Project Guide

How to Decorate for Christmas with Lights

Build Wooden Box Christmas Presents
A front yard Christmas display with gifts.
  • Build boxes of different sizes made from wood.
  • Cover them with a holiday-themed fabric that allows the light to shine out and fill with Christmas lights.
Decorate Your Stairs and Columns
A stair well-wrapped with Christmas garland inside a home.

Don’t forget the stairway when deciding how to decorate for Christmas. Wrap your stairs, posts or columns with lights in between strands of garland.

Brighten Your Mantel
A mantel well-wrapped with Christmas garland inside a home.

Decorate your mantel with LED Christmas lights and garland.

Hang Lights Vertically
Snowflake Christmas lights hanging from the top of a home.
  • Change things up by hanging strings of lights or lighted ornaments vertically from your roof along your porch or in trees.
  • Wrap your chandelier or light fixture with Christmas lights and flowers.
Set Up an Alternative Outdoor Tree
A Christmas tree light display outside a home.
  • Wrap Christmas lights around the anchor arms of an 8-foot wooden pole.
  • Start at the top of each arm and run Christmas lights all the way down to the bottom.
Use Multicolored Christmas Lights
Multicolored lights on shrubs in a front yard.

Use color-changing lights, twinkling lights, or multi-colored string lights instead of solid colors to enhance your holiday decor. 

Create a Heavenly Constellation
Fairy lights to be used for Christmas decor.

Strategically arrrange LED solar copper string lights along a wall to give the appearance of a constellation at night.

Add Battery-Operated Thin-Wire Christmas Lights
Battery wire Christmas lights illuminating a dark space.

Place battery-operated thin wire Christmas lights inside a small jar or vase. You can also use lanterns, wine bottles, beer bottles and mason jars. These are great for areas with no electrical outlets nearby.

Use Multifunctional Exterior Lights
A front of a home well-lit with Christmas lights and decor.

Plan where to place your existing exterior lights and outdoor Christmas decorations. Then, mix things up a bit by using lights that have a dimming, chasing or color-changing effect to add your own personal twist.

Get Creative with Icicle Lights
Icicle lights hanging from the top of a home.

Icicle lights are a fun way to enhance that winter wonderland feeling. Hang them along your porch or patio, or higher up along the front door frame, for a frosty-looking accent.

Use these outdoor Christmas light ideas to bring some festive cheer to your home this season. Shop our selection for all your decorating needs. The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.