16 Festive Outdoor Lighting Ideas

These lighting designs and outdoor decorating ideas provide plenty of inspiration for your holiday decor.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Borst Landscape and Design

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Borst Landscape and Design, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Photo By: Image courtesy of Utopian Landscapes/Christmas Décor, a member of PLANET

Lights at the End of the Tunnel

A distant all-white Christmas tree beckons at the end of this dazzling tunnel of lights designed specifically for a homeowner’s driveway (it can house two cars) by Utopian Landscapes’ Christmas Décor Division.

Window and Alcove Focus

One way to create maximum curb appeal with your holiday lighting is to emphasis the windows, alcoves and entranceway with decorative effects such as this bright, cheerful creation from Utopian Landscapes’ Christmas Décor Division.

Eye Allure

To create a memorable color palette, stick to primary colors but try not to use too many or you’ll create a visual overload. Try a mix of purple, blue and red to create additional shadings of magenta, violet and aqua as in this creative design from Utopian Landscapes’ Christmas Décor Division in Harrisburg, Pa.

Facade Detailing

When you are decorating the façade of your home with lights always aim for a balanced effect as in this simple approach that subtly outlines the frame of the house. The look is complimented by visual “bookmarks” (the lighted trees) on either side.

Blue and Green

Sometimes a two-tone color scheme can create a very atmospheric and offbeat visual effect as in this blue and green combo designed by Utopian Landscapes’ Christmas Décor Division.

Electric Soldiers

When decorating with lights you can let your imagination run wild and concoct characters and landscapes such as these larger than life soldiers displaying Yuletide colors against an arbor of glowing lights

White Highlights

It’s hard to go wrong with a traditional all white lighting scheme, especially if you want to accent certain architectural features of your home which are well illuminated in this design.

Red Bookends

Another variation on an all-white lighting design with minimal color accents is this eloquent example of red highlighting at the opposite ends of the home.

The Big Picture

You can always extend your lighting scheme from your house into your front yard or driveway to achieve a larger and more cohesive effect as in this well-executed design highlighting the circular island and tree at the front of the property. 

Traditional Yuletide Door Dressing

Even if you have decorated the entire exterior of your house and yard with lights, don’t forget to dress your main door or entranceway as well with something classic like this combination of a large wreath and garland frame.

Expert Trim

Here is another less-is-more approach that brings out the best features of the house and yard through an elegant outline pattern in white. 

White Out

There’s nothing quite like a snowfall during the holidays to make your all-white lighting design really stand out in a way that is even more spectacular than if you had used bright colors.

Nativity Showcase

Strategically placed lights and decorations on your house, yard and entranceways are always good for a balanced effect but you can also increase the visual interest by anchoring a thematic and well lit scene at the center of the design.

Yuletide Garland

Another decorating idea for your entranceway is to wrap garlands with red accents around your porch pillars and columns and loop them over the front door for a friendly, welcoming effect. 

Wreaths of Light

Adding a touch of greenery with red bows for emphasis makes for a great Yuletide motif. But such decor really pops when you add lighting to your wreaths, garlands and window mounts. 

Colorful Footnotes

While it is hard to go wrong with an all-white lighting design, adding some well-placed color accents with up lighting can really make your house stand out from the pack.