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How to Hang Christmas Lights From the Ceiling

Updated April 17, 2017

Lights are often used as decoration during the Christmas season to add to the festive nature of the season. They can be seen on trees, in shopping malls, indoors, outdoors and even hanging from ceilings. In the past, lights had to be attached to walls using a hammer and nails, which often left unsightly holes that needed to be patched up once the lights were taken down. New technology allows people to hang lights from their walls and ceilings without doing any damage to their home.

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  1. Purchase adhesive hooks from your local home or hardware shop. Choose a size that will easily accommodate the size of your Christmas lights.

  2. Decide on where you want to hang the lights. It may be beneficial to lightly mark, with a pencil, where you want to position the adhesive hooks so they're evenly spaced and precisely positioned where you want them to be.

  3. Grab the ladder and place it under where you want the first adhesive hook to be.

  4. Climb the ladder, remove the tape from the hook and securely attach it to the ceiling. Repeat this process until all hooks have been placed on the ceiling.

  5. Wait about an hour and then string your lights on the hooks.

  6. Tip

    When it's time to take down the lights, remove the hooks from the ceiling by pulling on their little tabs to dislodge them. Read the instructions on the box of your hook before attempting this. The instructions may vary from brand to brand. Adhesive hooks should work on most ceilings, but if you're wondering if they'll perform as advertised on your ceiling, be sure to read the box to see if it contains any "don'ts" that are relevant to your situation.


    Be careful when climbing the ladder. Make sure it's secure so as to prevent wobbling. It may help to have somebody hold the ladder while you set up the hooks and lights. Never climb a ladder wearing socks or slippers. Bare foot or sneakers work best.

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Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive hook
  • Ladder
  • Christmas lights
  • Pencil

About the Author

Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee began writing in 2000 with concentration on food, travel, fashion and real estate. She has written for Amnesty International and maintains three blogs. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.B.A. from Concordia University.

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