How to Create a Festive Outdoor Cinema at Home

Do you have a favourite Christmas movie? From Home Alone to The Holiday, the list of Christmas classics is almost as long as the Grinch’s well-groomed green fur. Award-winning entrepreneur, journalist and model Rachel Ducker shares her tips on creating the perfect home cinema to watch them in, with a little help from Wayfair style expert, Nadia McCown Hill

After spending so much time indoors recently I have decided to embrace that Christmas spirit once again – if Santa can have his Christmas grotto, why can’t I create something similar to watch my festive flicks in? It’s not only fun to create, but here you can make memories that will last for Christmasses to come.

Here are a few ideas of how you can do this.

Create that Christmas feeling
Whether it’s a white Christmas or not, set up a gazebo to protect your viewing party from the elements (and the cold). A portable pop-up gazebo can be easily put up and taken down, while a permanent one is anchored to the ground. The latter will usually include a floor to withstand more extreme weather conditions, but anything goes as long as it’s waterproof.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
To keep things from getting frosty, layer several outdoor rugs on the ground. These are immune to the elements and can be reused come summer time for picnics and outdoor playdates. They also provide the ideal base for giant floor pillowsfaux furs, pouffes and stylish bean bag chairs. Comfort is definitely key here, so pile on cushions and blankets for an extra comfy setup.

Heat things up
The great thing about outdoor movie nights in winter is that it gets dark early, so the kids can enjoy their favourite flick before their official bedtime. Just make sure everybody is nice and warm, wrapped up in knitted throwsfaux fur blankets, cotton fleeces and woolly wraps.

Deck the Halls
For cosy lodge vibes, stick to a classic Scandi colour scheme of red, white and grey. Pair it with traditional patterns, faux fur and sparkling decor for a truly festive vibe. With Wayfair’s extensive selection of cushions and decor, this look is easy to recreate at home and on a budget. A LED light-up box lets viewers know which Christmas classic is on tonight.

Cheers to Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas with a bar cart fully stocked with treats. Hot drinks such as Chai tea, mulled cider or a crowd-pleasing hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows will keep your belly warm all night. Serve in elegant stainless-steel mugs for some extra festive sparkle. The must-have for a proper movie night: freshly made popcorn served in old-school popcorn boxes. Arranging sweet and savoury treats on a tiered cake stand makes for an elegant finish.

Light It Up
Recreate a starry-night look by decorating your gazebo with string lightsLight nets and curtains are ideal to cover larger surfaces. For an authentic winter wonderland feel, incorporate some fun lit reindeer displays in your decorating scheme. After all, there is no such thing as too much when it comes to fairy lights.

Watch it like a pro
Finally, after the scene is set you will need that all important equipment to view your films on, projector screens are far more reasonable that you may think and easy to store away and there are some great projectors on the market like this APEMAN Projector LC650.

Projector screens are far more reasonable that you may think these days (photo: Rachel Ducker)

Who needs to venture out to the cinema when you can have your very own at home? With these items you can’t go wrong – the hardest thing you will have to do is choose the film!