It is all very well flicking through magazines and sites on the Internet looking for Christmas decorating ideas for the exterior of your home but all too many of them assume that there will be lots of snow around to act as a natural decor accent because they are created and published where the stuff might be around during the holiday season.

Since that is certainly not the case in Australia (unless you are very rich and can afford to rent a snow making machine) here are a few outdoor Christmas lighting ideas that do suit a warmer clime while still looking very festive:

Magical Tree Lights

Strings of lights on plain trees have a twinkling ‘ starry night’ effect that is elegant and effective. Add a large, lighted wreath and you have an entrance that will greet any weary travelers that come to your door in style.

Dress Up your Doorway

Using bold reds you can create a festive air to the entrance of your home with ease. Here, simple red bows and bright white lights, surrounded by a little greenery and offset with cheerful poinsettias pack a holiday punch that any visitor won’t soon forget.

Snowballs in Summertime

LED baubles stacked in this decorative  urn look just like snowballs waiting to be thrown, without there actually being a single flake of real snow in sight.

Christmas Mash Up

A mish mash of pine cones, baubles and evergreen clippings give this garden bench a festive look that is easy to achieve and oh-so-effective.