How To Install and Take Care Of An Outdoor Christmas Tree

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The most wonderful time of the year is here and I’m feeling the need to decorate! I personally don’t think you need to limit the decorating festivities to indoors. I love the beauty of a twinkling Christmas tree illuminating my front walkway. Today I am going to walk you through the process of installing and caring for an outdoor Christmas tree and creating a stunning holiday display that will spread cheer to all who pass by and most importantly, you!

Can You Put an Artificial Christmas Tree Outside?

Yes! You can absolutely put an artificial trees outside. However, be sure to consider the weather conditions it will be exposed to and make sure it is equipped to handle them.

Artificial Cedar Topiary Tree

The artificial cedar topiary trees below (has excellent ratings too!) are perfect for a front porch or flanking a doorway.

Outdoor Cedar Topiary Tree (image from Amazon)

Synthetic materials like, polyester and plastic are two common materials that are used when making outdoor Christmas trees.

Artificial Fir

The Christmas tree below is featured as and indoor / outdoor Christmas tree and comes in varying heights.

Artificial Fir Tree from Walmart

This artificial spruce from Amazon is also labeled for outdoor

You can buy an outdoor artificial Christmas tree at many stores that specialize in holiday decorations, as well as online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target. Just be sure the tree is labeled “outdoor and the tree stand is sturdy.”

Outdoor Christmas trees are made from materials that can withstand the elements, ensuring a longer-lasting and vibrant display.

Consider factors like tree size and style to find the perfect fit for your outdoor space.

Indoor Tree Outdoors

Additionally, you should make sure the power supply for any lights or decorations connected to it are waterproof and safe from outdoor elements.

This is very important if you plan to use an “indoor” tree outside, as shown below. This tree at the side entry of the house does not have lights and it also under a small porch.

outdoor christmas tree
indoor Christmas tree outdoors under covered porch

The lights on “indoor Christmas trees” are not meant to be outside. If you have an artificial indoor tree that does not have lights and will not be exposed to the natural elements (like rain or snow), maybe under a covered porch, you could use the tree.

Just be mindful it may not last as long being outside as it would indoors.

Artificial Pathway Christmas Tree

These artificial outdoor pathway trees are perfect for lining a walkway or flower bed.

Love this idea of artificial pathway Christmas trees outdoors

Outdoor Pathway Christmas Trees from Walmart

How Do You Display A Real Christmas Tree Outside?

When selecting a real tree for outdoors consider where the tree will be located. Some Christmas tree branches are thicker and sturdier than others.

Also, when setting up and installing an outdoor Christmas tree, be sure to remember that you will need access to care and maintain the tree during the winter months.

Step 1: Select the perfect location for the tree outdoors

  • Select a spot that’s visible from the road or your windows
  • Take into account factors like wind exposure and proximity to power sources
  • Ensure that the ground is level for stability
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real outdoor Christmas trees in urns

Step 2: Consider the type of tree

One of the most important things to consider when selecting the type of real tree is the structure of the branches.

For example, if your tree is located in a spot that will receive direct snow or heavy rainfall, you would need to select a tree like a Scots Pine or Fraser Fir.

If your tree will be on an outdoor porch or somewhat covered, you could select a sparse tree with delicate branches like an Aspen or Fir.

Step 3: Invest in a sturdy stand

Setting up the stand for the Christmas tree is important and should not be overlooked.

Set up the stand as you would for an indoor tree stand and reinforce with use sandbags or heavy stones to anchor the stand base

Step 4: Decorating an outside Christmas tree

Outdoor Christmas decorations such as ornaments, lights and garland need to be weather-resistant and withstand varying weather conditions.

Outdoor Christmas Ornaments from Amazon

Opt for ornaments made from materials like plastic, metal, or painted wood.

These will resist fading, cracking, and other forms of deterioration, ensuring your tree looks its best throughout the season.

If you are looking for more ideas on how to decorate for Christmas outdoors, be sure to read this post, how to decorate outdoors for Christmas on a budget and see how we decorate our front yard for Christmas.

How to make a Christmas tree design with LED lights outdoors?

There are several ways to make an outdoor Christmas tree using lights. You can purchase a pre-lit snow cone tree or if you are feeling creative, try making a diy outdoor Christmas tree made of string lights!

large stucco home with bright outdoor christmas lights, front door spot light and Christmas sleigh and reindeer

Below are two easy ideas to make a Christmas tree using lights:

Create a Wood Triangle Tree Design:

Create a stunning wood tree design with LED lights! Using scrap wood, create large wooden triangles attached to a ground stake and drape white LED lights in the shape of a Christmas Tree and then hang ornaments.

Make a Colorful Wall Tree:

Turn any wall into a canvas for your Christmas tree design by adding brightly colored LED lights in the shape of a tree. Add simple decorations like snowflakes or candy canes to complete the look!

How long will a real Christmas tree last outdoors ?

A real Christmas tree can last up to 5 weeks outdoors in a stand providing you maintain and care for it properly.

Just like an indoor tree, you will need to water the tree regularly. Depending on the climate you live in this will vary.

If you live in New England as we do, you will need to ensure you remove heavy snow from the tree and tend to it often to make sure it stays secure in the tree stand.

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