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When it comes to recognizable differences signaling the onset of the festive season, there’s surely no better indicator than the appearance of outdoor Christmas lights. Think about it. Few occasions bring on the festive feeling better than returning home in the dark to a street filled with the best outdoor Christmas lights, whether that’s eave-mounted, multicolored lights, a twinkling reindeer or even a lit-up Santa making his way to the chimney.
There’s a lot of scope when choosing the best outdoor Christmas lights for your home. While some people believe the more, the merrier, others prefer a more tailored feel with lights strategically placed where they make the most impact. Whatever your preference, here are some of the key factors to consider when picking the right Christmas lights for you.
Color – One of the biggest decisions is choosing between white, warm white and colored lights. However, not every light set requires you to make this decision, as some smart lights are capable of producing both white and colored light.
Size – The size of the bulbs on display can make a significant difference to the effectiveness and attractiveness of your outside Christmas light display. If you’re going to be mounting your lights higher up or further away, you may want to consider choosing larger bulbs in your light sets.
Arrangement – Your chosen arrangement will depend a lot on where you want to display your lights. Here are some of the common light arrangement types you can choose from:
It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas, especially with the number of discounts and sales such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday which pop up throughout the year.
Sourcing the best outdoor Christmas lighting is arguably one of the most important festive to-do’s. However, finding the best Christmas gifts for your family and friends is definitely up there, too. If you’re short on time or in need of a creative boost to keep you on the nice list this holiday season, check out our gift guides covering the best gifts for her and the best gifts for him for a little inspiration.
Once you have sorted your gift shopping and considered which lights will best fulfill your needs, take a look through this selection of our 30 outdoor Christmas lights. We’ve included a range of options to suit all styles, sizes of house and levels of budget, too.
1. HAYATA Christmas String Lights
For decorators who love mounting brightly colored bulbs around their eaves, there’s no better choice than these HAYATA Christmas String Lights. The 22-foot string includes 35 individual lights which can be either multicolored or orange and purple, depending on your preference. To accommodate all home sizes, it’s easy to join up multiple strings together to create a behemoth of Christmas string lights. In addition to eaves, these versatile lights can be used in a range of other around-the-yard locations, including over trees, fences, walls and bushes.
2. Home Accents Holiday Multi-Color Net Lights
These Home Accents Holiday Multi-Color Net Lights make it easy to turn drab bushes, fences and shrubbery into light-filled focal points. Each of the 150 UL-approved, multicolor mini lights is mounted on a net measuring 48 by 72 inches, which makes installation quick and simple. You can also use these weather-resistant lights indoors should you want to and, because of the smart design, should one bulb go out, the others will still remain lit.
3. Holiday Time Pre-Lit Clear Scottsdale Pine Christmas Wreath
The 50 pre-attached lights entwined within this Holiday Time Pre-Lit Clear Scottsdale Pine Christmas Wreath create a warm, appealing glow among the traditional green branches. At under $10, this simple yet attractive wreath is an outdoor Christmas decoration which no home should be without. Plus, if the basic light and branch combo is too simple for your tastes, it’s easy to glitz it up with your own pinecones, berries or other addition for an extra festive touch.
4. Home Accents Holiday Lighted Candy Cane
BEST PATH LIGHTS
Light up the pathway to your Christmas grotto with these Home Accents Holiday Light Candy Canes. Each pack includes three individual candy canes, meaning you may want multiple packs to sufficiently cover your walkway, depending on its size. Alternatively, you can line them up along the edge of your lawn to brighten up any sidewalk in front of your house. These candy canes stand 27 inches high, making them plenty tall enough to catch the notice of passersby. Additionally, each cane is filled with 36 mini LEDs to ensure they shine brightly into the night.
5. EEEkit Butterfly Curtain Lights
If you’re a fan of a mix-and-match approach to Christmas decorating, then the EEEkit Butterfly Curtain Lights might be right up your alley. Although butterflies aren’t one of the most traditional festive animals, these lights do add a cheery feel to any outside space. In addition, you can control the lights using the included remote control, which lets you choose from a range of different colors and lighting modes.
