The Best Christmas Light Projectors to Brighten Up Your Holiday, Tested

Say goodbye to hours on a ladder with the Christmas light projectors that make the night beautiful and bright.

Best Overall

The LEDMall RGB Outdoor Garden Laser Christmas Lights projector on a white background with several insets of the patterns it creates.

LEDMall RGB Outdoor Garden Laser Christmas Lights

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Best Bang for the Buck

The SunBox Live Christmas Holiday Lights Projector projecting holiday images on a house, a phone showing the SunBox app, and several insets showing the patterns the projector creates.

SunBox Live Christmas Holiday Lights Projector

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Best Christmas Designs

The LEDMall RGB Outdoor Laser Garden and Christmas Lights on a white background with a remote and several insets of the patterns the projector creates.

LEDMall RGB Outdoor Laser Garden and Christmas Lights

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It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until the lights twinkle on the neighborhood houses. However, the hours it takes to string those lights only to find that one of them is out (and maybe taking out the rest of the lights with it) just aren’t worth it. Save some time and effort by using one of the best Christmas light projectors. These devices may seem techy for Christmas decorations, but they provide a festive display that takes a fraction of the time to set up. Christmas light projectors display everything from snowflakes and snowmen to laser light shows with a kaleidoscope of colors.

We extensively tested the following models for ease of setup and operation, included features, and light display quality during the day and night. Discover the results below, along with a shopping guide and tips to determine which features to consider when looking for the best Christmas light projector for your home.

  1. BEST OVERALL: LEDMall RGB Outdoor Garden Laser Christmas Lights
  2. BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: SunBox Live Christmas Holiday Lights Projector
  3. BEST CHRISTMAS DESIGNS: LEDMall RGB Outdoor Laser Garden and Christmas Lights
  4. BEST FOR BIG HOMES: Y Yuegang Christmas Projector Lights
  5. BEST INDOOR: Spooboola Party Lights Disco DJ Lights Projector
  6. BEST FOR TREES: Poeland Outdoor Christmas Projector Light
  7. ALSO CONSIDER: Lunmore Christmas Lights Laser Projector
The best Christmas light projector option on a antique table and projecting a red and green pattern on a blue wall next to a plant.
Photo: Markkus Rovito for Bob Vila

How We Tested the Best Christmas Light Projectors

To determine which Christmas light projectors to test, we considered more than 60 models based on brand reputation, features, quality, and review consensus of the individual projectors. Then we thoroughly tested the final list of products in the real world—both indoors and outdoors (when the projectors were rated for outdoor use)—under different ambient light conditions.

We judged each Christmas light projector based on the setup procedure, available features, ease of use, and end results. Factors such as price, included accessories, build quality, and aesthetics also factored into our overall assessment. All of the Christmas light projectors for outdoor use have some level of weather resistance. We tested them all outdoors, but because we could not put them through every weather condition during the testing period, we also considered their ingress protection (IP) ratings. (More more information on IP ratings, read the Durability and Waterproofing section, which appears after our product reviews.)

Our Top Picks

Choosing from the many Christmas light projectors available can be daunting. We sifted through the options to find brands and models that rose above the competition with their performance, options, and durability.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: 2,500 square feet
  • IP rating: IP67
  • Display distance: Flexible

Pros

  • Remote control with color, speed, and timer controls for ample customization
  • Sturdy, robust build quality is built to withstand the elements
  • Includes necessary hardware to install it indoors or outdoors for versatility
  • Includes locking security cable to prevent theft and malfunction

Cons

  • Limited head movement compared to other options on the market

The LEDMall projector creates beautiful light displays in eight patterns with three diode lasers. The images are dancing laser patterns in red, green, and blue rather than discernible images like Santa Claus or a snowman. The laser movement creates the illusion of twinkling lights.

Of all the Christmas laser light projectors, this model earned high marks from us with its durability and flexible installation options. We tested it both indoors and outdoors, which was a simple matter of screwing and unscrewing the sturdy tabletop base or the ground stake to the stand. However, the projector head has a more limited range of movement for angling it off its stand than some other projectors have. There are also mounting screws to attach the unit’s base to a wall or ceiling.

