One of the most telling signs of the holiday season’s imminent arrival is the sudden springing up of holiday lights throughout neighbourhoods, giving them that cozy festive feeling. And though the standard red and green twinkle lights are perfectly nostalgic, we also love to see some eye-catching new outdoor lighting trends popping up as well. Read on to shine some light on the season’s best outdoor holiday lighting we’re seeing now.
Gone are the times when the only way you could control a string of lights was by plugging them in or unplugging them. Nowadays, smart tech has made holiday decor so much easier to control and personalize. This string of globe lights can be changed to whatever tone of white best suits your holiday display, from cool to warm and toasty. Choose from pre-made effects and animations to really make your home sparkle with holiday spirit!
Twinkly Festoon White String Lights, The Bay, $200.
On the other end of the spectrum are these adorable light up animal decorations that are just the right amount of retro and whimsical. Whether you live in the city or in the suburbs, they’ll bring some country chic to your porch.
Rooster Indoor and Outdoor LED Holiday Decor, Canadian Tire, $100.
Light up your outdoor space with these uniquely-shaped string lights. Their waterdrop shape sets them apart from the other holiday-ready homes in your neighbourhood, and they have eight unique lighting modes from a gentle twinkle to flashy party mode.
Crystal Raindrop String Lights, Amazon, $36.
Light Your Path
For homes with walkways that need lighting up (especially on those dark winter nights), these garden stakes with LEDs are an excellent choice. From starry nights to red and white candy canes, there are a variety of holiday motifs to best suit your style.
Alpine Corp. Holiday Decor Garden Stake with LED Lights, Bed, Bath & Beyond, $165.
Make your home stand out among the rest with these smart LED curtain lights that transform your windows into a lit-up art display. You can design custom messages, set the lights to music or choose from the over 100 images. This is one home purchase that will go beyond the holidays — it’s perfect for a New Year soiree, or any holidays throughout the year.
LED Smart Christmas Tree Lights, Lunar Lights, $212.
These meteor shower string lights will delight your neighbours with a dynamic lighting display (without the strobe effect). The light effect gently drips down in a beautifully calming motion.
Meteor Shower Raindrop Lights, Amazon, $25.
Save on your energy bill this holiday season with these pathway lights that harness the energy of the sun. The solar-powered LEDs provide a gentle firework-like glow.
Low Voltage Solar Powered Integrated LED Pathway Light, Wayfair Canada, $45.
Big and Bold Bulbs
Not all holiday decor has to harken back to mall North Pole setups. If you’re looking for a more permanent lighting solution for the winter season and beyond, consider something like these multi-coloured panel lights. They’re a tasteful touch for a modern home and can be enjoyed year-round without having to fend off questions about when you’ll finally take down those holiday lights.
RGB Modern Wall Light, Orbisify, $130.