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.

close up of 1850 farmhouse with christmas lights after a light snow
front porch of 1840 farmhouse with christmas lights after light snow in new jersey

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
front porch at night with christmas lights and christmas decor of 1850 farmhouse

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close up of front porch rockers and christmas lights with front door wreath and mini trees decorated with christmas lights
close up of white porch rockers with buffalo red and black check and christmas pillows on front porch with flocked christmas tree in window with christmas lights

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.

farmhouse front porch with christmas lights and candles in the windows
Next year, we will do a garland with lights around the top of the porch instead of hanging baskets.

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.

front porch swing at night with christmas lights on the chains, red buffalo check and christmas pillows with outdoor area rug on front porch of 1850 farmhouse

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.

the potager garden with garland and christmas lights on the fence

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.
fireplace mantel with christmas greenery and christmas lights and oversized lanterns from decor steal with battery operated pillar candels and cozy fire

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

front entry hall at night when you walk in with view of dining room with crystal chandelier, french doors with christmas wreaths hung by ribbon, black lab and christmas lights
close up of christmas garland with christmas lights and christmas decor with thrifted store buffet cabinet, houseplants and mini christmas tree in foyer
painted white piano with thrift store antique mirror above with reflection of flocked christmas tree light up at night together with anthropologie vase with white poinsettias and other christmas decor
king of christmas king flock christmas tree lit up at night in front entry hall
flocked christmas tree by king of christmas 'king flock' lit up at dusk with gold tree collar and vintage crocheted tree skirt in foyer with loloi 'Georgie' area rug

The Dining Room

cozy christmas decorating ideas in the dining room with warm lights from the crystal chandlier and a table decorated for the holidays with a white poinsettia christmas centerpiece idea, with white, gold and green color pallette and other organic neutrals and candles
Christmas table centerpiece idea with poinsettias, christmas greenery and some bling in a gold ice bucket
christmas mantel decor ideas with mirror, battery operated candles, vintage candle holders, christmas greenery and twinkle lights

The Living Room

formal living room ov 1850 farmhouse at night with christmas tree lights and seasonal decor with area rug, dark leather sofas, throw pillows and french country coffee table
Cozy little christmas in the formal living room of 1850 farmhouse with roaring fire, mantel decorated for christmas with garland and lights, lanterns and battery operated candle, king of christmas tree, christmas lights and loloi olive and charcoal area rug
close up of king of christmas tree at night with lanterns and battery operated candles in formal living room of farmhouse
close up of roaring fire in formal living room of 1850 farmhouse with mantel decorated for christmas with garland and white christmas lights and knit white stockings near christmas tree

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Cozy Candlelight Christmas Home Tour of 1850 Vintage Farmhouse with close up of front porch

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.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas with twinkle lights on the exterior of our center hall colonial
Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen with window decorated with christmas greenery garland, warm white led lights and red berries with christmas trees and white chalk painted kitchen cabinets
Rustic farmhouse kitchen decorated with fairy lights and garland around the window with prelit mini trees, christmas greenery, red berries and pinecones - how many more months until christmas?
cozy twinkle lights in my farmhouse christmas kitchen with white cabinets, christmas greenery, red berries and warm white led lights -Rustic Farmhouse Christmas

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!

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree Topper on tree decorated with rustic farmhouse christmas aesthetic, cozy lanterns, chair with cozy blankets, poinsettias and houseplants

More About Christmas Lights on the House

Do you decorate your home with Christmas lights too? Do you decorate both inside and outside? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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Cozy christmas lights in the living room of 1850 farmhouse with roaring fire, christmas decorations and tv over fireplace

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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.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statues.

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.

Since we just moved to our home in December 2021, I’m still learning our home and focused a little more on decorating the inside for Christmas than the outside.

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.


Monday candlelight christmas home tours

Simply2Moms: Anne // Cottage On Bunker Hill // Bricks’n Blooms

The Ponds Farmhouse // Southern Crush at Home


Tuesday candlelight christmas home tours

Simply2Moms: AnnMarie // The Tattered Pew // Pasha is Home

Midwest Life and Style // Vintage Home Designs // Life on Summerhill

Next up on the Christmas Candlelight Home Tour Blog Hop is my good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse.

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Stacy Ling

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  1. I vote yes to the tree in the gazebo next year!! That will look magical. I love the lights around the garden fence.

  2. Stacy,
    Your tour was just beautiful, as always. I loved all the porch views. So fun doing this with you. Have the best week.

  3. I’m loving watching how your new home has evolved this year and can’t wait to see what you have planned next! Everything looks so pretty all decked out for Christmas and it’s extra special by the glow of all the lights. Thanks so much for joining our candlelight tour! Merry Christmas to you. -Anne ♥️

    1. Thanks so much for organizing this one! I loved doing it this post. Everyone’s homes are so pretty! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xoxoxo

  4. Stacy your home is just lovely year round but extra special during Christmas! I too already have my wheels spinning for next year so you are not alone. I love all the lights this year you did and your tree and mantel are so pretty! Merry Christmas my friend!

  5. Stacy, your home looks so gorgeous all lit up at night. I love your new tree and your porch is so welcoming and inviting. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Love all your rooms lit up for Christmas Stacy! But I especially love the outside of your pretty home decorated with white twinkling lights. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Stacy, Wow! Everything is stunning! I especially love your outdoor lights and the cozy kitchen lights! Merry Christmas!

  8. I love it all, especially lit up for the holidays Stacy. I can’t tell you how much I love your porch.