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Outdoor Decorating for the Holidays: From Simple to Elaborate

Depending on your personal taste and individual budget, there are a number of options for outdoor holiday decorating in Albany. These ideas range from uncomplicated to over-the-top, so find your passion and head outdoors to start your holiday decorating!

Dazzle Passing Traffic with Glittering Lights

the side of a house decorated with holiday lights

Holiday lights are a timeless tradition, whether you prefer the classic white lights, colored lights, or a combination. Here are some ideas for what you can do with lights outdoors:

  • String lights on stable trees and shrubs.
  • Line the windows with lights.
  • String lights from the eaves of the roof.
  • Create a glowing frame for your front door and wrap them around the front porch columns.

The Minimalist Approach to Holiday Decorating

a plain wreath from sticks hanging on a door

Not into the glitzy, blinking lights and glowing lawn ornaments? If you’re looking to keep it simple this year, check out these ideas:

  • Hang a modest holiday wreath or decoration on your front door.
  • Place one decoration on the front porch, like a small Santa statue.
  • Drape some festive holly around a lamppost.
  • Add a big red bow to the mailbox.

Stay Warm by Decorating for the Outside, Inside

looking into the inside of a window with frosted glass and a red candle burning

Not one for the outdoors? Decorate from the outside in, focusing on the windows! Here are some ideas:

  • String lights and drape garland around your windows inside.
  • Place large decorations on your inside windowsill.
  • Have a candle visible in each window - real or artificial.
  • Add decals to the window pane itself.

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