The best outdoor Christmas decorations to make your garden magical
Forget a few strings of light-up icicles – these outdoor Christmas decorations are sure to add some wow factor to your home this festive season
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the decorations, and while many of us are no stranger to decking the halls with glittering Christmas trees, gorgeous seasonal wreaths and festive table decorations, sometimes it’s easy to overlook our outdoor spaces.
While there’s much to be said for a simple string of icicle lights, if you’ve been thinking about stepping up your outdoor decorations after what can only be described as an underwhelming Christmas last year, you’re certainly not alone!
This year, the top Christmas trends are all about embracing the nostalgia of joyous Christmases past, and whether it’s decorating your porch with dozens of miniature Christmas trees or transforming your front garden with a magical lights display, the general consensus when it comes to decorating is the bigger, the better.
So, whether you’re looking to add to your existing collection or completely revamp your outdoor Christmas décor, we’ve scoured the market to find decorations to suit every different taste and give your home some seasonal spirit.
Keep reading for our top pick of the best outdoor Christmas decorations for 2022, and don't forget to check out our guides: how to decorate a Christmas tree, the best artificial Christmas trees and the best winter candles.
Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Set of 3 Penguins LED Acrylic Figures
Christmas doesn’t get much cuter than this! Whether you style them around a porch, on a snow-dusted lawn or on the decking in your back garden, this acrylic penguin trio is sure to bring a magical wintery vibe to your home this Christmas. There’s one metre of wire between each penguin, so you can perch them on different levels, and they look just as effective in the daylight as they do illuminated at night time.
Buy Set of 3 Penguins LED Acrylic Figures from Lights 4 Fun on Amazon
Studley Rattan Light Up Reindeer Family Christmas Figures
Crafted from 540 LED lights and weatherproof rattan, this beautifully festive light-up reindeer family is perfect if you like your Christmas displays to have a bit of whimsy and sparkle. Each reindeer comes complete with an eight metre lead cable and metal pegs, so you have plenty of room to plug them in and secure them in your garden with ease. The set also comes with a handy timer function, so you can pre-programme six hours of light time each evening.
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- from £54.99
Buy Studley Rattan Light Up Reindeer Family Christmas Figures from Lights 4 Fun
Outdoor Hanging Star Light Duo
If you’re a lover of understated Scandi-style Christmas decorations, you won’t want to miss this beautiful hanging star duo from Lights 4 Fun. With a total of 310 warm white LEDs evenly distributed across the both of the stars, they’re perfect for bringing a festive glow to the exterior of your house or inside of a window, plus they’re super easy to install – all you need to do is plug each star in using the five metre lead cable, before setting the six hour timer for an automatic glow at the same time each evening.
Buy Outdoor Hanging Star Light Duo from Lights 4 Fun
400 LED Twinkly Smart App Controlled String Lights
These twinkling string lights might look like the average Christmas lights at first glance, but they’re actually connected to a handy smartphone app which allows you to create your very own lights show at the touch of a button. Not only can you customise the colours and change the lighting effects, but you can even connect them to music and make the lights dance along in perfect timing. There’s a total of 400 LEDs spread along 32m of cable, so you can use them to embellish trees or wrap them around porch pillars!
Buy 400 LED Twinkly Smart App Controlled String Lights from Lights 4 Fun
LED Outdoor Tree Light
If you’re looking to make a statement this Christmas, we’ve found the decoration for you! This gorgeous LED tree light from Graham and Green makes a perfect sparkling alternative to a traditional outdoor Christmas tree, and whether you’re looking to add festive twinkle to a front garden or outdoor patio, it’s sure to do the job. It’s mains powered and comes complete with a ten metre cable attached, so you simply have to plug it in and admire the glow!
Buy LED Outdoor Tree Light from Graham and Green
Indoor Outdoor Light Up Wire Presents
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without generous gifts, and what better way to celebrate the season of giving than with some beautiful festive present decorations! These ones from Cox and Cox are made from sturdy light-up wire, perfect for illuminating the steps of a path or inside of a porch during the colder, dark months. Each present comes with its own remote control and has a six hour timer function.
Buy Indoor Outdoor Light Up Wire Presents from Cox and Cox
Indoor Outdoor Golden Gypsophila Light Up Tree
Sleek and sophisticated, this light-up gypsophila tree is the perfect option if you like prefer to steer clear of over-the-top, themed decorations. Subtly festive but understated, the tree features tiny faux flowers and warm white lights that will give your outdoor area a lovely, other-worldly glow. Style one solo in the centre of your lawn to create a stunning focal point, or go all out and line your pathway with multiple trees to create a show-stopping festive display!
Buy Indoor Outdoor Golden Gypsophila Light Up Tree from Cox and Cox
Indoor Outdoor Light Up Gingerbread Man
Nothing says Christmas like the smell of warm gingerbread baking in the oven, so why not celebrate this festive tradition on the outside your home too? Whether you style him outside the front door or in a window, this light up gingerbread man from Waitrose is sure to give your guests the warmest of welcomes this yuletide season. Ramp up the festive factor with a wintery doormat and Christmas wreath to complete the look!
Buy Indoor Outdoor Light Up Gingerbread Man from Waitrose
Gold Lit Door Bow Christmas Decoration
If you love getting in the seasonal spirit but a traditional Christmas wreath isn’t your thing, why not give your front door a cheery festive look with this beautiful light-up bow? Not only is it adorned with shimmering gold glitter, but it also boasts 25 warm white LEDs, so it’s guaranteed to sparkle all day and night. For the ultimate eye-catching Christmassy display, team it with these candy cane stake lights!
Buy Gold Lit Door Bow Christmas Decoration from Very
Indoor Outdoor 3D Silver Crystal Lit Star
If, for you, decorating at Christmas is all about glamour, you won’t want to miss this sparkling star from the home of independent décor, Not on the High Street. Made from metal wire and adorned with faux crystal beads and sparkling LEDs, this glowing star can be used both indoors and outdoors and is perfect for adding a bit of luxury to your festive decorating scheme. It’s also mains operated, so all you have to do is plug it in!
Buy Indoor Outdoor 3D Silver Crystal Lit Star from Not On The High Street
Set of 4 Spiral Christmas Tree Path Finder Stake Lights
Available in either plain white or a beautiful multicoloured option, these swirling Christmas tree pathfinder lights will transform your garden into your very own winter wonderland this Christmas. Ideal for sprucing up flowerbeds or styling along fences, they’re battery operated, so you don’t need to worry about having an outdoor plug socket close. They also come complete with a timer function, so you don’t need to switch them on and off.
Buy Set of 4 Spiral Christmas Tree Path Finder Stake Lights from Amazon
Outdoor Christmas PVC Inflatable Decorated Ball
Because who wouldn’t want giant inflatable baubles!? These fun, blow-up PVC ornaments are just the thing if you’re looking to make an impact with your decorations this holiday season. Available in a number of different designs, including traditional red and green tartan or sophisticated white and gold, these baubles measure a total of 23.6 inches and will make the perfect addition to your garden if you’re hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party.
- from £9.99
Buy Outdoor Christmas PVC Inflatable Decorated Ball from Amazon
Feeling inspired? Don't forget to take a look at our pick of the best Christmas trends for 2022, so you can get ahead of the decorating curve and impress your loved ones.
Thea Jeffreys is the Digital Writer on YourHomeStyle.uk, and is passionate about all things home décor. When she’s not scouring the internet for budget-friendly homeware finds, you’ll find her writing about the latest interior trends and handy upcycling tricks.