Holiday decor made simple (and automated)

By The IFTTT Team

April 05, 2022

Holiday decor made simple (and automated)
  • The holidays are quickly approaching, which you have probably noticed when you walk around your neighborhood or any shopping centre. This article is the ultimate guide to automating your holiday lights and decor, making your home welcoming and festive without any hassle or even the need to purchase new decorations.

    Your home will be the envy of the neighborhood when they realize you have entirely automated the lights and decor.

    Smart devices

    To keep this set up as simple as possible, we are going to focus on integrations that feature smart plugs, smart light bulbs, and smart switches, which can all be purchased online or at a nearby store and won’t break the bank.

    You can enable any of the Applets in this blog or convert them to your own Applet and edit to include the devices you have in your home. Alternatively, you can use the DIY creator by tapping the create button on any page.

    We have created an entire guide dedicated to making your home merry and bright using smart lights that you can read here.

    Why use smart products?

    Using smart home technology has many advantages, the most notable reason being the ability to control your decorations without stepping foot into the snow. In addition, you can create automations that turn off the lights at a certain time or press a button to disable them remotely. These small hacks can make it possible to reduce wasted electricity during hours when no one can see your lights or in the event you forgot to turn them off before leaving the house.

    Take a look at the amazing services you can use to automate your smart home this holiday season. Explore the Applets that are already available, or take a look at the Details tab to see what is possible with the existing triggers, queries, and actions.

    Outdoor trimming

    Whether you want to string your favorite lights in a tree, plug in your inflatable snowman, or put reindeer on the roof, you can automate when the scene comes to life.

    Use the different triggers to turn them on together when the sun goes down, to turn them on for a certain amount of time in the evening, or to greet you by illuminating when you come home.

    Please note, we recommend only using plugs that are meant for outdoor settings, or ensuring that your smart plugs are completely protected from the elements with a weatherproof extension cord.

    If you want to add some extra flair and holiday magic 😉 to your decor, set up a decoration button or custom phrase using your voice assistant. