October 18, 2017

Shopping for Icicle Holiday Lights

Icicle Holiday Lights–Big Business

Icicle holiday lights have rapidly become one of the biggest trends in the outside Christmas lights.  Just look around your neighborhood anytime after Thanksgiving, and often even before and this is the xmas lighting trend you’re likely to see the most of.  If you’re thinking of joining the pack or even updating your current supply of icicle Christmas lights, here’s what you need to know.

Icicle Lights in Living Color

Icicle lights aren’t just cascading streams of little white Christmas lights anymore.  While some icicle lights retain this original design, many creative versions have spun off this original concept.  Variations in the length of the drops can give the bulbs a much thicker, richer effect.  Color has been added to the familiar icicle lights.  Look for them in the usual white as well as variations in blue, green, red, pink and purple.  For holidays other than Christmas you can find icicle lights in orange, green and even red, white and blue.

Icicle Lights Take Shape

shopping for icicle holiday lightsThe creativity of holiday light manufacturers doesn’t just end with color.  Increasingly there is more and more variety in the shape of icicle lights.  We’ve searched long and hard and found actual lights formed into molded icicles.  Even more unique are icicle lights in the form of stars, Snowflakes, and dangling candy canes.  You can find some of these at www.secureshopping.mcaffee.com/shop/icicle-lights.   For other holidays consider icicle lights in the shape of shamrocks, spiders and hearts.  You’ll find a selection of these items at www.bizrate.com/halloween.decor/oid874690758.html

Where to Find Icicle Lights

You can find icicle lights for the holidays in lots of shopping outlets.  Mass merchants like Walmart, Target, and K-Mart carry a number of low-priced styles each season.  Hardware stores such as Ace also offer the low-cost variety as do home centers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.  For a more unique selection look to shops that specialize in high-end home décor.  You might like the unusual selections to be found at Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois or Just Ducky Stores in Naperville and Bolingbrook, Illinois.  For east coasters consider taking a trip over to Fountains of Wayne in Wayne, New Jersey.  You’re sure to find a mind boggling assortment of lights to choose from in that Christmas mecca.  In Michigan, you might try Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth.

Chistmaslights the Easy Way

If shopping in person isn’t your style, let your fingers do the walking by surfing the internet. Here you’ll find an endless supply and variety of icicle holiday lights.  And, if you’d rather not contend with this project yourself or feel the need to purchase the finest quality, long-lasting icicle lights possible, consider consulting a Christmas lighting contractor.  These businesses can provide you a custom-designed and installed display or simply sell you the finest quality and most unique icicle lights to be found.  We even hear an unusual type of permanent Christmas lights are hitting the streets–invisible in summer and available at the touch of a switch in winter.  For information on this type of lighting try www.hclights.com

Moving Away From the White Light

New Themes-Not White

This year how about a theme for your Christmas lights decorations? The most common themes of recent years have involved all white Christmas lights or more recently blanketing the home, porch, windows, eaves and outdoor tree lights with icicle holiday lights.  This year how about something more original?  There are many more options available for Christmas light decorations than these themes and variations of white lights suggest.

moving away from the white lightLet’s pick a more original theme–say bows.  You can start by decorating your Christmas tree all over with them. The bows shown here are gold, but more creative options abound.

What’s up with those Pink Christmas Lights?

moving away from the white light 1Right now, I’m partial to bows made of pink and white striped or polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. Attach little ornament hooks or mini rubber bands to the back of these bows and presto, you’ve got instant bow Christmas tree decorations.  Mix these bow ornaments with pink Christmas lights or even the little white Christmas lights, ( f you must) and you’ve got a unique theme all you own–or in this case a theme that currently tickles my fancy!

moving away from the white light 2The pretty-in-pink Christmas tree shown here is yet another example of my current fetish of working in pink for holiday decorations.

Purple Scores a Hit for the Holidays!

moving away from the white light 3And while we’re talking color, what about creating Christmas lighting and decorating ideas in other unique living colors?  Who says we can’t do purple for Christmas decorations?  These balls cover a whole range in shades of purple and blend nicely with little purple Christmas lights.

Orange is the New Red?

moving away from the white light 4What about orange?  I’m sure you’ve never really considered orange to be a Christmas color, but really why not?  Christmas ornament, Artist Eunice Saunders, mentions orange as the newest of Christmas colors on her website www.eunicesaunders.com.  There you can find unique, artisan-created Ornaments by Nisha, like this one for sale.

moving away from the white light 5If you’re planning to stick with orange as a theme-color, you might also want to add some orange Christmas lights to the exterior of your home as well as to trees–both indoors and out.  Anyway, you look at it, Christmas lights decorations don’t have to be just white lights anymore.  Choose a theme, a symbol, an icon or just a color and let it go wild!

Icicle Holiday Lights–Not Just for Christmas Anymore

Icicle-style lights have made a huge, if somewhat frozen, splash in the US over the last 10 years.  But did you know that icicle holiday lights are not just for Christmas anymore?

Patriotic Holiday Light Set

Icicle holiday lights not just for xmas anymoreCheck out this patriotic holiday light set.  Wit red, white and blue icicle lights it makes an ideal home decoration for Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July or even Labor Day.  One of many novelty lighting ideas for the all-American holidays, this represents an interesting new evolution of outdoor Christmas lighting ideas.  Using your imagination, staples such as icicle holiday lights can be applied in many unique and exciting new ways.

Halloween–Camera, Lights, Decorations—–Action!

Icicle holiday lights not just for xmas anymore 1According to “Selling Halloween” magazine, Halloween is the biggest holiday for outdoor lighting following Christmas.  One of the most popular choices for outdoor lighting at Halloween is icicle holiday lights–but this time in orange, green or even purple.  Orange and green are traditional, but over the last few years purple has been seeing increasing action as a trendy color for Halloween products.  We’d imagine this is due to its particularly eerie-looking nature.

Novelty Lighting–Holiday Icicle Lights Take Shape

Icicle holiday lights not just for xmas anymore 2Even more unusual are icicle lights that have taken on interesting shapes in celebration of holidays other than Christmas.  Just one example is this string of cascading spider icicle lights–a particularly creepy way to get your icicles on.

Icicle holiday lights not just for xmas anymore 3Even more surprising were these heart and shamrock icicle lights we found. Perfect for novelty lighting projects at Valentine’s Day and St.Patrick’s Day, these unique products are sure to be the talk of the town.