Outdoor Christmas lights did not become practical for the average family until the 1930s. By this time, not only were homes decorated with electric lights, stores, community Christmas trees, and government buildings were also adorned with the twinkling lights. General Electric began to sponsor community Christmas lighting competitions in the 1920s, but it wasn't until the 1950s that it was common to see rows of houses lit on the outside. Today, the places you find the lights are as numerous as the types of lights available.
We offer a large inventory of led & incandescent mini lights, in traditional or icicle styles. Our selection also includes wide angle lights, rope lights, and specialty lights including novelty styles, retro bubble lights, micro rice lights, and more! Whether you are decorating your home for the holidays, creating an inviting porch retreat, or creating a crafty masterpiece, you can find lights for any occasion right here!
Greet your guests with this adorable inflatable Mickie Greet your guests with this adorable inflatable Mickie wearing a Santa hat. Delight children and adults alike with this whimsical holiday decoration that inflates to 3.5 ft. Made of durable fabric plastic and metal this holiday inflatable includes energy-efficient LED lighting for nighttime visibility. Plug it in stake it down ...  More + Product Details Close
In many countries, Christmas lights, as well as other Christmas decorations, are traditionally erected on or around the first day of Advent.[5][6] In the Western Christian world, the two traditional days when Christmas lights are removed are Twelfth Night and Candlemas, the latter of which ends the Christmas-Epiphany season in some denominations.[7] Leaving the decorations up beyond Candlemas is historically considered to be inauspicious.[8]
Various types of patio lighting with no holiday theme are also made for summertime. These are often clear white lights, but most are ornament sets, such as lanterns made of metal or bamboo, or plastic ornaments in the shape of barbecue condiments, flamingos and palm trees, or even various beers. Some are made of decorative wire or mesh, in abstract shapes such as dragonflies, often with glass "gems" or marbles. Light sculptures are also made in everything from wire-mesh frogs to artificial palm trees outlined in rope lights.
Animated wire frame elves and Santas add a bit of cartoon-like fun to your lawn. You can get penguins that throw snowballs at each other and reindeer that run. The animation can be jerky, like a crude Flash movie, but these are real smile-makers for young kids. Plus, they’re big. Some are 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide, so there’s a lot of bang for your $300 to $1,500.
For decades trees, wreaths and rooflines have displayed Christmas lights to the de-light-ment of family members and neighbors alike! Transform your home for seasons to come with this virtually indestructible set of 50 energy efficient warm white LED lights that use up to 98% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. Light set features include:
For decades trees, wreaths and rooflines have displayed Christmas lights to the de-light-ment of family members and neighbors alike! Transform your home for seasons to come with this virtually indestructible set of 50 energy efficient warm white LED lights that use up to 98% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. Light set features include:
Adamax's Heavy Duty Metal Lamp Guard is the Adamax's Heavy Duty Metal Lamp Guard is the perfect replacement for flimsy or melted plastic socket guards on your temporary and string lighting. Adamax's metal cage is constructed from heavy gauge steel and then coated in heat resistant vinyl to provide. 5 in. product width.  More + Product Details Close

Animated wire frame elves and Santas add a bit of cartoon-like fun to your lawn. You can get penguins that throw snowballs at each other and reindeer that run. The animation can be jerky, like a crude Flash movie, but these are real smile-makers for young kids. Plus, they’re big. Some are 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide, so there’s a lot of bang for your $300 to $1,500.
This laser light will make you a unique and special holiday display in the garden, lawn, pool, tree, house, park and more. The light will instantly cover your house with thousands of red and green holiday lights. The light remote lets you select red, green, or green and red lights from the comfort of your home, so you don't have to go out into the cold. If you are not going to be home, use the remote to set a timer so your light automatically turns off.

Jump up ^ Normark, Helena (1997). "Modern Christmas". Graphic Garden. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Christmas in Sweden starts with Advent, which is the await for the arrival of Jesus. The symbol for it is the Advent candlestick with four candles in it, and we light one more candle for each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Most people start putting up the Christmas decorations on the first of Advent.


Outdoor Christmas lights are a wonderful way to share your Christmas spirit with the whole neighborhood. At Improvements, we have dozens of ways to light up the outdoors at Christmastime. Guide family and friends to your door with cheerful Christmas pathway lights to light their way, or cover the lights that flank your door with whimsical snowman porch light covers. Traditional Christmas lights and projector systems are perfect too!


Bring a shimmering glow to your decorations with this indoor or outdoor shimmering lighted ‘Give Thanks’ pumpkin ornamental. This pumpkin comes with 10 clear mini light bulbs and 28" of lead wire on a black cord that will plug into any standard 120v/60Hz wall socket. Our pumpkin is 12" tall by 16" wide and contains a suction cup to easily stick to any window or flat surface.
Go all out with decorations this holiday season and embellish your yard and house with some glistening vibrancy. We offer a wide array of outdoor Christmas light displays, giving you plenty of options to bring sparkle and cheer to your home and neighborhood. Here at Wayfair, you'll find a host of light display choices for the door, roof, mailbox, yard, or anything else you'd like to adorn. Whether you choose something elegant and sophisticated or fun and whimsical, your holidays will be even more magical with a special arrangement of glistening lights. If you haven't shopped for holiday lights in a while, you may have some questions, such as:
This laser light will make you a unique and special holiday display in the garden, lawn, pool, tree, house, park and more. The light will instantly cover your house with thousands of red and green holiday lights. The light remote lets you select red, green, or green and red lights from the comfort of your home, so you don't have to go out into the cold. If you are not going to be home, use the remote to set a timer so your light automatically turns off.
Adamax's Heavy Duty Metal Lamp Guard is the Adamax's Heavy Duty Metal Lamp Guard is the perfect replacement for flimsy or melted plastic socket guards on your temporary and string lighting. Adamax's metal cage is constructed from heavy gauge steel and then coated in heat resistant vinyl to provide. 5 in. product width.  More + Product Details Close
Perfect for your holiday centerpiece this Winslow Artificial Perfect for your holiday centerpiece this Winslow Artificial Wreath is strung with 240 white lights and is sure to bring holiday cheer to your home. Each wreath is accented with realistic flame-retardant branches. This wreath is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Ideal for your door wall or window. ...  More + Product Details Close

