How To Decorate a Light Pole for Christmas


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How To Decorate a Light Pole for Christmas

Pole lighting décor can turn the bland light poles on your property into attention-grabbing beacons of light that guide foot traffic and leave a lasting impression on your customers.

But with a sea of options available, picking the right décor can get a bit confusing. So to help you decorate your light poles this holiday season, here are our top trending ideas.

How To Style Your Lamp Post for the Holidays

You should have a theme in mind before you start decorating. Even a vague idea of what you want your posts to come out looking like in the end can help.

The key to a beautifully styled lamp post is to use decorations that complement the surrounding environment and go nicely with the rest of your décor.

Your choice of colors can also make or break your décor. While highlighting your business’ color palette is always something you can default to, there are plenty of other exciting options to try out.

  • Set up a Christmassy theme with the traditional red and green.
  • Create a snowy winter wonderland with white, flocked décor, while your lamp posts radiate some much-needed light and warmth.
  • Try a modern aesthetic with silvery accents, modern décor, and bright LED lights.
  • Or, show off a more natural vibe with flowers, wreaths, and traditional elements.

Illuminated Mounts for Lamp Poles

Decorating an outdoor light pole starts here.

Illuminated mounts are the easiest way to add style to your lamp poles. The mounts feature intricate, elegant designs that will attract the attention and adoration of your customers and guests alike.

The extra lighting helps with visibility on walkways and subtly takes foot traffic where you want it to go.

Glowing pole mounts come in a variety of colors and designs, so there’s an option for you no matter what aesthetic you’re going for. Installation is easy with the help of brackets, and once installed, you can keep the mounts up to decorate your property all year long.

Wreaths & Bows

A classic wreath for Christmas can add a lot of appeal to your light posts.

When selecting a wreath, look for one that's proportionate to the size of the pole. Too large, and it will look out of place. Too small, and it might not make as much of an impact as you were hoping for.

To securely attach the wreath, use a sturdy wire or a zip tie and tightly fasten it around the pole. You want a snug fit to ensure the wreath doesn’t swing or fall off the lamp in strong winds.

Next, complement your wreath with a bright red bow. You don’t have to stick to the traditional red, but it’s a popular choice for a good reason. The sharp contrast between red and green makes your lamp post pop with color!

Remember to look for waterproof materials and UV-resistant fabrics to ensure your bow maintains its vibrant color throughout the season. Bows are super versatile, and you can use them in other creative ways.

Flowers & Base Décor

If you’re going for a more natural look, there’s no better way to decorate your light pole than with flowers.

But not real ones – they’re fragile and short-lived.

Use faux flowers instead. They flaunt the same colorful charm as their live counterparts, only with much better longevity and durability. They’re perfect for use as an outdoor holiday décor item.

How Can You Add Flowers to a Light Pole?

To attach flowers to your light pole, use floral wire or cable ties.

Secure the flowers around the pole with even spacing between each loop. You can also arrange the flowers in clusters and add hanging ornaments for more variety.

One of the best things about flowers is that you can use them to decorate your poles around the base. Simply spread some around the base of your light post. Throw in some more natural décor, like pinecones, branches, berries, and foliage to really sell the look.

This way, you can decorate your light posts not only at the top but also at ground level – perfect for poles on your walkways and pedestrian paths.

Remember to opt for weather-resistant faux flowers so you don’t have to worry about maintenance until the season is over.

Lights & Garland

There’s nothing quite like the warm glow of LED lights coupled with the lush greenery of a garland to elevate your light posts.

Garlands come in different types of foliage and colors. If you don't have something specific in mind yet, go with a garland with mixed foliage for a versatile option.

For the lights, soft LED string lights are the way to go. They require less power and generate little heat.

Light poles are built to provide plenty of light and illumination on their own, so you don’t have to go overboard with the string LEDs. You want to use them mainly to add color and charm.

Nailing the color scheme is key, though. Lighting has a significant impact on brand image. Gold, red, warm white, and green are all iconic Christmas colors that will make your light pole stand out and add a serene ambiance to the area.

How Do You Attach a Garland to a Light Post?

Properly attaching a garland to a light post sounds straightforward but requires some handiwork. If you’re attaching a large garland to an even larger light pole, you’ll probably need a step ladder and maybe even a helping hand to speed up the process.

  • Measure your garland against the pole to make sure the size is just right. When you buy a garland, it’s a good idea to go a bit larger than you estimate you’ll need. Garlands are supposed to be a grand display, so it’s better to have a bit extra to work with than not enough.
  • Start by securing your garland at the top of the post with zip ties or floral wire and allow the rest to drape down naturally.
  • Then, work your way down and secure the middle and bottom. Provide extra support wherever needed to prevent the garland from sagging. Use green zip ties (or ones that match your garland in color), so they’re less visible.
  • If you want your garland to drape down the light pole, secure it only at the top and leave the lower half suspended.

How Do You Wrap Lights Around a Lamp Post?

  • Plan out your design. Do you want the lights to wrap around the pole? Do you want them to drape down from the top? Or do you have something else in mind?
  • If you’re going for the wrap-around design, start at the bottom and work your way up to the top, using zip ties to secure the string of lights as you go. Leave even spacing between each spiral.
  • If you want the lights to drape down, attach them at the top of the pole.
  • You can also layer the lights or use multiple colors. This gives your pole more dimension.

Choosing the Right Décor for Your Light Poles

Before you go shopping for your light pole décor, you need to ask yourself a few important questions.

  • Do the light poles have power?
  • If not, can you get power to them from nearby?
  • What size are the light poles?
  • Are they street poles, parking lot light poles, or small walkway lamp posts?
  • Can the poles handle wind loads?

Pole decorations can range from 2' to 8' tall, so you have options no matter the size of the poles you're working with.

You also need to consider traffic flow. Your light pole decorations should face their intended audience but have enough clearance for visitors to pass by unobstructed.

For street-adjacent poles, your christmas ornaments should face the street rather than any nearby walkways, and have at least 14.5' of clearance.

Walkway pole mounts should also face your traffic instead of the surrounding buildings or greenery and need to be high enough for even your tallest guests to walk under.

Final Thoughts About Decorating a Light Pole for Christmas

While you go about decorating, remember – the goal is to create a festive, inviting atmosphere for your guests and customers. And there are countless combinations of décor you can use to do that.

Now, the fun begins: choosing your luxury decorations! Do you want a zigzag tree, shooting star, candy cane? Or how about something more elegant like our swirly Valparaiso pole mount? There are endless designs available in our collection of light pole décor.

FAQ About Decorating Your Lamp Post for Christmas

Here are two of the questions on decorating outdoor lamp posts we’re commonly asked.

How To Decorate a Lamp Pole for Christmas?

Start by choosing a theme and select decorations that complement it. You can use wreaths, garlands, lights, and even flowers to decorate your lamp post. Stick to your business’ color palette to promote your brand or go wild with contrasting colors to draw more eyes. Just make sure your décor doesn’t get in the way of passersby.

How To Decorate Outside Posts for Christmas?

You can decorate outdoor posts similarly to light poles, with garlands, lights, and flowers. But with a standard outside post, you especially want to consider getting a lit pole mount for the added visual appeal and extra lighting.

About the Author

Marlena Guzman

Marlena Guzman is the Installation Support Manager at Dekra-Lite. She has been supervising installations and refurbishments since 2013. If we’ve ever installed décor on your property, Marlena’s been part of the cause. Marlena’s favorite part of her role is providing memorable holiday experiences for our customers and their guests. 

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