Best outdoor Christmas lights: 8 festive finds to light up your home

Our pick of the best outdoor Christmas lights are sure to make your home shine the brightest...

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Looking for the best outdoor Christmas lights? You've come to the right place then. We love decorating the inside of our homes for Christmas, but this year especially, we think we should be paying just as much attention to how we deck out the outside of our homes too by adding the best outdoor lights! Wrap em' around your porch, hang them from your porch, hey, if you want to have a light up Santa complete with a sleigh and nine reindeer, then you go for it.

But with so much choice out there, how do you pick the best lights for your home? Well lucky for you we have rounded up all our favorites and there is something to suit all budgets and styles. There's classic fairy lights, tasteful light up decor and fun novelty picks, plus you'll also find a mix of battery powered and plug in lights too.

Keep reading to find your perfect buy, then check out our outdoor Christmas lights ideas for more inspiration on how to decorate your porch or yard for the festive season. 

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1. OUTYLTS Christmas String Lights

A great quality, totally weather resistant set of fairy lights

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control?: Yes
Length : 108 ft
Number of lights: 300
Reasons to buy
+Great value for the amount of lights you get +You can connect up to four sets +Lovely warm light+Small bulbs for a more glowing effect
Reasons to avoid
-We can't find any!

You can't go wrong with a set of a classic warm white fairy lights can you? We love trailing these along the room and around windows so the whole front of the house glows in a lovely subtle (but still suitably festive way). You can join up to four of these sets together, creating a length of 432ft, and you can control the eight lighting modes really easily with a remote – the remote even remembers your last setting automatically, so no need to create a disco in your yard as you try and find the right one.

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2. SkrLights 25Ft Christmas Lights C7 Multicolor Ceramic Lights Outdoor and Indoor String Light

The best vintage-style colored outdoor Christmas lights

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control?: No
Length : 25ft per string
Number of lights: 25
Reasons to buy
+Classic retro feel+You can replace the individual bulbs+Strings can be connected 
Reasons to avoid
-You need more than one set for the full effect-The bulbs are glass so be careful

How cute are these vintage-style lights? Very Home Alone vibes here. They would look so cute around a porch or hanging above a window. One set is 25ft so you will probably have to buy a couple if you want them to go two windows, but you can connect these set together if you want to cover your home in them.

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3. LED Icicle Lights Outdoor, Christmas Decorations Lights

These icicle outdoor Christmas lights are the easiest way to bring a ton of sparkle to your home

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control?: Yes
Length : 33ft
Number of lights: 400
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous effect  +Low maintenance way to decorate+Perfect warm white bulbs+Connectable 
Reasons to avoid
-The remote is not that easy to use 

Icicle lights are so effective and yet so easy to hang. They look gorgeous hung under the eaves or above your windows so add a load of sparkle but using just one string. Like the majority of our best picks, you can connect these with up to three more strings, so you can control all of your lights with just one plug and just one remote. This set has eight modes to choose from plus a timer too. 

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4. AmazonBasics 50 LED Commercial Grade Christmas String Lights

A great value set of outdoor Christmas lights in the perfect warm white

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control?: No
Length : 2 16ft strings
Number of lights: 50
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Gorgeous warm glow+Can connect multiple strands
Reasons to avoid
-Some reviewers do say these lights have a a pinkish tinge

If you are wanting to deck your halls on a budget, these lights can't be beaten on price or quality. You get two sets that can be connected together to create a string of 32ft – on top of that you can connect three more strings should you need to. The rounded tips of the bulbs create a more all over glow and the white string is ideal if you have a white frontage and don't want the string to be visible. 

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5. Koopower 36ft 100 LED Battery Operated String Lights

No plug? No problem, these are the best outdoor Christmas lights for you

Specifications
Energy source: Battery powered
Remote control?: No
Length : 36ft
Number of lights: 100
Reasons to buy
+No plus needed+Clear cable+Timer option and 8 modes 
Reasons to avoid
-Obviously how long the lights last depends on batteries-You can't connect multiple strings

Looking for the best battery-operated outdoor Christmas lights? These are our top choice. You still get 8 modes and a timer, just no having to trail a cable from inside your house. Simply click on the timer mode and the lights will be on for 6 hours and off for 18, so you won't even have to go out and and turn the battery pack on. The bulbs are the perfect warm white we all look out for and the cable is clear so you won't even see it. 

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6. Moving Snowflake Lights, White Christmas Projector

Want to create more of an impact? Add in a projector light too

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control?: No
Length : n/a
Number of lights: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Affordable price+Easy to use+Quick way to add some Christmas lights
Reasons to avoid
-This look won't be for everyone

We know that projector lights aren't to everyone's taste, but we think they are fun and super low maintenance if you don't want to be up on the roof stringing up fairy lights. Simple stake this light into the ground, plug it in and voila, giant snowflakes falling down the front of your house. 

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7. Twinkle Star 100 LED 49 FT Star String Lights

Add some subtle sparkly with these adorable star-shaped outdoor Christmas lights

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control?: No
Length : 49ft
Number of lights: 100
Reasons to buy
+Can be connected to up to 10 strings+Cute design +Can be used indoors all year round 
Reasons to avoid
-The color is said to be on the brighter side of white

A cute alternative to traditional fairy lights, these star-shaped lights will just add a bit more of a magical touch to wherever you hang them. You could even combine them with a string of fairy lights to double up on the festive vibes. There are a few colors to choose from here too, warm white, white, blue and multicolored. 

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8. Alpine Corporation Outdoor/Indoor Rattan Grazing Reindeer with Lights

A tasteful take on outdoor light up festive statues!

Specifications
Energy source: Battery powered
Remote control?: No
Length : n/a
Number of lights: 50
Reasons to buy
+Made with rattan for a rustic look+Great price+Battery powered so no plug needed
Reasons to avoid
-You'll have to find room to store when the holidays are over 

As far as light-up reindeer go, we think this one is actually pretty tasteful – we would even go as far to say stylish. It's made from a mix of rattan and wire so would bring a cute rustic alpine vibe to your front yard. It's battery-powered too, so no need to traipse a wire all the way out into the middle of your lawn. 

How to buy the best outdoor Christmas lights

When buying your outdoor Christmas lights you might have a style in mind, but there are a few other things you should consider before adding them to your basket:

Energy source

Plug or battery-powered? If you have an outdoor socket or can fit a cable under your front door, then great. But if having plug in lights would mean you have to leave the living room window open all season so you can hang a cable out of it, not so great. Make sure you think about how you are going to get power to your lights before you buy.

Size and length 

Most of the lights in our best picks can be connected with other sets, so measure out the space you want to hang your lights first before you order so you can get the right amount. 

Storage

Storing fairy lights is pretty simple, you can probably fit them in the loft or cellar with the rest of the holiday decs, but say you want something bigger, like our rattan reindeer friend, make sure you have a place to store them out of season too. 

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