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Best Christmas lights: outdoor tree and window illumination to make your house shine this year

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According to Homebase, us Brits will put up enough festive lights to go to the moon and back 15 times.

For us, it’s only when the Christmas lights are up that it truly feels like the most wonderful time of the year - and this year promises to be the brightest and best one yet.

Lighting plays a huge role in festive celebrations around the world. Whether adorned on trees, projected onto the front of houses or hanging in your living room, it sets the ambiance and transforms the everyday into the magical.

These essential festive decorations work wonders to alleviate winter blues, turning even the darkest of days into a winter wonderland.

Give your home - both inside and out - a Christmassy glow up where we live by the motto that the more extravagant, the better. Cover your entire home in twinkly lights or invest in figures like reindeers, mini Santas or penguins to take your seasonal celebrations to the next level.

These adornments will stand the test of time. You may store them away in the attic or basement but without fail, as soon as Halloween is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun, they will be out in full force.

But there are a few things to consider before purchasing a new set. First and foremost, the power source - is there somewhere nearby to plug them in or would battery-operated options be more suitable? Where are they hanging? Are they suitable for indoor or outdoor use? And of course, the style. There are also lights that feature a self-timer which could make them more cost effective than leaving them on constantly.

See our pick of the best to amp up your decorations this year.

Battery operated outdoor lights

Pre-Lit Outdoor Berry Wreath & Garland

A classy Christmas pairing, this pre-lit garland and berry wreath set will make an elegant addition to any home. Using six AA batteries (sold separately) you can set a timer for six hours of gorgeous nighttime illumination.

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£45 | Lights4Fun

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Festoon Lighting 10M 100 LED Battery Operated Globe Lights

Suitable for outdoor and indoor decoration​, this 10 metre multicoloured festoon globe light strand comes complete with a remote control where you can select eight different types of flashing modes.

Using three AA batteries, this set is also waterproof and offers a one year replacement and refund warranty — so if something should go awry within those 12 months, you'll be okay for next Christmas.

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£13.99 | Amazon

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100 LED Battery Lights

This small five metre box of warm LED battery operated lights is perfect for city flats and those looking to decorate with a sprinkling of Christmas rather than a smothering.

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£4.99 | The Range

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Snowman, candy cane and santa wire lights

The selection of battery-operated fairy lights at M&S is truly extensive this year. Set on a wire string, there’s whimsical santa, candy cane, reindeer, and snowman designs to choose from.

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£5 | M&S

Festive fairy lights

LED Christmas Icicle Lights - Blue and White / 400

Give your windows the Christmas treatment with magical icicle embellishments. These LEDs can be used both inside and outside with eight function like a chasing effect to bring sparkle and festive feels. There are 400 LEDs on an eight metre wire. They come in white, warm white, blue and this mix of blue and white.

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£29.99 | The Range

Outdoor Lights 960 LED snowing icicle lights

Add shimmer and sparkle to your home with this epic 960 LEDs set of fairy lights that will serve to illuminate the entire space. There are a variety of settings, from subtle to the full Christmas touch. The bulbs are energy efficient and there’s a timer for eight or 16 hours. It is 33.8 metres in length and can be use both indoors and out.

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£69.99 | Amazon

Habitat Bright White Chasing Waterfall LED Lights 9m

Hang the icicle lights at the front of your house or from one tree to another for a cascading water effect. There is five metres of cable and the lights can be used inside and outside.

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£25 | Argos

Sparkle Ball LED Lights

Add an interesting touch to the outside of your home with this set of four sparkle lights that designed to resemble snowflakes. The statement pieces can be placed both inside and outside to decorate your home or trees.

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£29.99 | Studio

5m 50 Multi Coloured LED Connectable String Lights Black Cable Pro Series

Wrap these versatile lights around any trees, fences or across your home to transform it into a winter wonderland. The lights come in multi-coloured, white, blue, yellow or a mix of white and blue and in various lengths to suit your needs.

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£20 | Lights4Fun

20m 200 Warm White LED Fairy Lights

No matter the size of your garden, these cable lights will bring a homely feel that we think would work all year round. They are set on a 69ft clear cable and plug into the mains. You can control the lights with the remote control included that offers eight modes for a true light show.

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£18.99 | Amazon

Icicle 220 LED Fairy Lights

Decorate the trimmings of your building, along fences or on the roof with these handy fairy lights with a beautiful icicle design. The lights are composed of 220 LEDs set along an extra-long 10m cable. There are eight functions, including combination and waves among others for a stunning effect.

The product is mains operated,but they use an extra safe low voltage so there is no risk of an electric shock. They also come with a 12-month warranty.

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£20.47 | Amazon

60 LED Holly Berry String Lights

Bringing all the festive charm that you can ask for, these fairy lights composed of green and red lights to resemble a holly berry. While this results in a vibrant colour display, it is not just aesthetics that has made this a popular option.

