Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Last year, we picked our favorite Christmas lights, but this year, we decided to go deeper on all kinds of string and holiday lighting. Below, the best in Christmas light shows. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Light up your holiday with the white LED string lights with auto-timer. They'll be the last Christmas lights you’ll ever buy! Crush-proof, rugged construction is inspired by commercial lighting that’s made to undergo rigorous use, year after year. Plus, you can customize your display with eight functions that vary from steady to running to flash and more. An auto-timer turns them on and off automatically each day. Warm white LED lights with clear wire offer a festive display indoors or out....
This 20 in. H Pre-Lit Clear Mini Lights This 20 in. H Pre-Lit Clear Mini Lights Christmas Greeting Puppy will delight all. Adorable and dressed in a bright red Santa hat this whimsical guy is pre-lit with 35 clear mini lights that are fully assembled. Covered in fluffy tinsel fabric this festive fella will stand guard both indoors ...  More + Product Details Close
Give your yard a fun and festive holiday Give your yard a fun and festive holiday look with this adorable Airblown Inflatable Hanukkah bear. Easily installs - self-inflates in seconds and includes energy-efficient LED lighting for nighttime visibility. No assembly required. Plug it in stake it down and watch the magic unfold.  More + Product Details Close
There is a variety of lights to choose from. First and foremost, always use waterproof or water-resistant lights with a tag marked underwriters lab (UL). This means the lights meet national industry standards with the American National Standards Institute. Also, when you're buying Christmas lights to use outside, make sure they are rated for outdoor use (just like your extension cords). Never use indoor Christmas lights outdoors.
Bring a touch of holiday joy to your Bring a touch of holiday joy to your home with the 150-Light LED C6 String in Multi-Color. Each strand features 150 long lasting LED lights that use 80% less energy than a typical incandescent bulb. LED lights stay cool to the touch and provide flicker-free lighting for a consistent glow. ...  More + Product Details Close
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