It’s Never Too Early for Outdoor Christmas Lights!


As soon as Halloween is over, the Alsip team is eager and ready to shift gears into winter holiday mode and decorate our homes with gorgeous outdoor Christmas lights! With so many different styles and colors to choose from, you can have a lot of fun designing a custom display that complements your home’s color palette. Whether you prefer the soft simplicity of twinkling white, or a vivid rainbow display that can be seen from a mile away, you’re bound to find something beautiful at Alsip Home & Nursery to illuminate the whole block with a warm and cheerful glow!   


What Kind of Christmas Lights are Best for Outside?

We always recommend using LED bulbs for outdoor use, because they are the most energy-efficient, most environmentally-friendly, and they tend to last longer than other types of lighting. Plus, they don’t get as hot as regular incandescent bulbs, so they’re safer to use for long stretches. That being said, LED bulbs tend to be a bit pricier, so if you want a more budget-friendly option, incandescent bulbs are the traditional option and will still work just fine.

If you want some high quality bulbs that can withstand the most unpredictable weather for continual use over long stretches of time, look for bulbs that are labelled “contractor grade.” These babies are built to last, and they’re available in both LED and incandescent varieties! For a super easy lighting hack with instant results, pick up a tinted flood lamp bulb for a bold splash of color, to skip the hassle of having to string up a bunch of wires.   

For an ultra-bright, high-impact, Clark-Griswold-approved light display, try one of our net light sets! Instead of a single string of bulbs, this product contains a 4X6’ woven web of tiny lanterns, to easily cover more surface area with far less effort required. Available in pure white, warm white, or rainbow multi!


2021 Trends: The Best Holiday Light Color Palettes

Want to switch things up this year and update your home’s holiday decor? These gorgeous color schemes have a fresh, modern look to kick off 2021 in style!

Golden Glow

A gold light set will instantly surround your home with a radiant, ethereal glow that’s downright heavenly! It strikes that perfect balance of cozy and elegant, creating a warm halo of light that will perk up your spirits and set the tone beautifully. On top of gold toned bulbs, you can play around with metallic copper wire light sets, to add an extra layer of golden warmth to the scenery.  

Peppermint Twist

If you’re into sweet and simple Christmas light displays with just a little pop of color, try a red and white light set. These candy-colored bulbs will look fabulous all through the holiday season, and you can even keep them up through February for Valentine’s Day! Wrap them around your tree trunks to transform them into light-up peppermint sticks. 


Blue Christmas

Deep blue, in its essence, is always cool in every sense of the word. No matter how bright it is, it never looks garish, and it has a sophisticated, modern vibe. Tinted blue LEDs almost have a spacey, futuristic feel to them, so if you’re getting a little tired of rehashing the same old classic holiday decor styles, an all-blue display will give your home’s exterior a thoroughly modern makeover.  


Silver White Winter

Icy white bulbs remain to be one of the most popular styles for outdoor winter light sets, because they complement every color palette and never go out of fashion. But to really amplify that frosted effect, try using one of our silver wire light sets. The shiny, metallic strands will glitter in the light until our silver white winter melts into spring. 


Creative Holiday Light Ideas

Looking for some fun new ways to brighten up your home in addition to the traditional string light sets? Here are some decor alternatives that you’ll love this season.  

  • Christmas Garden Stakes: Pop a few of these decorative solar stakes into your garden bed or window baskets.
  • Pathway Candy Canes: These illuminated candy cane pathway markers are so whimsical, they look like they’re straight out of a scene from a Dr. Seuss book! 
  • Put Light-Up Branches in Decorative Urns: Flank your front entrance with two large holiday urns and fill them with these stunning LED light branches
  • Fill Glass Jars with Copper LEDs: All you have to do is scrunch these copper LEDs into a bundle and pop them in some mason jars, and you’ve got a gorgeous DIY display that’s trendy, rustic, and homey. 

To make your holiday decor shopping as simple as possible this year, order from our online shop. We can deliver straight to your door, so you don’t have to leave the house and brave the cold outside! There are so many spectacular new displays and ornaments available this year at Alsip Home & Nursery, so make this holiday extra merry and extra bright with some brand new decorations you’ll treasure for many years to come.  

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