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£11.99 | Amazon

Snowflake Fairy Lights

These adorable snowflake fairy lights have steady and twinkle settings to creative a truly jolly effect. The battery operated lights have an on/off switch as well as the option for a flash or to remain steady. It’s 20ft long.

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£7.99 | Amazon

100 Blue LED Connectable Lights

Decorate your house and garden with these electric blue fairy lights that feature 100 LEDs on the row. Wrap around tree trunks outside or around a bannister indoors for the full Christmassy effect. The lights are 10m long but if you need for a larger surface, you can connect multiple together by just screwing them at the end of each set.

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£29.95 | All Round Fun

Classic Christmas free-standing friends

Light Up Penguin 3 Pack

This adorable penguin family will make a cute accompaniment to your winter wonderland. There are three statues; 33cm, 43cm and 63cm made up of 144 energy-efficient LEDs.

We also love this adorable coloured acrylic trio from Lights4Fun (£91.99).

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£85 | Wilko

Light Up Reindeer Doe & Fawn Acrylic Christmas Figures

These reindeer lights will give Santa’s Grotto a run for its money and give your home the full Christmas look.

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£129.99 | Amazon

Acrylic LED Snowman

No winter scene is complete without a snowman and this friendly figure will light up your front garden (literally) with bright hues. It’s made up of multicoloured LEDs with a 5m cable. It measures 60cm x 51cm x 31cm.

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£54.99 | The Range

Flashing Christmas Tree Silhouette

Your festive decorations are not complete without the addition of this light-up tree that has flashing LED lights built in. The colourful display measures 114cm x 70cm and it’s freestanding. Plug in via mains.

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£69.99 | Amazon

Snowflake Outdoor Christmas Silhouette

Measuring 90cm in height, this snowflake will make a statement addition to your outdoor light display so all you need is a snowy Christmas.

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£5 | Homebase

Christmas LED Star Light Trio

This trio of lights will have you feeling all warm and festive inside bringing a glow to your garden. Place along the entrance of your home to bring the wow-factor. The stars are battery operated and there’s the option of a six hour timer.

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£39.99 | Lights4Fun

Indoor Outdoor Light Up String Polar Bear

Make your home feel like the North Pole with the addition of this adorable polar bear light up display. There are 72 warm LEDs and it is powered through an all-weather mains plug. As well as the polar bear, the brand is offering presents, stag, swan, sheep, unicorn, hen, reindeer, and a hare.

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£145 | Cox & Cox

Candy Cane Path Finder Lights

Let the whole neighbourhood know how to find you with these colourful outdoor Candy Cane lights. Don't have a path to place them on? Plunk them down in a few indoor house plants for the Christmas party season.

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£15 | Argos

Baby Bullfinches Lighted Display

Perfect for space-saving city dwellers who want a sprinkling of Christmas rather than a slathering of it. These sweet baby finch lights can be used both outdoors and indoors and look adorably Christmassy arranged alongside other Christmas themes or set out alone across a window seal or mantle. These lights are freestanding (plug included) and are water and weather resistant.

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£31.98 | Amazon

Large Spun Cotton Light Up Reindeer & Sleigh

This display piece will make a bold centrepiece for your light display. An eye-catching statue, it composed of a sleigh and reindeer that will sit sparkling in front of your house. The statues needs to be connected to a power source and is 54cm high and 88cm wide. There are 280 bright LED lights on a study metal frame.​

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£169.99 | Lights4Fun

Projector Christmas Lights

Indoor & outdoor Santa & friends Ice white LED Christmas projector

Project Santa and his friends onto your home or garage and bring the magic of the North Pole to your neighbourhood.

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£24 | B&Q

Outdoor Christmas Stars Warm white LED Christmas projector

Set the Christmas ambiance with a festive star display to fully capture the seasonal magic. The projector can be used outside and has a five metre cable length. There is also a one year guarantee.

£19 | B&Q

Projector Light for Garden

Prepare for your Christmas lighting game to be stepped up a notch with this multifunctional projector. The device features 17 slides including designs for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and birthdays. There is a double headlight which are independently controlled, giving you the option to have the designs set to a wave effect. Just set the projector at around 3-5m away for the best quality and affix to the ground or hand on a wall using the base and stake provided. The projector is powered by a remote as well as being rain and snow-proof.

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£29.74 | Amazon

Christmas Snowflakes Projector

With this projector, you can create a show-stopping snowflake display to give your house the ultimate festive makeover. There’s a rotating image with the perfect seasonal pattern.

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£17.99 | Amazon

Christmas Projector 12 Replaceable Lenses

This moving image projector will reflect an animated festive image onto your home with a beautiful colourful Santa and snow design. There are 12 lenses in total so you can mix up the illumination during the lead up to Christmas and for other occasions throughout the year.

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£29.99 | Amazon

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