Looking for inside and outdoor Christmas light ideas for the house? If you enjoy seeing the cozy glow of Christmas lights, wait until you see my holiday home all twinkled up for the season. Grab a cozy mug of hot cocoa and join me for a candlelight Christmas home tour.
I love driving around to see pretty Christmas light displays during the holiday season, don’t you? There’s just something about the different twinkling outdoor lighting ideas that are both captivating and beautiful.
But what if you could also tour the inside of people’s homes?
In today’s post, I’m sharing some beautiful photos with some Christmas lighting ideas together with 12 other talented home decor bloggers. So be sure to check out all of the indoor and outdoor Christmas lights inspiration at the end of this post.
Wait until you see how cozy, warm, and festive my home looks at night!
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Christmas Lights Ideas for the House
Do you decorate both inside and outside of your home with holiday cheer, twinkle lights, and Christmas decorating ideas?
Before we tour my home and others for the festive season, let’s chat about some ways to create a magical atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor Christmas lighting ideas.
Exterior Christmas Lights Ideas
Before you head out with a set of outdoor string lights, make sure you know where each power source is and whether or not you’ll need extension cords. There are so many different options to create a holiday curb appeal for a classic Christmas look.
For some festive outdoor lights ideas for the front yard, check out these different options to try:
- traditional lights
- string lights
- twinkling lights
- icicle lights
- rope lights
- light projectors
- light balls
- net lights
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Where to Add Festive Cheer with Outdoor Lights
To me, the options are endless because you can use string lights with garland, add them to light stakes, or simply wrap them around tree branches and trunks.
But there’s so much more you can do too.
For a classic look, string white lights on outdoor trees. Or add warm white lights to the front porch.
If you want a simple way to decorate a fence, add a white pine or cedar garland strung with holiday lights on a fence. To create more of a holiday look, add red bows for that fun pop of red.
On the porch, after you add some Christmas decorations, add some battery-operated string lights around swing chains, the front door, railings, and posts.
If you choose to add string lights around the roofline, consider using light clips to help keep them in place.
While we didn’t do it this year, but we’d love to add an outdoor Christmas tree to the formal garden in the gazebo.
Wouldn’t that look so pretty?
I considered adding one to the front porch but decided against it for this year as I’m still learning about our new home.
Maybe next year.
And when it snows?
Those outdoor holiday lights will look like a winter wonderland. I can’t wait to see it here since we decorated the outside with lights this year.
Indoor Christmas Light Ideas
The perfect way to add festive lights inside your home is with Christmas trees. There are so many different options and sizes with warm white or colored LED lights that there’s something for everyone.
But in addition to Christmas trees, here are some other cozy lighting ideas to try.
- Garland and light strings on stair rails and banisters
- Fairy lights or battery-operated lights in hard-to-reach places like mantels, wreaths, centerpieces, etc.
- Use strands of lights around windows like the kitchen
- Add flameless candles on tables, mantels, or in all of the front windows to create a perfect cozy look.
Of course, you can keep things looking simple but you can also tuck in some organic decor like pine cones, branches, and berries to cozy up the look.
Now that we’ve covered different ways to decorate with holiday lights indoors, let’s tour my home so you can see how it all looks for the 2022 Christmas season.
This will be a quiet tour where we’ll go room by room to see all of the cozy looks. For all the decorating details, you can follow my holiday home tour here.
The Front Entry Hall
The Dining Room
The Living Room
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You can watch the video here.
A Look Back at Christmas Past
Since it’s only been a year since we moved and I decorated with Christmas lights a little differently there, let’s stroll through Christmas past for more cozy holiday lighting inspiration. I love to look back to see how much things have evolved.
The vibe is so different from my current home, right?
It’s been so fun changing my decorating style to reflect the feel of our new home.
I hope you enjoyed touring my home today and got some good ideas for your holiday home. Every time I put more lights outside, I learned something else I wanted to do.
But I guess you can go on and on and on, but I have to cut it off somewhere so we can just enjoy it. There’s always next year!
Thanks so much for touring my home today!
More About Christmas Lights on the House
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Christmas Candlelight Home Tours
Thanks to my good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms for pulling together such a beautiful group of talented bloggers with the most Christmas light inspiration. If you are coming from my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill, welcome!
And in case you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.
I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.
I got a new tree this year and really focused on each room and its unique holiday vibe.
But as I’m stringing lights outside?
I’m thinking about all the cool things we are going to do next year. So the wheels are turning and I’m already planning next year’s display!
I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.
More Candlelight Christmas Lights for the Home Tours
A home that’s decorated for Christmas always feels so special. When the sun has gone down and the lights are all twinkling it becomes so magical.
Sit back and enjoy touring these beautiful homes by the glow of candlelight. You can visit each Christmas home tour by clicking the links below.
Next up on the Christmas Candlelight Home Tour Blog Hop is my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse.
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