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Outdoor Lighting for Christmas

By Karin Mangan
Outdoor Lighting for Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to light up your home's exterior. You can brighten up the dark winter nights and give your home a bit of Christmas sparkle with these ideas for outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Christmas

  • An outdoor Christmas tree makes a fabulous feature in your front yard. Spread the holiday spirit to your neighbors and bring a smile to your own face each time you arrive home or look out through your window. Be creative in what you hang from the tree and consider what your decorations will look like after the winter weather has done its worst. Shaped lights such as angels, stars, candy canes, or reindeer can be sufficient without other forms of decoration.
  • Keep it simple with a string of lights around your front door and your windows. Adding lights around the edge of your house can give it a fairytale look.
  • Choose a feature or features to light such as a statue, fountain, tree, or bush. For example, wrap a string of lights around the base of a tree and continue up into the branches, frame the outline of a sculpture with lights, or put lights into a fountain to shine through the water and make it twinkle as it falls (assuming the water isn't frozen!).
  • You can mount lights on a hsaped metal or plastic frame for a Christmas light sculpture such as a snowman or Santa. These can be as large or as small as you want and are especially popular with children and the young at heart.
  • Outline your driveway, lawn, or paths with staked lighting. Lighting your front door and the path up to it can be an attractive way to greet guests or visitors.
  • You could go for a traditional nativity scene to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Anything goes with outdoor lighting. A string of lights wound around just about anything in your yard--an old bicycle, a garden fork, a wheelbarrow--can look attractive and maybe a little bit quirky too.

There is nothing more festive than twinkling lights outside you home. Make sure you only use lights that are designed for outdoor lighting and ensure that your lights are safely connected to the mains. Always consider your neighbors when designing your outdoor lighting plan--your idea of attractive outdoor lighting might not be the same as theirs.

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