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7 Holiday Light Ideas To Wow Your Neighbors

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By on Dec 5, 2016
7 Holiday Light Ideas To Wow Your Neighbors

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At the end of a long day, one of the best sights to see is your block all lit up in various colors, sparkling against the houses. There are so many variations that it’s easy to get creative if you choose to decorate your own home.

While you can draw inspiration for others, I’m sure you’re eager to have the best decorated house in the neighborhood. To go the extra mile, here’s a few holiday light ideas to wow your neighbors.

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Holiday Lights Galore

Holiday Light Installation

If you’re familiar with the movie “Christmas Vacation,” you may find it hard to think about holiday light displays without remembering Clark Griswold. As the movie shows, he had so many Christmas lights that he managed to cause a brief power outage in the neighborhood. Now, I’d hope that does not serve as your inspiration, but regardless, one of the first things you need to do if you’re putting any amount of lights outside is to check your outlets to make sure they are working. If they are not, contact an electrician and get them repaired before continuing.

Next, you’ll need plan where you’ll be installing your holiday lights and if it will be a DIY project. The average cost to install holiday lighting is $412. If you are setting up your holiday lights as a DIY project, you’ll only need to budget for the cost of the lights and materials. This can also vary depending on the type of lights you choose.

Projector Lights

1. Holiday Light Projector

One of the easiest and low-maintenance ways to decorate for the holidays is with a light projector. While it still has the “wow” factor, it requires a lot less to set up. Typically, these weather-proof machines include a simple steak you can place in the ground and adjust to the right angle, so the winter scene projects onto your home. Some larger models even allow you to change the image as you please.

String Holiday Lights

2. Holiday String & Net Lights

Going with the traditional look is never a bad option, especially when there are so many options available to customize your outdoor look. String and net holiday lights come in various colors and styles so you can mix and match how you’d like. However, remember to never string more than three strands of lights together.

If you have shrubs and bushes, net lights work exceptionally well and are easy to put on the plant, without damaging it. String lights are incredibly versatile and can go in almost any area of your yard or home. The key to creating a look that will impress with this traditional option is by stringing lights along areas where one may not expect such as a railing or lamp post. Currently trendy are the large, vintage style string bulbs that hang from the house in various colors.

Pathway Holiday Lights

3. Solar Holiday Lights

If you’re looking to put lights in a tree that’s just too far away from an outlet, choosing a solar power holiday light can be your answer. They come in many string varieties where a steak with the solar panel is placed in the ground nearby, to power them at night.

For other solar options, see holiday lawn décor, such as lawn stake lights that you can include along your pathway.

Front Door Holiday Lights

4. Front Door Holiday Lights

Don’t forget about the front door as you're planning your holiday light display. Change out your traditionally clear bulbs to festive holiday colors, like red or green. Illuminate your walkway with pathway lights, such as candy canes or faux candles. You can also string lights around the pillars, if applicable.

Holiday Lights On House

5. Holiday Light Window Displays

Though our focus has been mainly outside, let’s not forget about the windows, which adds festive holiday décor both in and out of the home. A classic look is flickering electric candles in the window. Or, hang a few light up wreaths to brighten up your home. Don’t overcrowd. When it comes to window displays, you should have just enough that you and your visitors will notice the subtle décor it adds.

Holiday Lawn Lights

6. Holiday Light Lawn Décor

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Your lawn was made for holiday décor! There are many options for every festive holiday during the season that you can simply plug in and let it adorn your yard. If you want to create a trendy display, try creating your own holiday light ball for your yard. Not only does it give a contemporary, chic look to your holiday display, but you’ll wow your guests simply by telling them you made it yourself, Christmas Lights Etc provides a great tutorial on how you can DIY this project.

LED Lights

7. LED Holiday Lights

Looking to “wow” your neighbors without wasting energy? LED holiday lights might be the answer. While they provide all the benefits of the above, they are a more sustainable option during the season. As a bonus, they also have a longer life span!


It truly is the most wonderful time of the year when you see houses lit up outside. Don’t be afraid to get creative in your holiday light display and try something new!.

If you plan on hanging your holiday lights yourself, see How To Install Holiday Lights for a tutorial on how to safely complete this project. 

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