How to Style an Elegant Christmas Front Porch

This elegant Christmas front porch features cedar garland, large wreaths with accents of gold, some pinecones and ornaments, and two fresh pine trees to create a classic and inviting entry.

Our porch is often the first thing I decorate for the season, even though it happens to be the last area that I’m sharing this year! 

Our living room and kitchen are decorated with a French farmhouse-inspired feel, with touches of gold and lots of greenery, so the outside got that treatment, too! 😉

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elegant Christmas front porch with golden retriever and gorgeous garland

I feel like the outside really sets the tone for your whole home. There’s nothing better than creating a welcoming entry that says to friends and neighbors “Happy Holidays and come on in!” 


black French country front doors with wreaths and garland Christmas decor

The good thing is, the porch is one of the easiest spaces to decorate! It doesn’t take much to make it feel festive, and with a little extra effort, it can truly shine. I started with my favorite garlands – they look so real!! (I used 3 to cover our double doors).


gorgeous wreath with gold pears ribbons and bells

And these wreaths? Believe it or not, they are faux! The wreaths are plenty beautiful all by themselves, but since I was going for an elegant Christmas front porch, I wanted to dress them up just a little. I wired on some little gold pears that I stole from an old wreath. 

Decorating Tip: if you want to dress up a new wreath, check out some of the old ones you have lying around! I donated a few older ones last year but I took off every pinecone, piece of fruit, and any other thing attached to them and stored them in the Christmas bins. Not only that, I broke off some of the branches to have as extra greens later, too. That way you have things to add to different wreaths when you need them!


pine trees with lantern and bucket of pine cones and ornaments holiday front porch decor

And I added two different, live pine trees to the porch and I just love the look! (I seriously might do even more next year!) The freshness is so nice (and you can plant them after), and the contrast between the two types adds some nice dimension.

But of course, you could easily get the same look using a couple of quality faux trees!


vintage bucket with logs pine cones and ornaments holiday porch decor ideas

Birch logs, pinecones and some mercury glass ornaments fill a vintage galvanized coal bucket. And my favorite lanterns also usually make an appearance! I love the look of these (I have the small and the medium) and use them everywhere. They’re great on a porch or patio, but also look great inside on the hearth, too.

And I even brought out a few fake presents to add to the festiveness! 😉


classic and elegant Christmas front porch with cedar garland and wreaths

I also added my favorite brass bells to my wreaths, along with some silk ribbon. These bells are one of my favorite things to decorate with, and I love how the gold looks against the green wreaths and the black doors!


Noel doormat on Christmas front porch holiday decor

And my favorite thing? Well my Joyeux Noel doormat of course! This is from an Etsy shop and they have such cute doormats! 


elegant Christmas front porch great curb appeal pretty garland and wreaths

cute golden retriever on elegant Christmas front porch with wreaths with ribbons and bells

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for sharing in our holiday decor this year. I so appreciate you being here and hope I’ve brought you inspiration for your own holiday decorating!


I’ve linked quite a few wreath options that will give you the look below, as well as the ornaments, pots, lanterns, and ribbon I used!

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Happy Holidays!


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out some of my other holiday decorating posts below:

French Farmhouse Christmas Decor in the Family Room

French Holiday Style in the Kitchen 

Holiday Porch with Greenery and Touches of French Blue


How to Create and Elegant Christmas Front Porch graphic Maison de Cinq




Be sure to visit all the other beautiful holiday inspiration being shared below:

Maison de Pax / Stacy Risenmay / Maison de Cinq


Place of My Taste / A Pop of Pretty / The Happy Housie


The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Joanna Anastasia


She Gave it a Go / Modern Glam / Taryn Whiteaker Designs


Rambling Renovators / Life is a Party / Clean and Scentsible


House by Hoff / Rooms for Rent / The Happy Housie


Grace in My Space / All Things with Purpose / Life is Better at Home


The Tattered Pew / A Pretty Life in the Suburbs / Just a Girl and Her Blog


This is Simplicite / Deeply Southern Home / Lemon Thistle


Love Create Celebrate / Sincerely, Marie Designs / The Happy Housie



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  1. Your front porch is beautifully styled. I love the potted pines.

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous Sheila!! I love all of the fresh garlands and the doormat is so cute! Wishing you a a joyeux noel! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Jenn! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


  3. h my gosh, your porch is so well done! I love the elegant, classic vibe and all the real greenery. But the best accessory is your beautiful dog! Happy holidays.

    1. Aww thank you Kerri – that’s so kind! Happy Holidays to you as well!


  4. Gorgeous, Sheila! I love your front door and your sweet front porch and you’ve got it perfectly styled for the holidays! Thanks for joining me:)

    1. Thank you so much Krista! And thanks for organizing this talented group! Happy Holidays to you!


  5. I love your Christmas porch…the more greenery the better! And how adorable is your pup…love seeing him there!

    1. Thank you Jo-anna – that’s so sweet! (Hudson loves to ‘help’!)


  6. Love this! Did I miss where you found the “faux wreaths” on the front doors? Those are amazing.

  7. So classic and beautiful, Sheila. I especially love the potted trees outside and want to get some locally. I know you mentioned the faux wreaths were sold out, but where do you typically get them? They look so real! Thanks for sharing your porch inspiration!

  8. Sheila! Your front porch is beautiful!! I’m always finding inspiration from your home and style! I absolutely love it!! Couldn’t believe it when you showed up liking my stuff on Instagram!! So honored! You truly have no idea!! PS When my babies get older and stop playing with all the Christmas decorations I’m investing in mercury glass ornaments like yours!! Love them! ❤

    1. Aww that’s so kind – thank you Aliya!! P.S. the mercury glass ornaments are very sturdy and hard to break unlike most glass ornaments – just in case you feel like indulging now! 😉

      Happy Holidays to you!