Holiday celebrations are as varied and unique as the families that celebrate them. Whether you and your family want to enjoy hot cocoa on the patio or roast marshmallows around your fire pit, there are a number ways to celebrate the festive season outdoors. From decoration suggestions to party ideas, here is a list of ways to enjoy the holidays outdoors.
Outdoor Decorating Together
It is always fun and festive to decorate your lawn for the holidays. This year, try making special handmade ornaments with your family and displaying them on a tree or bush outside your house on Christmas Eve. For those with little ones, your ornaments can display holiday messages for Santa. Be sure to use well lighting to create a stunning visual that will accentuate your handcrafted decorations.
Outdoor Patio Gathering
After your festive dinner, your family can meet on the patio for hot drinks and snacks while the little ones play outside. Use a combination of warm decorative white lights and inviting patio lighting to make your patio feel like a Winter Wonderland.
Christmas Film Festival
One creative way to celebrate the holidays outdoors is to hold a Christmas film festival in your yard. You do not need a giant movie screen; simply hang a white bed sheet and connect a projector to your TV or computer. Some great movie choices include It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, along with any of your holiday favorites.
Stories Around the Fire Pit
Instead of a traditional campfire tale why not read a classic Christmas Story to your guests around the fire pit? Whether you choose Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Child’s Christmas in Wales, there is nothing like a fantastic Christmas story to get people in the spirit of the season. Set up a small picnic table of snacks and drinks for your guest to enjoy as well. Use floodlights and path lights so your guests can navigate to your property during your celebration.
If you happen to be celebrating the holidays in a warmer climate, why not enjoy your holiday meal outdoors? Simply set up a large table on your deck or patio and adorn it with holiday decorations and centerpieces. Be sure to use flameless candles and patio lights to show off your decorations. And if you happen to have an outdoor kitchen, be sure to utilize it during your outdoor holiday celebration.
Other Ways to Enjoy The Holidays Outdoors
- Viewing your neighbor’s Christmas light displays with your family and friends.
- Hiding a special Christmas present from Santa outside. This works best if it is an outdoor gift such as a sled or a pair of skis.
- Having a snowball fight or a snowman making contest on Christmas Eve. The winner gets to open a Christmas present early.
- Sledding or ice skating
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Will you be celebrating the holiday outside this year? Tell us about how you plan to enjoy the festive season outdoors in the comment section.