The Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations of 2023
Make your house the envy of the neighborhood with these eye-catching outdoor holiday decorations.
As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start planning how you’ll transform your front yard into a magical winter wonderland. With so many options available, shopping for Christmas decorations online can be overwhelming. We’ve rounded up some of the best options available right now, from modern animatronics to more classic pieces. Our picks were chosen to cater to a variety of tastes and budgets, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Get ready to find the perfect options to light up your home this holiday season and make it stand out in your neighborhood.
1. Pre- Lit Outdoor Willow Tree
This stunning willow tree decoration brings the ethereal beauty of nature right to your doorstep this holiday season. It features 240 pre-attached warm white LED lights and has eight light functions to choose from. The included remote control and timer add convenience, allowing you to change the settings at your convenience.
What Our Tester Says: Mark Wolfe, product tester and expert writer says, “The three-piece tree was quick and easy to assemble, and it came equipped with a nice long power cord to simplify placement. Positioning the branches and de-tangling the lights brought the total setup time to just under 10 minutes. Once we staked the base to the ground, the tree held up well in 20 MPH winds. In the daytime, the willow lights become almost invisible, so the white bark gives the tree a more birch-like appearance that visually pops against a darker backdrop. At night, the lights and reflective filaments have a nice full appearance with a pleasant swaying motion when the wind blows.”
2. Giant-Sized LED Towering Santa
Add a dose of holiday cheer to the neighborhood with this larger-than-life Santa yard sculpture. Crafted from durable polyethylene and metal, this decoration is designed to withstand the elements. His posable arms allow for customizability, allowing you to create your unique festive scene. A color-changing lantern in his hand is powered by energy-efficient LEDs which are battery-operated, allowing for flexibility in terms of yard placement.
3. Outdoor Letters to Santa Mailbox
Add a dash of North Pole magic to your home with this vintage-inspired outdoor mailbox. It’s designed to capture the excitement of sending wishlists to Santa and features a functional hatch allowing kids to drop their letters inside. Fashioned from durable polyresin, it’s built to last and is accessible for little ones at 36.2 inches tall.
4. Holiday Living 4-ft LED Animatronic Reindeer
Make it look like Dasher, Dancer, or Prancer has landed on your front lawn with this 48-inch tall animatronic reindeer from Lowe’s. It’s accompanied by festive music and an LED light show, with its head swaying along with the yuletide carols it plays. It features a soft faux fur neckpiece, making for a more realistic look.
5. Decorative Ladder Lights with Santa Claus
Delight the neighborhood children with this light-up ladder featuring a mini Santa Claus figure climbing up to the rooftop. Measuring 9.84 feet in length, it comes with eight lighting modes, as well as a timer and memory function, so you can save your favorite settings. It features a low-voltage, waterproof design, making it energy-efficient and safe for outdoor use.
6. Outdoor Big & Bright Ornament Set
Reflect the joy of the season with this set of three oversized, shatter-resistant ornaments. Whether hanging on your veranda or nestled on your lawn, these oversized baubles make a bold and festive statement in your outdoor space. They come in both gold and silver, allowing shoppers to pick the option that best suits their outdoor color scheme.
7. Giant-Sized Lantern Nutcracker
Step up your holiday decorating game with this stunning 8-foot animated nutcracker. Acting as a perfect blend of tradition and technology, it features digital LED eyes that bring a lifelike charm as they move and blink. The decoration includes festive background music, which can be adjusted based on your preferences, creating an engaging atmosphere.
8. Holiday Living 9-ft LED Bow and Ornament Arch
Welcome guests this holiday season with this hugel bow and ornament arch from Lowe’s. Measuring 9 feet tall and 10 feet wide, it’s adorned with 275 twinkling multicolored LED lights and a collection of cheerful holiday ornaments. It comes with spare bulbs and metal stakes that make installation a breeze.
9. Outdoor Fairy Light Twig Tree
Illuminate your lawn with one of these radiant LED fairy light trees. Standing at either 5 or 6 feet tall and wrapped in 1,350 or 1,755 warm white micro LED lights, they create a mesmerizing glow. They’re suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and feature a 16-foot cord, making them easy to plug into an available outlet.
10. Pre-Lit Red and White Gift Boxes
These charming sisal thread boxes come in varying sizes of six, eight, and ten inches are each interwoven with 50 delicate white LED lights. Topped with snowy white accents and green ribbon bows, these decorative gift boxes are perfect for adding a bright touch to your living space or covered porch. They’re crafted with durability in mind and plug into standard outlets for optimal convenience.
11. Holiday Living Tree Door Decoration
Bring a touch of vintage holiday nostalgia to your front porch with one of these Christmas tree decorations from Lowe’s. Standing 3.5 feet high, two can be placed on either side of your front door to make a festive statement for the holiday season. They’re adorned with a kaleidoscope of multicolor LED bulbs and a shining white star topper.
