The 8 Best Christmas Inflatables of 2019

Deck the front yard with Christmas cheer

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: The Holiday Aisle Santa on Sleigh with Reindeer Decoration at Wayfair

"This lightweight, well-constructed inflatable depicts a cheery scene of Santa Claus, two reindeer, and a colorful sleigh laden with presents."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Pre-lit Inflatable Grinch and Max on Snow Base Airblown Scene at Home Depot

"Boasting highly efficient LED lighting, this is also one holiday decoration that requires no assembly or setup."

Best Polar Bears: Polar Bear Slide with Penguins at Amazon

"Playful penguins use this portly polar bear as their own personal slide in this adorable scene."

Best Snowmen: Lighted Snowman Family Decor Inflatable at Wayfair

"Featuring a sweet scene of a family of smiling snow people, this seasonal lawn accessory is lightweight and easy to set up by yourself."

Best from Rudolph: Airblown Sit Bumble at Amazon

"The iconic Bumble from Rudolph’s gang absolutely must make an appearance on your front lawn this holiday."

Best Peanuts: Airblown 3.5' Snoopy on House Christmas Inflatable at Amazon

"With this inflatable scene your front lawn can be the bearer of “good tidings of great joy.”"

Best Rooftop: Santa Truck Retro with Christmas Tree on Roof at Amazon

"This vintage inspired blowup will add a touch of whimsy and nostalgia to your Christmas display."

Biggest Laugh: Santa Claus & Penguin on an Island with Palm Tree at Amazon

"Warm up your holidays with this fun and frolicking sun-bathing Santa and hula-dancing penguin scene."

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    Best Overall: The Holiday Aisle Santa on Sleigh with Reindeer Decoration

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    Courtesy of Wayfair.
    Excellent

    If you're looking for a classic Christmas scene for your front lawn this year, then you will love this whimsical inflatable from The Holiday Aisle. This lightweight, well-constructed inflatable depicts a cheery scene of Santa Claus, two reindeer, and a colorful sleigh laden with presents. It's made of weather resistant polyester, so it will last for more than one season and it's safe to keep up during bad weather.

    This inflatable comes with everything you need to set up a gorgeous holiday display: lights, bulbs, stakes, and a tether. The product’s self-inflating design makes it super easy to set up and take down by yourself. Bright and festive, this inflatable is beloved by dozens of reviewers who say that it’s “very easy to secure to the ground” and “easy to fold and store."

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    Runner-Up, Best Overall: Pre-lit Inflatable Grinch and Max on Snow Base Airblown Scene

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    Courtesy of Home Depot.

    The Inflatable Grinch and Max on Snow Base Airblown Scene provides a joyously fun addition to any home. Family members, friends, guests, and neighbors alike will delight in seeing the Grinch, with his impish grin and bag full of presents, along with his faithful canine companion, come to life on your lawn.

    Boasting highly efficient LED lighting, this is also one holiday decoration that requires no assembly or setup—it inflates in seconds and self-deflates quickly for easy storage between celebrations. Add a dose of pure holiday magic to your yard this Christmas with the Inflatable Grinch and Max on Snow Base scene, which Home Depot reviewers call “too darned cute.” We’d have to agree!

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    Best Polar Bears: Polar Bear Slide with Penguins

    Playful penguins use this portly polar bear as their own personal slide in this adorable scene. These crazy critters are ready for some wintertime fun and make for a whimsical addition to your holiday display. The polar bear and penguins are fully illuminated with long lasting white bulbs for a glowing nighttime display. This polar bear penguin slide stands at 4.75’ tall and is 6.5’ wide. It inflates instantly for a quick, easy setup and comes with yard stakes and tether ropes to keep this polar bear and his roly-poly penguin friends secured.  

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    Best Snowmen: Lighted Snowman Family Decor Inflatable

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    Courtesy of Wayfair.

    Spread holiday cheer with the whole neighborhood this year when you install the Lighted Snowman Family Decor Inflatable from Glitzhome in your front yard. Featuring a sweet scene of a family of smiling snow people, this seasonal lawn accessory is lightweight and easy to set up by yourself. It also comes with a convenient carrying case.

    When you turn on the switch, you’ll be treated to a cozy, warm glow that emanates from within the snow people, bathing your yard in soft light even when it’s pitch-black outside. Reviewers on Wayfair tout this Glitzhome inflatable as being “adorable” and “the perfect size." Your outdoor space won't be complete without this festive holiday decoration!

