted Christmas tree in foreground with acorns and bows.
iStockPhoto / Tammi Mild

Nature lovers can opt for a crafty door decoration by gathering branches and adorning them with holiday bulbs or other Christmas trimmings. Picture a gathering of snowy birch branches held together by a bright red ribbon and festooned with gleaming bulbs and sparkly tinsel. This artistic blend of nature and festive decor presents a striking alternative to the traditional wreath, and really takes your Christmas porch decorations to a new level!

A Big, Beautiful Bow

Wooden front door adorned in large red ribbon, a small Christmas tree with snow and red bulbs in the foreground, with a planter to the left of the door.
Wooden front door adorned in large red ribbon, a small Christmas tree with snow and red bulbs in the foreground, with a planter to the left of the door.
iStockPhoto / Shangarey

Elegance lies in simplicity, and sometimes all it takes is one stunningly big, beautiful bow to jazz up your front door. You could go classic with red, or venture into bolder color options. Complement the bow with streamers cascading down the door for a luxurious and enchanting touch.

Chalkboard Magic

“Merry Christmas” written on chalkboard and hung on front door as part of Christmas porch decorations.
“Merry Christmas” written on chalkboard and hung on front door as part of Christmas porch decorations.
iStockPhoto / Yuliia

Another innovative approach is to install a chalkboard on your front door, adorned with a decorative frame to give it an aesthetic pop. Use it to showcase a new holiday message every day. It could be a jolly greeting, an inspiring holiday quote, or even a fun Christmas countdown. It's not only a wonderful way to interact with passers-by but also an artistic expression of the holiday spirit.

The Porch Is Your Palette

Don’t stop at the door with your Christmas decor! Use the whole porch to spread holiday cheer. These front porch Christmas decorating ideas will turn a simple porch into a cozy outdoor room even Santa will love!

A Welcoming Bench

A rustic and festive front porch with a bench in the foreground, covered in a plaid blanket with christmas pillows.
A rustic and festive front porch with a bench in the foreground, covered in a plaid blanket with christmas pillows.
iStockPhoto / SyhinStas

A bench is a perfect addition to your Christmas porch decor as it offers a warm and welcoming space for people to sit and chat. It also allows you to create a cozy little nook that can be decorated with all sorts of Christmas cheer. For example, add some cozy pillows or throws in traditional red and green colors or winter motifs like snowflakes. 

This can be a cozy rest stop for delivery drivers during a hectic holiday season. Add a snack box with a message of thanks to all who stop by!

Doorknob Danglers

Rustic Christmas wreath with yellow flowers, hanging on door knob.
Rustic Christmas wreath with yellow flowers, hanging on door knob.
iStockPhoto / Тодорчук Екатерина

The simplest way to decorate your front door is by adding some festive decorations like doorknob danglers. These are small Christmas decorations that you can hang from the front doorknob or handle, adding some Christmas cheer to your front entrance. You can use anything from traditional wreaths or garlands to fun Christmas character ornaments like Rudolph, Frosty, or even Santa Claus himself.

Signs for Santa

“Santa, Stop Here” sign on a pole in the front yard of a house with snow falling in the background.
“Santa, Stop Here” sign on a pole in the front yard of a house with snow falling in the background.
iStockPhoto / Shangarey

Add some whimsy to your Christmas porch decor with cute signs for Santa. A “Santa, Stop Here” sign or a cute “Naughty or Nice” sign are perfect for creating a fun atmosphere. You can even add a little mailbox for kids to drop their letters to Santa.

Welcoming Scents

A red oil warmer on porch surrounded by Festive Christmas greens and decor.
A red oil warmer on porch surrounded by Festive Christmas greens and decor.
iStockPhoto / Ivamedia

Create a cozy ambiance on your front porch by adding natural scents or oil diffusers. The smell of fresh pine, cinnamon, and nutmeg will transport you to a winter wonderland in no time. A simple bowl of pinecones, cinnamon sticks or a festive scent like peppermint or vanilla will fill your porch with the comforting smells of the season.

Seasonal Swaps

Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is the new bird! Swap out your everyday pots, planters, pillows and porch lights with some festive holiday Christmas decorations. Here are a few ideas!