12. LED Standing Buck
Add a touch of woodland charm to your holiday display with this 4-foot reindeer yard decoration. Its hand-painted, molded plastic construction is durable enough to withstand winter weather, and the warm, energy-efficient LEDs cast a cozy glow for evening displays. It features a handy automatic timer for hassle-free operation and requires minimal assembly.
13. Pre-Lit Iridescent Santa Sleigh
Make it look like Santa took a break on your front lawn with the National Tree Company’s Pre-Lit Santa Sleigh. It has an iridescent finish that shimmers with a wide spectrum of colors for a visually dynamic effect. This effect is enhanced by 105 cool white LED lights and translucent mylar wrapping. While this decorative sleigh is weather-resistant, it should ideally be placed in a covered area for the best longevity.
14. Outdoor Merry Christmas Ornament Set
These oversized Christmas bauble ornaments add a playful yet elegant touch to your outdoor holiday decor. They’re crafted from a durable mix of resin and stone powder and have a UV-resistant finish, ensuring their luster lasts year after year. Each one weighs 11 pounds and has a flat base for added stability, making them perfect for sprucing up your porch or lawn.
15. Giant-Sized Motion LED Cone Tree
Transform your yard into a winter wonderland with this pre-lit cone-shaped Christmas tree. At 12 feet in height, it’s a beacon of festive cheer, and the 605 color-changing LED lights and 7.5-inch star topper make for a dazzling display. The tree’s clever design includes a telescopic central pole, making for quick, hassle-free assembly and it’s just as easy to collapse and store when the holidays are done.
What Our Tester Says: Stephanie Cronk, Executive Editor of Product Reviews, says, “This tree has become the highlight of our outdoor decor. Each night, we choose a different lighting option, and each one is as beautiful as the last. Set up only took a few minutes thanks to the telescoping pole and collapsible design. Once placed, we secured the tree with some stakes and a few weights to hold it down in windy conditions. We’re actually looking to add a second tree to our set up because we’ve enjoyed this one so much!”
16. Pre-Lit Vintage Vegas Santa Sign
Want to evoke the excitement of Christmas on the Vegas strip? This pre-lit vintage Vegas Santa sign from the National Tree Company is sure to be an attention grabber with its bold red arrow urging Santa to STOP HERE! It’s decorated with 78 red and white chasing LED lights and is made with sturdy mesh fabric wrapped around a wire frame.
17. LED Lighted Inflatable Christmas Tree
Puleo International’s 6-foot Outdoor LED Lighted Inflatable Christmas Tree beckons the Christmas spirit into your yard with its warm white LED lights, creating a welcoming glow. Its durable polyester build and sturdy lead wire stand up to the winter weather, promising season after season of merriment.
What our tester says: Beth Cranston editor and product tester enthused, “This happy little tree simply glows at night. As the nights get longer and the lawns get drier, this tree’s bold colors lend cheer and vibrancy to any yard. Its material seems durable and setup is a breeze.”
18. Decorative Set of 3 Deer with Warm White LED Lights
Your lawn can become a magical woodland scene with this set of three pre-lit deer decorations. Featuring a buck, doe, and fawn, and a total of 210 bright white LED lights, this trio brings a classic Christmas aesthetic to any outdoor space. The included 12-foot lead wire is weather-resistant and perfect for outdoor use.
What Our Tester Says: Glenda Taylor, product tester and expert writer says, “This adorable family of deer takes about 20 minutes to assemble because each deer comes shipped in a small bundle with multiple pieces. But it’s well worth the effort. Each deer features a sturdy wire frame covered in sheer reflective fabric that radiates the inner lights, making each one sparkle and glow. The set comes with ground stakes for securing the deer to the lawn. Due to how the light cords connect, the doe and fawn must be positioned within a few feet of the buck, but we still had some placement leeway. The deer are almost transparent in daylight but magically come to life once night falls. Gold filaments in the fabric covering the deer create a warm and mesmerizing glow.
19. Lighted Elk with Twinkling Lights
Bring the magic of a winter forest to your neighborhood with this 4-foot pre-lit elk decoration. Bathed in a unique rose gold hue, it shines with 90 warm white LED lights, some twinkling to mimic the sparkle of a snowy evening. It’s made from flame-retardant materials and features a 12-foot lead wire for added safety.
20. Gold Lighted Lamp Post with Twinkling Lights
The lamp post’s classic gold and green color palette complements any Christmas theme. It’s hung with a festive wreath adorned with a bow and colorful baubles. The lantern is pre-lit with 35 warm white LED lights and measures 72 inches tall. It comes with a UL-listed adaptor, fuses, and extra bulbs, so maintenance is a breeze.
What our Tester Says: Stephanie Cronk, Executive Editor of Product Reviews, says “This gold lamp post is easy to assemble and looks beautiful when the twinkling lights are on. We found it complimented the exterior of our home. It does require some extra stakes to keep it from falling over in windy conditions when planted on the ground. We solved this with 3 extra stakes and a weight near the bottom. When we place it on our front porch, it is more sturdy. The lights give a warm glow and offer a subtle twinkle.”
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