Now that Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to start putting up the decorations! As we all know, one of the most important aspects of preparing the house for Christmas is selecting the best fairy lights. They bring our Christmas trees to life, creating an awesome centerpiece around which the whole family will gather and celebrate.
With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. This is where we can help you! We’ve selected ten of the very best Christmas lights on offer this year; from straightforward white string lights, to snazzy designs in a glorious spectrum of colors. Keep reading to find out which Christmas lights are right for you!
Where can I hang Christmas lights?
First and foremost, lights are the perfect complement to your Christmas tree. The design that works best will depend on your decoration theme. If you are opting for a classic, simple aesthetic, clear white or soft yellow lights will work a treat. Add a little extra sparkle by choosing a set of twinkling lights; these are usually pre-set with several patterns, from gentle dimming to fast blinking, and everything in between. If your theme is more eclectic and vibrant, there are lots of block- and multicolor options available. You can even choose lights with seasonally-appropriate shapes, such as stars, angels, and candy canes!
As well as your indoor tree, lights are an impressive addition to the foliage outside. If you have trees or bushes in your garden, hanging Christmas lights on them creates a festive welcome to guests, and is complementary to any other outdoor decorations you might be using. You can also decorate your Christmas wreath with lights; it’s a fun activity for the kids to help with, and let’s your neighbors and visitors know that you are ready for a fun-filled holiday season! Make sure to use specific outdoor lights for this purpose; they will be clearly marked as electrically safe on the box.
Back inside the home, Christmas lights can be woven into long pieces of natural or artificial spruce garland, and attached to shelves or fireplaces to make an elegant decoration. They can also be placed around windows and door frames, which creates a charming ambience within any room. If you have a spare vase or large jar, they can be filled with a set of battery-operated lights; when switched on, you will have a rustic lantern that can be used on tables, desks, or shelves. They also work beautifully in a conservatory or reading nook, to provide a subtle light source for cosy evenings.
Be as creative as you wish! With Christmas lights, there are no rules; anywhere you’d like to bring a little extra brightness this festive season, illuminate to your heart’s content!
Can I keep using them after Christmas is over?
Absolutely! Fairy lights add subtle elegance year-round. For kids, they can be a useful alternative to a night light, providing just enough comfort without being so stark as to keep them awake. For couples, these lights can contribute to a cozy and romantic atmosphere. They can also be used on bannisters and mirrors to add a little elegant sparkle all year. The light jars mentioned above are perfect for the dining table at any time, particularly while entertaining guests.
In the garden, lights help to retain a festive atmosphere for the entire year. In the summer, you can enjoy warm evenings outside, dining and spending time with loved ones. Many outside lights are solar-powered, so you can take additional advantage of the sunshine!
So, as you can see, fairy lights are not solely reserved for Christmas; their welcoming character can be enjoyed year-round!
What should I be looking for in good-quality Christmas lights?
Firstly, make sure that the type of Christmas lights you buy are fit for their specific purpose. If you are looking to decorate foliage and furniture in the garden, make sure that you purchase specific outdoor lights, which are designed to be safe for use in the elements. Indoor lights are not suitable, and may present a risk of fire or injury.
Indoor string lights are multi-purpose and can be used practically anywhere. When decorating the Christmas tree, these are the best lights to use. Whilst rope lights are bold and attractive, they are far more difficult to navigate around the twists and turns of a Christmas tree, and so are better suited to creating borders.
It’s also important to make sure that the lights you choose are in keeping with the theme of your décor. If, for example, you are going for a classic red, gold, and green theme, patterned multicolor lights may not be the best complement.
Finally, think about any additional features you would like from your lights, including sequencing, automatic shutoff, color-change, and whether they are powered by batteries or an AC adapter.
Now that you have some ideas about what to look for, let’s check out the top ten Christmas lights of 2017!
The top 10 Christmas lights of 2017
- TOFU Globe Fairy Lights
- Monlance Candy Cane String Lights
- Christmas Angel String Lights
- LE Multicolour Globe String Lights
- Innoveco LED Water Drop Fairy Lights
- Samyoung LED Star String Lights
- Sienna Candy Cane Rope Light
- Yoozon LED Colour Change Outdoor String Lights
- KEKH Photo Clip String Lights
- Twinkle Star Curtain Lights
Reviews of the best Christmas lights of 2017
TOFU Globe Fairy Lights
A classic set of white string lights that can be used both inside the home and outdoors. A charming globe design evokes the warm nostalgia of Christmases past, with an entirely modern flair. Their unobtrusiveness makes them perfect for a traditionally-decorated Christmas tree. These lights come pre-set with 8 sequence modes, including chasing, twinkling, slow fade, and steady on.