We appreciated its sturdy metal construction, which, along with its high IP67 waterproof rating, seemed ready for any harsh elements of the holiday season. And we just really enjoyed the complex patterns it creates, which include different shapes and spirals as well as twinkling dots.

This projector also comes with a security lock to deter thieves; a lockable cable runs from the projector to a secure object, such as a fence. The remote control has many options for setting color combinations or single-color displays, motion speed controls, and an auto-off timer with 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-hour durations. In our usage, the remote always responded quickly and reliably.

Read our full review: LEDMall RGB Outdoor Garden Laser Christmas Lights

Get the LEDMall 8-pattern Christmas light projector at Amazon or The Home Depot.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: 323 square feet
  • IP rating: IP65
  • Display distance: 10 to 39 feet

Pros

  • 16 slides made for many holidays and celebrations throughout the year
  • Helpful remote control with speed option and timer for excellent customization
  • Preinstalled slide made it easier to set up than comparable options

Cons

  • Does not come with AAA batteries for the remote
  • Not bright enough to be very effective in outdoor daylight

This SunBox projector may not be the strictly least expensive option on this list, but for its low price, it lights up holidays and occasions year-round with 16 interchangeable slides. Each slide projects themed images dedicated to several holidays, including:

● Christmas ● Thanksgiving ● Halloween ● St. Patrick’s Day ● Easter ● April Fools’ Day ● Valentine’s Day ● Independence Day ● New Year’s

Christmas gets four separate slides, while additional slides provide themed lights for birthday parties and other celebrations. There’s a slide compartment at the top of the projector, and after turning off the power, it was easy for us to change the slides by unscrewing the compartment lid and exchanging slides.

The projector is graded for indoor and outdoor use, and we tested it in both situations. It was a quick process for us to screw the ground stake or tabletop/floor base on or off the stand depending on where we wished to place it. We also intuitively figured out the remote control’s several options for setting a 2- or 4-hour auto-off timer, turning on the flashing mode and making the flashing faster or slower, and setting the motor speed for rotating the slide images faster, slower, or not at all.

Each of the 16 slides has four simple but pleasant cartoon-style images that rotate around the projection space. The four Christmas slides in particular are full of festive trees and wreaths, snowmen, stockings, and jolly ol’ St. Nick. While this projector provides a great value for versatile holiday lighting options, during our tests, its mostly lightweight, plastic construction did not seem as durable as some other projectors in this roundup. It also did not appear bright enough to us to be very effective in daylight, and it did not include AAA batteries for the remote.

Get the SunBox Christmas light projector at Amazon.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: 2,500 square feet
  • IP rating: IP67
  • Display distance: Flexible

Pros

  • 18 laser patterns: 6 for Christmas, 6 for Halloween, and 6 general
  • 4 timer settings integrated for convenience: 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours
  • Remote control with color, pattern, speed, and timer buttons
  • Includes locking security cable with keys to prevent theft and malfunction

Cons

  • Some users report that red laser goes out after some use

This LEDMall three-models-in-one projector takes laser lights up a notch with 18 moving patterns—six of them dedicated to Christmas. The Christmas patterns include candy canes, snowflakes, gingerbread houses, bells, and Santa Claus. There are also six patterns dedicated to Halloween (such as haunted houses, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns) and six general-use patterns for any type of party or decorative lighting.

All the patterns are in red, green, and blue, but we were able to turn each of those colors on or off from buttons on the remote control. It’s the most full-featured remote of all the projectors we tested. We really appreciated the remote’s three shortcut buttons for cycling through the Christmas, Halloween, and general laser light patterns. It also let us set the laser pattern motion speed and includes timer buttons for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-hour auto-off settings.

