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Christmas Light Pictures: Jumbo-Size Outdoor Christmas Lights
A Sampling of Lit Displays to Inspire Decorating Ideas
Pictures of outdoor Christmas lights are fun to look at, even though the real thing is obviously better. Many take their family out every year at holiday time for "the tour." This ritual consists of driving around one's home town (and outlying areas) in search of the best lit displays in people's yards. It is one of the best parts of the holiday season.
As enjoyable as it is just to look at such decorations, that is not the reason for... presenting this photo gallery. No, its purpose is to give you ideas for decorating your own yard. These pictures of outdoor Christmas lights have something for everyone, from the tasteful to the "tacky." The display possibilities are almost endless, and the hope is that the images and commentary in this gallery will spur your imagination and supply you with numerous ideas for outdoor Christmas decorations.
So put on your night vision goggles and enjoy the pictures of outdoor Christmas lights below:Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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A More Tasteful Jumbo Christmas Light
The giant Christmas bulbs in the prior photo may be a bit gaudy for some folks.
While one would not call the big Christmas bulb in this picture a "traditional" Christmas ornament for the outdoors, it may be sufficiently well-made to escape the "tacky" label, depending upon how low-key you require your yard decor to be.
Garlands such as this one are very useful in holiday decorating, not least of all because of their versatility. Here, one instantly lends a festive mood to a fence, but they can be... used on a variety of structures. Learn how to hang garland around a door if you are mainly interested in dressing up your front entryway.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Lit Angel Christmas Decoration
Angels are a natural for outdoor Christmas light displays. After all, angels are supposed to radiate light, right? The trumpet in the Christmas ornament shown in this picture is a nice added touch.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Enduringly Endearing Teddy Bears
What is it with teddy bears and Christmas? Other than the fact that teddy bears are traditional Christmas presents for kids, it is hard to see the connection.
Be that as it may, teddy bears, popular year-round, are never more so than at Christmas, as this picture of a lighted decoration shows. One fancies the larger figure is a mama bear, and that the smaller one is her baby. She seems to be giving junior a candy cane for the holiday.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Spinning Like a Spinning Top
It is hard to believe that, once upon a time, kids received items such as spinning tops for Christmas presents, not video games.
But you can still get away with giving the kids a top for Christmas -- a lighted top, used as a Christmas lawn ornament, as shown in this picture. Heck, this is one top you, yourself may even enjoy.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Lighted Nutcracker Ornament for the Yard
Like teddy bears, one supposes that the "Christmas connection" for toy soldiers lies in their traditional use as Christmas gifts for kids.
We are all familiar with the Christmas nutcrackers that come in the form of toy soldiers. In this picture of a lighted Christmas display, a toy soldier is featured as the centerpiece, complemented by a lighted Christmas ball and candy cane.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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Lighted Christmas Trains
Add trains to the list of icons that have crept into the world of Christmas decor via the "gift route."
That is, like the teddy bears, tops and toy soldiers already discussed, the only rationale apparent for the use of trains in lighted Christmas displays is their association with Christmas gifts. Giving a child (or adult, in the case of some train aficionados) that much-coveted train set is one of our most enduring Christmas traditions.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Lighted Gingerbread Man, Lighted Gingerbread House
Like teddy bears, gingerbread men, gingerbread women and gingerbread houses are popular year-round, but perhaps never more so than at Christmas. The outdoor Christmas light display shown in this picture features Christmas lights in the shape of a gingerbread man and gingerbread house.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Reindeer With Outdoor Christmas Lights
Reindeer sculptures are popular in outdoor Christmas light displays.
Reindeer sculptures come in many forms and are used in various ways as Christmas ornaments for outdoors. Some reindeer sculptures are composed entirely of artificial materials; the reindeer may be either animated or stationary. Others prefer the more traditional grapevine reindeer sculptures.
