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Easiest Way to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree

By Brandii Lacey
Stringing Christmas tree lights is a fun event the whole family can enjoy.
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The easiest way to keep you in the holiday spirit is to put lights on a Christmas tree. Many methods for stringing lights are possible, from basic to advanced. Preparation is a key factor in easily decorating your real or artificial Christmas tree with lights.


Christmas lights come in a variety of colors.
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Separate each strand of lights if they are tangled together. Remove new strands of lights from the box and enclosed plastic tray.

A Christmas tree should be secured in its stand prior to decorating with lights.
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Plug each strand of lights into an electrical outlet to confirm they are working. Replace any light strands where the wire has become frayed or torn, as this presents a potential fire hazard.

No more than three strands of lights should be plugged into a single outlet.
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Plug the first strand of lights into an electrical outlet. Start draping the lights over and under the tree branches. starting at the bottom of the tree and working your way up until you reach the end of the light strand.

Place lights on the tree before decorating with ornaments.
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Plug the second strand of lights into the first, hiding any extra cord into the depth of the tree, close to the tree trunk.

Continue to circle the tree with the lights, gradually working your way to the top. Don't worry if you find a gap in the tree, as you can always disguise it with an ornament.

Turn off or unplug Christmas lights when leaving the room or especially when leaving your house.
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Do not plug more than three strands of lights together connected to the same electrical outlet. Run an extension cord up the trunk of the tree if you want to plug in more than three sets of lights.

Separate each strand of lights when storing for next year.
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Hide the remaining outlet of the final strand of lights by tucking it under a branch, or covering it with an ornament.


Things You Will Need

  • Christmas tree
  • Christmas tree lights


  • Turn off the Christmas lights when leaving the house.
  • If using an extension cord, choose a green or brown one that will blend in with the tree.
  • Never use real candles near a tree.
  • When using a real tree, be sure to check the water level daily.
  • Remove the ornaments from the tree prior to taking down the lights.


  • Never leave a lit Christmas tree unattended.

About the Author


Brandii Lacey began writing in 1997 at "The Mountain Times" in Boone, N.C. Her articles appear on Trails.com, GardenGuides and eHow Home & Garden. She provides travel and lifestyle content for LIVESTRONG.COM. Lacey is the senior plays editor and on the nonfiction editorial team for "Mused Literary Review" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Appalachian State University.