8 Ideas for Decorating With Christmas Lights

Hi there! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I am in a Christmas frenzy trying to get it all done. One of the best things about Christmas is decorating with Christmas lights. I love the cozy glow it gives to my home.

decorating with Christmas lights

This year I have lights inside everywhere, on the mantel, around a frame, in a bowl of ornaments, around my sliding doors. I’ll share pictures of that all soon. In the meantime here are some great ideas for decorating indoors with Christmas lights.

Lights + branches = win win. Find similar branch lights here.

Snowy branch lights

Pier 1I love these rustic snowflakes from Restoration Hardware. Sadly, they are no longer available, but I found a similar one here.

Rustic snowflakes

Restoration Hardware

I wanted to do lights in a lantern on my mantel this year but I couldn’t find the right size lantern. I love these glimmer strings that are popular this year. You can find similar here.

Lights in lanterns


Pre-lit branches placed pretty much anywhere will look good. We love how they looked tucked into this pretty container.

Christmas container

Via Pinterest

A curtain of lights is so festive. You can find similar lights here.

Curtain lights

via The Berry

Wrap grapevine balls with short strings of lights, or wrap several with a longer string or buy them pre-lit.

Grapevine lights

The Garden Glove

These branches were spray painted white before adding the lights. But you can find large white branches here if you want to skip the spray paint.

Lights in tree branch

Old City Hall Shoppes 

How beautiful is this? If you have a faux fireplace, or if you don’t use yours,  this is such a great idea. Fill assorted cloche’s with glimmer string lights.

Christmas lights

Design Sponge

Want tons more Christmas decorating ideas? Check out our Simply Christmas magazine, it’s free! You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more decorating ideas.

What’s your favorite way to use lights?

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  1. Lights are so beautiful at Christmas time. I agree that lights and branches go so well together! These are all so pretty!
    We currently have my Mom’s lighted Christmas village on display this year. We don’t use it every year but were feeling that spirit this year.

  2. These are all so pretty! I love lights this time of year… the last picture of little lights in the fireplace is absolutely to die for! I NEED those! Thanks for all the ideas! #SoMe2

  3. What a great compilation of Christmas lights. I especially love the ones in the lanterns. It’s great how they have battery operated lights now :).

  4. #pinned, fun and awesome ideas for using lights in original ways #pinworthywednesday

  5. White Christmas light glow is seriously like a drug. And it has to be the classic white, none of this LED-too-white-its-blue-and-hurts-my-eyes new stuff! I love the little ones in the cloches 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at ODT, see you this week!

    1. Emily, I agree about the blue light. If the box says “cool white” stay away!

  6. These lights give me so much inspiration for the Christmas night! I’m thinking of sticking some family photos with the lights! It’ll be so much adorable!

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