Several different kinds of lights can add to your outdoor Christmas display, and one of those is rope lighting. Rope lights are strands of clear plastic tubes with different coloured lights in them. The more popular colours at Christmas time are white, red and green. Christmas rope lights also come with programmable LED lights that can create patterns.
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Santa's Runway is a trick you can do with any kind of rope light, but it looks more effective with programmable LED lights. If you do not have programmable lights, then you can create a path on your roof using rope lights and hang a sign that indicates it's Santa's runway. Use two white rope lights or a green rope light on one side and a red one on the other. If you have programmable LED rope lights, then you can program a chase sequence that looks more like a real runway. You could also do this down the front walkway of your home and place the sign on your front door if you prefer not to put lighting on your roof.
Rope lights are a fun way to create your own Christmas characters on your front lawn. Use white rope lights to create simple snowmen, or hang green rope lights on a pole to create a Christmas tree. You can also make wooden templates of characters such as Santa Claus, then outline the characters in rope lighting. Painting the wooden templates different colours can add to the rope-lighting effect.
When people decorate their Christmas trees indoors, they sometimes wrap the trees in shiny garlands. When you decorate your trees and bushes outside, use rope lighting to give the same effect. Twist together two different-coloured strands of rope lights to create a double garland effect.
You can hang rope lighting outside your home to spell out holiday phrases such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy New Year." The easiest way to do this is to make wooden templates and attach the lights to them, then hang them from your roof overhang so that they light up on the front of your home.
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