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Wooden letters spelling out Noel on console table decorated with fairy lights.

Lighting up Christmas

If you’re looking for creative ways to decorate with Christmas lights we have some showstopping ideas to light up your home with festive delight. Be inspired by our simple but effective decorative ideas for festive lights and look forward to a magical season all lit up in chic style.

All you need is a simple string of white fairy lights to decorate your home in a multitude of ways. If you want a subtle festive feel to your living room, simply wrap fairy lights around a picture frame or mirror. Bunch together a string of fairy lights in a vase, for a simple and chic touch of festive lighting.

Avoid the mess of needles trailing around the living room with a traditional fir tree by opting for a contemporary, simple tree design.

Decorate branches with silver and beaded festive garlands and entwine with white fairy lights. Position two trees between an armchair or sofa for a luxe grown-up style.

Create a festive feel in your fireplace by positioning oversized paper-ball decorations in front of the mantelpiece, entwining wire spheres with glittering lights.

Decorate giant letters spelling out festive words and drape them with fairy lights. Position on a console table in the hallway as a festive welcome to guests.

Add a Christmas message in a lighting display using personalised parchment lights spelling out a Christmas message such as Noel, or joy. Position lights on shelves in an open dresser or armoire in the kitchen.

Create a showstopping Christmas light centrepiece at your dining table. Trail an artificial-flower garland with fairy lights — add large glass baubles and position in the centre of the table.

Wrap a Christmas wreath or garland with white fairy lights. Hang the garland above the dining table for a sophisticated festive lighting display.

Create a festive table display

Spelling out a festive message in the hallway is a delightful way to greet guests.

The console table is from Heal's. The battery-operated lights are from John Lewis, and the crystal light garland is from Cox & Cox.

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