At 10ft long, with 400 individual LEDs, there are plenty of lights to ensure impressive illumination for trees, bushes, awnings, and indoor decoration. This set is waterproof and power-saving, which makes them incredibly powerful and economical year-round. Note that the power adapter and controller are not waterproof, so will need to be run from the inside, or within appropriate weatherproof housing.
As well as warm white, these lights can also be selected with alternating pink and white bulbs. An excellent choice for anyone who would like a contemporary twist on traditional Christmas lighting! A price point of just $9.99 per set represents exceptional value for money; these lights are packed with features and versatile enough for plenty of applications, in the home and outside.
Summary: With an impressive 400 individual lights packed into a 10ft string, this set will give you plenty of illumination. Suitable for traditional and contemporary designs alike.
Monlance Candy Cane String Lights
A delightful set of string lights, featuring a fun candy cane design. Measuring just under 10ft with 20 individual candy cane-shaped lights, this set is perfect for decorating banisters and shelves, wrapping around a Christmas wreath, or threading through a spruce garland. These lights can also be used to decorate a small- to medium-sized trees, and they’re an excellent choice for decorating kids’ bedrooms.
There are two sequence settings; static and flashing, which provide some flexibility in styling. The string and lights are waterproof, but the battery box is not, so outdoor use will require either additional weatherproof housing, or for the battery box to remain indoors.
To give you peace of mind, these lights come with a three-month replacement service from the manufacturer. In case of any malfunction or damage, the supplier can be contacted at any time to arrange a replacement.
The most important characteristic of these lights is that they are fun, quirky, and will bring joy during the festive season!
Summary: A charming set of string lights, perfectly in keeping with the season. Add a little novelty to your tree or garland with these candy cane-shaped lights.
Christmas Angel String Lights
Keeping the theme of fun designs, these string lights are shaped as adorable angels. 40 brilliant white LEDs provide ample illumination, and a string length of 10ft makes these slights suitable for a wide range of applications. Make the Christmas tree extra special, add a modern twist to traditional garlands, or provide a stunning border to your windows.
If you are decorating your home in a traditional style, the unobtrusive color of these lights fits in perfectly, while the quirky design adds an element of lightheartedness.
These string lights can be used outdoors, although the battery box is not waterproof, so it must be kept covered or appropriately housed. There is a flickering sequence in addition to static light setting, as well as an intensity dimmer, which provides you with superb flexibility. The lights also come with a timer, which can be set at 2 – 8 hour intervals, giving you assurance that batteries will not be depleted prematurely!
Packed with features, these Christmas lights offer an impressive package for just under 10 bucks. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal!
Summary: These little angels bring a festive presence to every room they illuminate. Perfect for traditional decoration, with a subtle twist.
LE Multicolored Globe String Lights
Brimming with beautiful colour, these globe lights create a striking and impressive ambience wherever they are placed. At a length of 33ft, with 100 individual LED-lit globes, these lights can accommodate even the largest trees. They can be used outside, and are perfect for decorating your garden as an impressive welcome for holiday guests.
There are 8 lighting modes, giving you complete flexibility over how your lights perform, as well as a memory function that remembers the last lighting mode used, so there’s no need to re-program your lights every time you switch them on. Power-saving LEDs keep your costs low while you enjoy the spectacular illumination these lights provide. The price point for this product is very reasonable for the number of features included.
There’s an also option to select this set of globe lights with warm white LEDs, which is perfect for people who appreciate the design but prefer a traditional color scheme.
Summary: Bold and visually striking; a colorful announcement that Christmas is here! Great for year-round use, indoors and outside.
Innoveco LED Water Drop Solar-Powered Fairy Lights
With a striking design and solar-power technology, these multicolored water drops are a strong contender for the best outdoor Christmas lights!
There’s no need to worry about battery packs or AC adaptors with these lights, as they come with a solar cell, to keep them powered all year. Thanks to solar power technology, they are also completely waterproof, and can be used outside without having to protect an AC or battery power source from the elements. An inbuilt sensor also switches the lights off at dawn, which helps to preserve energy.
