Step inside our holiday home, at night, for a tour of this year’s traditional Christmas decorations. Twinkling lights and small touches make an incredible impact in our home and we couldn’t love them more!

There’s something about the magic and glow of Christmas lights that bring the joy of the season to life. I’m so excited to share our home with you and I hope it inspires you for your own holiday celebrations with loved ones!

An entry table with a vase of magnolia and christmas lights in the background.
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The lights are twinkling, the fragrance of fresh Christmas greenery is in the air, and the fireplace is warming us through and through!

One of the best parts of Christmas for our family is the lights. We can’t get enough! We love the magical glow of Christmas both indoors and out. That’s what today’s little tour is all about… my attempt to capture the magic of our home at night.

I’m so grateful for the cozy, warm feeling of our home all aglow and I’m excited to share it with you today! 

All Aglow

Nat King Cole captured the magic of Christmas when he sang those “tiny tots all aglow” lyrics, didn’t he? The excitement and warmth of this season truly lights up our home and the eyes of our little girls!

entry table with mirror above

I don’t often take photos of either of our homes at night. As much as I enjoy taking and sharing photos with you, I find night time lighting situations to be difficult to capture.

A garland on a staircase with pillar candles all around

With that said, I’m learning every day and I love sharing the small, special moments in our Christmas home with you.

Today I’m taking you on a tour of our home on a glowing, snowy evening. Grab a cup of homemade hot chocolate and come on in!

A garland on a staircase with pillar candles all around, three little girls on the stairs in Christmas pajamas

Candlelit Elegance

Beyond the twinkling Christmas lights that we include throughout our home, I love candles (both real and faux) for an added layer of warm glowing light.

This year, I placed our faux pillar candles in several places to see where we loved them the most! What do you think? On the entry table, the stairs, or our breakfast nook? Which is your favorite?

A dining room with candle light and a garland hanging over the doorway for Christmas
candle lit room with garland overhead

Warm and Cozy

As I have discussed in previous posts, I am a bit of a minimalist. However, that doesn’t mean that my home is stark or cold! Get my best tips for creating cozy minimalism right here. 

Because I am not one for storing and keeping crates and bins full of decor from year to year, I love to decorate fresh. I love the warmth and fragrance of fresh greenery, and that’s what we incorporate each year! 

A living room with stockings on the fireplace

In fact, you won’t see our Christmas tree in these photos because we just now got it up and decorated. Slow, simple living is the life for me… I wanted a fresh tree this year so we decided to wait a bit and enjoy it in a more realistic time frame!

Read all about my favorite cedar garlands and pine garlands, here. You’ll also find information about our popcorn garland and orange garlands we added for a charming, homespun touch.

A living room with stockings on the fireplace
A white living room with candles and brass bells on the table for Christmas

Bedrooms Can Glow, Too

Often, bedrooms don’t get much decorating for Christmas because they are not the public rooms that everyone sees when they come to your house. However, our entire family loves falling asleep and waking to a little twinkling magic! 

We added a pretty Faux Jasmine Garland this year along with some twinkling lights. We switched the artwork over the bed out for a wintry scene from one of my favorite free art sources that just feels so calming!

A white bed with a garland and lights over it for Christmas.
A white bed with a garland and lights over it for Christmas.

Candlelit Dining

Another area of our home that I love to add a little glowing magic is the dining space. Because the breakfast nook is the less formal dining space in our home, we tend to gather here for all our meals.

It’s easy to make this space feel special with fresh greenery and candles throughout the season. The view from here is beautiful, and we love to look out at the snow and the Christmas lights in the chilly evenings.

A dining room with candle light and a garland hanging over the doorway for Christmas

Kitchen Warmth

I find that our kitchen is the easiest room in our home to decorate. Every little touch feels simple and yet magical.

I love adding a garland over the window, and our Wooden Advent Calendar adds a meaningful, special touch this year.

A wooden Advent calendar and lights in a white kitchen
A white kitchen with greenery and lights over the sink
A white kitchen with Christmas flowers and candles on the island at night

A tiny flourish of fresh greens adds to the cabinet hardware just feels so charming, doesn’t it?

A cabinet in a kitchen with traditional Christmas decorations and lights inside.
A white kitchen with Christmas flowers and candles on the island at night

Even our little bar area glows in the candlelight.

A corner of a white kitchen with Christmas decorations at night
A white kitchen with Christmas flowers and candles on the island at night

Looking for more ways to bring the Christmas spirit into your home this year? Get started with 30 easy Christmas decoration ideas to bring your decorating to a whole new level!

I can also help you get organized after the holidays are over – check out my best tips for organizing the after Christmas chaos.

A white kitchen with Christmas flowers and candles on the island at night

Below, you’ll find Christmas at night tours from years past

A dutch door on a white cottage decorated with candles and a mini cedar tree for Christmas.
A sparsely decorated Scandinavian inspired Christmas tree reflecting in a window.
A white living room with a sparsely decorated Scandinavian Christmas tree.
A dutch door on a white cottage decorated with candles and a mini cedar tree for Christmas.
Looking past a kitchen dining room with a sparsely decorated Scandinavian Christmas tree.
A gold sconce decorated with holiday greens and a blue velvet bow.
A wooden bunk bedroom with a small Christmas tree in the corner.
An up close look at a farmhouse dollhouse decorated with indoor Christmas lights ideas.
An up close look at a farmhouse dollhouse decorated with indoor Christmas lights ideas.
An outdoor dining table with a glowing candle centerpiece for Christmas.
A roaring fire in a solo stove with twinkling outdoor Christmas lights for the holidays.
A forest of trees decorated with Christmas lights.

Looking for more ways to bring the Christmas spirit into your home this year? Get started with 30 easy Christmas decoration ideas to bring your decorating to a whole new level!

I can also help you get organized after the holidays are over – check out my best tips for organizing the after Christmas chaos.

Don’t miss Danielle’s tour from Finding Silver Pennies!

Christmas at night tours from last year

 

White walls, wooden staircase decorated with candles and garland at Christmas.
White walls, wooden staircase decorated with candles and garland at Christmas.
Entryway at night, candles and evergreen on a console table, wreath above.
Exterior of a home, snow on the ground and greenery garland on posts for Christmas.
Exterior of a home, snow on the ground and greenery garland on posts for Christmas.
Exterior of a home, snow on the ground and greenery garland on posts for Christmas.
Darkly lit entryway at night, candles and evergreens decorating for Christmas.
Looking from outside into a living room Christmas tree scene, at night.
The view of a Christmas Tree from a window.
Little girls decorating a Christmas tree
A dark candlelit room, set for Christmas dinner.
A dark candlelit room, set for Christmas dinner.
Stairs lines with candles and festive greenery.
Stairs lined with candles and festive greenery.
Stairs lined with candles and festive greenery.
A bed in a room with light up star
2 hanging brass lanterns with greenery and ribbons
A kitchen with brass lantern pendant lights decorated for christmas with garlands and wreaths
a breakfast room with a brass pendant lined with garland for christmas
A living room with a christmas tree and garland on a fire place.
doorway to living room decorated for christmas
christmas lights on home

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

girls in front of christmas tree

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32 Comments

  1. Like you I love to decorate the kitchen the most – and yours looks just perfect Julie! You always have the right amount of festive without every overdoing it – LOVE!

    Merry Christmas my friend!

    Sheila
    xo

  2. Julie, loved seeing your lake house aglow for Christmas. Also, love all the photos of your home from last year. Merry Christmas xx

  3. Julie, your daughters in their Christmas pajamas… SO precious!! Love seeing their sweet smiles as they enjoyed your little magical touches to your lake house. Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas! xx