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means that it's time to start thinking about your Christmas decorating scheme, particularly in the lighting department. Maybe you prefer to go the simple, warm-white string lights approach, or maybe you want something that feels a little more fun and out there. In any case, there are tons of outdoor Christmas lights to choose from out there, so we've rounded up some of the best—whether they be highly reviewed by customers, or just plain cool—holiday lights you can buy this season.

This Penguins Family Playing on Ice Yard Christmas Inflatable is great for decor in and out of the home. The lighted design makes it perfect for your nighttime display. It can also be a great addition to your family photo. The lightweight material and self-inflating design make it easy for anyone in the family to set up and take down. Once deflated, its compact design makes storage easy and allows it to be stored not for use in temperatures below 14°F or 10°C almost anywhere. Do not inflate...
18.25 in. Winter Light Santa Claus with Jacquard 18.25 in. Winter Light Santa Claus with Jacquard Jacket Christmas Decoration. From the Winter Light Collection. Santa has set out to start delivering gifts to children everywhere. Features a gold colored jacket and hat with a sparkling silver pattern. Santa carries a bag full of gifts holly berries and pine ...  More + Product Details Close

I should have just gone to the drugstore to buy some, but didn't have time. Ordered two strings of these instead. They came yesterday. I plugged them in and they worked - mid way putting them up a bulb went out so I tightened it a little, and the whole string went out. I couldn't fix it. So I tried the second string and the exact same thing happened. Two dead strings, no Christmas cheer. Totally bummed, please don't buy these!
You’ve lit up the outside of your home with Christmas house decorations, Christmas lights and other outdoor decorations, but what about the inside? Pier 1 has the “brightest” Christmas candle holders and Christmas lanterns to add a holiday glow to any space in your home. And don’t forget to spruce up the brightest spot in your home—the fireplace. Hang your Christmas stockings on festive stocking holders from Pier 1 that coordinate with your other unique Christmas decorations.

Restore a brilliant and elegant flair to that old light strand with this deLIGHTful pack of transparent C7 replacement lamps! 25 clear C7 replacement lamps will shine brightly with a classically clean appeal. Commercial grade, these replacement bulbs feature weatherproof bases and fade-and peel-resistant coatings to withstand winter weather and corrosive ocean air.


Christmas lights using incandescent bulbs are somewhat notorious for being difficult to troubleshoot and repair. In the 1950s and 1960s, the series circuit connected light sets would go completely dark when a single bulb failed. So in the fairly recent past, the mini-lights have come with shunts to allow a set to continue to operate with a burned out bulb. However, if there are multiple bulb failures or a shunt is bad, the string can still fail. There are two basic ways to troubleshoot this: a one by one replacement with a known good bulb, or by using a test light to find out where the voltage gets interrupted. One example made specifically for Christmas lights is the LightKeeper Pro. For additional information, see the troubleshooting section of the Holiday lighting technology article.
Friends and family are sure to gobble up our turkey lighted ornamental this holiday season! This pre-lit ornamental features a festive-looking, plump turkey in colors of gold, russet, orange, and red, with 10 clear mini lights strung from behind with 28" of lead wire on a white cord. Beautifully crafted of PVC, our shimmering feathered friend measures 16" tall and is UL listed for indoor or outdoor display. A suction cup is included for hanging, with no assembly required. A brilliant way to brighten your holidays!
You can find everything you need our sizable selection of outdoor Christmas lights and decor. Choose holiday lights, decorations and motifs in traditional incandescent and energy efficient LED varieties. Step up the power in your display and create custom Christmas lights with ease when you pair our commercial grade lights strings and bulbs in a variety of colors and styles!

For a more traditional holiday light, you will want to use a C7 or C9. These are the cone-shape lights you'll find most often in home improvement and convenience stores. The difference in these lights is size and wattage, with C9 being a little bigger and easier to see from a distance. Both come in frosted or clear color bulbs and are great for illuminating both your house and trees.
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....
From that point on, electrically illuminated Christmas trees, but only indoors, grew with mounting enthusiasm in the United States and elsewhere. San Diego in 1904, Appleton, Wisconsin in 1909, and New York City in 1912 were the first recorded instances of the use of Christmas lights outside.[15] McAdenville, North Carolina claims to have been the first in 1956.[16] The Library of Congress credits the town for inventing "the tradition of decorating evergreen trees with Christmas lights dates back to 1956 when the McAdenville Men's Club conceived of the idea of decorating a few trees around the McAdenville Community Center."[17] However, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has had "lights" since 1931, but did not have real electric lights until 1956.[18] Furthermore, Philadelphia's Christmas Light Show and Disney's Christmas Tree also began in 1956.[19][20] Though General Electric sponsored community lighting competitions during the 1920s, it would take until the mid-1950s for the use of such lights to be adopted by average households.
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