Antique and Vintage Christmas Lights

Christmas tree lighting dates to 17th century Germany, when wax was melted to tree branches to hold candles to illuminate specific ornaments. In 1882, Edward Johnson, an assistant to Thomas Edison, designed the first set of electric tree lights, which became popular in department store displays. It wasn't until the introduction of safety light strings in 1917, however, that household tree lighting took off, spawning innumerable combinations of colors, shapes, sizes, and figural lights.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Papa Teds Place

Papa Teds Place

The late Theodore H. Althof, Jr's beautiful collection of vintage dimestore cardboard Christmas 'putz' village hous… [read review or visit site]

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

George Nelson's incredibly detailed chronicle of vintage Christmas tree lighting. Browsable by decade and special t… [read review or visit site]

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

This simple site showcases over 500 artistic Gablonz glass bead antique and vintage Christmas tree ornaments, made … [read review or visit site]

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

This site showcases over 1000 old Soviet Christmas and New Years cards from 1950 to 1990. Browse through page after… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Set 3 Of Matchless Star Double Row Christmas Light All Lights WorkVintage Christmas Early Wire Base Noma Bubble Lights W/slugs Non Working12 Vintage Ge C7 Christmas Lights Bulbs Pink All Working Tested Original PackageVintage 1930s Walt Disney Christmas Lights By NomaExcellent Vintage Christmas Bubble Lights, Noma Biscuits, C6 Working, All SlugsVintage C-6 Paramount Christmas Bubble Lights Working Holiday LightingVintage Christmas Noma Bubble Lights W/slug Working Tested Green & LimeVintage Christmas Bubble Lights Set Of 7 Electric Mint Decoration RetroVintage Noma Christmas Bubble Lights All WorkingLot Of (58) Vintage Ge "snowball Lamps" Ball Christmas Lights Loose And WorkingVintage Strand Of Christmas Swirl Lights - 12 Assorted Bulbs C9 1/2Vintage Royal Spiral Swirl Light Outdoor Christmas Lights GeVintage Christmas Noma Bubble Lights W/slug Working Tested RedVintage Christmas Lights Westinghouse 5 White Bulbs C-7 C7 Pack Tested Old Usa8 Vintage Ge C7 Twinkle Christmas Lights Bulbs All Tested Original Package D26Vintage Christmas Bubble Lights, Paramount Biscuits, C6, All Working , SlugsPeach Orange White Vintage Christmas Noma Bubble Lights W/slug Working Noma Vintage 20 Light C7 Christmas Light Set Lights Fabric CordVintage Imperial Christmas Lights New Never UsedVintage Christmas Lights Ge C-7 C7 5 Canary Yellow Bulbs Round Logo Tested RareLot Vintage Christmas Lights BulbsUnique Vintage Pair Christmas Lights C7 C-7 2 String Sets Vintage C6 (8) Light Crown Christmas Tree Lights Ge Bulbs Boxed6 Boxes Vintage Noma ,pennant Christmas Tree Lights,,indoor,outdoor ,n.o.s.Vintage 15 Christmas Santa Lights C-7 Bulbs Ge Block Logo, String Works In BoxBlow Mold Noel Candle Decorations * Vintage 1970's Christmas Lights / LampsVintage Christmas Lights Ge C9 C-9 Swirl Noma String 7 Bulbs Bakelite In The BoxVintage Lights And Sounds Of Christmas Music Box Mr. Christmas 21 SongsVintage Mazda Ge General Electric Christmas Tree Lamp Lights Bulbs Box 9Vintage Christmas Red & Green String Lights With 7 - Ge Swirl C-9 Bulbs ~ GcVintage Christmas Lights#2281 40s Unused House Under Northern Lights-vintage Christmas Card-greetingVintage Set 3 Boxes Noma Safety Plug Christmas Tree Lights W Wood Berry BeadsVintage Noma Christmas Holiday Lights With Wooden Beads Cloth Cord - Ge Bulbs Vintage C6 Noma Series Lighting Christmas Tree Lights Ge Bulbs BoxedVintage Christmas Lights Swirl Flame Mazda Ge C9 C-9 10 Bulbs Ge Mazda Logo Box (8) Vintage C-6 Christmas Tree Bubble Lights Holiday Decoration Excellent Cond.6 Vintage Unused Roman Inc. Christmas Light Covers For Mini Lights Very DetailedVintage Italian Silvestri Yellow Flower Lights Christmas Box Holiday Nos 43 GyVintage Christmas Lights Antique Christmas Lights Decoration Some Milk Glass Santas Bird 4 Sided LotVintage Clemco Christmas Lights In Original BoxVintage 1950-60's Japan Icy Colored Bulbs Christmas C-6 Ice Lights W/box Tested Vintage Christmas Lights3 Boxes Of Vintage Christmas Tree Candle Clip String Lights..original BoxesVintage C6 Fancy Opal Series Lighting Christmas Tree Lights BoxedVintage Radiant Christmas Lights 10 Candle Clip Lights Screw In Bulbs All WorkSet Of 3 Vintage Christmas Putz Village Houses Unusual Japan W/holes For LightsVintage Noma Christmas Holiday Lights With Wooden Beads Cloth Cord And Ge Bulbs Vintage Silvestri Christmas Lights #2000 / Italy2 Vintage Japanese Chinese Lanterns C9 Christmas Lights Patio Hand Painted BulbsVintage C7 Lights Lot 2 Strands Christmas Old Retro Multi Estate Lot BVintage C7 Lights With Gilbert Light Strand In Ringalite Christmas Lights Box