Christmas Light Ideas

Light Up Your Front Porch and More

Capture Christmas light ideas from our photo gallery of beautifully decorated front porches and front yards.



Then create your own dazzling display of holiday lights for your friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate all that is bright and beautiful throughout the year.

It is always fun to get outdoor Christmas light decorating ideas that you can use at your home. Our pictures will help.

Joyful Christmas Lights!

Christmas light ideas for holiday joy
This home is magical at Christmas time
Decorating with lights need not be expensive nor ornate. Often times the simplest Christmas light ideas make the most impact and create lasting memories for all.

Brooklyn Christmas light ideas Some of the most extravagant Christmas light decorations can be seen in Brooklyn NY. Most likely, you won't be able to see them this year (unless you live close by) so we brought them to you! Enjoy our Brooklyn NY light displays.

Christmas light example
photo by T. E. Rush
For example, T. E. Rush, in the photo above, captures the beautiful simplicity of this wonderful porch. Note how both the rails and the brackets on the exterior house trim are adorned with holiday lights.

As a child, I fondly remember Dad trying to unsnarl the bundles of Christmas lights. A few choice words always seemed to help. But no matter, in the end, we all went outside in the darkness to witness the "turning on of the lights". Time flies but memories remain.



Outdoor Christmas lights adorn home
Photo courtesy of Margaret Kelly

A Log Cabin Christmas

Jennifer, an Interior Decorator, from Jennifer Decorates We appreciate the generosity of Jennifer, Interior Decorator from, for sharing her Christmas light ideas with us.

Jennifer decorated this rustic Tennessee log cabin for one of her clients as a surprise for his wife and three daughters. We can only imagine their delight when they first opened their eyes to see the magic she created.

lovely log cabin home decorated for Christmas
Log cabin home outlined with sparkly lights and decorated for Christmas

log cabin garage decorated for Christmas
Fanciful wreath and lights over the rustic garage doors

beautiful log home decorated for Christmas
Magical lights outline the roofline and balustrade
We couldn't resist showing you Jennifer's decorating on the inside as well. Who wouldn't want their home decorated like this!

romantic Christmas tree in the rustic bedroom
A beautiful romantic Christmas tree in the bedroom!

sparkly Christmas tree in the living room
Amazing Christmas tree decorations and lights

Log cabin living room decorated in light blues, browns and bronzes
Pine garland and bows decorate the charming loft railing

Striking Christmas tree and stone fireplace in this log cabin home

The main living room colors Jennifer chose were light blue, brown, and bronze colors. She wanted to keep the living room in earth tones to match the fireplace.

Pine garland and burlap bows decorate the fireplace mantel in this log home
Beautiful burlap Christmas wreath
Thanks, Jennifer, for sharing your wonderful work with us!

Want to see some beautiful inspirational log home pictures from Roger Wade Photography?

More Christmas Light Ideas

Enjoy these photos and we hope you take with you some ideas for your home.

Christmas lights shine on front porch
photo by David Clow
David Clow, in the photo above, captures the warmth of light, not only on the porch, but also the light illuminating from the windows. Use the interior of your home to shine through to the outside.

Christmas light idea - garland and red bows with twinkly lights
photo by GA Music Maker
As one of our favorite Christmas light ideas, use reds, greens, and whites and the sparkle of lights to create a decorating masterpiece as captured by GA Music Maker in this photo. Simple elegance.

Christmas light idea example = snowy scene
photo by MicheKerr
The hard lines created by the columns and railings are softened by the evergreen garland strands. As you can see, it doesn't take much to create an eye-catching scene elegantly captured by MicheKerr.

Christmas light idea example - garland, blue christmas tree and nativity scene
photo by LeeLee81
LeeLee81 captures the essence of the holidays. Note the stained glass window off the porch and lighted garland on the railings. The blue lighted Christmas tree and nativity scene tie the spirit of the holiday together.

Christmas light idea example - beautiful angels lit up on front of house and 2nd story
photo by Nelo Esteve
Strategically placed decorations make all the difference. The symmetrical placement works well to complement the symmetrical architecture of this home. Nelo Esteves photo is dramatic.

Christmas light idea example - home totally lit as well as front yard
photo by Nelo Esteve
In contrast, the asymmetrical placement of the yard lighting decorations give this home a feeling of whimsy and fun.

Christmas light idea example
photo by Cindy Shebley
A few subtle light decorations, especially those along the walkway, visually leads you to the front porch which is bright and cheerfully lit. Cindy Shebley camera angle pulls us in!

Christmas light ideas - see the cute snowman
photo by photine
Bet you want to see the inside of this home too! Lighting is not overly done and complements the entire front of the home making quite a statement. The snowman makes it fun! Photine captures the scene.

Christmas light ideas - beautiful icicle lights
photo by psmphotography
This has to be one of the most beautiful displays of icicle lights we've seen. Along with the exquisite architecture of this porch, the lighting is perfect!

250,000 Christmas lights
photo by paul keleher
And if you really want some lights, try this Christmas lighting idea. 250,000 lights! Paul Keleher discovered this while driving home one day. Wouldn't you like this home to be on your street.

We gratefully thank all of the photographers who let us show you their photos.


If you'd like to be a featured photographer be sure to take photos of your holiday porch and please send them to us. It is easy to share your photos.

Gift Ideas for Porch Lovers

Advent cabin from Plow and Hearth Beautiful pine cone berry wreath from Plow and Hearth

Sweet advent cabin and pine cone berry wreath from Plow and Hearth.

Lighted holiday sled decoration from Plow and Hearth Christmas cottage bird feeder from Plow and Hearth

This lighted holiday sled decoration would be an adorable decoration on the front porch. And if you feed birds like Dave and I do, we bet you will enjoy this cute cottage bird feeder from Plow and Hearth.

Cat hand-pulled pillows from Plow and Hearth

Dog lover? Cat lover? These lovable hand-hooked dog pillows and cat pillows make an absolutely wonderful gift from Plow and Hearth.

Musical Christmas lantern from Plow and Hearth Waterhog door mat with Merry Christmas greeting from Plow and Hearth

Nothing as nostalgic as this musical Christmas lantern and snow globe. Plays eight Christmas carols and changes light colors. So enchanting! And as pretty and cheerful as this Christmas doormat is, did you know it will hold up to 1 gallon of water? Great for snowy boots. Both are from Plow and Hearth.

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