Guide to Christmas Lights

The ritual of winding twinkling Christmas lights around the Christmas tree is one of the many delights of the season. Beyond your tree, there are so many amazing modern Christmas lighting options available, so you can create atmospheric pools of illumination all around your home and garden.

Visit your nearest Hillier Garden Centres and discover our biggest ever range of lighting options and read our guide below to types of lights and ideas for having fun with them in your home and garden.


Twinkle and Compact Lights

The most popular lighting choices for your Christmas tree are either twinkle or compact lights. Depending on the look and density of lights you are hoping to achieve, we recommend the following number of lights based on your tree size:

4ft tree | 180 twinkle lights

5ft tree | 180 twinkle lights / 750 compact lights

6ft tree | 360 twinkle lights / 750 compact lights

7ft tree | 360 twinkle lights / 1500 compact lights

Key products:

  • 180 LED Twinkle Lights (in cool white, warm white or multi-coloured), £19.99
  • 360 LED Twinkle Lights (in cool white, warm white or multi-coloured), £32.99
  • 750 LED Compact Lights (in cool white, warm white or multi-coloured), £39.99
  • 1500 LED Compact Lights (in cool white, warm white or multi-coloured), £64.99


Longer Length Lights

If you have a larger space, or a taller tree (7ft+), choose Christmas lights with a longer length and a larger number of lights. Long lights are also ideal for outdoor use – try wrapping them around an interesting tree trunk, trailing them along your garden fence or making creative pops of light through hedgerows.

Key products:

  • 1500 LED Compact Lights (in cool white, warm white or multi-coloured), £64.99


Battery Powered Lights

Battery-operated lights are a fantastic way to get creative both inside and outside, particularly if you don’t have easy access to a power supply. Longer-length battery-operated Christmas lights typically operate on a timer, allowing you to set them once to ensure you have light when you want it all festive season and reduce unnecessary electricity use.

Key products:

  • Battery-operated short light chain (see bed image above), from £14.99
  • 192 Durawise Lights (in cool white or warm white), £24.99
  • 400 Durawise Rechargeable Lights (in warm white), £39.99


Icicle Lights

Icicle lights are a hugely popular way to create a real festive impact with your outdoor decorating. Hung to frame windows and doors, icicle lights make your home look even more welcoming for visitors around the festive season.

Key products:

  • 175 Icicle Twinkle Lights (in cool white/white or cool white/blue), £29.99
  • 490 Icicle Twinkle Lights (in white/cool white), £49.99


Microwire Lights

Dainty microwire lights create the perfect amount of Christmas twinkle, brightening up dark corners. Try winding them over your fireplace or around a pile of logs to add sparkle to your living space – but don’t forget to remove before burning your logs!

Key products:

  • Microwire lights, starting from £3.99 (for 20 lights)


LED Indoor & Outdoor Lights

Turn your garden and home into an illuminated work of art with creative LED light-entwined decorations, from statement statues to unique hanging shapes.

Key products:

  • White wicker LED standing deer, £99.99 
  • LED willow tree 2.4m, £159
  • LED firework light string. Small, £24.99, large, £39.99

We have an exciting new range of lighting statues for you to discover this year, including reindeer (pictured), snowmen, retro streetlamps and cherry trees. Browse the selection at your nearest Hillier Garden Centre.


Visit your nearest Hillier Garden Centre to see our full range of Christmas lights. Availability of lights may vary from centre to centre.