Pictures of outdoor Christmas light displays are fun to look at, even though the real thing is obviously better. I take my mother out every year at holiday time for "the tour." This ritual consists of driving around my home town (and outlying areas) in search of the best lit displays in people's yards. It's one of the best parts of the holiday season for me.
As enjoyable as it is just to look at such decorations, that's not why I am offering you this photo gallery. No, its purpose is to spur creativity on your part. Browse the examples of Christmas light displays I have captured in these pictures to acquire ideas for your own landscape. My pictures run the gamut from the tasteful to the "tacky." The design possibilities are almost endless when decorating with outdoor holiday lighting, and I hope my photos and commentary will jump-start your imagination.
For an enlarged version of any of the photos, just click on the photo. Now put on your night vision goggles and enjoy these pictures of Christmas light displays.
Giant Christmas Light Bulbs
Some folks like to do things in a big way, and that includes their displays of outdoor Christmas lights. There are two ways in which you can "go big" with a Christmas light display:
- You can string together impressive masses of small lights.
- Or -- if you wish to be unorthodox -- you can go big literally with jumbo light bulbs!
The idea behind approach #1 echoes a typical use of bedding plants in landscaping. Small units do not make much of a statement on their own, but when used in massed displays can impress the viewer in a big way. The principle is true with plants, and it holds just as true with outdoor Christmas lighting.
But the people whose Christmas light display is pictured at left took tack #2: they went big literally. These giant Christmas light bulbs stand over 16 inches high! Their height makes them rather striking lawn stakes, suitable for lining walkways or driveways.
A More Tasteful "Jumbo" Display
The giant Christmas bulbs in picture #1 above may be a bit gaudy for some folks. While I wouldn't call the big bulb in this picture a "traditional" holiday ornament for the outdoors, it may be sufficiently well-made to escape the "tacky" label, depending upon how low-key you require your yard decor to be.
The garland incorporated in this Christmas light display tones it down a bit, in my opinion.
Cute Teddy Bears
What is it with teddy bears and the holiday season? Other than the fact that teddy bears are traditional presents to place under the tree for kids, I don't see the connection.
Be that as it may, teddy bears, popular year-round, are never more so than at Christmas, as is exemplified by this cute Christmas light display. I fancy the larger figure is a mama bear, and that the smaller one is her baby. She seems to be giving junior a candy cane for the holiday.