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Give your garden a magical festive glow with our pick of the best outdoor Christmas lighting ideas, from simple candle clusters to festoons of twinkling fairy lights. Christmas is the party season, so what better way to decorate your (hopefully) snowy garden, patio or courtyard with a spattering of glittery lights.
Whether you want to set the scene for an inimate atmosphere, light the way for your guests, or simply to create a starry silhouette to twinkle in the nights skies, we have all your lighting needs sorted.
Hanging outdoor lanterns
Create a magical winter seating area by hanging a cluster of lantern lights and white Christmas decorations over a patio.
Light the way to your Christmas party with bright paper lanterns. These work best on snow-laden boughs so keep your fingers crossed for a white Christmas.
Get rustic woodland style this Christmas by wrapping tiny fairy lights around wooden branches and adding decorations in natural materials.
Why not go all out and create a twinkling footpath by lining the
approach to your home with chunky church candles and glass lanterns.
Team with tiny fairy lights to ensure Father Christmas doesn't miss your house.
Create a magical outdoor feature by stringing fairy lights along a metal frame to create a sculptural outdoor Christmas tree. No other decorations required.
style by hanging up pretty white votive holders outside your home. Team
with branches of winter greens and whitewashed furniture to keep the
look fresh and bright.
Welcome guests with a traditional wreath on your front door and scatter pin lights through it for extra sparkle.
Lining a footpath with lanterns is a classic styling trick, but add some slim white candles and you'll be transported back to a different era.
Do you have a flair for the dramatic and lots of spare time? If so try this design idea - string hundreds of tiny outdoor lights in the branches of the trees leading up to your house to create a twinkling wonderland.
Create a cosy outdoor seating spot by stringing up traditional metal
lanterns on a verandah or decking area and filling them with twinkling
candles. Warm blankets essential!