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Top 5 Places to Put Holiday Lights in Your Home

Close-up of star-shaped holiday lights

It’s easy to add some festive cheer to your home with little more than a string of lights. Whether you’re a fan of minimalist holiday decor or like going all out (think pop culture decoration and more), it’s guaranteed that your festive decor includes a string or two. Here are the five places inside your house where you can string up those fairy lights for a holiday twinkle.


A hand hangs a Christmas bauble on a tree with white string lights

On Your Christmas Tree

The most obvious choice for where to string up holiday lights is a tree. Whether real or artificial, nothing makes a Christmas tree shine like string lights.

See More: The Best Artificial Christmas Trees You Can Buy

On Your Garland-Wrapped Banister

Another spot to add sparkle to your home with holiday lights is staircase banisters. Wrap both garland and Christmas lights around a banister and light up the way. It’s the perfect look for any entryway that features a stylish-looking staircase.

A closeup of multi-coloured string lights

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On Your Garland

Trees aren’t the only thing that deserves some holiday sparkle by lighting them up with twinkle string lights. Add some shine to all the greenery inside your home, from wreaths to garland. One tip is to get battery-powered lights so that you can hang your garland and wreaths all around the home, not just close to the nearest outlet.

See More: How to Make Easy Dried Citrus Christmas Ornaments

In Lanterns

A great way to decorate your home for the holidays, indoors or out, is by swapping the standard bulb or candle for small LED lights inside a lantern. Tiny battery-powered lights give a magical feeling that’s full of holiday cheer. They’ll look great on a mantel, by the tree or lining a staircase. You can even try them inside a glass bookcase, like in this great TikTok hack:


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♬ Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee


Related: How to Gift Wrap Like a Pro

A holiday tablescape with wreath, Christmas ornaments and string lights

As a Warm and Cozy Tablescape

You don’t just need to wrap string lights around greenery; they also look great as a tablescape. It adds a warm glow to the table, without needing to light up the candles. It’s an especially great idea for a kids’ holiday table, where you don’t want little ones in danger from real flames.

A string of lights with three colours of round bulbs

Shop Them Here: 3-Colour String Lights, Indigo, $35.

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