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Top 10 Outdoor Christmas Lights For Your Yard

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It’s that wonderful time of the year again. A time to gather with friends and family to celebrate over delicious meals. Thanksgiving has come and gone and now you’re ready to decorate to showcase your love of Christmas.

However, before most people get to this point of enjoying the festivities, they have to deal with the frustrations of tangled wires, burnt out bulbs and colors that just don’t pop like they should.

multicolored lights on a sidewalk covered in snow outside of a house. Roof line with lights across it, as well as candy cane lights hanging on rails.

A great solution to ensure your holidays start off smoothly, is having the right lights and decorations. To help, we showcase top ideas for decorating with outdoor Christmas lights as well as review the best ones available on the market.

The list below contains a variety of lights from mesh lights and string lights to pathway markers and solar powered lights. Here are the ones we recommend.

We also highlight the best methods to power your Christmas lights in a separate article.

light projector

Outdoor Christmas Projector Lights

This waterproof outdoor light projector displays 5 different red and green light patterns. Snowflakes, Jingle bells, Santa Clause, Christmas Tree and Starry Nights can be shown with 3 display patterns and 2 flashing modes. The projector can cover up to 3900 sq ft from up to 33 feet away making a very large festive pattern on the outside of your house.

The included remote control can be used up to 65 feet away so you don’t have to go outside in the cold to change the display pattern or mode. The ability to set a timer for how long you want the displayon is the cherry on top of this wonderful christmas light projector.

app control led lights

Twinkly Smart LED String Lights

These outdoor Christmas lights are for our high tech geeks. You can create custom color changing light displays with these app-controlled LED lights with over 16 million colors. The Twinkly App for iOS and Android can be used to map the light strings and create custom lighting displays. These smart exterior Christmas lights instantly connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi networks.

These LED outdoor Christmas lights from Twinkly have been made IOT ready, so you can simply sync the light decorations with your smart home for easy use. The application can be controlled using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

durable outdoor xmas lights

C9 OptiCore Multicolor Smooth Christmas Lights

If you want outdoor Christmas lights that are durable and can last many winters, buy the C9 Opticore commercial grade lights. You get 50 multicolor OptiCore C9 steady LED bulbs and 50-foot green stringer with 50 sockets spaced 12 inches apart. Assembly is easy, you just have to twist bulbs into sockets.

Thanks to their superior construction, the OptiCore bulbs provide great color saturation, durability and reliability. The polycarbonate lenses are 200 times the strength of glass.

The bulb walls as thick as two typical Christmas bulbs, making them exceptionally durable. Because the bulbs are thick, they help to enhance the vivid color.

The bulbs can be replaced easily, and they continue to work even if one bulb goes dead. The colors will never fade, chip or crack and the bulbs have been rated for about 60,000 hours.

cascading outdoor lights

Christmas Cascading Meteor Shower Lights

The cascading meteor shower lights are my favorite outdoor tree decorations. The motion of the lights within the tree looks magical. These tube lights are 12 inches long and 15 inches apart making them look like actual rain/snow coming from the sky. Each beads of the outdoor lights fall in sequence then have a slight delay on each tube making a more natural look.

The 20 ft long white lights are waterproof and durable enough to last many years. These lights have been designed with a tail plug which connect up to 5 light strings together using one plug for larger yards.

LED Xmas string lights

LED Indoor/Outdoor Small String Lights

For the quintessential Christmas lights to wrap around your tree or to decorate your front yard, these multicolor lights are your best bet. These LED string lights are 210 feet long containing over 640 lights. Choose between warm white or multicolor to create just the right Christmas ambiance.

The included remote allows you to control the mode and brightness of the lights. 11 modes include 4 steady and 7 flashing lighting modes. These outdoor Xmas lights transform your house exterior into the best Christmas light display in the neighborhood.

Solar Xmas string lights

Solar Outdoor String Lights, 2 Pack 200 LED

For the energy conscious consumer, these solar Xmas lights will produce a warm-white soft glow creating a festive look to your yard. You get two 72 foot long string with 100 super bright LED bulbs made of thin and flexible green wire.

These solar lights are solidly engineered to stand any weather – either rain, sun, or snow. You get 8 different modes on this solar powered Christmas lights. Decorate anywhere without needing unruly extension cords!

These Christmas pathway lights come with a 90 degree adjustable solar panel plus a built-in rechargeable battery making these lights very portable to any location of your yard without the need for an outlet. These lights will automatically light up during night and shut off during the day, working for about 8 hours once the battery is fully charged.

Mesh Xmas LED lights

Net Mesh Christmas Lights 10ft x 6.5ft 200 LED

These lights are a great way to cover your front yard hedges. They can be connected from one end to the other, enabling you to connect a maximum of 5 sets. This outdoor Xmas lights mesh comes with 8 different modes such as twinkle, slow fade, waves and slow glow.

Installation is a breeze and can be place just about anywhere in your yard design; on trees, bushes, grass or any other items. They also come in an all white version as well.

The lights and the plug have been designed to be waterproof and that makes it for both indoors and outdoors decorations. It is important to remember that the power adapter is not waterproof and should be used with waterproof receptacle cover when used outdoor.

Candy cane pathway lights

Candy Cane Pathway Marker Lights

These Candy Cane pathway lights are a classic way to create a warm festive welcome for your house guests. This 2 pack candy cane lights are 17″ tall with a total of 12 Candy Cane Pathway Markers.

These lights come with 12 ground stakes to make installation easy. 15 sets can be connected for long walkways or driveways.

Icicle xmas lights

Multicolor LED Icicle Lights

When I think of outdoor Christmas decorations, I always picture these hanging icicle lights. This set has 400 LED lights on 75 hanging branches. It comes with 8 different lighting modes and different lighting effects which are controlled by a button on the plug. The intelligent memory function design ensures that these exterior Christmas lights continue from the previous setting mode when you restart them.

Designed with built-in timer functions, you are able to set a timer enabling you to have these outdoor Christmas decorations on for 6 hours and off for 18 hours. Each 32 foot long set has an end-to-end connector, which can support a maximum of 3 light sets. This ensures that it can cover a large area.

Every one of the outdoor Christmas lights have been constructed using high quality material and have been designed to withstand rain or heat. This ensures that you can confidently leave them on display during the rainy and sunny days. They also come in a multilight version if you want a more colorful display..


The wide variety of lights we’ve showcased will help you create your very own outdoor Christmas wonderland. Lights these days have become way more efficient and high tech to wow your neighbors like never before.

And if you’re wanting to do something creative with your Christmas lights, we have an article where we teach you how you can make a Christmas Tree using Christmas lights!

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