This model was the biggest, most robust, and most capable projector in this roundup. It’s very similar to our Best Overall LEDMall projector pick. It has the same shape, durable build, IP67 waterproofing, and included accessories such as a locking security cable, but it is larger and has more projection patterns. Its Christmas and Halloween patterns impressed us the most and make this projector worth the extra cost. The details were sharp and bright when we placed the projector at distances of 10 to 30 feet, but these lasers are powerful enough for users to place them even further away, although at a cost of decreased brightness.

Despite its extra size and weight, its extra-sturdy stake secured it into the ground well when we installed it outside, as did its base for flat surfaces when we installed it inside. A longer-than-average 25-foot electrical cord may eliminate the need for an extension cord. At 25 feet away, this projector can cover a 2,500-square-foot space. Although everything about this projector worked well in our testing, some users have reported that the red laser stopped working in their unit.

Get the LEDMall 3-models-in-1 Christmas light projector at Amazon.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: 3,800 square feet
  • IP rating: Projector IP65, adapter IP44
  • Display distance: 33 feet

Pros

  • Large 3,800-square-foot coverage area is perfect for large yards or homes
  • 300-degree rotating head helps get the best angle for projection
  • Christmas patterns stay clear at distances up to 33 feet for excellent effectiveness

Cons

  • Adapter isn’t as weatherproof as the projector; may not be ideal for some users
  • Short power cord, so some setups may need an extension cord

The Y Yuegang projector may be small in size, but it covers a whopping 3,800-square-foot area when placed at a distance of 33 feet. The projector head rotates 300 degrees, which gave us a lot of freedom during setup to try different angles and find the best one to get the most out of our available space. We enjoyed its very clear images from its five laser light patterns, including Christmas trees, bells, snowflakes, and Santas. We also liked how the projector altered the timing of its patterns to make their motion less repetitive.

We could make quick changes from the remote control’s “mode” button to cycle the display from all-red to all-green to red-and-green lights. The remote also controls three motor speed settings, and its timer section has 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-hour buttons, with a “reset” button for turning the timer off.

We tested this projector both indoors and outdoors, and like many of these Christmas light projectors, it was easy to transition from outside to inside by unscrewing its ground stake and screwing on the base to set it on a table or floor.

However, we were disappointed with its short power cord of 16.4 feet, which for us meant we needed an extension cord to place it at the end of its range of 33 feet away from a wall. Also, the adapter/electrical plug is only IP44 rated, protecting it from low-velocity water sprays, but it’s not as weather-resistant as the IP67 projector. That means some setups may need some sort of cover over the adapter.

Get the Y Yuegang Christmas light projector at Amazon.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: N/A
  • IP rating: Indoor only
  • Display distance: N/A

Pros

  • Red, green, or red/green color modes to add holiday cheer
  • 2 music control settings for linking the light display to ambient noise
  • Flexible tripod can stand the projector on a surface or hang it from certain objects
  • Remote control sets the colors, motor speed, and music response options

Cons

  • Microphone was not very responsive unless the music was very loud or very close
  • Short power cord limits placement or requires extension cord

The Party Lights Disco DJ lights projector by Spooboola takes the holidays beyond a simple display into dance territory. This laser light show model blankets walls and ceilings with hundreds, if not thousands, of light points in three pattern modes: auto, flash (strobe), and sound. The sound mode responds to fluctuations in music playing or other surrounding sounds, and there are two music settings for the sound mode available from the remote control. One music setting shows no lights at all if there is no sound, and the other goes to auto pattern mode when there’s no sound, then responds to the sound when it’s there.

Regardless of the mode, all the light combinations and patterns add to the holiday fun with plenty of red and green. While this light projector is built in the style of dance club/party lasers, we thought its colors and brilliant patterns make it entirely appropriate for sprucing up indoor holiday decor. We found the lights to be superbright and sharp. And with the remote control, we could quickly set the mode, the color combination (red only, green only, or red and green), and the speed of the light motion effects.

This projector was easy for us to set up and gave us flexible setup options because it has both a small, removable, adjustable tripod stand as well as a removable bracket that’s good for screwing into a wall, ceiling, etc. for semipermanent installation. With the bendable tripod legs, we could place the projector on a table or wrap it around a sturdy object to get the best angle. Note that this product is for indoor use only.

