8 Tips for Outdoor Holiday Decorating


You don’t want to be the only house on the block that doesn’t look great this holiday season. Use these 8 tips to help you with your outdoor holiday decorating.

The holiday season is upon us and the weather is getting colder. Lawn and garden tools have given way to Christmas ornaments, gift wrap and artificial evergreens in most department stores. It’s time to decorate your home for the holidays, indoors and out – and if you’re the kind of person who loves getting in the holiday spirit, why wait? Use these eight tips to show off your festive spirit.

1. Choose a Focal Point

Decorating your home’s exterior, yard, flowerbeds and other outdoor space around a central focal point can help you tie everything together and build a theme for your holiday décor. Many homeowners choose their front porch or even their front door as a focal point, drawing attention to it with a nice wreath, some lights strung around the railing and perhaps an artificial outdoor tree or two.

However, that’s not your only choice. Your focal point could be a large evergreen tree in your front yard, a large statue of Santa in his sled or a nativity scene. Think about choosing a theme for your holiday decorations so everything flows together and you don’t end up buying more decorations than you need.

2. Keep It Simple

You don’t want to go all Clark Griswold with your Christmas lights. Start small, especially if you’ve never decorated the exterior of a home for the holidays before. Spend some time browsing the web for Christmas decorating ideas, and start with a manageable display. For example, just string some lights around the porch instead of lighting up the whole house. You can add to your display later or expand it next year.

3. Buy the Right Lights for Your Needs

If you’ve never purchased Christmas lights for your home before, or if it’s been a while, you may be surprised at the options available to you. There are net lights for bushes, rope lights for illuminating windows, blinking lights, multicolored lights, icicle lights and various kinds of LED lights. Figure out what kind of lights are best for the display you have in mind, as well as which lights will be the cheapest to run.

4. Shop Secondhand

Looking to decorate for less this Christmas season? Who can blame you – Christmas is already expensive enough, and surely there’s a more environmentally sustainable way to get in the holiday spirit. Fortunately, you can score piles of gently used, secondhand Christmas decorations at most thrift stores. Buy used and vintage wreaths, statues, nativity scenes and other items of holiday décor for a fraction of the retail price.

5. Play It Safe

When it comes to outdoor holiday decorating, safety is paramount. Use lights labeled with the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) seal of approval and make sure they’re rated for outdoor use. Not sure about getting up on the ladder to string lights along the gutters and around windows? Hire someone to do it, or skip it altogether.

6. Ditch the Staple Gun

When it’s time to hang Christmas lights, leave the staple gun in your toolbox – that’s how your grandpa hung his lights. Electrical tape is a safe, quick and easy alternative that won’t damage your siding, shingles or fingers. It’s also great for protecting electrical connections from the elements. Use Christmas light clips to safely and easily attach lights to shingles and gutters.

7. Start at the Bottom

When decorating something tall for Christmas, such as a large tree, start at the bottom and work your way up. Use a dowel rod staked into the soil to hold an extension cord for powering your lights, and work with the lights illuminated so you can get a better sense of how the finished product will look. Get help stringing the lights around the trunk of a deciduous tree, or zigzagging them through the branches of an evergreen, adding new strings as needed.

8. Decorate Smart

Save yourself some effort and expense and only decorate parts of the yard that people will see. Have a big tree that passersby will only see one side of? Just decorate that side of the tree. You may want to skip decorating parts of the yard that aren’t visible to the public; however, if you have a back patio or deck that you plan to use throughout the Christmas season, feel free to decorate it with weather-resistant garlands, artificial trees, wreaths, lights or table arrangements.

Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a chore. With a little creativity and these helpful tips, you’ll soon have an outdoor display that will inspire neighborhood passersby to stop and admire your work. 

Lights, Sights & Holiday Nights!


We’re making a list and checking it twice, these holiday lights are sure to be nice!

