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The Best Christmas Lights, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Some of the best string lights malleable enough to fit around just about anything — even a cactus. Photo: Bobby Doherty

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Last year, we picked our favorite Christmas lights, but this year, we decided to go deeper on all kinds of string and holiday lighting. Below, the best in Christmas light shows. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Highest-rated Christmas lights overall

TaoTronics Dimmable Waterproof 100 LED String Lights With Remote Control
$14 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 4,247 reviews

“These lights are wonderful! My initial idea was regular holiday tree lights, but they were too bulky and heavy, so I found these. They are lightweight, beautifully lit, and just great with the remote control for power and display options. They are so thin and light, they are invisible in the canopy. The perfect backlight for a tween on her iPad. Love ‘em! And the price is very reasonable.” [Editor’s note: We’ve written about these excellent Christmas lights before. Read more here.]

Best traditional white Christmas lights

Holiday Wonderland 100-Count Clear Christmas Light Set
$9 at Amazon

4 stars, 566 reviews

“We bought these for our patio area. We were looking for something that wasn’t LED. LED tends to be very bright and almost abrasive. These make a very soft, comforting type of light that looks great on our patio. Adds a lot to the atmosphere.”

Best traditional colorful Christmas lights

Holiday Wonderland’s 300-Count Mini Multi Color Christmas Light Set
$10 at Amazon

4 stars, 317 reviews

“These worked perfectly and made my Christmas tree look so festive and cheerful! It was a shame to have to put them away.”

Best Christmas lights with round, clear bulbs

Globe String Lights With Clear Bulbs
$15 at Amazon

4 stars, 1,239 reviews

“Used these to decorate for my wedding. They worked and looked great. All of the bulbs worked, and there were a couple of packages that contained an extra bulb.”

Best Christmas lights with multicolored, round bulbs

Dailyart Globe String Light Multi-color
$10 at Amazon

3.9 stars, 1,164 reviews

“These lights are fun, a great price, and perfect for kids to hang in their bedrooms. My kids love them! Would recommend.”

These are no longer available, but here is another colored globe light option.

Best light-up icicles

OMGAI Meteor Shower Rain Lights/Icicles
$18 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 450 reviews

“I loved them; the neighbors loved them; they’re beautiful! I ordered two more sets. As far as the plug part not being waterproof, I put it inside two plastic bags and duct-taped over it, never had a problem. I’ll order more for next year!”

Best purple string lights

Autolizer 100 LED Purple Fairy String Lights
$8 at Amazon

4.1 stars, 251 reviews

“If you are looking for great lights for a cheap price, look no further. In comparison, these lights are a million times better than any at Walmart. They also have a beautiful clear cord and awesome dimming settings, so you can change the mood of the room with just the lights. Overall, these lights blew me out of the water with my expectations. I love them!”

Best bright-white string lights

CrazyFire 33ft 100 LEDs Wire LED String Light
$11 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 547 reviews

“I can’t believe how bright these tiny little lights are. I initially bought them for my kids’ room because their Christmas lights burned out. I wanted just enough light to help them sleep at night without being scared. As beautiful as these are, they were too bright for bedroom night-lights. They lit up the whole room. They were so pretty, though! I got the multicolored ones. I am going to use these inside during Christmas instead. The wire makes it so easy to wrap around anything. Great buy!”

Best curtain of Christmas lights

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light
$16 at Amazon

4.2 stars, 122 reviews

“These lights are small and beautiful. They have adjustments for blinking, running, and fading. I can’t wait to use them for holiday décor.”

Best outdoor laser light projector

1byone Aluminum Alloy Outdoor Laser Christmas Light Projector
$30 at Amazon

4 stars, 1,371 reviews

“I am thrilled with this purchase. Can’t believe how pretty it looks at our entryway. I went small, just one light, and inexpensive. It lights up our house and two trees and looks magical! It seems sturdy: Poked it into the ground, plugged it in, and it’s fabulous. Easy to program, too. There isn’t one negative I can think of. After I wear this one out, I think I’ll go big and get two lights that cover more of the house, and that have snowflakes that move like a constellation across the front. Great price for such a big bang! Get one! Seriously!”

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