The holiday season brings with it a magical opportunity to transform our homes into a cozy, enchanting wonderland that bring joy and warmth to the season. Whether you are a seasoned decorator or just starting to infuse festive cheer into your space, holiday decorating should be fun! We are here with expert tips to help you deck the halls and create an inviting, cheerful atmosphere in your home this holiday season.

Holiday Decorating Tips

1. Use what you already have.

When it comes to holiday décor, you may be surprised at what you can come up with by changing things up around the home. Have an old winter scarf? Use it as a tree skirt or table runner. That branch that has been sitting in your backyard for weeks? Bring it in, clean it up, put it in a vase and add some ornaments. Gather pinecones from the outdoors and place them in a bowl. They will create a rustic, yet charming display. Utilizing what you already own not only adds a personal touch, but also invites a sense of nostalgia and warmth as familiar items appear around your home.

2. Visit the thrift store.

The beauty of the thrift store, is that you never know what you’re going to find. It’s all part of the fun! Thrift stores can be treasure troves for holiday decorating. Discover vintage ornaments, quirky trinkets and unique pieces with character and charm. Secondhand gems can breathe new life into your space while adding a touch of history. It’s cost-effective and a more sustainable approach to decorating.

2023 Happening List Winner for Thrift Shop: Retrospect Vintage 

508 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 925-3761

Retrospect Vintage specializes in one-of-a-kind, hand-picked vintage furniture, home goods, and fashion. Our goal is to curate the coolest vintage finds for you and your home!

3. Shop local small businesses.

A beautiful aspect of the holiday season is supporting the heartbeat of our communities by shopping local. Philadelphia is full of unique shops run by incredible business owners. Add a few new pieces to your holiday collection this year by visiting one of your favorite shops, or check out a new spot.

2023 Happening List Winner for Home Decor Store: Hello World

3661 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 382-5207

Hello World began in Philadelphia as a neighborhood gift shop in 2000. Now, 20 lovely years later, Hello World has become more than just your go-to gift shop. They have flourished into a lifestyle store that offers furniture, home décor and wearable accessories.

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