5 Easy and Festive Farmhouse Christmas Front Porch Ideas

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Create the most welcoming and festive entrance for your family and friends this holiday season with these 5 easy, budget-friendly, and beautiful Christmas front porch ideas for small or large porch spaces!  

Today is all about Christmas front porch ideas!  If you’ve been following me for more than a minute, you know I love my neutral colors.  As trends come and go, I’ve been decorating with primarily neutrals for MANY years.  However, when it comes to Christmas front porch ideas, it is definitely my favorite spot to add some traditional, seasonal Christmas colors.

Porch areas are the first opportunity you have to welcome your guests with a festive greeting.  At the same time, a porch is the first thing our family sees when we arrive home, too.  When we pull into our driveway, I want to see all the festive vibes, even in a simple way.

There are so many ideas for Christmas porch decorations out here and I love that you can pull all of your favorite ideas to create your own style and look.  After all, your home is your artistic canvas and should tell your story.  However, I know I am always looking for some inspiration and fun ideas myself!  

I hope these simple ideas spark a creative thought for you as you get your  front porch decor ready with holiday cheer for the most wonderful time of year!

view of front porch with Christmas decorations

5 Easy and Festive Christmas Front Porch Ideas 2022

How should I decorate my front porch for Christmas?

A farmhouse Christmas porch space is a perfect opportunity to give your family and friends a sneak peek of the holiday cheer to come once the front doors open.  I try to include elements that connect, even loosely, to my Christmas decorating theme for the living room and indoors.

At the same time, your cozy porch and outdoor spaces can be an opportunity to have fun with a little different style too.  As I said earlier, our Christmas interior holds true to my neutral color scheme decorating preferences.  Outside, though, I love to add some fun and traditional touches of Christmas color for our front porch Christmas decorations.

There are some main elements that I think every porch can include for beautiful outdoor holiday decor:

Christmas Front Porch Decor Ideas #1: Add Christmas Statues

For years, I’ve been saying I was going to finally splurge and buy the tall Nutcrackers (get similar ones HERE) to flank our doors.  There is just something about these festive guys that I love.  Maybe it’s the traditional aspect or maybe it’s because I love the music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.  Either way, it was a major Christmas decor goal of mine!

Alas, every time they would finally go on sale, I couldn’t find two matching.  So when an early Black Friday sale at a local store rolled around one year, I grabbed these handsome guys (similar HERE)!  My own little handsome real guy at home is so excited and his big smile was confirmation that this was a splurge worth taking.  To top it off, he’s had a role in our community Christmas event as a toy soldier for a couple of years.  So, now it’s a whole sentimental thing for us too!

Adding Christmas cheer and magic is always a good thing to your outdoor decor, but these past few years, it has just seemed extra important.  I love how the colors of the Nutcrackers pop against our white home and simple exterior.  The size allows them to be seen from the road and I hope they spread a little Christmas cheer to everyone who passes by too!

view of front doors with wreaths and bright colored nutcrackers

Here are some other ideas for festive Christmas statues to add to your Christmas porch:

I use a lot of nutcrackers in our Christmas interior.  Even though these guards on our Christmas front porch are much more colorful than the nutcrackers inside our home, they still connect that decor thread as you come into our home.

Here are some fun nutcracker decorations, large and small, that can be used both inside and out:

  • These life-sized nutcrackers are like the ones we have on our own front porch.  I did find them on a sale, fortunately, but they are worth every penny!  So fun and they will be part of our Christmas tradition for many years to come!
  • I use these miniature wooden nutcrackers all throughout our home!  They are cute lined up in cubbies or part of Christmas place settings.  Really, there are so many uses for them.  I love the unfinished wood but you could also paint them for a fun Christmas DIY craft idea too!
  • This unfinished nutcracker is taller and offers a great chance for a fun DIY or just enjoy the wood tone, like I do!
  • These colorful nutcracker ornaments are perfect for your tree or string them on pretty ribbon for a garland!
  • Line your outdoor walkway with these happy guys!
  • Oh yes!  We have one of these big inflatable Christmas toy soldiers, too!  It’s Harrison’s favorite and goes right outside his window for the Christmas season!  A classy yard inflatable! ????
black front door with wreath on front door and large nutcracker beside it

Christmas Front Porch Ideas #2: Add indoor-style elements to the outdoors too!

How do I decorate my front porch on a budget?

One way to decorate your Christmas front porch on a budget is to bring the indoors out.  Outdoor-specific fabrics and decor items are often more pricey.  Since your Christmas front porch decor will be out during a season that won’t see the harsh sun and as much rain (for most locations anyway), you can really get away with some cheaper elements that still look amazing.

For example, I sprinkled in some additional farmhouse style Christmas décor with plaid pillows, a vintage sleigh from the flea market, and battery operated candles.  Simple elements that are inviting, festive, inexpensive, and low maintenance were my goal.

