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9 Best Outdoor Light Projectors

Turn up the holiday cheer with a Christmas light projector — an ideal way to brighten the outside or inside of your home for the holidays.

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What Is a Christmas Light Projector?

Introduced to the retail market in 2015, Christmas light projectors cast digital images, such as flurries of snowflakes or animated Santas, onto surfaces. They work by passing LED light through a lens, which magnifies the image and projects it onto a house or other object.

Why spend the weekend up on a ladder hanging strings of light bulbs when a Christmas light projector can be installed in a matter of minutes? Some of the key features of light projectors include:

  • Illuminated patterns or graphics (moving, flashing or static);
  • Electric-powered;
  • Energy-efficient LED lights/lasers;
  • All-weather resistant housing;
  • Remote control;
  • Built-in timer;
  • Indoor bases and/or outdoor ground stakes.

Here are nine of the best Christmas light projectors for staging a festive light show your neighbors will envy!

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Best for Big Homes

When you need a bit more oomph, dream big with the help of Y Yuegang Christmas Laser Lights. Brighten up to a 5,000 sq. ft. area with five dazzling holiday-themed patterns in four flashing modes and five speeds. There’s a remote that works from 65 feet away, an extra-long power cord (16-1/2-ft.) and a safety sensor that automatically shuts it off if the light gets too hot.

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Most Vibrant

If delicate, white fairy lights are too subtle for your tastes, we recommend a bolder route with the Gemmy LightShow Projection Snowstorm. A delightful explosion of holiday candy swirling among brightly multi-colored confetti, the provocative display practically screams “joy to the world!”

Watch the vibrant images flicker on front doors, garages and fences. The decorative red case that holds the light and lens swivels for precise positioning and looks like a wrapped Christmas present.

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Best for Trees

The Star Shower Motion Laser Light is ideal for blanketing bushes, hedges and trees with thousands of twinkling holographic stars. It offers two laser modes, all green or a green/red combination. With the touch of a button, the motion activator makes the stars dance or freeze in place. Covering more than 3,200 sq. ft. of landscaping when aimed from 100 yards away, it has a built-in daylight sensor that turns on when it’s dark and off at sunrise.

“We complemented them with some traditional lights in the low shrubbery and a blow-up Santa,” one Amazon customer noted.

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Best Low-Key Pattern

For those who prefer to keep things classic, make the season bright with Christmas Snowflake Projector Lights by Yming. Beam 3D snowflakes onto your front lawn, or mount the unit to the side of the house and shine the snowflake patterns on pathways and sidewalks. When the weather outside is frightful, the speed of the gracefully falling flakes can be control remotely from the warmth of your living room!

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Best Splurge

Blow your neighbors away when you deck the walls with the Ledmall Motion Laser Christmas Lights. Completely flood your house with thousands of tiny green, red and blue pinpoints of light that automatically cycle through eight moving holiday patterns.

Although not prohibitively expensive, the Ledmall outclasses the other holiday light projectors thanks to its upgraded memory feature that lets you pre-set the remote control to roll out your favorite themes automatically. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the show.

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Best Budget

A steal at around $25, the Philips 3CT LED Dancing Penguins Projector set spotlights a trio of plucky penguins. Create a fanciful group scene or give them their own space. Each of the three projectors has an adjustable lens to individually focus the penguins from varying distances. For indoor or outdoor use.

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Most Versatile

Unlike most light projectors, there’s no need to waste time inserting slides to change images when you have Christmas Projector Lights by SGODDE — the remote control will do it for you. Browse through 10 undulating ocean wave effects to mix and match with 14 cheery patterns. The combinations are virtually endless.

As one Amazon reviewer puts it: “I’m still trying out all the colors and options. Everyone who sees it loves the crisp clear images of Christmas.”

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Best Hand-Held

Kids will have fun with this LED light projector as they shine festive images onto the ceilings and walls at Christmastime, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Carnival and birthdays, too! It works just like a flashlight. The PCCTech Holiday Handheld Projector Light has 12 swappable slides, a rechargeable battery, USB charging cable and a tripod for mounting indoors.

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Best Chanukah

What better way to kick off the first night of Chanukah than with the Dreidel & Menorah Outdoor Laser Projection Lights? Ignite the menorahs and dreidels using the strobe feature and watch them sparkle and spin for hours. During the eight-night “Festival of Lights,” you can illuminate an average 25-ft. x 25-ft. home. For an even more immersive experience, the manufacturer suggests ordering two projectors.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.