Santa Mailbox

A red “Letters To Santa” mailbox with letters sticking out, surrounded by snow.
A red “Letters To Santa” mailbox with letters sticking out, surrounded by snow.
iStockPhoto / Bet_Noire

Instead of using your usual mailbox, consider replacing it with a festive Santa mailbox. You can find these at most home goods stores or online. Not only will it look adorable, but it will also add a fun touch to your holiday décor. If your mailbox isn’t removable, you can wrap your mailbox in holiday paper and bows for an extra-added Christmas touch!

Pine Tree Planters

Four Christmas trees in pots, outside in a line.
Four Christmas trees in pots, outside in a line.
iStockPhoto / dmf87

For a more traditional look, consider using pine tree planters to flank your front door. You can add some ornaments or lights to the trees to make them extra festive.

Holiday Door Mat

Blue holiday dormant that reads “Let it Snow.”
Blue holiday dormant that reads “Let it Snow.”
iStockPhoto / Laura G

A festive door mat is an easy swap and a simple way to make a big impact. Choose one that says “Welcome” or “Merry Christmas” to make your guests feel right at home.

Porch Light Swap

Close up of a blue bulb in a porch light on a front porch.
Close up of a blue bulb in a porch light on a front porch.
iStockPhoto / Lindsay Hamm

If you really want to go all out, consider swapping out your regular white bulb with a festive colored bulb. This is a subtle way to add some holiday cheer to your home. Choose blue to add a wintery touch, or red to add the glow of the season.

And for the ultimate in Christmas porch decorating ideas, consider adding an outdoor speaker, like this Twin Peaks Adjustable Bluetooth Speaker from SANTA.COM, to your front entryway to play holiday music all season long!

Creative Color Schemes

Don’t be afraid to break with the red and green tradition and venture into an eye-catching color scheme this Christmas.

Blue & White - For Hanukkah and Beyond!

Christmas porch decorations in blue and white.
Christmas porch decorations in blue and white.
iStockPhoto / Dizfoto

Blue and white is the perfect festive combination for your Christmas porch decorations. Blue decor can range from bright and bold to more subtle shades. You can incorporate different textures, such as metallic accents, glittery ribbon, or even an oversized snowflake or Star of David wreath. A simple white wreath against a pale blue door is warm and inviting and a very modern touch on a traditional idea!

Pretty In Pink - A Modern Take on Christmas Decor

Bright pink double front door with pink wreath hanging from door adorned with a red ribbon.
Bright pink double front door with pink wreath hanging from door adorned with a red ribbon.
iStockPhoto / Kira-Yan

Who says you have to stick to traditional colors? If you love pink, try incorporating it into your front porch decor. Pink goes great with colors like silver, gold, and gray. Or pink on pink for those who really want to make a statement! 

These shades give off a modern and chic vibe and can range from subtle pastels to bold metallics. Adding a wreath made from blush pink ornaments or metallic silver will really make your front door decor pop. Visit our SANTA.COM Mid Century Holiday Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration!

Primary Colors - Bring Out The Fun 

A contemporary yellow door with a simple wreath with primary-colored bulbs.
A contemporary yellow door with a simple wreath with primary-colored bulbs.
iStockPhoto / Matt Young

This simple wreath made up of brightly colored bulbs adds a hint of whimsy to this beautiful bold yellow front door. Work with what you have and accent doors, stairs and walkways with complimentary colors. 

Naturals - For That Farmhouse Christmas Vibe

Natural Christmas porch decorations on a white porch.
Natural Christmas porch decorations on a white porch.
iStockPhoto / Tammi Mild

If you love the rustic farmhouse vibe, consider using natural materials like pine cones, greenery, and wood accents. These items are easy to find and can be incorporated into a variety of decor options. Use burlap ribbon to create bows or wrap around a wreath. Add wooden ornaments to a garland or string lights across the porch. The possibilities are endless!

White on White - Is Such a Pretty Sight!

White front door Christmas decorations.
White front door Christmas decorations.
iStockPhoto / Malkovstock

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