You can find some budget-friendly items to add color and pattern to your front porch decorations here:

  • A set of inexpensive Christmas pillows will transform the look of your outdoor space.  Since they are inexpensive and out for a short season, you don’t need to worry as much about them being outdoor weather-proof!
  • Try draping a budget-friendly scarf or even fabric over an outdoor rocking chair, bench, or swing.  This will give a festive look but is a lot less expensive than an outdoor, weather-resistant throw blanket!
  • Lights make everything look magical!  To save some money, use these outdoor, waterproof fairy Christmas lights inside of a pretty lantern instead of a pillar candle!  These fairy lights would also be gorgeous around a wreath!
  • Add plaid blankets or even a plaid scarf tossed over a bench or the corner of a rocking chair.
  • Try using a faux Christmas tree with string lights and simple garland with red berries for a pop of color and holiday cheer by the front entry.
  • Flank the front door with two Christmas trees or mini trees for a small area.  Trees are always the perfect addition for farmhouse Christmas decorations!


outdoor sitting space with porch swings styled with Christmas decor

Christmas Front Porch Decor Ideas #3: Add outdoor lanterns with candles on timers!

Actually, I love using lanterns no matter the season.  They are always a great way to add varied height, texture, color, and shape to a space.  During most seasons, I typically have some kind of lanterns on our porch.  However, there is one pair of huge lanterns that stays out most of the year.

Our DIY outdoor lanterns got a fresh look for the season, too!  You can find the details of how we made these here.  If you are looking for a great DIY gift to give this year, they would make fun homemade Christmas gifts this year too!

Whether you add battery-operated fairy lights or an outdoor battery candle on a timer, the warm glow through a lantern is a great way to add some light to your porch on the long, dark evenings.  At the same time, the magical glow adds an amazing and welcoming ambiance to your Christmas front porch decor too!

Here are some lantern ideas for your porch this season:

porch swing styled with Christmas pillows and a bright red throw blanket with a wooden lantern stand and Christmas tree inside

Christmas Front Porch Ideas #4: Use your outdoor furniture to decorate too!

A little goes a long way for seasonal decor!  Use your existing furniture and simply add a few Christmas accents.  A good clean up and clear out is always in order when refreshing for the season.  However, for Christmas, focus on adding some key pieces with accents rather than furniture.  If you’re able to invest in pieces like the large nutcrackers, amazing!  I absolutely love mine.

Otherwise, though, you can enjoy tying some plaid ribbon or red ribbon, hanging an inexpensive and simple wreath, tidying up, and adding a cute rug. (Try layering it with this cute one too!)

Here in Florida, winter is when we get to actually enjoy our outdoor spaces the most!  I had fun creating a little impromptu, cozy moment under our pergola.

Our double swings were vintage finds from a flea market and a local friend built the cedar coffee table for us a couple of years ago.  The perfect spot on a Florida winter day to sit with a book and cup of hot cocoa…in a vintage Santa mug of course!

Tip: The best way is to take the furniture you already have, add a few simple accessories, and enjoy!

view of white porch swings with Christmas pillows and throw blankets
close up of vintage Santa mugs styled on an outdoor coffee table

Christmas Front Porch Ideas #5: Front Door Must-Haves!

How do you decorate a small porch for Christmas?

Even the smallest porch and small area can look amazingly festive with this one, single element: A beautiful Christmas wreath!  Some homes may be apartments or spaces that literally have no porch at all for their outdoor Christmas decorations.  However, you can have the most inviting front door around by adding an amazing wreath.  No matter the season, wreaths are such a welcoming addition to any entrance.

You may choose to make your own wreath with a fun DIY.  There are a lot of great options and ideas out there for Christmas front porch decor and DIY wreaths!

I must admit, though, that when I DIY a wreath, it usually ends up costing me more than purchasing one.  There are a lot of pretty wreaths out there with really reasonable prices.

Here are a few Christmas wreaths I’m loving this season:

How can I make my front porch more attractive?

No matter the season, investing in a pretty outdoor space will set the stage for even the most simple Christmas decor to look beautiful.  We spent a lot of time building our tiny front porch out, as well as painting and adding elements to give our very plain, flat house character and interest.

One of my favorite things about our front porch area is how we extended it out with the pergolas and diamond pavers with artificial turf.  You can read more about that DIY over on THIS POST!  It made such a huge difference on the look of our whole house.

Another project that took a lot of time and investment, but has been well worth it, was to paint our entire driveway and porch areas.  We spent a lot of time researching to make it look as good as possible with the resources we had.  At the same time, we want it to last a long time!  You can get all of the details about our driveway curb appeal project over on THIS POST!

It’s time to deck the halls…and doors…and porches!

I hope you’ve gotten a couple of new ideas from this blog post and our simple, yet festive, front porch area for your own porch!  Hopefully, these Christmas front porch ideas help you create a welcoming entrance to greet your family and friends with holiday spirit all season long!

You can shop all of my favorite outdoor Christmas decor HERE on my storefront for your convenience!

Dressing the outside of your home, even in a simple, farmhouse way, lets your family and friends know that you are ready for the season and welcoming in festive, good cheer!  However, it’s good to just do it for your own enjoyment too.  That’s what home should be after all, right?!

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