Top 10 Holiday Window Decor Ideas to Ring in Some Holiday Cheer

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to set up festive decorations! But, you can’t rely on just a tree to bring cheer to the entire house.

You have to find ways to bring holiday decorations into every inch of your space. This means setting up holiday-themed placemats in the dining area and using Christmas-colored kitchen rags. It means buying a few small decorations to set up on/around the furniture in the living room and looking up a handful of festive window decor ideas, too.

Keep reading for a list of all the best holiday window decorations.

1. Frosted Windows

Whether you live in a place where some of your neighbors have never seen snow or you can count on a blizzard to actually frost the windows for you, frosted decor is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

It’s also pretty simple.

All you need is a bit of white window paint to line the inside of your windows with. You can make a thick line of frost or just use a bit of paint around the edges. As you’re decorating the window, keep in mind this is a great opportunity to check it out and see if it needs replacing before the holidays hit!

2. Plenty of Presents

Another fun way to decorate the windows this holiday season is to set up a bunch of “presents” in the windows. Get a few extra boxes and wrap them with your best holiday paper. Make big, dramatic bows and buy a bit of extra ribbon, too.

This will make your home’s windows look like a fancy holiday store’s! It’s fun, easy, and goes hand in hand with Christmas traditions.

3. Line Up Some Candles

Instead of stacking presents, consider lining up a few holiday candles.

This decoration idea works best when you buy big candles. You want them to be noticeable as neighbors are walking by and guests are coming toward the house. They don’t have to be huge, but they do need to be able to turn heads if you really want to spread holiday cheer with your decorations.

4. Set Up Stars

Stars may be the better alternative to using candles, depending on the size and shape of your windows.

These are great ways to decorate large windows. All you have to do is hang a big star with a few other small ones surrounding it. The result is a beautiful holiday display that comes at minimal effort.

5. Hang a Few Ornaments

If you have extra ornaments laying around, just use those instead of going out to buy big holiday stars.

The trick is to create a design that looks organized and well thought-out, but also cheerful and fun. You want your ornaments to look like they’re hanging in the window for a reason, not like you just didn’t know where else to put them.

To come up with an even more impressive design, color coordinate the ornaments you use. All the ones in the window should have a clear color palate as the theme, and they should match the ones on your tree, too.

6. Give Each Window a Wreath

The thing about using ornaments as window decorations is that it’s a lot of work. You may find yourself buying a lot more than you thought or realizing you didn’t get enough!

Wreaths are easier to plan for and set up. Allow yourself one wreath per window and you’ll be more than ready to decorate for the holidays. Make sure each wreath is proportional to the size of the window and that it’s securely in place.

Then, sit back and enjoy the view.

7. Get a Mini-Tree

Keep in mind you can go the traditional route and get a tree to display in your window. This works well if you have a long window that starts on the floor. It’s a fun opportunity to show off your tree decorating skills and spread holiday cheer.

For smaller windows, get handheld trees that you can line up in rows of 3 or 4 on the window sill. This takes a little more work, but it looks really good when all is said and done.

8. String Lights from the Ceiling

This is one of the easiest and most elegant decoration ideas on the list.

Buy a pack of classic holiday string lights and hang them vertically from the ceiling. Since you’ll have a lot of lights, start at one end of the window then curve the lights up and down until you reach the other side. Use pins or tape to hold the lights in place at the bottom/top of the window.

When you’re done, turn the lights on and admire your work!

9. Holiday-Themed Flower Boxes

Here’s a thought: why not decorate the outside of your windows as well as the inside? If you have flower boxes sitting on your home’s exterior, decorate them with festive plants, ribbons, and pine cones.

Add lights to the boxes or put a Christmas gnome on one. Whatever you do, make sure it’s sustainable for your local holiday weather.

10. Garland Window Frames

The final way you can decorate this holiday season is to frame your windows with garland from the outside. This looks even better when you wrap lights around the garland and then hang it up, but it’s a showstopper on its own. Make sure you wrap the garland all the way around and secure it tightly in place for the best results.

Festive Interior Designs to Pair with Your Holiday Window Decor Ideas

Your window decor ideas are only as good as the rest of your holiday interior design. Everything you use to decorate should go hand in hand with one another.

Make sure all the details are cohesive from the way you decorate the tree to what you put in the doorway and how the windows look, too. This will give your home the true holiday feeling that you’re going for.

For interior design ideas to help tie everything together, click here.