Best outdoor fairy lights: 5 sparkly buys for your garden

Christmas or not, you need the best outdoor fairy lights to brighten up the outside of your home and your garden – and our top pick is sure to please

Outdoor Fairy lights for outdoors
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Looking for the best outdoor fairy lights to brighten up your garden, porch or around the front door during the festive season – or perhaps even all year around? We've been on a mission to find the very best buys, and these are our favourite picks. They include rainfall lights, string lights and even curtain fairy lights so that you can really go to town on lighting up your home at night. 

Before you buy, have a think about how the outdoor fairy lights you like are powered. If there's no mains or USB source nearby, look for battery- or solar-powered lights – but consider whether the sunlight will reach the solar-panel easily or whether the battery pack will be protected from the elements and easy to reach when you want to change batteries?

Where outdoor fairy lights will be strung up will affact cable length if you are going for mains-powered lights – will yours be long enough to reach a socket without an extension lead?  Finally, think bulb colour: do you want a cool, white glow, a warmer, yellower light or multi-coloured?

Keep scrolling for the best outdoor fairy lights; for fairy light design ideas (for inside and out), don't miss our festive guide. For garden lighting ideas, our design gallery is the place to start.

Curtain fairy lights for outdoor use

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1. Fenvella Fairy Curtain Lights

Best outdoor fairy curtain lights

Specifications
Energy source: USB port
Remote control: Yes
Length: 3 metres
Number of lights: 30 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Works in environments -30ºC to 40ºC+Wireless remote control with Radio Frequency technology+50,000 hours life span+Eight different modes+Timer
Reasons to avoid
-Shorter than other models we like

Want your home to look like Harrods at Christmas time? These Fenvella fairy curtain lights tick every box.  

Waterproof and able to withstand extreme temperatures ranging 70ºC, they are perfect for outdoor use. Powered by a USB plug, they're compatible with USB ports, power banks, even your laptop. The lights can be controlled by remote control from up to 10m away. 

These are super pretty and extravagant whilst also giving off a soft, warm light. They have eight different modes and a timer, so you can change how they look from evening to evening (or hour to hour if that takes your fancy). The timer function means the lights will stay on for six hours and go off for 18 hours, and then restart automatically. The bulbs have a 50,000 hour lifespan.

They offer you a warm and inviting shine, help to create a nice ambiance atmosphere. The vertical end of the curtain can even be cut to length. Clever!

string fairy lights warm

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2. Koopower Battery Operated Waterproof Fairy Lights

Best outdoor string lights

Specifications
Energy source: Battery operated
Remote control: No
Length: 10 metres
Number of lights: 100
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof +Flexible+Eco-friendly LEDs+Clear string means they're easily blendable
Reasons to avoid
-They don't come with batteries-The battery pack needs to be placed in a plastic bag when used outdoors

When you think of fairy lights, you think of petite, twinkling bulbs glittering like little stars – and this is what you get from the Koopower Waterproof Fairy Lights

The clear, plastic string is flexible which means that this design is super easy to bend and blend into a scene and has a subtle charm. The adjustable brightness feature adds to this effect and ensures a cosy ambiance with the warm lighting tone. 

Also, of course they're waterproof so these are well worth consideration for outdoors. Drape, hang or wrap them wherever you fancy, inside or out. 

There are 100 warm LEDs. The battery box (note: although the lights are waterproof, you will have to put the battery pack in a plastic bag if this is to sit outside to protect it from water) has three modes: steady, flash and off. 

snowflake fairy lights

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3. Dee Banna Christmas Snowflake String Lights

Best outdoor Christmas fairy lights

Specifications
Energy source: 3 AA Batteries
Remote control: No
Length: 5 metres
Number of lights: 80
Reasons to buy
+cute, Christmassy design+clear string for blendable, versatile style
Reasons to avoid
-Battery box not waterproof - put in a plastic bag when outside -Batteries not included 

These Dee Banna Christmas Snowflake String Lights are not only great looking with their decorative snowflake design, they're also energy efficient: they have low power consumption and low heat paired with a bright light (although, we would note that they won't light up your entire garden on their own). 

There are 80 snowflake lights on each 5m string. The lights are operated by three AA batteries so can go anywhere. Again, the lights are waterproof, but the battery pack isn't, so will need protecting. 

raindrop fairy lights

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4. BlueFire Upgraded Rain Drop Lights

Best outdoor meteor fairy lights

Specifications
Energy source: Low voltage plug-in
Remote control: No
Length: 6.95 metres
Number of lights: 80
Reasons to buy
+Helical tube gives a 360 glow+Low voltage +Expensive look for low price
Reasons to avoid
-It requires a power outlet as needs to be plugged in, indoors

There's nothing more magical than outdoor fairy lights galore and the easiest way to achieve this look is with these effortlessly cascading meteor fairy lights. The effect of these lights is that they create the illusion of loads of different icicle lights separately suspended from branches or your roof or window. However, they're all attached to one 3m cable, so they're actually really easy to install. 

The super bright low-energy LED chips provide 360 degrees of light; each bulb turns on and off one by one in sequence to mimic a meteor shower or fallling snow. 

Fairy lights for outdoors

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5. Fulighture Solar String Waterproof Crystal Ball Decorative Lights

Best outdoor festoon fairy lights

Specifications
Energy source: Solar
Remote control: No
Length: 7.5 metres
Number of lights: 30 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+One year warranty+Solar - eco-friendly power source+Eight different flash modes
Reasons to avoid
-Solar powered means if they don't get direct sunlight the light is low

These festoon fairy lights are fab if you're after that industrial, lofty vibe. With the black cable suspending exposed bulbs, they boast a rustic look; however, the crystal ball effect of the bulb gives a luxurious and Christmassy feel. 

There are eight different flash modes so you can create the atmosphere of your choice, depending on whether you're hosting a party, using them for a wedding or just having them all year round to light up your patio.