THESE SIMPLE CHRISTMAS PORCH DECOR IDEAS WILL DRESS UP YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS USING FRESH GREENERY AND LANTERNS WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK.

covered front porch with rocking chairs and lanterns decorated for Christmas with red pillows, cozy throw, red woven stars, and twinkle lights

One of the best parts of living in North Carolina is the beautiful winter weather. It doesn’t really feel like winter around here and December is a perfect porch sitting time.

I made a few simple changes from my fall porch and front entry to cozy it up a little more for winter and dress it up for Christmas.

You can tour my home decorated for Christmas here, and take a candlelight tour of my home here.

Simple Christmas Porch Decor

iron tiered plant stand on a front porch filled with assorted fresh greenery, red berries, and large fabric covered ornaments

I started my Christmas porch decor at the far end of the porch. I removed the terra cotta pots and faux florals and greenery from the iron tiered plant stand. A quick trip to the back yard was all it took to collect a variety of greenery. Pine, cypress, magnolia, and holly clippings fill the tiers. The red berries add some Christmas colors, along with some burlap-wrapped ornaments.

covered front porch with rocking chairs and lanterns decorated for Christmas with red pillows, cozy throw, red woven stars, and twinkle lights

I swapped the gold pillow covers for red ones on the rocking chairs. But I kept the same lightweight black and white throws hanging on the backs of the rockers.

copper container with magnolia leaves and red berries, candle, farmhouse fabric ornament, red basket star

The copper container had a quick change like the tiered stand. I removed the sunflowers and added clippings from my magnolia trees and holly bushes. A red star-shaped basket and a striped fabric-covered ornament gave the vignette a holiday feel.

covered front porch with rocking chairs and lanterns decorated for Christmas with red pillows, cozy throw, red woven stars, and twinkle lights

Some mornings it can feel a little more chilly, so I added a heavier, cozy throw on one of the rocking chairs. I kept the same lanterns and rug that have been on my porch since they work for any season.

Simple Changes to the Front Entry

black front door with sidelights decorated for Christmas with topiaries in urns, boxwood garland, red berry wreath, layered wreath, lanterns, layered welcome mat, fresh greenery arrangement

The covered front entry got a few Christmassy additions. The simple changes used many of the same elements that were the foundation of my fall front porch.

boxwood topiary with twinkle lights, lantern, faux mini Christmas trees, red basket star

The faux boxwood topiary trees got covered in twinkle lights for Christmas. I removed the mums from the black baskets and replaced them with miniature Christmas trees. I added two lanterns with fairy lights inside. After all, a little sparkle is perfect for Christmas!

boxwood topiary with twinkle lights, lantern, faux mini Christmas trees, red basket star, and basket filled with fresh greenery

I’ve had this set of three red star-shaped baskets since my first Christmas after getting married. My mom had the best idea to gift me with a variety of Christmas items to decorate my new home for a wedding shower gift! I still have everything she gave me and most of it is still used each year. The baskets were the perfect way to add a little more red to the front porch.

I filled one of the larger black baskets with more clippings from my back yard. I love the way the fresh greenery looks on the front porch! I’m allergic to pine so I can’t bring it inside my home. But this is the next best thing.

layered welcome mat for Christmas

I swapped out the simple front door mat for one with a seasonal greeting. I love that this was another way to add a little red to my simple Christmas porch!

Dressing up the Front Door

black front door with sidelights decorated for Christmas with topiaries in urns, boxwood garland, red berry wreath, layered wreath

Last year I used boxwood garland on the staircase and fireplace mantel inside my home. This year, I decided to bring the boxwood garland outside to hang over my front door. Since I have boxwood topiaries, I thought it would be a fun way to tie the two elements together.

faux boxwood garland accented with fresh cypress greenery, red plaid ribbon, and twinkle lights

I wrapped the simple boxwood garland with a strand of twinkle lights and added the red plaid ribbon I used throughout my home this year. I also tucked in clippings of fresh cypress from my back yard. The fresh clippings helped make the boxwood garland look so much more full!

front door with greenery wreath layered with a red berry wreath

The final element to my simple Christmas porch decor was the wreaths on my front door. I have a thing for red berry wreaths. This is one of the wreaths I bought 13 years ago when we first moved to North Carolina! But to give it a little more visual impact, I layered it with a wreath of faux greens that I picked up at HomeGoods. I love how the two wreaths look nestled together!

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covered front porch with rocking chairs and lanterns decorated for Christmas with red pillows, cozy throw, red woven stars, and twinkle lights

Do you decorate your porch or outdoor spaces for Christmas? What are your favorite ways to dress them up for the holidays? I’d love to hear what you do too! Tell me about it in the comments.

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