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Gaze upon the brilliant electric glow of these outdoor holiday light displays

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

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What Christmas lights are all about

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What Christmas lights are all about

Whether you like to keep it simple or go full Griswold, these displays will provide you with some serious inspiration.

Originally published December 2015. Updated November 2016.

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Santas gone wild

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Santas gone wild

Go big or go home! Even the Elf on the Shelf is giddy about how many Santas are in this yard.

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Griswold Way

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Griswold Way

Christmas Vacation worshippers would do well to emulate this display.

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The house of a million bulbs

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The house of a million bulbs

OK, so there aren't a million, but the owner of this home says they used over 5,000 bulbs.

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Highlight the trees

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Highlight the trees

Winter is a great time to accentuate tiny tree branches with delicate white lights.

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Keep it simple

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Keep it simple

Your neighbors will love a sweet and traditional setup like this.

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Strings upon strings of lights

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Strings upon strings of lights

It might take you 'til New Years to string up all those lights, but this display will get you noticed.

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A warm glow

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A warm glow

Simple white lights make this look so inviting.

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Cartoon fun

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Cartoon fun

The littles on your block are sure to fall in love with a yard full of Disney and Peanuts characters.

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Gingerbread house

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Gingerbread house

The look of this old Victorian home combined with tons of Christmas lights is nothing less than magical.

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Santa's reindeer

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Santa's reindeer

The nontraditional colors of this display give it a unique look.

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California Christmas

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California Christmas

Evergreens shouldn't have all the fun! Palm trees look amazing with lights too.

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Sprawling scenes

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Sprawling scenes

If you have the luxury of a huge lawn, use it!

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Complementary colors

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Complementary colors

We love how the soft glow of the lights plays with the color of the house in this one.

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A lonely reindeer

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A lonely reindeer

A lonely deer and an oversized wreath look especially festive.

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'The Nutcracker Suite'

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'The Nutcracker Suite'

Nutcrackers are an often overlooked festive piece of holiday decor.

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'Joy to the World'

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'Joy to the World'

This home proves you don't have to go overboard to bring the Christmas cheer.

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Oversize ornaments

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Oversize ornaments

Huge glass bulb replicas look like gargantuan pieces of candy nestled in the snow.

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A touch of humor

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A touch of humor

This house gets it right by keeping it classy — with just a touch of Santa outhouse humor.

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Illuminated lawn

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Illuminated lawn

The dark house and illuminated lawn give this holiday display an ethereal look.

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Block party

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Block party

No competition between these Baltimore City neighbors, just love.

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