6. Twinkle Star Meteor Shower Rain Lights
BEST SHOWER EFFECT
For that attractive snow falling effect, there are few better options than these Twinkle Star Meteor Shower Rain Lights. These well-reviewed, IP44-waterproof lights come in a choice of blue, purple, multicolor and white and are made up of eight 11.8-inch long tubes, each separated by 14 inches of wire. These lights are an ideal choice for decorating eaves, fences and trees, and should one set not be enough, you can connect multiple lengths together to increase their reach.
7. Magictec LED Curtain String Light
The Magictec LED Curtain String Light makes it possible to create a beautiful curtain of warm white light. No matter whether you choose to wrap it around a tree, drape it on your fence or hang it from a wall in your home, you’ll love the Christmassy glow it produces. The top string measures 6.6 feet and hangs 300 LED lights in the curtain which can be set to your choice of eight different lighting modes using the built-in controller.
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8. Holiday Time Jumbo C7 Christmas Lights
These Holiday Time Jumbo C7 Christmas Lights boast jumbo bulbs to deliver a larger-than-average impact when hung. Each string of lights has eight traditional fixtures attached and it is possible to connect up to 10 sets together to create a longer length when required. These lights can also be used inside or outside and are ideal for hanging around larger trees to ensure light is visible. So if you’re a believer in bigger is better, this could be the outdoor Christmas light made for you.
9. Twinkle Star Fairy String Lights
If you love that twinkly look, the Twinkle Star Fairy String Lights could be the right choice for you for outdoor Christmas lights. These lights are available in a range of different colors, including blue, orange and white as well as a rather Christmassy, multicolored option, too. As the 200 LED lights span a length of 66 feet, there’s plenty of flexibility to cover trees, fences and bushes. These versatile lights can also be used indoors or outdoors and offer eight different lighting modes for you to choose from using the built-in button. Options include slow glow, chasing flash and steady on.
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10. Lomotech LED Connectable Christmas Net Lights
BEST FOR HEDGES
The Lomotech LED Connectable Christmas Net Lights are an easy way to cover your yard with a hard-to-miss festive glow. This 360-LED light net measures 12 by five feet and can be connected with up to two other sets for an impressively large blanket to cover hedges, treetops, walls and other parts of your yard. It’s also available in a range of different colors, including blue, warm white and multicolored. Furthermore, the net includes a built-in timer function and a memory function for greater convenience during use.
11. EEEkit Window Curtain Lights
BEST STAR LIGHTS
Star-shaped outdoor Christmas lights, like this EEEkit Window Curtain Light Set, is something a little different and an eye-catching option to display in your home at Christmas. They instantly increase the festive feel of any space and brighten up outdoor areas. This set gives you a mixture of both small and large stars, all hanging from the main string. These main star lights are also broken up by smaller fairy lights to further increase their dazzling effect. Plus, as all of the LED lights glow white, these outdoor Christmas lights are particularly well suited to modern, monochrome decor spaces.
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12. Star Shower Motion Laser Projector Light
The Star Shower Motion Laser Projector Light utilizes a mixture of green and red lights to create a mesmerizing festive display. You can stake this compact projector into the ground up to 100 yards away from the surface you’re projecting onto, using the attached pointed base. Projectors are one of the best ways to decorate a large surface area without having to spend hours hanging lights. Plus, at under $25, this outdoor Christmas lighting hack is a modest investment for an impressive array of dazzling dots.
13. Twinkle Star C9 Christmas String Lights
BEST FOR TREES
Ideal for decorating trees, fences and eaves, these Twinkle Star C9 Christmas String Lights just scream Christmas. Each 33-feet string sports 50 individual LED lights. When on, the lights are also cool to touch, and should one string fall short length-wise, it’s safe and easy to connect up to four sets together to get the job done. Additionally, as well as multi-colored, the lights come in warm white, bright white and purple.
