Palm Tree Christmas Lights: The Complete Setup Guide

Texas is all about going bigger and better than before. And Holidays are no different. If you and your family wish to have that beautiful winter wonderland atmosphere in your garden, wrapping your outside trees with lights is the way to go. It is an enjoyable and straightforward way to embrace the holiday spirit if you prepare carefully and take a few measurements. If you’re looking for a guide on how to string Christmas lights on palm trees, keep reading.

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Tools and Other Supplies

Before you start decorating, make sure to have all the essential tools needed to finish the job. You will need scissors, ladders, wire cutters, a staple gun, and how many holiday lights you wish to hang on your tree. If you want a truly professional look, consider investing in weatherproof electrical cords and sockets for each area you plan to decorate.

Pro Tip: Having a second set of hands makes this type of outdoor project much more manageable.

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Wrapping Palm Trees

Before you rush out and climb up a ladder, take a few moments to double-check that you have everything you need. And be sure to keep these recommendations in mind when you begin to wrap your palm trees with holiday lights.

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Buying Stands of Lights for Your Palm Trees

When you are purchasing your lights for the palm trees, make sure to figure how many strands you may need. Keep in mind how much excess cord length will be hanging from each tree and if you want to double wrap your trees.

You can easily hide the cords if you pick a strand that has brown cords.

Because these lights will be on natural material, you will want to choose LED lights. LED lights are the safest kind of lighting to use on a tree, especially if you have pets or children.

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How To Wrap Your Tree

Wrap the lights beginning at the trunk of your palm and working your way up the tree. Make wrapped balls of the light strands to make them easier to handle. As you move around the tree, they will be able to unwind.

If you are struggling to keep your strands in place, use a light-duty staple gun to keep them in place. Make sure you keep the wire in the middle and not shooting through it with your staple gun. This can cause an electrical fire, so take care when using your staple gun.

For the higher regions, use the ladders to assist you with raising the lights higher up the tree. The ball of lights may be passed back and forth.

Tips for Wrapping Your Palm Tree

You can cover your palm tree in a variety of patterns with your lights. You can simply wrap them all the same way or cross-hatch them for unique designs.

As always, decorating the outside of your home in time for the holidays with lights is a big part of getting ready. For an easy holiday change, some lights offer multiple colors so that you can change them throughout the season without having to put them up each time.

Lighting The Leaves of Your Palm Tree

Once you are done lighting the trunk of your tree, you have to decide on how you plan to decorate the fronds. This part can be tricky. Twist ties can help you easily attach lights to the leaves. However, keep in mind that you won’t be able to see all of the leaves once night falls, so you can simply just decorate the outer leaves.

If you decide to go with the twist ties, use them sparingly. If possible, you really don’t want the lights bunched up in one or two places on each branch. Try to spread them around so that they are not clustered in any one area.

Pro Tip: Always check your lights before you put them up to ensure that they all work. If one does not come on, check its connections and replace it if necessary.

Power Cords for Your Christmas Lights

Running electricity outside can be a little complicated. One wrong move, and you can easily hurt yourself or blow out your house’s power. Make sure that every power cord you are using for your lights is outdoor safe.

These outdoor power cords can be found at most hardware and home improvement stores. They come in various colors and sizes and should be clearly marked as “indoor or outdoor.” This will ensure that you use the appropriate cords to keep your lights on for the entire holiday season.

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Safety First

No matter what holiday you plan to decorate your palm trees for, you need to make sure you stay safe and use the right equipment. Don’t dangle, climb, or hang from your palm trees while they have lights on them.

Never try to power the lights using a house outlet. If you have no choice but to plug into a household wall unit, make sure you are not overloading the circuit and only use one cord per tree.

Because over-stapling your light strings can cause electrical problems with your cords, you should be careful to use the fewest staples that you can to keep your lights in place.

Never hang your lights while they are plugged in. Because you should test your lights beforehand to ensure that they all work, you shouldn’t need them on while you are hanging them. Keeping your lights unplugged while hanging them prevents accidents.

If your cords are not working correctly, unplug them and move on. After testing your lights, unplug them before continuing to cord management.


The holiday season is just around the corner. And with a bit of planning and keeping in mind some of these safety tips, you will be able to set up your outdoor lights on your palm trees with the whole family gathered around you.

Hanging your own lights can be a day long and complicated process but it doesn’t have to be. Shine Window Cleaning is serving the Austin, Dallas, Huston, and Denver area to help you light your palm trees for the holidays. Call today.

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