PUTTING up the Christmas lights always marks the start of the festive season and for some they love nothing more than decking the house and lawn.

Do you go all out and drown your house in lights or do you just deck your yard with a few decorations?

While there is something magical about a house decked to the nines in Christmas lights, it’s not for everyone.

So for this month’s timely garden guide, we look at five outdoor Christmas light decoration ideas that will easily add a festive cheer to any yard.

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1. Outdoor Christmas tree

Do you have a feature tree in your garden? Why not turn it into an outdoor Christmas tree?

Wrap it in a string of outdoor lights and secure baubles or light balls (made using outdoor lights) to the branches. You could even add some tinsel, as long as you can secure it to stop it blowing away (and essentially littering).

If you want to go one step further, add some faux Christmas presents (wrapped boxes) at the base. These can be stored and reused next year.

2. Light walkways

Outdoor pathway lights are a festive, yet practical way of lighting up your walkways. You can purchase rolls of lights in plastic tubes that can be rolled out along the edges of the driveway and paths.

It’s an easy and great way to add Christmas cheer to your yard while being functional.

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3. Fairy lights

Cascading fairy lights can be strung from any gutter using gutter clips to give your house an instant wow factor, while strings of fairy lights can be wrapped around external windows, veranda pillars or feature trees to give a festive feel that could last all year round.

4. Figurines and statues

Christmas figurines and statues are either inflatable figurines or statues wrapped in lights. Being freestanding they are versatile enough to be placed anywhere in your yard.

From reindeers to Santa and Christmas trees to the more Aussie inspired options like kangaroos, figurines and statues provide a quick and easy addition to your Christmas display.

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5. Create a window display

Do you have a large front window that looks out onto the street? Why not create an indoor window display that compliments your outdoor decorations.

Move your Christmas tree to where it can be seen and add some light-up decos to the window and a string of fairy lights on the outside.

Looking for some inspiration? Take a leaf from some of the impressive residential light displays in the Mackay region using Triple M’s Christmas Lights 2021 map, here.