By Dave and Mary
See Houses Decorated
with Christmas Lights
Sparkle Up Your Home and Front Porch
Use these photos of houses decorated with Christmas lights to get ideas for displaying lights on your home and front porch this holiday season.
Either duplicate lighting schemes you see or modify them to fit your own decorating style.
Mary and I have selected homes with Christmas light displays that not only reflect the spirit of the holiday but also offer simple lighting ideas you can easily duplicate.
We also offer tips to make your outdoor Christmas lighting easy and fun to do.
Gallery of Houses Decorated with Christmas Lights
Outside Christmas Lights on Display by Christmas Lites.com
Although we do love extravagant holiday lighting displays, not everyone can or wants to go to the expense and time it takes to create them.
We've selected Christmas house lighting photos for this gallery that depict what we believe are aesthetically beautiful without being "over the top".
We thank and appreciate both professional and amateur photographers who have graciously shared their photos with us.
Photographer Dean Forbes
Subtle Shamrock Green Christmas Lighting
Professional photographer Dean Forbes, who likes to focus on street and cultural subjects,
has also traveled to India to do volunteer documentary photography for NGOs managing potable water projects in rural villages.
See more of Dean's photography
Photographer Bill T
Beautiful lighted Christmas wreaths
Photographer Bill T bought his 1st camera while in the Navy.
A Crime Scene Investigator by profession, Bill loves photographing architecture, scenery, autumn, ocean shots, hot rods and classic cars.
See more of Bill's photography
Photographer Carole Julius
Wonders what a little Christmas lighting can do
Carole Julius is a freelance photographer and blogger, illustrating lives and sharing stories with photographs throughout Southeastern Massachusetts
and wherever else her heart takes her.
See more of Carole's photography
Photographer Dave Thomas
Like frosting on a cake!
Dave, a biology professor at Lyon College (Batesville, Arkansas), is an amateur photographer.
He writes, "Many if not most of my photos were taken simply to document the episodes of many people's lives.
Sometimes, I happen to get shots that are also striking or beautiful."
See more Dave Thomas' Photography
photographer Dawna Moore
Christmas lights at Amelia Island Williams House Inn,
Amelia Island, Florida
Dawna's interest in photography started early when shooting with a Fischer Price 110 film camera.
She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), a board member for
Wild Amelia and her local co-op art gallery, Island Art Association.
See more of Dawna's photography
Photos by Rita Crane Photography
As a photographer, Rita Crane has traveled extensively through France, Switzerland, Germany, Tahiti, the American Southwest, and the Rocky Mountain front range.
Although Rita's first love is photography, her artistic talents also include stain glass, lapidary, silversmithing,
and has helped designed and build an authentic Territorial Style adobe home.
See more of Rita's photographic work
Video: Tips for Hanging Exterior Christmas Lights
When decorating your house for Christmas, you might want to use some of these tips for how to hang exterior Christmas lights -
to make it easier, without so much hassle and hopefully with no surprises when you turn them on.
Small front porch Christmas lighting
photo by Barb Lawrence
Barb, a pet sitter and animal lover, is owner of a fun blog called Woof Nanny.
A collector of vintage sea gulls, Barb enjoys coffee and conversation with friends, retro / mid-century / tiki stuff, and the beach.
See more of Barb's photographic work
Here's an interesting mirror image Christmas lighting photo of a duplex by Rob Bishop.
photo by Rob Bishop
Light up the season!
photo by Jeff Burton
Christmas lights in black and white
Jeff writes: "A great image invokes emotion in the viewer.
I am working towards the day when I can consistently capture that 'WOW' image." We think he's got it!
Dan Huntley Photography
Use multi-colored light strings
Dan Huntley is a Dallas, TX based photographer and enjoys shooting travel and landscape photography.
He has been published in guide books, magazines and on numerous websites.
See more of Dan Huntley's photographic work
Christmas Lighting Options
- For outdoor Christmas try to use either singularly or a mix of C7s or C9s
- If using miniatures the light string will stay lit if a bulb filament fails.
Try to replace the burned-out bulb quickly as the shunt allows the remaining lights to remain lit;
however, it will increase the voltage for the other bulbs which may reduce their longevity.
- Net lighting (which is a mesh of interconnected mini LED lights) easily drapes over your landscaping.
- Shimmer spheres come in various designs like snowballs or stars and stripes. They consist of different sized lights and some twinkle.
- Icicle lights are ideal for gables and to outline your eaves.
More Houses Decorated With Christmas Light Ideas
Enjoy these homes so elegantly decorated with Christmas lights to give you even more ideas for your home.
An elegant outdoor Christmas light display idea
Outlining your roof outline gives your home an appealing perspective.
Note in the photo below how outlining the Romanesque style columns and adding a contrasting light color to the shrubs together enhance this home's overall appeal.
A charming Christmas light display
Talk about charm!
This outdoor Christmas light display is one you just have to stop the car and enjoy.
Notice how the garland is strung between the porch columns in lieu of just outlining them.
The wreaths hung in front of windows and the lights on the shrub at left all add visual interest.
Most fun is how the porch itself is decorated with a little Santa and other holiday decor to make this a very merry porch.
A very merry porch!
Imagine walking along these homes all decorated for the season.
The lollipop yard ornaments and lights add an almost magical and mirthful appeal to this community.
Lighthearted outdoor displays makes for a wonderful Christmas light image
This is one of our favorites.
We like the subtle feel of this delightful cottage style home with lights on the picket fence.
The Christmas decorations add lots of charisma and allure.
Subtle yet effective Christmas lighting
Compare This Outdoor Christmas Light Display Idea
Note the different appeal of each of the two homes shown below. The lighting is very similar in style and color, yet the results are somewhat different.
Copying a style you've seen on other homes may look different on yours depending the the style of home.
Why do the Christmas lights, although similar on these two homes, each have a different pizzazz?
Red and white lights with a flair
Enchanting Christmas lights
Wow Your Neighbors!
We don't believe any other color of lights would have this same dramatic effect!
It is a home you can be sure that will be driven by many times during the season; perhaps warranting a "you gotta see this one!".
Captivating picture of outdoor Christmas lights
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Enjoy visiting Christmaslites.com
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Hi! We're Mary and Dave
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