August 25, 2019

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas LightsInstalling Exterior Christmas Lights Can Be Handled In A Few Easy-to-Understand Steps

Do you love the look of outdoor holiday lights, but dread the idea of installing them? Don’t worry. The process isn’t as daunting as it seems. Just follow this primer, and you’ll have no trouble hanging outdoor Christmas lights.

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights 1Start With the Basics

The basics of how to hang outdoor Christmas lights include performing a few basic preliminary steps. First, find an electrical receptacle. You’ll want to use heavy-duty extension cords, running from a 120-volt electrical outlet protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter.  Then, take a long measuring tape of 30 feet or longer and measure both the length of your home along the ground and its height. Also, measure the height of any component of your yard–such as bushes and trees–you will want to embellish with exterior Christmas lights, as well as the lengths of Christmas light strings needed to decorate the periphery of doors and windows. Then calculate how many 50-foot Christmas light strings are required to accommodate these measurements combined.

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights 2Get A Good Look

Take a good look at the Christmas light strings you’re going to hang. If there’s one important thing to remember about how to hang outdoor Christmas lights once you’ve finished the basics ,but before you actually start doing the job, it’s this: Inspect all light strings for broken and missing bulbs, and thoroughly examine wires for defects and excessive wear. Pull broken bulbs out with long-nose pliers, and don’t forget to wear gloves. Unplug strings to replace faulty bulbs, re-testing them to make certain that lights work. Check for a blown fuse on any Christmas light string that doesn’t work at all, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for replacing the fuse and perform a re-check, replacing the whole string if the fuse blows again. Discard any outdoor holiday lights whose wires are worn out or otherwise defective.

How To Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights 3Up On The Ladder

Finally, it’s time to actually climb the ladder to install those exterior Christmas lights. It’s best to use an extension ladder, unless you reside in a home with low eaves. Lean the ladder against the eaves, ensuring that it sits firmly on flat ground. The ladder should extend fairly far above the eaves and be propped in a position that allows for comfortable climbing. Any gutter against which a ladder leans should have a short piece of 2 by 4 inserted in it to secure that ladder. Attach outdoor holiday lights along your gutters and/or roof with plastic clips manufactured especially for that purpose. The clips work by gripping shingles or gutters; they feature lower hooks designed to hold Christmas light strands and extension cords. Attach exterior Christmas lights to the trim of your home’s windows trim, as well as to other vertical surfaces, with tube light or nail-on plastic clips spaced at intervals of about 12 inches. Then stand back and admire your work. Now, learning about hanging Christmas lights wasn’t that hard, was it?

Slideshow of the World’s Best Hanging Holiday Lights

Ever dream of taking a tour around the world so you could see some of the best displays of hanging holiday lights?  With plenty of us obsessed with seeing the finest outdoor Xmas light displays in our communities, it’s only fitting that we want to branch out and see what the world has to offer.

If you’re one of those who’d love to see these Christmas light displays from around the world, be forewarned. We can’t take you in person for free to see this outdoor Christmas lighting, but we can do the next best thing.  We can lead you to a slideshow where you can see the absolute finest in exterior Christmas lights the world over. So come on, be an adventurous armchair traveler and see the highlights, with the help of Travel and Leisure magazine, what we have picked out for you.

This slideshow starts out with clips from Disney World, Tokyo, Brussels, Branson, Johnson City and Mexico City.  For more on these decorative holiday lights refer to our companion story, “The World’s Best Displays of Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights”.  Following clips from these locations the show moves on to cover the lights decorations of 5 additional outstanding light displays from around the world.  Stick with the slideshow and treat yourself to bold and bright holiday greetings from the following locales:

Slideshow of the Worlds Best Hanging Holiday LightsTivoli Gardens-Copenhagen: Tivoli’s amusement park Christmas decorations were designed by John Loring of Tiffany and Co.  With 20 acres of trees, buildings and rides decked out with festive lights, this is the place to be if you happen to land in Copenhagen at Christmastime.

Plaza de Comunicaciones, Madrid: This awe-inspiring display occurs only on Christmas Eve at the new city hall in Madrid. Unusual in the sense that it combines a whole lot of smoke and fireworks with the Christmas lights, it will remind you that cultures around the world each have a different take on what constitutes a successful light display.

Dededo, Guam: Smack in the middle of the Micronesia Mall, this Christmas light display includes a holiday lights train as well as a 35 foot tree and lights that blink in time to music.  Most unusual is the aroma machine that pumps out the smell of Christmas’ familiar pine trees.

Harbor City, Kowloon, Hong Kong: Thousands of blinking light in this shopping area serve to make the whole experience an overwhelming and dizzying one.  When it comes to Christmas lights, if you’re looking for excess–this is the place!

Take me to the show!

The World’s Best Displays of Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

A World Wide Extravaganza of Xmas Light

Travel and Leisure Magazine editors have searched the world over for the world’s best displays of hanging outdoor Christmas lights.  You can be sure they are plenty of contenders for this honor and although you might expect the United States to have the monopoly on this category, you’ll have to guess again.  Although the US has entries on the list, Travel and Leisure’s awards span the globe. Let’s take a look at who’s in the top 6 of this list.

Disney World’s Hollywood Studies–No surprise here.  Nobody does an extravagant show like Disney and the Christmas Extravaganza is no exception. Known as the “Osborne Dancing Christmas Lights”, this show incorporates music with over 5 million lights blinking along in time.

Complete with snow, (artificial of course) after all this is Florida, the show comes ablaze every 15 minutes.

The Worlds Best Displays of Hanging Outdoor Christmas LightsBrussels Town HallA bit scary, this 15th century gothic building is covered with spires and lights that blink eerily to music every night during the month of December.

Tokyo–Roppongi Hills Galleria–when the midtown shopping district of Tokyo unveiled the first of its outdoor Christmas light displays, the amazing Milky Way display in 2007,  people the world over took notice.  It remains to be seen what they have planned for this year and years to come.

Johnson City, Texas–a small town of just 1500, this hamlet does outside Christmas lights Texas style–in a big, big way.  This 1 block park space is adjacent to Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Historic Park and features more than 1 million lights.  People come from the big Texas towns, Austin and San Antonio just to see what the Pedernales Electrical Cooperative has put together for the season.

Branson, MissouriSilver Dollar City is Branson’s theme park.  Although the entire park gets decked out for the holiday what’s really impressive is the 5-story special effects outdoor Christmas tree lighting.

Mexico CityThe vendors at the Tepito flea market go all out.  When not selling all kinds of cheap goods, they’re busy decking out their stalls to celebrate Navidad with their take on commercial holiday lights.

Like to see these displays up close and personal, without travelling the globe?  If so, you’re in luck.  Simply click on the link below and see Travel and Leisure’s selections for Best Holiday Light Displays