Outdoor Christmas Light Display Ideas

For Your Porch, Yard and Home

We've collected outdoor Christmas light display ideas to give you lots of options for creating an amazing light display during this festive season. Remember as a kid driving around with your parents to see the Christmas light displays?

Be the house that everyone is talking about that kids can't wait to drive by. With a little planning you can turn your porch, yard, and home into a most eye-catching array using these Christmas light ideas.



Outdoor Christmas light display idea on beautiful home with wrap around front porch
An elegant outdoor Christmas light display idea
Christmas light photography requires certain skills and an eye for the right perspective to capture not only the lights but also the appeal.

If you love elegant Christmas decorating ideas, then look at these.


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.

red, white, and blue Christmas lights on home
A charming Christmas light display



For those who prefer a simple but elegant lighting option, consider wrapping your porch columns with lights. Simple wreaths, garland, and red bows add just the right amount of vivid holiday color.

outdoor Christmas lights covering front porch columns
Porch columns wrapped with outdoor Christmas lights



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.

front of home and porch illuminated with Christmas lights
A very merry porch!



What fun! 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.

Christmas lights on a row of homes make an amazing outdoor Christmas light display
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.

Christmas lights outlining home's roof line and on picket fence
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 on front porch landscaping with Reindeer And Snowmen
Red and white lights with a flair



Christmas lighting display with a candy dish appeal
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!".

Christmas lighting idea on brick home to inspire your creativity
Captivating picture of outdoor Christmas lights


Our thanks to the good folks at Tucker Hill in McKinney, Texas and Eric Isaac for allowing us to share their photos with you.



Special Outdoor Christmas Light Display Ideas

This outdoor lighting creates a somewhat luminous yet warm effect in the dark of night.

stunning Christmas light display on both lower and upper front porches
Create an overall warm glow with lights



Impressive beyond words. I'm glad I'm not paying the electric bill but this would be amazing to see in person! The traffic in front of this home (not in the Tucker Hill community) surely increases each Christmas season.

Note the cohesiveness of the light colors throughout the display.

over the top outdoor Christmas lights on home and yard
Can't miss this outdoor Christmas light extravaganza



Notice how the size of the candy canes complements the porch's arched columns. Any smaller and the effect could be quite different. It is important when decorating outside that you consider the size of the adjacent features to create a cohesive look.

huge candy cane decorations on front porch and amazing Christmas lighting
One of the best outdoor Christmas light displays



Strategically placing lighted outdoor yard decor can add special effects with which to celebrate the season. This captivating snowman and other yard ornaments are definitely crowd pleasers.

large lighted snowmen in front of home for Christmas
Lighted outdoor yard decor - photo courtesy of Eric Isaac



Be sure to see all of our outdoor Christmas light display ideas and outdoor lighting tips through the links below.



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