The striking 4-colour water drop design is attractive and zany, and can be enjoyed in outdoor spaces year-round. There are 8 sequence modes built-in, so you can fully customize your experience. For added confidence, these lights come with a 30 day, no-quibble guarantee from the manufacturer.
Summary: An innovative set of multicolored lights that can be used outside all year without having to worry about keeping a battery pack dry. Great features packed in at a reasonable price.
Samyoung LED Star String Lights
The glow of warm white lights and an interesting star design combine to create a traditional Christmas vibe with a subtle contemporary twist.
At 17ft in length, with 50 LED star-shaped lights attached, this set will easily decorate mid-sized to larger trees. They will also look stunning within a wreath or alongside a spruce garland. Their neutral hue makes them perfect for any decorating style; whether you’re going with a traditional look, or something more contemporary, these lights will complement every look. In addition, they are suitable for use in vases or jars, to create the lanterns described above.
Summary: A contemporary take on traditional warm white lights. These little stars can be enjoyed throughout the year, bringing a festive flavor to any space.
Sienna Candy Cane Rope Light
If you’ve been searching for a candy cane border, you’ve come to the right place! This impressive red and white striped rope light will have you dreaming of Christmas treats. At 18ft in length, there’s plenty to place around a window, door frame, mirror, or along shelves and sideboards. It’s a completely versatile product that will impress guests and delight the whole family.
This rope light comes with an AC adaptor and can be used outside, although the adaptor must be kept indoors or within waterproof housing. Use it along your front path or picket fence to create a warm, festive welcome.
Summary: A fabulous nod to everyone’s favourite Christmas treat. This rope light makes a bold statement without being overly ostentatious.
Yoozon LED Colour Change Outdoor String Lights
Capture the rainbow with these impressive string lights, which offer 16 dazzling colors to choose from. Using the included remote, you can customize the lights with any combination of colors you wish, as well as the option to select solid warm white lighting. There are also 4 flashing modes, 5 levels of brightness, and a timer, to provide you with complete flexibility.
The string and lights are waterproof, and the battery box is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes. It is advisable, therefor, to keep it either inside the house, or within protective housing outside. At 16ft in length, with 50 individual LEDs, you will have plenty of lights to cover mid-size to large trees, shrubbery, fencing, or doorways. Inside the home, these lights can be used on the tree, along bannisters and shelves, and around windows and doors. Whichever way you choose to style your home, these lights are a welcome addition.
Summary: An impressive range of colors alongside plentiful customization settings; unbeatable at the price.
KEKH Photo Clip String Lights
A wonderfully novel design! LED lights are contained within translucent clips, so that you can highlight photos or Christmas cards, whilst also illuminating the room. These are perfect as a wall decoration in their own right, and the practical aspect allows you to hang your Christmas greeting cards in an innovative and visually appealing way.
This set measures just over 7ft, and has 20 clip lights, which makes it ideally-sized to fit above a grand fireplace, along shelves and bannisters, or even around a window. The lights are powered by a battery pack; without the requirement to be adjacent to a wall socket, you have greater choice for creative placement. Unfortunately, they are not suitable for outdoor use.
Summary: An innovative take on the humble fairy light. The clip design makes this set practical as well as visually appealing.
Twinkle Star Curtain Lights
Do you love Christmas lights, but find hanging them to be difficult and time-consuming? We have the solution for you! Twinkle star curtain lights are easy to fit, and provide a wall of shimmering light in just a couple of minutes.
Measuring 6.6ft in height and 9.8ft in length, with 300 individual LEDs, this spectacular curtain will bathe any room in starlight. Place one in a front-facing window to impress your neighbors and guests. Fit a curtain above your child’s bed to give them magical story times. Create a festive grotto for the whole family to enjoy. The possibilities are endless!
There are 8 sequencing settings to choose from, including waves, chasing, slow fade, twinkle, and static. The curtain and lights are also waterproof, but the AC adaptor and controller must be protected from the elements, either by keeping them inside or within an appropriate housing. Outside the home, the curtain will make decorating trees and foliage far less complicated than manual hanging of string lights. It can also be used to decorate garages and marquees, as well as the outside of windows. Throughout the year, your outdoor parties will be elevated by using this straightforward lighting solution.
Summary: 300 dazzling lights placed in just minutes; this versatile curtain can be used indoors and outside to provide a little starlight on cold evenings.
Now that you have some ideas about the best Christmas lights on offer this year, we hope you find the perfect product for your home. Happy holidays!