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The holidays are right around the corner, and one of the best ways to spread some seasonal joy is decorating your landscape for the occasion. Not only is decorating your landscape an excellent bonding activity to enjoy with your loved ones, it can also share holiday cheer with anyone who happens by, even when you’re not home. It’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to spread joy in the spirit of the season, so here are some ideas to make your landscape especially festive. 

Putting Up Festive Outdoor Christmas Lights

Bright christmas lights are one of the staples for decorating for the holidays. These lights can be used in either a stunning white or in gorgeous colors. Either option is sure to leave a lasting impression on your family and guests, especially when strategically placed to highlight other decorations, or even the features of your home. There are several different lighting options for you to choose in terms of both string lights and projector lights.

String lights are the most common lighting decoration. They can be used to outline windows, doors, your house, or for different sections of your yard. They can also be wrapped around posts or railings which can help not only with aesthetics, but also with safety to ensure there is adequate light to adequate any ice patches on the ground, especially near steps. String lights can even be used to represent snow or ice by draping them along tree branches and bushes so that you can enjoy the spirit of a white Christmas even if your climate stays too warm for actual snow this time of year. 

A woman hanging a string of icicle lights

Laser light projectors are one of the newest and easiest ways to decorate your home and landscape. One projector can light an entire side of your house, making them a cost-effective way to decorate large swathes of your outdoor areas. Each projector can have different patterns, such as snowflakes, candy canes, nutcrackers, or reindeer. More advanced projectors can even have more than one design. Not only are they cost-effective and full of options, laser light projectors can be a significantly easier way to decorate your house. Instead of spending many painstaking hours in the cold securing string lights to your home, you can simply set up a projector to cover the same area.

Lighting Tip From Landscape By Design: If you are looking for lights that can last for a bit longer, you may want to invest in LEDs. LEDS are brighter, have an impressive lifespan, and don’t cost as much to operate as incandescent bulbs.

Must-Have Outdoor Decorations

While there are many options at your disposal when it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, some items are must-haves. Here are some of the decorations you can use to add festive cheer to your home:


Wreaths are a classic piece of decoration that look both festive and beautiful.Some wreaths are made with fresh-cut evergreens, making them look great and smell amazing. Others can be made from fake material that helps it keep its shape, allowing you to use it year after year.

Wreaths can be further decorated by adding other ornaments, such as bows, bird figurines, and attaching real or fake flowers. While there are many gorgeous wreaths available to buy, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, or even just want a fun holiday crafting activity to do with the kids, wreaths can also be handmade. Materials that can be used to make a beautiful wreath include grapevines, magnolia leaves, and eucalyptus leaves. Craft kits can also be purchased at your local craft store to take the stress out of planning your fun holiday crafting and bonding. 

Lawn Ornaments

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Lawn ornaments are a fun way to bring your festive spirit to your landscape, and there are many options so that you can decorate your landscape in a way that is uniquely yours. Some of the options available to you include wire reindeer, Santa statues, candy canes, and the traditional nativity scene. The Grinch is popular with the kids, and the wire reindeer can come pre-lit, or you can light it yourself to ensure they fit your particular vision. There are many ways to combine and vary these elements to best fit your version of holiday spirit.

You can also take your lawn ornaments one step further by adding in inflatables or using your ornaments to tell a story. Examples of such stories include designing a scene that shows Santa trying to take off for the night, or The Grinch trying to find his loyal companion, Max.

Outdoor lighting and Christmas lighting can be an important component to include with your lawn ornaments to smooth the flow in between different scenes and allow your guests to know where is safe to walk and where isn’t.


Long garlands are perfect for decorating window sills and wrapping your porch railings/columns. They are a simple and easy way to get your home into the holiday spirit while also maintaining a touch of subtlety if desired.

As with wreaths, garlands can be made from fresh evergreens or from faux material. They can also be decorated up with lights or ornaments if you do want them to stand out more; just make sure the additional decorations aren’t too heavy for the garlands.

Want a More Permanent Addition That Looks Great All Year Long?

Winter landscaping plants are a great way to minimize the work of putting up and taking down decorations while still spreading the holiday spirit. Not only do they look great during the holidays, but they can also be a great aesthetic addition to your landscape all year long. Some options to consider include:

Possumhaw Holly

Possumhaw holly is a native shrub that has a striking combination of red, orange, and yellow berries, adding vibrant color to your landscape. It blossoms during the few short weeks of cold during the winter months and helps to add a splash of color to a typically dull part of the season.

Soft Caress’ Mahonia

Soft Caress’ Mahonia grows about 3-4 feet tall and is perfect for homes that have smaller yards. The leaves are fernlike and soft, making it safe for homes that have children. During the winter, fragrant blossoms appear, ensuring your yard both smells and looks festive.

Need Help Getting Your Landscape Ready for the Season?

One of the best parts of the holiday season is fostering community and spreading a sense of cheer; decorating your landscape is an excellent way to do both. However, decorating your landscape can be a big undertaking. Instead of letting it become a reminder of holiday stress instead of holiday cheer, let your community help in turn. Our team at Landscape by Design will work with you to make sure your outdoor space becomes the festive landscape of your dreams with minimal headache to you so that you can continue to enjoy everything the holiday season has to offer. To set up an appointment or consultation, contact us today!