This handy guide will teach you how to hang lights on your Christmas tree. Get our tested tips on how to light artificial Christmas trees and how many you need to decorate your tree. Plus, we'll show you how to put lights on your tree for any style of Christmas decor. From subdued and simple to merry and bright, these Christmas tree lighting tips will help you impress your holiday guests.
When hanging Christmas tree lights on a fresh tree, you should plan on using three 100-light sets for every foot of your tree's height. Lighting a tree requires patience and our simple steps:
There is good debate over real versus artificial Christmas trees. While some people find the piney, wintry scent of the branches puts them right in the holiday spirit, others find the real evergreens can create a mess. The fullness of a fresh cut tree is hard to replicate in an artificial tree, but one could complain about the regular waterings. The case of allergies prevent you from having a live tree, so if these reasons, or others get in your way, perhaps choosing an artificial Christmas tree for your holiday decorating is in the cards for your household. Creating a magical glow of lights on an artificial tree isn't difficult, but it demands patience.
Many artificial Christmas trees come in sections that open like umbrellas. If you use miniature tree lights, you can wrap them around the branches and leave them on permanently—just be sure to light each section separately! We recommend using 50-light strands because they are easier to work with as your wrap the tree branches. Bonus: 50-light strands are less likely to burn out or have electrical problems.
Below are three different ways to hang lights on your artificial Christmas tree.
When you're looking to add a bit of seasonal cheer to the trees or shrubs in your front yard, follow these guidelines for lighting outdoor areas.