Build the Best Christmas Light Display in 2023

Do you want to build the best Christmas Light Display in your community? One of the best parts of the holiday season is our neighbourhoods’ amazing Christmas Light Displays and decorations. Home owners haul out their lights, inflatable snowmen, wire-framed reindeer, and other props from years past to decorate their house. Others visit the stores to find the perfect set of twinkling lights to add to their collection of Christmas decorations or to start a new one. Of course, not everyone needs a computerized display! Here are some tips on how to build the best Christmas light display and be the envy of your community!

Best Christmas Light Displays Have A Theme

Some of the best Christmas light displays start with a theme. A theme promotes consistency throughout the presentation and keeps you on track to make your display flow as one. For example, a nativity scene doesn’t necessarily belong next to an inflatable Grinch (or maybe it does, depending on what you are going for). So whether you choose to go with all white lights to simulate snow falling or gather the Peanuts gang in your front yard, the more you can stick to a theme, the more attractive your light display will be.

The Rusty Griswold Christmas Light Display has chosen “Gingerbread House” as it’s theme.

Display Blueprints Are Key

The best Christmas light displays aren’t very effective unless they can be seen from many angles. Try standing across the street or at an angle from your house to see where the best vantage points are. Next, drive by in your car to see where your lights will pop, what windows are most visible, and what part of the roof gets the most exposure. With those ideas in hand, then plan out your lights. Do you want giant icicles in the windows, or would they look better dangling from a tree? Extra points if your interior Christmas tree can be seen through a window from the sidewalk.

Every great light display begins with even greater planning!

Building the Best Christmas Light Display

Building. The most challenging but rewarding part and it’s going to take the most amount of time. Whenever possible, get friends or family to help, as trying to do the entire display yourself can be quite the chore. Test each prop or string of lights BEFORE you put them up to ensure there aren’t any loose bulbs that could cause a significant failure in the rest of your display. Professional light-hanging crews are also available, although some may call that cheating. If you outsource, ensure you have a detailed plan for your contractors to follow.

Add Music To Your Display

Lights displays are an excellent treat for your eyes, but you can stimulate other senses too. For example, adding music to your lights displays brings in another dimension of entertainment, especially if you can coordinate the flashing of lights with music. Don’t confuse this with a computer-run display, though, where choreography is needed. From the classic Christmas favourites like “Jingle Bells” to tv classics like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” you can find the perfect piece to accompany your theme. As a bonus, consider a short-range FM transmitter so viewers may enjoy your display from the comfort of their vehicles.

A family plays music together at Christmas time.

Think About Extras

Try adding a snow machine to your front yard for those in a warmer climate. Just fill the yard with artificial snow, and you’ll have a winter wonderland, even in Orlando! Also, electronic train sets are an often overlooked prop adding a sense of classic Christmas cheer.

We have presented many unique ideas in this article. Follow the guide, and soon your house with be the talk of the neighbourhood. Remember that having the best lights displayed in the community will come with a lot of attention. An excellent reward for spreading cheer during the holidays. All the best, and good luck with your design.


  • Rusty Griswold

    Since 2015, I have been building my light display to celebrate the holiday season and experimenting with various recipes to bring people together around the table. I have learned many do's and don'ts in both areas along the way, and share them with everyone via the website. M Mike
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