Create a Festive and Glowing Fireplace (Without the Fire!)

festive fireplace with logs wrapped in Christmas lights

For our holiday party, we nixed the fire and, instead, wrapped logs with Christmas lights for a safe and subtle glow.

Expecting a packed house for your holiday party? Don’t have a working fireplace? Or maybe you live in Miami (lucky you)? Either way, it’s possible that you’d prefer not to light a fire in your fireplace, but you still want that lovely glow. Here’s the perfect solution: Wrap your logs in Christmas lights!

For our holiday party with the HGTV and DIY Network bloggers, we wanted a cozy, warm look (see our vision here in the fireplace mood board that the Design Happens crew created), but we didn’t want to bother with the fire. When trying to brainstorm another option, the lightbulb went off for us (literally). We simply wrapped the lights around the stacked logs (which is better than wrapping logs before stacking and risking bulb breakage), then plugged into an extension cord and oh-so-carefully hid the cord (as was said in “Steel Magnolias,” we didn’t want it to look tacky).

We also added a little supplementary glow with Alphabet votives from Pottery Barn (cleverly spelling H-G-T-V) and handmade log votives. (These log votives were originally made by my Dad for our rustic-style wedding but Emily Fazio also showed you how to make similar ones for her natural Christmas mantel decor.)

See how this setup gives just the right amount of glow in the background of our holiday party without putting off too much heat (or smoke, or mess)?

glowing holiday fireplace

Above the fireplace, we hung a mix of traditional and funky stockings that you can make. And if you’re envious of how neatly those bookshelves are styled, get bookshelf styling tips over at Design Happens.

For more creative fireplace and Christmas mantel ideas, browse the designs our bloggers created for HGTV Holiday House below and click over to get more details about the ones that inspire you.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at’s Design Happens to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited! Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

3 Responses

  1. Laurie_March says:

    I love this idea so hard.

  2. gail ann young says:

    Great Idea I even have a plug in

    my fire place

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