This picture shows reindeer used in conjunction with a sleigh and a Santa Claus figure to compose a more complete outdoor Christmas light... display.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Lighted Christmas Garlands
Garlands are a staple for Christmas yard displays, especially among homeowners who prefer tasteful Christmas ornaments composed of natural materials. A popular use of lighted Christmas garlands is to wind them around porch poles, as in this photo.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Santa's Helper Lit Up for Christmas
Who needs Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to light the way with this Christmas elf around? Santa's helper seems to be doing a fine job all by himself, based on this Christmas ornament picture. His lantern and lighted outline would serve to light the way on any stormy Christmas eve.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Santa's Helper Bearing Gifts
In this picture, Santa's little helper assumes a more traditional role. Christmas elves help Santa Claus move all those Christmas gifts around.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Picture of Lighted Santa Claus Figure
What Christmas lights display is complete without the jolly old elf, himself? "Jolly old elf" refers, of course, to Santa Claus. The nickname derives from the famous poem that begins, "Twas the night before Christmas...."
This lighted Santa Claus figure could serve as a substitute for those who can't bring themselves to erect a Christmas inflatable on their lawns, no matter how much the kids beg for one!Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Outdoor Christmas Lights on Trees
When we think of stringing outdoor Christmas lights on trees, evergreens come to mind immediately. And understandably so, since indoor "Christmas trees" are evergreens (blue spruce, fraser fir, etc.). But if it is a light show at night that you want, deciduous trees will serve the purpose just as well, as this photo shows.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Christmas Cluster Lights
You have other options for outdoor Christmas lighting beyond the usual strings of lights. When hung on a tree, Christmas cluster lights make for an airier decor than do the usual strings of bulbs.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Lighted Weeping Tree
With their unusual forms, weeping trees add an interesting element to a landscape design at any time of the year. Strung with outdoor Christmas lights, their weeping habits can yield some novel results.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Outdoor Christmas Light Displays
The owners of this Christmas light display were not content adorning their lawn and house with lighted Christmas ornaments. So they took to the air, using a helicopter outlined with outdoor Christmas lighting.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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The Lamplighter Cometh
If you have a lamp post in the yard, then you have a leg up on creating a Christmas light display. Just twine a garland around your lamp post, perhaps adding some red ribbons, then perform your function as lamplighter by flicking the switch.
Did you know that in days of yore, when towns lit their streets with gas lights, an individual dubbed a "lamplighter" was in charge of lighting the town's lamp posts at night, then extinguishing the flames the next morning? Ever since,... "lamplighter" has taken on the additional meaning of someone or something that brings enlightenment to people.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Christmas Light Displays for Decks
"Deck the halls with boughs of holly" is a famous injunction for decorating indoors. But outdoors, some folks literally have a deck to "deck out." Decks provide a sturdy, accessible base for outdoor Christmas light displays. Displays of the sort shown in this picture, featuring a "Happy Holidays" welcome and poinsettia flowers in lights, give a whole new meaning to "deck lighting."Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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Lighted Santa's Sleigh
Santa's sleigh is whisked through the air by Rudolph and the other reindeer on Christmas eve. And this outdoor Christmas light display captures the event.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Lighted Snowflake Ornament
If you live in a warm climate, your Christmas light displays may lack a backdrop of snow. No problem, just incorporate a lighted snowflake ornament such as this one into your display.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Driveway Arch Lit Up at Night
Christmas lights on shrubbery, on the house, on lawn ornaments. What's left? Well, these folks found a way to work in some additional outdoor Christmas lights. They lit up the arch over their driveway. The bells are a nice finishing touch.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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A Modernistic Touch
What catches one's attention in this lighted Christmas display is the group of three white, rounded lights to the right of the door. They offer something of a modernistic touch (perhaps unintentionally).Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Net lighting has become very popular for lighted Christmas displays outdoors. Ease of installation has a lot to do with the popularity of net lighting. Many homeowners simply drape the netting over the bushes in their foundation plantings. It is that easy to use.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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White Lights vs. Colored Lights in Christmas Decor
If you prefer the "tasteful" entries in this gallery of holiday yard decorations, then you are probably a fan of white lights for Christmas decor. Others prefer to inject more color into their Christmas decor and use a number of different colors in their Christmas light displays. But as the picture shows, still others opt for a mix: white lights in one area, colored lights in another. Such a Christmas light display does, however, leave you open to suspicion. The neighbors may wonder,... "Did they make their lighting selection based on what was on sale at the time?"Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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When one sees this lighted Christmas display of a snowman skiing, one can't help but wonder: If there should be an avalanche, would he get hurt? After all, when he is in the snow, he is more or less in his element, right?