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    Best from Rudolph: Airblown Sit Bumble

    There isn’t anything frightening about this abominable snowman. The iconic Bumble from Rudolph’s gang absolutely must make an appearance on your front lawn this holiday. This 3.2’ tall inflatable is perfect for small spaces either indoors or out, or if you simply prefer an inflatable that isn’t as tall as the rooftops. Bumble the abominable snowman is illuminated with white LED lights for a brightly glowing nighttime display. Bumble is decked out for the holidays, wearing a red plaid scarf, Santa hat and holding a gold star aloft determined to place it on Santa’s Christmas tree.

    The Sit Bumble from Gemmy comes complete with yard stakes and tether ropes so Bumble won’t wreak havoc in the neighborhood on windy nights.

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    Best Peanuts: Airblown 3.5' Snoopy on House Christmas Inflatable

    We all know and love the Charles M. Schulz iconic holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and with this inflatable scene your front lawn can be the bearer of “good tidings of great joy.” The Airblown Snoopy on House Christmas Inflatable is bound to turn even the most basic yard into a joyful scene bursting with Christmas cheer.

    This inflatable showcases everyone’s favorite Peanuts character, Snoopy the Flying Ace, along with his cherry-red doghouse embellished with a bright green wreath hanging over the door. It comes equipped with yard stakes, tether ropes, and a built-in fan motor, and it self-inflates in mere seconds so that you can get on with more important things—namely, sipping hot cocoa and decorating the Christmas tree!  

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    Best Rooftop: Santa Truck Retro with Christmas Tree on Roof

    Santa and his penguin helpers have found the perfect Christmas tree and they want to deliver it to your home in their red retro pickup truck! Who doesn’t love the look of retro holiday décor? This vintage inspired blowup will add a touch of whimsy and nostalgia to your Christmas display. Santa, his Christmas tree and truck roll in at 8’ wide x 8’ tall and includes four base stakes, three tether stakes, all necessary ropes and even an extra light bulb and fuse. The entire display from rooftop to back tires is illuminated with long-lasting LED lights for an energy efficient, spectacular nighttime display. And a built-in heavy duty fan ensures quick setup in seconds.

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    Biggest Laugh: Santa Claus & Penguin on an Island with Palm Tree

    Maybe you cringe at the thought of ice, snow and sleet. Or maybe you want to imagine Santa on a tropical island somewhere surrounded by palm trees sipping on a piña colada. Or maybe you live where your winter wonderland means 70 degrees and a cool breeze. Warm up your holidays with this fun and frolicking sun-bathing Santa and hula-dancing penguin scene that will make you remember summer, even when it's chilly. Why not add a palm tree to your front lawn in December? Don't let the snow and ice bring you down — bring this sunny scene to your holiday display.

    This inflatable by BZB Goods stands at 7’ tall and lights up for optimal nighttime viewing. Included with the BZB Goods tropical Santa is an inflator fan, tethers and yard stakes for a quick and easy install. 

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How We Tested

We bought a top-rated Christmas inflatable that our reviewers tested by setting it up and leaving it inflated for four hours a day during the holiday season. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this inflatable, from its durability to its style. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Christmas Inflatable

Ease of use You probably picked inflatables because they're typically a whole heck of a lot easier than hopping on a ladder and stringing Christmas lights. Some inflatables are easier to use than others, though. Consider not just how easy they are to set up, but also how challenging they may be to take down and store after all the Christmas fun is done.

Durability When it comes to selecting your inflatables, make sure you look for those that are well made, with features like reinforced seams and thick materials. If your inflatables light up, you also want to consider how long the lights will last without the need for replacements.

Style Above all else, your Christmas inflatable selection should be based on style. What that means for you may be very different from your neighbor. From classic Christmas scenes to more quirky characters, there’s something for everyone. ‘Tis the season when almost anything goes in the name of celebrating the holiday.

Test Results: The Holiday Aisle Santa on Sleigh with Reindeer Decoration

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Courtesy of Wayfair.
Excellent

What We Like

  • Easy setup

  • Bright lights

  • Durable

What We Don't Like

  • Moves easily in the wind

The Holiday Aisle Santa on Sleigh with Reindeer Decoration
The Holiday Aisle Santa on Sleigh
The Holiday Aisle Santa with Reindeer Decoration
The Holiday Aisle Decoration

Our testers described this inflatable as both “pretty” and “well made.” One of our reviewers revealed, “The lighting inside the Santa is very bright and it really illuminates the decoration.” Another major plus, according to our testers was the super easy setup. In terms of downsides, one of our reviewers noted that the weight is not evenly distributed so it moved easily with the wind. However, she said playing around with how you tie it down can fix that problem. One of our reviewers, who said neighbors stopped to admire the inflatable, raved, “[It] takes the front yard to another level.”