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How to Hang Christmas Lights on Gutters

Are you one who gets excited about decorating for the holidays? You’re not alone! More homeowners want to take their decoration skills outside this year. If you’re one of them, we will show you how to hang Christmas lights with gutters so your home offers a dazzling light show for you and your neighbors.

We’ve put together this step-by-step guide that will give you the knowledge to safely and securely hang lights from gutters.

We’ll break the process down into four main steps: planning, choosing, attaching, and testing your Christmas lights to gutters. If your home has gutter guards, don’t worry! We’ll also share how to hang Christmas lights on gutters with leaf guards.

Step 1: Planning Your Christmas Light Display

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays will be here before you know it. And with that, most of us look forward to all of the merriment and festivities that come with Christmas. 

But holiday decorating requires careful planning, particularly where your Christmas light display is concerned.

The first step to safely and securely hanging your Christmas lights has nothing to do with buying the lights or even grabbing your ladder. It has everything to do with planning your light display. 

Proper planning ensures a dazzling display and saves you time, money, and unnecessary disappointment. 

Here are the things you need to consider during the planning phase:

  • Measure the Distance Between Your Gutters and Power Source Distance: You’ll first need to know how many strands of lights you need, so measure the length of your gutters. Then, measure the distance between your gutters and your power source so you can account for the length required to plug your lights into a power source. 

Speaking of electricity, you also want to make sure your electric panel has the capacity to handle your outdoor light display. If you’re doing a simple one, you’re probably okay. But if you’re going all out rendering a lighting show worthy of an admission charge, you may want to check with your electrician to ensure your system is up to the task. 

  • Decide on Your Lights: Now comes the fun part! Consider your color scheme. Do you want classic white, vibrant colors, or a specific theme? Consider the type, color, and style of light you’d like. Once you’ve purchased your lights and brought them home, plug them in to ensure each work before you hang them out for display.
  • Design Your Display: Once you’ve chosen your color scheme, you can start designing your display. Either draw out a sketch or, if you’re able, you can mentally visualize how you want your lights to look.
  • Check the Weather: After you pick your color scheme and design your display, the next part of the planning stage is to check the weather and choose a calm, dry day for installation. This will help ensure your safety and help things go smoother. 

Step 2: Choosing the Right Clips for Your Gutters

The next part is crucial: choosing the right clips for your gutters. The proper clips can make or break your Christmas light display. 

Remember that some clips will allow your Christmas bulbs to face either direction. But, some only allow one way. Determine the direction your lights will hang, then choose an appropriate clip. 

Your home’s gutter style will also influence the best clip for your Christmas lighting show. Selecting the correct ones means you get a secure fit that prevents potential damage to your gutters and facilitates easy removal after the holidays. 

Here are some common clip options:

  • All-in-one Clips: Suitable for standard K-style or Ogee gutters
  • Shingle Tabs: Ideal for roofs with shingles
  • Gutter Hooks: Best for half-round or curved gutters
  • Magnetic Clips: Perfect for metal gutters

Tips for clip selection: 

  • Match your gutter’s size and shape to the clip.
  • Read product descriptions and reviews to ensure you’re getting the best fit.
  • Always buy a few extra clips – just in case! You want to be covered if some break or get lost.

Step 3: Attaching Your Christmas Lights to Your Gutters

And now, for the main event, you’re ready to attach the lights. Attaching Christmas lights to gutters is the most challenging and time-consuming part, but you’ll see your lighting concept come to life. 

Safety first, though! To protect yourself, follow these tips:

  • Always use a sturdy ladder. It would be best to have a spotter to help stabilize the ladder.
  • Project your hands and eyes during the installation by wearing gloves with a good grip and protective eyewear.
  • Always avoid power lines and be cautious around outlets. 

Now that you’re familiar with these good safety measures, it’s time to attach the lights. Here’s how to do it:

  • Begin at one end and then methodically work your way across the house. Work left to right, top to bottom, so you don’t miss a spot.
  • Attach each light or strand to the gutter edge using your chosen clips. Make sure your lights are secure before moving on.
  • Adjust the lights as needed to render maximum visual appeal. After you’ve completed one section of lights, step back and evaluate how it looks. If you like what you see, move on. If something seems out of place, make an adjustment or two.
  • Conceal any unsightly wires behind the gutter or tucked under shingles. This will help your display look crisp and professional. 

Step 4: Testing Your Christmas Light Display

After all the effort of hanging your Christmas lights, securing them, and making adjustments so they look their best, you’ll want to ensure your display functions and looks just right. To test your completed light display:

  • Plug everything in and light it up!
  • Examine the entire string for any burnt-out bulbs or wobbly connections. Ideally, you will also do this when taking the lights out of the box, but they can become loose during handling.
  • View your masterpiece from various perspectives and distances, making any necessary tweaks and adjustments.
  • Bask in the glow, admire all your hard work, and appreciate the admiration of all your neighbors and passersby.


Now you no longer have to wonder how to hang Christmas lights with gutters. We’ve laid it all out for you.

Gutters are necessary to protect your roof and home from water overflow, but they don’t have to be boring, especially during the holidays!

Following our step-by-step process of hanging Christmas lights will make it less daunting, and you can safely and securely brighten your home this holiday season and beyond. 

Your Christmas light display can transform your home and landscape into a beautiful, festive environment that will brighten everyone’s Christmas spirit!

Contact our home improvement team for your roof, gutter, and siding needs. And we’d love it if you could share your Christmas light display with us!


Do you need gutter clips for Christmas lights on gutters?

Yes, you need gutter clips to attach your Christmas lights. Gutter clips ensure a secure and stable attachment of Christmas lights without causing damage.

How do Christmas light gutter clips work?

Christmas light gutter clips are designed to grip the edge or lip of the gutter, providing a hook or clip mechanism to hold the light strands in place.

What is the least damaging way to hang Christmas lights on gutters?

Clips are the least damaging way to hang lights on gutters. There are also adhesive-backed hooks designed just for lights. Either way, these methods ensure you hang the lights without puncturing or placing undue stress on your gutters or lights.

How can I attach Christmas lights on gutters with leaf guards?

If you have gutter or leaf guards, you can still hang Christmas lights. There are a variety of methods to do so, but one of the easiest is to do it with quality Christmas hooks. They will negate the need for clips, and you can hook them onto the smaller holes of your home’s gutter guards. Christmas hooks work best with mesh or screen leaf guards.

There are also all-in-one clips that will slide under the shingles of your roof, but this isn’t an ideal solution as it can disrupt the integrity of your roof shingles. A better solution is self-adhesive clips, which just stick underneath your guttering, and then you can hang your lights from the hooked end.