One of the many things I love about the holidays is when people decorate their homes with lights.
River Oaks is the most affluent community in Houston, with some of the nicest homes and highest property values.
I like driving through this area because so many houses are decorated and decorated well.
Some home owners spare no expense to have their house look awesome during the holiday season.
Although I saw many houses with lights, I only included the best of the best in this Blog post.
I mentioned in other Blog posts that I used to do this type of work, so you’re getting a review by a professional light hanger.
This first tree is decorated in a new age method of just having the lights hang straight down from the tree.
It’s a good looking effect, but I can’t help but wonder if it got started by a couple of lazy light hangers who said, “Hey, let’s just let them hang instead of wrapping each branch”, lol.
Either way it started, it looks good when done right. I saw several using this method that were half-assed and looked terrible.
These trees were lining River Oaks Blvd. and there were several in a row decorated this well. It was nice to drive down the street with lights like this to look at.
Here’s a well decorated big tree, even though they decided not to go any higher.
This entry way was the best one that I saw. Not every house has a gate around the property, so not everybody had the chance to decorate a front gate area.
Here’s another group of trees with the falling lights. Not as many lights used, but it still looks okay.
I guess I’m partial, but I like white lights. Here we see a home that uses the multi-color lights. It can still look good if you do a good job of wrapping as much as you can.
Here’s another nice entry way to a property.
I put this next picture in because the tree is done well and because they have Santa on their lawn. I saw several homes with a Santa, but this one was lit up very well.
The house would have looked awesome if they had elected to put lights on it. A two story with columns in front always looks awesome with lights.
Here’s some small trees that they used only red lights. I think it looks nice.
This house had two great decorated large hedge trees near the house, bur again they elected not to decorate the house and that is a big let down because it would have completed the job.
The house looks naked without lights and there is a large tree in the front yard that needs to be wrapped.
This is a great decorated tree. I always like seeing trees like this.
Now here’s a home with trim lights on it and it looks great. Had they decided to wrap the large tree in front, it would have been one of my better choices.
As compared to this one without trim lights on it. You can see how lights on the house would have looked really good, especially with the six columns in front.
I thought this house looked nice with the light balls hanging from the tree. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but say it with me… the house needs lights to complete the job.
Now here’s a really great tree that’s using only red lights and it looks awesome. This is a very good job.
This yard is on a corner and looks very nice with Santa and the reindeer on the front lawn. The trees look good and the ground lights aimed at Santa and the reindeer help illuminate it for better viewing.
When I see trees using multi-color lights, I always think of Gum Drop candy trees because the lights remind me of candy.
Here’s another well decorated big tree. It takes a lot of time to wrap a tree this closely and have it look so good.
I liked these trees. They are doing the best they can without having any big trees in the front of their house.
These two trees were great, but where’s the house lights? You know they can afford them.
This house was the only one to use these kinds of lights. They’re actually white but look blue in the picture.
Here’s a house with lights and trees wrapped finally. The border lights along the ground made this one of my favorites.
I never tire of seeing trees wrapped so well.
This house had the front six columns wrapped very well, but they could have used lights around the windows and across the top to accent the house more. Maybe lit wreaths in front of each window.
These last three photos are of the best decorated trees I’ve ever seen.
I’ve personally seen some great trees and I’ve seen some great trees on the internet, but never have I seen two trees this well wrapped.
You can see the house between the two trees at the bottom, with their SUV.
I couldn’t see one branch that wasn’t wrapped. Depending on how many workers, this job took weeks.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the lights of River Oaks in Houston, TX. It was a pleasure driving around all night to photograph them for you.
Maybe there’s some well decorated homes in your area that you could go and look at to put you in the festive mood.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from me to you.
You can see the rest of my photos of homes by going to my website and looking in the photo galleries.