One downside of this model was the microphone’s response to music in the sound modes. In testing, we had to make the music source either very loud or put it very close to the projector—otherwise its response to sound was poor.

Get the Spooboola Christmas light projector at Amazon.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: 2,500 square feet
  • IP rating: IP65
  • Display distance: 10 to 20 feet

Pros

  • Focused light that makes colors appear brighter for very effective use
  • Lights show up well on uneven surfaces such as trees or brickwork
  • Includes locking security cable to deter thieves and prevent malfunction

Cons

  • Some users have reported a faulty remote

The Poeland projector light creates a laser light show that—as we discovered in our testing—shows up on trees just as well as it does on flat surfaces. It’s the bright, focused light that makes a difference. Two installation options include a ground stake and a platform that works for indoor use. For users planning to project the lights onto trees, we confirmed that the larger and thicker-than-average ground stake is quite strong for staking into a tree-filled area that may have roots close to the ground’s surface.

The timer offers four auto-off settings: 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours. We appreciated that its included security kit—a locking cable with keys—secures the projector in place to deter thieves, and the remote control let us adjust colors, movement speed, and the built-in timer.

We tried the Poeland projector against some small trees—both deciduous and coniferous—and its bright, focused lights worked well to stay clearly visible against their leaves, needles, and branches. That makes this model attractive for users who may want to use it as an alternative to time-consuming and back-breaking light stringing on their yard’s trees. Other laser light projectors can also show up well on trees, but we particularly liked this one for that purpose. While everything about the Poeland projector worked well in our testing, a few users have had the remote control stop working within the first season.

Get the Poeland Christmas light projector at Amazon.

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Product Specs

  • Coverage: Up to 2,500 square feet
  • IP rating: Projector IP65, adapter IP44
  • Display distance: 10 to 20 feet

Pros

  • Excellent weather resistance ratings to withstand a variety of conditions
  • Projector angles 180 degrees from its stand for flexibility in aiming the display
  • Solid build and projector performance for its price

Cons

  • No dedicated Christmas light patterns

With its max 2,500-square-foot coverage, design, and other features, the Lunmore is very similar to our Best Overall LEDMall model except for its construction, which uses more plastic than solid metal. However, the Lunmore projector still boasts impressive weather resistance, with IP65 dustproofing and waterproofing, as well as an operating temperature range of -40 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit for use in a variety of conditions.

After testing this model indoors and outdoors, we determined that, for its build quality and price, it’s a very good middle-ground Christmas light projector. It’s much more solidly constructed than, say, the SunBox or Mitata models but not built like a tank the way that the LEDMall models are. For that, buyers will pay a price somewhere between those other models, which we think is fair.

This model does not have dedicated Christmas patterns, but red, green, and blue lights are entirely appropriate for the season, and users can choose to turn the individual colors on or off from the remote control to create red-and-green patterns, all-blue patterns, etc.

Get the Lunmore Christmas light projector at Amazon.

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What to Consider When Choosing Christmas Light Projectors

Christmas projector lights, patterns, and display size are only a few of the considerations that factor into a buying decision. Shoppers will also want to think about waterproofing, installation, and control. The following features will make a difference in performance, display quality, and whether or not the product will create a Christmas display that’s the envy of the neighborhood.

The Best Christmas Light Projectors in a planter, pointed toward the side of a house.
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Patterns and Projection Range

Some projectors have a single pattern like starry twinkling lights or snowflakes, while others have up to 20. Many of those extra patterns go well beyond Christmas to include Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthdays, and other occasions.

Projection range indicates the farthest distance the projector can be from the target (usually the house) and still create a clear image or light display. Anywhere between 20 and 40 feet is average, though some may have a longer range or only a short 10- to 12-foot projection range. If the projector is placed beyond this range, the displayed image loses clarity.

