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A light-up inflatable Santa decoration surrounded by other Christmas iconography: trees, colorful Christmas lights, an inflatable snowman, white wreaths, and more. Credit: Matt Cardy / Stringer

The Best Christmas Inflatables of 2022

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A light-up inflatable Santa decoration surrounded by other Christmas iconography: trees, colorful Christmas lights, an inflatable snowman, white wreaths, and more. Credit: Matt Cardy / Stringer

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Product image of Maoyue Christmas Inflatables with LED Lights

Maoyue Christmas Inflatables with LED Lights

This brightly lit inflatable offers a full, adorable penguin scene in a single purchase, and reviewers love the quality of the fabric. Read More

Pros

  • Durable waterproof fabric
  • Built-in LED lights

Cons

  • Rare fan-motor defects
Product image of Gemmy Airblown Inflatable Grinch in Chimney with Max

Gemmy Airblown Inflatable Grinch in Chimney with Max

This instantly recognizable scene is smaller than you might expect, but it’s one of the best-looking holiday inflatables you can buy. Read More

Pros

  • Includes stakes and tethers
  • Powerful fan motor

Cons

  • Doesn’t do well in rain
Product image of Goosh Christmas Inflatables Snowman with LED Lights

Goosh Christmas Inflatables Snowman with LED Lights

This festive fellow is about five feet tall, made of waterproof polyester, and comes with a convenient 10-foot power cord for the blower. Read More

Pros

  • Adorable, festive design
  • 10-foot power cord
  • Includes stakes

Cons

  • Tricky to keep perfectly upright
Product image of Guoou 4-Foot Inflatable Polar Bear

Guoou 4-Foot Inflatable Polar Bear

This adorable polar bear is four feet tall, includes two ropes and five stakes, and is great for both indoor and outdoor displays. Read More

Pros

  • Built-in LEDs and sandbags
  • Perfect size for indoors
  • Looks fantastic

Cons

  • Stakes are so-so quality
Product image of Mumtop Inflatable Santa Claus on Sleigh with Reindeer

Mumtop Inflatable Santa Claus on Sleigh with Reindeer

It’s a bit traditional and obvious, but if Santa’s what you’re looking for to bring some Christmas cheer to your lawn, this is a perfect choice. Read More

Pros

  • Classic Christmas aesthetic
  • Plenty of ropes and stakes
  • 6.5 feet long

Cons

  • None that we could find

If you’re looking to spruce up your holiday decorations this year, some inflatable outdoor characters might do the trick. If you’ve driven around the neighborhood in November or December, you’ve probably seen outdoor Christmas decorations like this. They’re cute, eye-catching, and add a lot of holiday cheer to your front yard without a ton of work.

And when you’re ready to get festive without stringing up a ton of lights, a good holiday display is surprisingly affordable. Here are some of the best Christmas inflatables you can get online today.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Product image of Maoyue Christmas Inflatables with LED Lights
Maoyue Christmas Inflatables with LED Lights

These are cute. Maoyue offers a few good options, but this one happens to be our favorite. It’s got a patch of white snow as a base, three adorable penguins in Santa hats, and a large red mailbox. They’re all getting ready to mail letters to Santa Claus, naturally.

The inflatable is lit by three “super bright” LED bulbs and made of waterproof, wear-resistant polyester. In the listing, the company says they’re happy to send a replacement in the event of any defects. It features built-in sandbags to weigh it down, but it also includes stakes to keep it extra secure.

Pros

  • Durable waterproof fabric

  • Built-in LED lights

Cons

  • Rare fan-motor defects

Product image of Gemmy Airblown Inflatable Grinch in Chimney with Max
Gemmy Airblown Inflatable Grinch in Chimney with Max

He’s a mean one; he’ll steal your Christmas tree while you slumber. And yet—is there any more lovable character in the history of TV holiday specials from the 1960s? I think not. Of all the holiday inflatables we found shopping online, this is one of our absolute favorites.

About five and a half feet tall, but very narrow, this almost life-sized inflatable is perfect for small yards. And the Grinch’s adorable ersatz reindeer, Max, will certainly turn heads.

Pros

  • Includes stakes and tethers

  • Powerful fan motor

Cons

  • Doesn’t do well in rain

Product image of Goosh Christmas Inflatables Snowman with LED Lights
Goosh Christmas Inflatables Snowman with LED Lights

If you’re looking for a classic snowman to put the finishing touches on your outdoor display, look no further. You’ll find quite a few snowmen inflatables out there, but this one’s particularly nice to look at. It’s got the scarf and top hat we associate with Frosty the Snowman, a pair of skis, and a jolly smile for folks passing by.

It’s about five feet tall, made of waterproof polyester, and comes with a convenient 10-foot power cord for the blower. It also includes stakes for keeping your new friend upright and secure.

Pros

  • Adorable, festive design

  • 10-foot power cord

  • Includes stakes

Cons

  • Tricky to keep perfectly upright

Product image of Guoou 4-Foot Inflatable Polar Bear
Guoou 4-Foot Inflatable Polar Bear

This adorable polar bear has that classic teddy look, but we also like that it’s got the santa hat and present to really dial things up. It’s four feet tall, includes two ropes and five stakes, and comes with a power adapter for the blower. It’s also got built-in sandbags for added stability and four LED lights.

Reviewers mention being impressed with how good it looks in person, and say it’s the perfect size for indoors as well as outside.

Pros

  • Built-in LEDs and sandbags

  • Perfect size for indoors

  • Looks fantastic

Cons

  • Stakes are so-so quality

Product image of Mumtop Inflatable Santa Claus on Sleigh with Reindeer
Mumtop Inflatable Santa Claus on Sleigh with Reindeer

This six-and-a-half-foot-long display features Santa Claus riding in his sleigh, along with a reindeer and a passenger (who happens to be a snowman). It’s a bit traditional and obvious, but if Santa’s what you’re looking for to bring some Christmas cheer to your lawn, this is a perfect choice. Kids will love the bright colors, and that snowman in the back looks like he’s having the time of his life—Merry Christmas to him.

It comes with four ropes, six stakes, and a built-in sandbag to keep it secure. Mumtop offers a variety of joyous designs to suit your preferences, including a Santa Claus train display, candy cane inflatable, Thanksgiving turkey, and other options.

Pros

  • Classic Christmas aesthetic

  • Plenty of ropes and stakes

  • 6.5 feet long

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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