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Welcome to another tip from a professional Christmas light contractor and installer. In this blog, we will teach you how to hang holiday lights on your home, whether it’s for commercial or residential purposes. We’ll guide you step by step on how to spiral wrap a tree, tie the lights together, and use a handy tool to reach higher branches. Let’s get started!

Spiral Wrapping the Tree

When it comes to spiral wrapping a tree, there are a few key steps to keep in mind. First, start at the base of the tree and wrap the lights around the trunk until you reach the first branches. This will create a solid foundation for the rest of the lights.

Once you reach the desired branch, wrap the lights around it and secure them by tying them together. This will prevent them from coming undone when you need to take them down later. It’s important to do this step as you go along to make the takedown process easier.

If you find it difficult to reach higher branches, don’t worry. We have a solution for that!

Using a Handy Tool

When you can’t reach any higher, grab a handy tool called the Mr. Long Arm. This tool has a hook attached to the end, making it super easy to access any part of the tree. Simply hook the lights onto the branches and continue wrapping.

This tool is especially useful when you’re about a third of the way around the tree. Take the lights and wrap them around the branch at this point. This will help secure them in place and prevent the wind from easily blowing them off.

With this method, you can ensure that your lights stay in place, even during windy weather conditions.

Tying the Lights Together

To make the takedown process even easier, it’s a good idea to tie the lights together as you go along. This can be done by simply tying them with a knot. By doing this, you can easily pull the lights out of the tree without them coming undone.

It’s recommended to tie the lights together every time you reach a new branch or area where you want to wrap the lights. This will keep them organized and prevent any tangling or confusion when it’s time to remove them.


Q: Can I use the same technique for hanging lights on other structures?

A: Absolutely! The spiral wrapping technique can be used for hanging lights on various structures, such as fences, pillars, or even bushes. Just follow the same steps of wrapping and securing the lights.

Q: How do I ensure the lights are evenly spaced while spiral wrapping?

A: To achieve even spacing, you can measure the length of lights you need for each revolution around the tree. This will help maintain a consistent pattern and prevent any gaps or overcrowding of lights.

Q: Are there any safety precautions I should take while hanging holiday lights?

A: Safety should always be a top priority when hanging holiday lights. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder or platform to reach high areas, and avoid overloading electrical outlets. Additionally, check for any damaged wires or bulbs before hanging the lights.


Hanging holiday lights on your home can be a fun and festive way to celebrate the season. By following these tips from a professional Christmas light installer, you can ensure a well-lit and beautifully decorated home. Remember to spiral wrap the tree, tie the lights together for easy takedown, and use a handy tool to reach higher branches. Happy decorating!

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