Durability and Waterproofing

An outdoor projector must withstand wind, rain, and snow to be useful in many local climates. Check the projector’s IP rating. An IP rating indicates the device’s level of water resistance and/or resistance to particles like dirt and dust. Example IP ratings include IP67 or IP44. The first number indicates the particle-proof level of the projector, with a 0 offering no protection and a 6 being airtight. The second number indicates protection from liquids. It ranges from 0 to 9, with 9 being submersible and 0 being no protection.

If there’s an X in the rating, such as IPX7, it means that the manufacturer did not test the item for particle resistance but did test it for water resistance. Outdoor Christmas projector lights should have a rating of at least IP65 to withstand rainy weather. However, projectors used in more extreme winters may require an IP67 rating.

Installation

Most Christmas light projectors that are cleared for outdoor use include a ground stake to secure it in place, which is pretty easy to install. Of course, the electrical cord needs to be plugged in, but installation usually only takes a few minutes. Other designs may have a built-in tripod or a base that can rest on a flat surface or be screwed into a wall or ceiling. Most models have more than one installation option.

Remote and Timer

Tromping out into cold weather to turn on a projector isn’t exactly holiday fun. Models that come with a remote and built-in timer save time and money in the long run. A remote allows for light display adjustments and control from the front porch or even inside the house, depending on the remote control’s range.

Timers make sure the projector only runs when it will be visible, namely when it’s dark. They typically run on an 8-hour-on/16-hour-off or 6-hour-on/18-hour-off cycle. Some models come with several automatic timer settings, which lets users turn the projector on once and forget about it.

The Yocuby Snowman Christmas Light Projector on an antique table and projecting a red, blue, and green holiday scene onto the wall above.
Photo: Markkus Rovito for Bob Vila

FAQs

Maybe you have a Christmas light projector in mind already, or maybe you don’t. If you have lingering questions, we have answers. Check out some of the most common questions about these festive products.

Q. How many Christmas light projectors do I need?

The number of Christmas light projectors you need depends on the square footage of the display area. Some projectors can cover up to 3,800 square feet, while others cover only 600 square feet. Estimate or measure the square footage of the display area and buy a projector that will cover it. If it’s a particularly large area, you might need more than one projector.

Q. Can I project lights onto a tree?

Lights can be projected onto a tree with varying levels of success, and some models work better than others on trees. Generally, the lights display best on a flat surface, which of course a tree is not. However, moving light displays can make a tree look like it’s lit because the light continually catches the branches.

Q. How do I set up a Christmas light projector?

First, read the manufacturer’s instructions, and then follow them. Depending on the projector’s specs, you may need a tape measure to determine the optimal distance from the display area. From there, it’s a matter of adjusting the projector angle, securing it, and plugging in an extension cord.

Q. At what distance should I install a Christmas light projector?

The appropriate distance varies from model to model. Some models project best between 15 and 20 feet from the display area, while others display best at 30 to 40 feet. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Q. On what surface can the Christmas light project the image?

Christmas light projectors provide the best images on a relatively flat surface, like a house, garage door, or interior wall.

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Meet the Tester

Markkus Rovito thoroughly tested all the Christmas light projectors first-hand. He has more than 20 years of experience testing and reviewing electronics, software, and other technology for publications such as Popular Science, Futurism, and more.

Additional research provided by Stacey L. Nash.

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Name: Stacey L. Nash Title: Contributing Writer Stacey L. Nash has written for BobVila.com since 2020 and more widely for the past 6 years about home products, home decor, and general home improvement. Diving into research is one of her favorite parts of writing, but she especially enjoys hands-on testing to get a feel for how products really function in everyday life.   Expertise and Experience Over the 6 years Stacey has worked as a freelance writer, she’s covered everything from paving and bathroom design to plungers and silverware. She’s developed significant practical experience with kitchen and home products through years of hands-on testing. One of her favorite product testing projects included an ice cream maker that required making several batches of ice cream in 1 week. Stacey also wrote for the sleep industry for 18 months, reviewing pillows, sheets, duvets, duvet covers, and mattresses. 

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