How to decorate your outdoor space for Christmas (beyond just lights)

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The best outdoor Christmas decoration ideasPooky

If you're searching for outdoor Christmas decorations, then look no further. As our attention naturally shifts towards decorating our interiors at this time of year, we shouldn't forget to invest in some Christmas garden decorations to ensure our outdoor spaces are also given the festive treatment.

Whether it's your back garden, front garden, porch, patio or even a balcony, a few tweaks can make the outside as jolly as the inside, adding Christmas cheer to not only your own home but for the community as well. Here's how you can spruce up your garden this Christmas...

1. Choose an outdoor Christmas tree

Extend the festive cheer to your outdoor space with a showstopping tree. From understated to extravagant, outdoor Christmas trees are the ultimate way to light up your lawn — and make yours the very best display on the street.

Not sure which one to choose? There's a lot to consider when choosing an outdoor tree. Do you want an artificial tree to reuse every year or would you prefer a real one? Is it strong enough to withstand winter weather? Where will it be placed?

While a traditional Nordmann fir or Norway spruce are among the most popular options, artificial ones won't need watering and also make pretty spectacular displays. The same goes for twig trees, starburst trees and modern cone trees with multicoloured lights. You will also find smaller potted trees, which look wonderful placed either side of the front door.

2. Deck your door

There is something quite magical about outdoor Christmas decorations, especially as rows of houses begin to hang door wreaths, string garlands and switch on twinkling figurines for passersby to enjoy.

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3. Hang the lights

Spend some time making your garden glow with outdoor Christmas lights. From wrapping tree trunks and branches, to placing stake solar lights in the ground, and hanging icicle lights around a shed, the options are endless when it comes to illuminating your garden. Don't forget to set them on a timer (or turn them off before bed) to save on your energy bill.

'To prevent electricity hazards, make sure that your Christmas lights are suitable for outdoor use and won't be affected by rainy winter weather. The same goes for your extension lead. You can purchase durable outdoor extension cords if you don't already own one,' says Adam Pawson, marketing director at Safestyle UK.

4. Keep it fun

There is nothing more magical than driving through the streets during the festive season. Once you've hung up your sparkling lights, why not add characterful figurines? Whatever you choose, they're certain to dazzle every passerby.

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5. Consider a fire pit

Winter weather may be upon us, but a fire pit will make all the difference. While it seems natural to hunker down indoors when the temperatures tumble, a crackling fire (and a cosy throw) can extend the enjoyment of your garden.

If you didn't manage to snap up a fire pit this summer, some of the best ones to consider include large steel chimineas (which also allow you to cook up a wood-fired feast), a steel fire pit, and round clay fire pits; ideal for smaller spaces.

6. Choose festive plants

It's a really good idea to add seasonal colours such as red and white to your garden during Christmas, and flowers such as Hellebore (Christmas rose) is a great choice. Pastel pink and white in colour, they produce big leaves that will fill a space and generally last between late winter and early spring.

Another white flower to consider is Clematis Jingle Bells; these flowers have a bold white colour and typically flower from December to January. Clematis Jingle Bells will need some pruning to keep the size down as they can grow up to five metres high.

However, nothing says Christmas quite like Holly (Ilex aquifolium); a hardy evergreen shrub which will produce plentiful red berries and add lots of rich, gorgeous colour to your outdoor space. You can also take cuttings to use for wreaths, swags and vases. Buy from Thompson & Morgan or Crocus.

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