14. OUTYLTS Christmas String Lights
BEST STRING LIGHTS
The OUTYLTS Christmas String Lights are a traditional and solid choice for your home. They’re available in three different colors, namely cold white, traditional white and multicolor, allowing you to choose the right style for your Christmas display. Each string includes 300 lights which are all IP55 rated, meaning they are capable of dealing with rain and harsh weather conditions, and they’re safe for indoor and outdoor use. This 108-foot string of lights is also capable of eight lighting modes that include twinkle, slow fade, steady on and flash.
15. The Holiday Aisle 100 Light Icicle Lighting
The Holiday Aisle 100 Light Icicle Lighting is exactly what you need to brighten up your yard. They’re ideal for hanging from eaves, gutters or railing during the holiday season as well as any other time of the year when you’re celebrating! You can connect up to five sets of these lights, producing a maximum length of 25 feet. Plus, they are available in blue, clear or green, so if this joyous multi-colored set is too much for you, you may prefer to stick with one of the single-colored options instead.
16. Poinsettia Wire Silhouette Lighted Window Décor Piece
Many people love red flowers over the festive period and we love this red Poinsettia Wire Silhouette Lighted Window Décor Piece. It’s suitable for either indoor or outdoor, meaning you can place it inside your window or attach it to the outside of your house without a problem. Each flower-shaped frame has 35 small LED lights attached to it to create an attractive decor piece. For easier mounting, the decoration has several suction cups attached to its back, making window or flat surface mounting particularly simple.
17. Lyhope LED Net Decorative Lights
At 12 by five feet, these Lyhope LED Net Decorative Lights provide plenty of cover for bushes, fences and other items in your yard. They offer eight different lighting modes as well as a memory function that remembers your choice, even when the lights are switched off and on again. Your choice includes multiple colors and combinations, including multi-colored, plain red, plain white and even a white, red and blue combination. You can also choose to use this waterproof net inside your home.
18. Shooting Star Christmas Icicle String Lights
BEST FOR EAVES
Although these Shooting Star Christmas Icicle String Lights are available in plain white, we love in blue. Each set runs for a generous 48 feet. But if that is not enough for your needs, it’s possible to connect up to 17 sets to create a longer display. They’re particularly effective and eye-catching when they are hung from eaves or awnings where icicles would hang naturally. In these lights, the uniform spacing allows the light to shine through each bulb and emphasize their attractive icy glow.
19. PHILIPS Warm White Hanging Spheres
PHILIPS Warm White Hanging Spheres are a classy alternative to traditional (and sometimes tacky) outdoor Christmas lights. Each box contains four spheres, each of which has 50 LED lights packed inside to create a gorgeous winter glow. You can even hang these spheres lower than you would other Christmas lighting, allowing guests to get a closer appreciation of the attractive ornate detailing. Furthermore, if four isn’t enough to cover your outdoor space, it’s easy to order multiple sets and connect up to a maximum of 10 together for greater coverage.
20. Northlight Multi-Color Retro Christmas Bubble Lights
Time travel to a Christmas from a funkier past with these Northlight Multi-Color Retro Christmas Bubble Lights. They may not be your everyday standard choice of outdoor Christmas light, but that’s why they may appeal to some people. The lights are brightly colored and uniquely shaped, giving you beautiful statement pieces to hang around your home. Seven globe bases with candle-like bulbs are attached together in a string, making them ideal for mounting along a wall or wrapping around a tree. Each individual light also features a clip for the option of more precise placement if you prefer.
21. Home Accents Holiday Outdoor Christmas Tree Set
BEST 3D LIGHTING
The best outdoor Christmas lights aren’t always about sets of string lights, they can sometimes be about unique, free-standing pieces, like this Home Accents Holiday Outdoor Christmas Tree Set. This matching pair of two light-up spiral Christmas trees include one six-foot-tall tree and one four-foot-tall tree. They can provide a modern twist on outdoor Christmas lighting for a different, yet equally eye-catching look. Both feature twinkling stars at the top of the central metal pole which gives each tree its sturdy, secure feel.
