Looking for easy Christmas porch ideas for a welcoming entryway? Today I’m sharing my outdoor Christmas decorations for this holiday season and what every southern porch should have to be decked out for Christmas!
Don’t you love a welcoming holiday porch? I find myself admiring what different homes do as I drive by this time of year. That’s why I’m so excited about today’s blog hop where I’m joining ten blogging friends to share our love of Christmas porches! Scroll to the bottom to visit all of the porches for lots of inspiration (no driving around in the car required!)
This porch post is just one of several I’ve put together for our holiday home tour. I’d love to show you around the rest! If you missed any of the others so far you can see them here:
One of the things that hooked me the first time I ever saw our home was its southern style facade and all of the balconies and french doors. They just beg to be decorated at Christmas! So my tour won’t be confined to just our porch but we’ll look at the rest of the front of the house as well. So come on up and let’s get started…
The Christmas front porch.
Since this is a porch tour, let’s begin there. And while we’re at it, we can talk about all of the things southern porches have in common at Christmas!
Every southern porch decorated for the holidays requires a few of these necessities so I’ve made sure to include them on mine…
You’ll always see a place to sit and stay a spell on a southern porch. And for the holidays it’s easy to make rockers even more inviting with some Christmas pillows.
And if there are no rockers, there’s sure to be a bench or a swing. Like my bench on this small porch in the side yard.
Greenery in magnolia and pine.
Decorating my front porch for Christmas was all about greenery. I included fresh cedar and magnolia from the yard and some faux pine and other winter greens from my stash.
I tucked the live greenery along with cut apart stems of faux into baskets along the porch. How easy and cheap is that? I even dressed up the large lantern by the door with magnolia. The fresh greenery seems to last a lot longer outside…I haven’t had to replace any of it yet.
And speaking of lanterns, you’ll hardly see any porch decorated for Christmas without one, much less a southern porch.
I used a small red lantern as the center of this basket arrangement.
And the large one by the door with the magnolia sprigs…
a few Christmas trees.
If there’s room, you’ll almost always see at least one Christmas tree on a southern porch, sometimes even full sized ones. My porch is shallow so that’s not an option but I still worked in three small ones!
I balanced out the large lantern on the other side of the front door with this Christmas tree. I’ve had it for years so I don’t mind putting it outside. I spruced it up with some greenery and red berry picks and made it appear frostier with a spray of white paint.
In the concrete bowls that flank the entrance, I “planted” two faux topiaries. I attached red shatterproof ball ornaments and they got the same frosty look as the other tree to tie them all together.
The balconies and french doors.
Our Christmas decorating doesn’t end on the front porch. All those balconies and french doors that I mentioned earlier needed dressing up too!
On each door hangs a lighted wreath. I love the symmetry it creates on our very symmetrical house front.
All of the wreaths are decorated with red and silver ornaments and red and white bows. This color scheme carries all the way into the house so it’s a preview of our Christmas decor before you ever open the door!
I also added a matching wreath way up top on the widow’s walk balcony.
The second story balcony has a Christmas VIP! Santa is always a hit for neighborhood kids and really for the adults as well. It makes me feel good when I see cars slow down to check him out, knowing our decorations are delivering the Christmas spirit!
The balconies on the house are user friendly for holiday decorating because we can also hang our lights from here. No ladders! So let’s talk about the Christmas lights next…
Let’s finish the tour further back from the porch. We have a short iron fence that surrounds the front yard and we live on a corner. We are easily able to stretch our holiday lighting around the whole front yard by hanging strands of icicle lights on the fence. Lots of impact with not too much effort!
We hang more icicle lights with zip ties from the second story and even third story balconies…
And finish off our lighting with alternating red and white bulb lights outlining the front flower bed, carrying out our red and white theme.
(On my list of projects for next year is to learn how to take good pictures of outdoor Christmas lights! These nighttime photos definitely don’t give me the feel that they give in person.)
I hope you enjoyed our front yard Christmas tour and that it put you in a festive mood to decorate the front of your home! I’ll be sharing the last part of my holiday home tour this week where I’d love to show you the dining room…I hope you’ll join me there!
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Now on with the tour.
I can’t wait to check out all of the oh-so-welcoming and charming porches on our tour, hosted by Amy at Atta Girl Says!!