How to Makeover Your Porch Just in Time for Holiday Guests

Whether they're coming for dinner or staying for the holiday season, greet guests with a festive front porch that blends beauty and practicality brilliantly.

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December 08, 2022

While holiday spirit is certainly a factor, nothing prompts a makeover quite like expecting guests. Give your loved ones a stunning sight to behold with our ideas for amping up holiday cheer and creating a safe and thoughtful entrance to welcome visitors all season long.

Stylish Necessities


Snow and mud don't stand a chance with this washable tartan welcome mat. And while Ruggable offers a variety of styles we love, the traditional Christmas colors in this classic rug will create an easy starting place for the rest of your holiday decor.

20 Festive Doormats for the Merriest Entry

Dress your doorstep for the holiday season with one of these festive, welcoming doormats.

Level Home

Hosting houseguests for the holidays? Give them a secure and convenient way to let themselves in when your hands are full by installing the Level Lock - Touch Edition, which allows guests to unlock the house with the use of an app.


Winter weather can be unpredictable, but you'll be prepared no matter what with a stylish set of stair treads that improves traction and also helps remove dirt and debris from guests' shoes as they arrive.

Dazzling Lights

$87.99 (Set of 2)

Add a bit of class to your front porch decor with this striking metal lantern duo that is entirely weatherproof. Each lantern uses three AAA batteries to provide you with approximately 200 hours of mood-enhancing light.


Spend less time meticulously hanging lights and more time enjoying your handiwork with these incredibly efficient net string lights. Simply drape them over a bush or tree and step back to take in the glow of 200 mini lights. Trust us: You'll want one for every shrub in the neighborhood.

$99 (Set of 3)
Pottery Barn

You could light the path with regular light stakes, or you could welcome guests with a magical dose of sparkle. The choice is yours.

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Gorgeous Greenery

Grandin Road

Holiday greenery isn't just about the Christmas tree. We adore this prelit wreath that blends berries, pinecones and lush branches for a striking arrangement you'll go back to year after year.

18 Beautiful Wreaths for Every Budget

Deck your doors with wreaths of holly.


Whether you hang it on a fence post, porch railing or above the front door, this nine-foot-long weatherproof garland sets a cozy holiday scene and only requires three AA batteries to light up the night.

Pretty Plants

The Home Depot

Below freezing temps don't mean you have to give up on outdoor plants. This beautiful slate planter is made from recycled rubber that won't crack — even in icy weather! A convenient self-watering feature certainly doesn't hurt, either.

Perfect Plants

Looking for a plant that can stand up to harsh winter weather? Give the winter gem boxwood a try. It's low maintenance, pet and disease resistant, and best of all? It can be displayed all year round!

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Hang your stockings by the chimney with flair.

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