Festive Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting can create a nostalgic Christmas scene in gardens and front yards. It brings so much festive cheer to the outside of your home, brightening (pardon the pun) everyone’s day.

There’s no limit to what you can create. So to inspire your creativity this season, we’ve put together a list of our favourite outdoor Christmas lighting ideas.

Perfect for lighting up snowy or dreary holiday nights, take a peek and get started adding a little festive sparkle to your outdoor space!

1. White Christmas porch setup

It’s about time to think outside of your home’s four walls and fill every nook and cranny of your porch with Christmas lights! The white branch-inspired lighting in this idea gives off a major winter wonderland vibe.

White Christmas lighting porch setup

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2. Colourful Christmas trees along the pathway

Everyone loves the appeal of twinkling outdoor Christmas trees. Decorate these little trees with a combination of various light colours along the pathway.

Don’t forget about your porch, railings, and even staircases!

Colourful Christmas trees with lighting along the pathway

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3. Go all out with topiary animals

Don’t just use lights; incorporate illuminated animals to make your outdoor decoration even more fun. Take a cue from these lit up reindeers to impress not only the neighbourhood but also Santa!

Christmas topiary animals with lights

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4. Wrap the trees

Garden trees make an excellent addition to outdoor Christmas decor, especially when they have lights on. When wrapped with fairy lights, they also make a stunning visual display for onlookers whilst making your exterior look even more inviting.

Garden trees wrapped with Christmas lights

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5. Opt for laser lights

Why not opt for an outdoor laser projector for Christmas this year? You can create an aesthetic tree line or decorate with lights in whatever way you want.

Christmas laser lights

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6. The cascading icicle lighting effects

Create a beautiful light show in your front yard or garden with a dripping effect like this one! Simulating falling snow, simply add the lights on your roof or trees to add more value to your outdoor design.

Cascading icicle lighting effects for Christmas

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7. Bushes wrapped with net lights

Make use of the bushes around your home by wrapping them around with net lights. This concept makes a great deal of difference, adding massively to your outdoor Christmas setup.

Bushes wrapped with net lights

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8. Christmassy roof display

Be creative with your holiday roof decorations and have a little fun with your lights. Take this holiday roof light display as a blueprint. It perfectly shows the holiday spirit, and if you’re joining the neighbourhood lighting competition – you’ll surely bag the prize!

Christmassy roof display

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9. Star lanterns paired with string lights

Not only do star lanterns look amazing, but also give a festive look to balconies. Even if you don’t get snow for the holidays, sweeping string lights can give your balcony a spark that feels like winter.

Start lanterns paired with string lights

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10. Add neon signs

Go extra with your outdoor Christmas lighting game by adding a massive neon sign on your roof or front gate. It helps outline your house, mainly the roof, just as shown in the picture.

We’re telling you; going for this concept, your house could be the centre of attention in town!

Christmas neon signs

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11. Highlight your main door

Beautiful red bows with lush green creepers on your main door are enough to strike the right chords for your festive season. Beautify the outdoor space more with yellow lights and creepers around the pillars.

Main door decorated with Christmas lights and garlands

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12. Create a spiral bordered path with lights

By looking at this snowy garden path, the small outdoor lamps create a cheerful surrounding. They light up the street leading to your house, making a huge impact on your holiday spirit mood.

Spiral bordered garden path with lights

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13. Bright, massive star on the wreath

Stars are one of the true symbols of Christmas. Your outdoor lighting setup won’t be complete without their presence. Welcome the festival of joy, a simple big star on a wreath concept like this around your house.

Bright, massive star on the wreath

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14. Go full-house

Imagine what Santa (plus the neighbours and passerby) will look like when he visits your home! From the roof, all the way to the fence, a Christmas display like this will never let you down.

House full of Christmas lights and decor display

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15. Light-wrapped pillars

Garland lights can easily wrap around railings to produce a stunning display. They add height and look incredible when used to outline the front door in place of greenery.

Pillars wrapped with Christmas lights

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16. Oversized starlight spheres

Create a focal point in your Christmas outdoor decor by adding massive-sized starlight spheres into the background! Choose starlight spheres in one or a few colours to complement your holiday theme.

Use mini versions to hang between each column or across the ceiling to complete your Christmas-themed porch.

Oversized starlight spheres

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17. LED snowflakes

Step into a winter wonderland every time you arrive home with lighted snowflakes on your porch. Add a wintry mix with snowflakes in different sizes and styles hanging above the front entryway or backyard trees.

LED snowflakes Christmas lights

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18. Stay gold

Gold is a great choice of colour theme if you want to stick to one type of Christmas light design. You can’t go wrong with it as it works well with just about any style of home. Gold-toned lights also avoid an over-the-top look, perfect for a simple outdoor Christmas setting.

Gold-toned Christmas lights

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19. Or go for a red and green colour scheme

Keep the lights minimal and clean with a red and green colour scheme for your outdoor space. This colour combination denotes all the Christmas cheer!

Use green lights on the bushes and your roofline, then contrast the green with red backlighting.

Red and green Christmas colour scheme

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20. The ultimate flying Santa and reindeer display

How about a quick ride with Santa this holiday? Lift the mood of your neighbourhood with this flying Santa and reindeer display! The bright neon lights and other Christmassy displays complete the spirit of Christmas.

Flying Santa and reindeer display

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Thanks to these ideas, your home will be the envy of your neighbourhood! At least one from this list will help you bring some great outdoor lighting setup that will dazzle your surroundings. 

Most importantly, spread the spirit of the holiday season like never before!

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