12 Festive Outdoor Christmas Lights Displays for Your Yard

Add some seasonal flair to your outdoor space with simple, yet festive holiday lighting. From string lights to solar powered LEDs there are plenty of ways to pour on the cheer without breaking the bank or tangling with bunches of electrical cords. To get yourself into the holiday spirit here are the best outdoor Christmas lights displays.

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    Elegant Outdoor Holiday Lighting

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    Deborah Silver

    Deborah Silver, the blogger and landscape designer who owns The Branch Studio out of Michigan, decked out her home's front entrance with natural elements intertwined with outdoor string lights. Over the doorway is evergreen garland punctuated with found pine cones. Two large urn planters brimming with branches and twinkly lights make a dramatic statement.

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    Vintage Outdoor Christmas Decorations

    Outdoor Christmas Lighting in Texas
    The Cavender Boys

    You do not have to skimp on holiday cheer just because it does not snow much in your neck of the woods. Case in point this festive yard in Dallas, Texas by The Cavender Boys. They personalized their outdoor space with red and white lighting and vintage accents.

    First, let's talk about the lights on top of the house. The smart duo took measurements of the roof before trimming strands of light to be an exact fit. Another bright idea worth stealing, the previous year they hired a professional electrician to install outdoor outlets under the eaves for exterior lighting. 

    The couple also wrapped string lights around the garland framing the front door. To magnify the twinkling lights, they added star shaped tin reflectors from the 1960s found on eBay. The cherry on this merry display is the old cow skull. While the bloggers are pretty confident that their neighbors hate it, we absolutely heart it.

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    Brighten up With Outdoor Holiday Lanterns

    Natural Greenery with Christmas Lights
    Craftberry Bush

    Perk up your stoop with decorative tin lanterns for the holidays. Lucy, the do-it-yourselfer behind the blog Craftberry Bush added four to her Christmas porch display. Inside the two white ones are LED candles. Lighting up the black lanterns are battery operated copper wire string lights.

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    Modern Farmhouse Christmas Display

    Country Christmas Outdoor Lights
    Liz Marie Blog

    Every holiday season boutique owner and blogger Liz Marie from Liz Marie Blog will spruce up the front porch of her farmhouse with Christmas trees dripping with string lights. Along the sides of her house are commercial grade cafe string lights.

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    Icicle String Lights and Battery Operated LEDs

    Battery Christmas Lights for outdoors
    Tell It To Your Neighbor

    Erica Smith, the lifestyle blogger who pens Tell It To Your Neighbor, says outdoor lighting makes her home more welcoming during the holidays. Dangling from the roof are white icicle lights. The gate on her driveway is topped off with a Christmas wreath with battery operated LEDs.

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    Merry Balls of Lights for Your Yard

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    Hoosier Homemade

    Give yourself and your neighbors a visual treat this holiday season with this tutorial by Hoosier Homemade that shares how to make balls of light for your front yard. To get the job done, you will need chicken wire, a pair of cutting pliers, zip ties, and a couple of packs of string lights.

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    Outdoor Noel Marquee Sign for Christmas

    DIY Noel Sign with lights
    At the Picket Fence

    Get into the holiday spirit with this homemade outdoor marquee sign project by Vanessa, the do-it-yourselfer behind At the Picket Fence. Some of the supplies you will need to get crafting include a sheet of plywood, tall wooden craft letters, spray paint, light bulbs rated for outdoor use, and a nail gun.

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    Snowball Lighting for Your Walkway

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    Little Green Fingers

    We love thrifty DIY projects that make a stylish first impression. Dawn Isaac the mommy blogger from Little Green Fingers who is always dreaming up ways to get her kids more interested in gardening brightened up her walkway for Christmas using real snowballs and tea lights. After making and stacking the snowballs, she pushed a tea light through one of the gaps near the ground and lit it using a battery operated barbecue lighter.

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    Tomato Cage Christmas Trees With Lights

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    17 Apart

    You do not have a drop a stack of cash at your local garden center to deck out your yard for Christmas. Mary and Tim Vidra, the married DIY bloggers who share budget-friendly projects at 17 Apart reveal how to transform wire tomato cages (they typically cost less than $5 each) into outdoor Christmas trees covered with lights. The best part? Each little tree takes around 15 minutes to make.

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    Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Trees Made for Outdoor Use

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    Sunny Side Up Blog

    Erin from the Sunny Side Up Blog decked out her front porch with lanterns and two pre-lit, artificial Christmas trees rated for outdoor use.

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    Giant Stars for Your Holiday Yard

    Stick star yard display
    Duke Manor Farm

    Laura, the decorating and design blogger who created the site Duke Manor Farm, created her very own Christmas light show using wooden stars that she and her hubby handmade. A few years ago she had six wooden stars wrapped in string lights illuminating her front yard. Each one measured around eight feet tall and four feet wide. What she likes about her idea is that the stars can be left out all winter without feeling out of step with the season.

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    Flocked Greenery and Battery Operated Lights

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    French Country Cottage

    Interior design enthusiast and blogger Courtney, from the French Country Cottage, decorated her side porch with faux flocked greenery and twinkly strands of lights. The latter is battery operated and works on a timer, so they turn on at dusk automatically.