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Light up the holidays


Whether you stick with classic Colonial candles in every window of the house or enjoy rimming the roof line, trimming the trees and adding sparkle to shrubs, the winter holidays are just around the corner.

Mild weather won’t last much longer for those outside holiday decorations – and service providers may still have room to fit your home lighting decoration into their schedules.

“We began the first of October putting up holiday lights. Nothing makes the holiday season more connected than having a show,” said Andrew Eckhoff, general manager at Bountiful Acres in Buckingham Township.

This year, Eckhoff said retro-style multicolor lights are popular, along with classic warm and cool white tones for trees and roof lines.

Professional crews with specialty ladders or bucket trucks are able to decorate in high places, creating a wow factor in the landscape.

“We have a 70-foot lift to go up into the trees, so you can customize to your house,” Eckhoff said.

Another popular trend this year, according to Eckhoff, is using red and green lights to ring in the holidays.

Longwood Gardens announced “A Very Retro Christmas” as this years’s holiday theme.

Expect Mid century modern-style decorations, which aim to recreate Christmases past from the 1940s through the 1960s, according to Longwood

While yesteryear’s large colorful light strands were high on energy use and got hot very quickly, newer lights using LED bulbs require very little electricity.

“They don’t get warm, and they are very safe,” Eckhoff said of light sets recreating the look of 20th century holiday lights.

Eckhoff recommends calling your holiday lighting provider – sooner rather than later – to make sure you have time to put the sparkle in this year’s holiday festivities.