22. Alpine Corporation Tall Hanging Snowflake
Decorating the outside of your house with one or more of these Alpine Corporation Tall Hanging Snowflakes is a highly effective way to spread Christmas cheer to your neighbors and beyond. Each snowflake measures 24 inches across, making them much larger than most Christmas lights and more effective at grabbing the attention of visitors or passersby. If you really want to make more of a statement with these snowflakes, we suggest hanging multiple pieces from your front porch at a range of different heights.
23. The Holiday Aisle Christmas Snowflake Net Light
BEST STATEMENT PIECE
Measuring 16 inches in all directions, The Holiday Aisle Christmas Snowflake Net Light is a statement piece you can be proud to hang. It’s crafted from heavy-duty iron with fine detailing and sports an all-over metallic finish. Each brand tip is topped with an LED light so you can select between having a white, green, red or multicolor snowflake. Furthermore, the strong and durable construction means there’s less need to worry if the wind picks up or it accidentally bumps into something.
24. KiflyTooin Led Icicle Lights
With either multicolored or warm white color options, over 400 lights and 75 drops per string, the KiflyTooin Led Icicle Lights are a fun and eye-catching way to decorate the outside of your home this Christmas. For convenience, the IP44-rated lights include a built-in timer and also offer eight different lighting modes, allowing you to match your lights to your mood of the moment. Plus, at 32 feet long, the lights will cover plenty of space. However, it is possible to join the lights to additional strings should you need to.
25. Holiday Time Pre-Lit Christmas Tree Entryway Set
BEST FOR ENTRYWAYS
This five-piece Holiday Time Pre-Lit Christmas Tree Entryway Set comes with everything you need to transform your front door and surrounding space into a warm holiday welcome. It includes two small Christmas trees, two garlands and a large wreath to hang as the central decoration on your door. By combining this set of lights together with more traditional string lights hung from nearby eaves and fences, your house is sure to draw plenty of attention come Christmas
26. The Holiday Aisle Light Projection and Strobe Lights
BEST FOR BIG HOMES
This Holiday Aisle Light Projection and Strobe Lights combo is one of the best and easiest ways to make the most of a big home when it comes to decorating for Christmas. The projector’s smart design allows it to adapt to the size of your house depending on how near or far away you position it. Once in place at the optimum distance away, you’ll be able to enjoy a festive display made up of different styles of Christmas trees in multiple colors as they constantly rotate in a circle across your walls.
27. The Holiday Aisle Outdoor String Lights
BEST SOLAR POWERED
These handy Holiday Aisle Outdoor String Lights store solar power during the day and automatically switch on at night. Their warm, vintage-style glow makes them a great choice of lighting for backyards in and around cozy seating or outdoor dining areas. Unlike most outdoor Christmas lights, this solar-powered set does not require plugging into an outlet so you’re able to place them anywhere you like, just make sure the solar panel is directed towards the sun for the majority of the day.
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28. XMCOSY+ Outdoor String Lights
BEST APP CONTROLLED
If your home is already crammed full of smart gadgets, it’s surely time to add another to the list. These advanced XMCOSY+ Outdoor String Lights can be controlled using your smartphone through the XMcosy app or even using your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. This control allows you to customize your lights and choose between one color or multicolor displays. The lights are also wind, snow and rain-proof and made from a PVC material which is both safer and more durable than glass.
29. Bayou Breeze Pre-Lit Palm Tree
If you prefer to keep things tropical at Christmas time, then the Bayou Breeze Pre-Lit Palm Tree might be more your thing. Despite lacking the bushy branches and extra height you’d usually expect from a Christmas fir, this beach-themed alternative is covered with white LEDs, which combined with the tree’s seven-foot height, create an attractive festive glow that covers a large space. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard and tropical temperatures year-round, this is a fun option to mix things up a little.
30. The Holiday Aisle Lighted Trees
Turn your front yard into a winter wonderland with The Holiday Aisle Lighted Trees. This set of three minimalist yet striking trees comes in heights ranging from four feet to eight feet tall. All trees share the same stylish design. Their sturdy trunks are topped with spindly branches which are covered in twinkling fairy lights, creating a warm glow over the surrounding area. As an added bonus, these trees have been hand-painted rather than wrapped in printed tape like many of the lower-quality alternatives.