Addison

Vitruvian Lights: Holiday Lights Spectacular

3875 Ponte Avenue, Addison

November 26, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Arlington

Holiday in the Park – Six Flags Over Texas

2201 E. Road to Six Flags Street, Arlington

November 19, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Lake Interlochen Christmas Lights

2001 Westwood Drive, Arlington

December 01, 2021  – December 31, 2021

Cleburne

Whistle Stop Christmas

1010 Hillsboro Street, Cleburne

November 22, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Dallas

Dallas Zoo Lights

650 South RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas

November 19, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Enchant Christmas at Fair Park

1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas

November 26, 2021 – January 02, 2021

Holiday at the Arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas

November 10, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Decatur

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

2901 Farm Road 51, Decatur

November 18, 2021 – December 26, 2021

Denison

Grayson County Annual Holiday Lights Show

111 RC Vaughan Drive, Denison

November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Ennis/Waxahachie

Radiance! At The Races – Texas Motorplex

7500 US-287, Ennis

November 18, 2021 – January 01, 2022

Fort Worth

Gift of Lights – Texas Motor Speedway

3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth

November 25, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Texas Wild! Wonderland – Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth

November 27, 2021 – December 19, 2021

Frisco

Radiance! Frozen in Frisco

7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco

November 18, 2021 – January 01, 2022

Christmas in the Square

8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco

November 19, 2021 – January 03, 2022

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie

November 25, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Grapevine

Christmas on Main Street & City Hall Light Show Spectacular

200 South Main Street, Grapevine

November 22, 2021 – January 09, 2022

Little Elm

Magic of Lights

600 Main Street, Little Elm

November 20, 2021 – January 02, 2022

McKinney

Home for the Holidays

111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney

November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Plano

Deerfield Holiday Lights 

4549 Old Pond Drive, Plano

November 27, 2021 – December 31, 2021

The Colony

The Colony Christmas Spectacular

4900 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony

December 04, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Tyler

SantaLand

11455 I-20 West Tyler, Tyler

November 13, 2021 – January 04, 2022

Weatherford

Radiance! At The Ranch

2251 Mineral Wells Hwy., Weatherford

November 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Ebby Halliday Sponsors the 25th Annual ‘Neath The Wreath Holiday Gift Market


It’s not officially the holiday season until you’ve shopped a Christmas market and supported small businesses! We are proud to sponsor the Junior League of Collin County’s 25th annual ‘Neath the Wreath event.

The four-day holiday gift market hosts over 13,000 shoppers and over 125 merchants from across Texas and beyond. The market features the best in unique holiday and home décor, ladies’ clothing, accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, gourmet food, and more.  

Tickets are available now at neaththewreath.org or participating Market Street locations. 

As the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Collin County, the ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market has raised over $4.4 million over the last 25 years to fund educational and community programs such as life-skills training, mentoring, literacy programs and more benefiting Collin County families. 

Ebby Halliday Acers used to live by the saying “Do something for someone every day” and at Ebby Halliday Realtors, we are proud to continue Ebby’s legacy of service to the community. 

The Junior League of Collin County – an all-female, nonprofit organization of almost 1,000 volunteers – works to disrupt the cycles of economic insecurity and family violence, and strengthen and advance women, children, and families in Collin County. To learn more, visit www.jlcollincounty.org

Ebby Halliday Realtors, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the leading full-service real estate company in Texas. To learn more, visit ebby.com

8 Reasons to List During the Holidays


‘Tis the Season to Sell Your Home! Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season – especially this holiday season – may actually be an ideal time to offer your North Texas home for sale! Here’s why…
  1. Average home sales price in North Texas is up over 20 percent over this time last year.
  2. Interest rates are at historic lows, which means buyers have more buying power than ever before.
  3. Inventory of homes for sale remain at low levels while buyer demand is strong. 
  4. Many people are still working from home, which means they may want more space, home offices, or a change of scenery. With more flexible work schedules and less travel during the holidays, many prospective buyers may use the extra time to search for a new home. 
  5. Consumers who shop for a home during the holidays are serious, motivated buyers.
  6. Typically there are even fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. Translation: less competition for you!
  7. Homes “show” better when decorated for the holidays.
  8. Many transferees are not able to wait until the spring market to buy. They are here now and need a home now.

Ebby Halliday Realtors is the leading real estate company in Texas. If you would like to buy or sell in this market, you will need a full-time, experienced agent by your side. Visit ebby.com and connect with one of our experienced agents today!