holiday lights on palms in burbank

With the Christmas season on the horizon, many homeowners are inspired to drape their trees in festive lights. At Burbank Tree Pros, we’ve seen it all when it comes to holiday light installations – the good, the bad, and the tangled! Drawing from our years of experience and countless interactions with homeowners in Burbank and LA who’ve faced various challenges, we’ve crafted a comprehensive guide just for you.

This guide covers everything from choosing the right tree that will not only look beautiful but also handle decorations safely, to correctly and securely hanging your Christmas lights. Let’s avoid common pitfalls and make your holiday lighting both stunning and safe.

Preparing for Installation

Gather your essentials: string lights, extension cords, a sturdy ladder, measuring tape, and a Sharpie-type pen. It’s important to choose lights and cords that are suitable for outdoor use.

Choosing the Right Tree

Select a tree with textured bark for better grip. Consider its location relative to power sources and visibility to passersby. Note the side of the tree facing the road to arrange less sightly cords at the back.

Types of Trees and Light Selection

Trees with Exposed Trunks

Evergreen Trees

Large Outdoor Trees

Hanging Lights on Your Tree

Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to hang the lights on your tree

  1. Setting Up Your Ladder

    Ensure stability and ease of climbing down.

  2. Marking the Tree

    Use your measuring tape and marker to create evenly spaced guides along the trunk.

  3. Attaching Your Power Source

    Run the extension cord from your house to the tree, securing it around the base to avoid unplugging.

  4. Wrapping the Lights

    Wrap firmly but not too tight to allow for tree expansion. Plan your spacing if wrapping branches with the same string of lights.

  5. Securing the Lights

    Use zip ties for extra security in areas where the bark won’t hold the strands.

Creative Tips

tree completely covered in lights for the holidays in burbank

Don’t hesitate to get creative with multicolored lights. Use different color strands or color-code them with colored tape for an organized and vibrant display.


Whether you choose an oak, an evergreen, or a large outdoor tree, following these steps will help you create a mesmerizing holiday display. Remember, safety and creativity go hand in hand in this festive endeavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I find affordable Christmas light installation services?

To locate cost-effective Christmas light installation services, it’s recommended to gather quotes from various companies. This will give you an idea of the price range in your area. However, cost shouldn’t be your only consideration. It’s crucial to also check customer reviews to ensure the quality of service. Lower prices may sometimes lead to subpar work, necessitating additional effort or redoing the installation.

Is it possible to hire a Christmas light installer outside of the holiday season?

Yes, you can certainly hire professional holiday light installers at any time of the year. While these services are in higher demand starting from October, hiring them during the off-peak season might actually offer you the benefit of potentially lower rates and more flexible scheduling.

What is the recommended amount of holiday lights for my house?

A good starting point for lighting your home is about 60 feet of lights. If your house features awnings or similar architectural elements, consider adding an additional 10 to 15 feet of lights per awning. This is a general guideline and the actual amount may vary based on the size and style of your home, as well as personal preferences.

What is an appropriate tip for Christmas light installation services?

Tipping for any service industry work, including Christmas light installation, is a gesture of appreciation but not a requirement. If you choose to tip, a common range is between 10% and 20% of the total service cost. Ultimately, the tip amount should reflect your satisfaction with the service and can vary based on the quality of work and your personal budget.