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Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Small Front Porch

Do you struggle to decorate your small porch during the winter holidays? I’ll show you decorating ideas to spruce up your small porch for the fabulously festive Christmas season.

Don’t get confused! I know this is a picture of a greenhouse but our PNW (Pacific Northwest) beach cottage doesn’t have a traditional porch.

We lost it when we added a deck to the front of the house after moving in over 10 years ago so we could enjoy the water view.

Christmas porch decorating ideas: sunset view

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Christmas porch decorating ideas:  greenhouse overlooking the bay

About Our Greenhouse

I couldn’t really tell you which is the front and which is the back of our greenhouse. I think of the view above as the front only because it’s the side I always see from the kitchen and our deck.

This side of the structure has a small brick porch and is where I decorate the most because it has the most space to work with.

Christmas porch decorating ideas

Here’s the other side of the greenhouse with its 2 steps. This is the view from the street.

Christmas porch decorating ideas

Christmas Porch Decoration Ideas

There are so many things you can do to decorate a small porch. Whether you add a wreath, garland, or an evergreen planter, your holiday guests will be impressed.

I’m sharing ideas to welcome the holiday season with a festive Christmas front porch. Even if your porch is only a small space to work with, it’s still easy to bring on the holiday cheer.

I’ ‘m usually not one for decorating with traditional Christmas colors but I do love a classic color scheme of red and green for my porch and outdoor spaces.

Christmas greenhouse with bistro lights

Twinkle Lights Set the Stage for Christmas

Christmas lights make quite a first impression during the holiday season.

As a little kid, I remember my mom nagging my dad to take down the outdoor lights right after Christmas. It was frowned upon to keep the lights up past the holiday season.

Happily, I don’t have to put up Christmas lights each year because I keep bistro lights up in my outdoor spaces year-round.

garland and rustic bell wreath hanging on front porch door

Add Garland for a Festive Feel

Whether you choose artificial or fresh garlands, decking your doors or windows with a pop of green will bring your holiday porch to life.

I chose to wrap garland around the doors of my greenhouse and took the “less is more” approach by leaving it bare.

You can add twinkle lights, ribbon, and berries to your garland to dress it up.

rustic bell wreath hanging on front porch door

Hang a Christmas Wreath

One of the easy ways to decorate a small front porch is to hang a wreath from the front door. They are a perfect festive touch that doesn’t take up any precious space on a tiny porch.

My holiday wreath shown here is made of rustic bells but there are so many other options to choose from.

I just made a couple of fresh wreaths this year using natural elements from the yard such as evergreen branches, berries, holly, rosemary, and magnolias.

Making a swag would be another great option to hang on a front porch door during the holiday season.

greenery and berries in a galvanized bucket

Create Winter Planters with Natural Elements

Give your visitors a warm welcome with beautiful Christmas and winter planters on your porch.

On the front steps of our greenhouse is where I transform my planters from fall pansies and cabbages to holiday containers.

Creating winter planters is as easy as gathering greenery, pine cones, red berries, and any other natural elements you can find in your yard and adding them to a container.

Adding white birch logs and ornaments will make your front porch look even prettier during this festive season. You can even dress up your planter with a ribbon to match other decor on the porch during the Christmas season.

Christmas greenhouse front porch decorated

Tip for Evergreen Branches

Fresh-cut evergreens that are in outdoor temperatures below 60°F will last about two weeks. Mist branches with water every few days to make the greenery last longer. The cooler the temperatures, the longer they will last.

wooden white and black vintage sled

Use Vintage Treasures to Decorate Your Christmas Porch

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to bring out your vintage finds.

Here are some ideas for your Christmas front porch.

  • Lean a vintage wooden sled with ice skates and some greenery against the wall for the perfect holiday decor. Snowshoes would be another great idea to add to the mix.
  • Galvanized buckets and tubs work well as containers for your winter plants.
  • If you have room on your porch for a chair, add a vintage throw blanket in festive patterns and colors.
red metal reindeer on front porch decorated for Christmas

More Christmas Porch Decorations

Here are a few other outdoor Christmas decorations I have on our greenhouse front porch.

I consider these my front porch statement pieces. This bright red metal reindeer is the biggest pop of color out of all my front porch decor.

greenhouse front porch with nutcracker in the snow

This oversized nutcracker is one of my favorite vintage finds. Nothing says Christmas quite like a Nutcracker, am I right?

Christmas greenhouse in the snow

As you can see, there’s still so much you can do to decorate your small porch for Christmas.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may enjoy these ideas.

Until next time,

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Amazing how pretty your greenhouse looks in the winter too! Both porches look so darling and I love the vintage sled. I need to look for one of those. I’m sure I could squeeze a sled onto our tiny Christmas porch!

  2. Kim I am in love with your greenhouse! And even more so when it is decorated for Christmas! All of your festive touches are just perfect and those views are to die for. Merry Christmas friend!

  3. Kim, the shed looks so festive and bright for the Christmas season. i adore your reindeer and all of the pretty greenery you have added .
    I have to agree that twinkle lights just make the season shine. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  4. I love the red license plate reindeer!! It’s so cute…good thing you live so far away or I’d be trying to shove it in my purse on the way out!!!

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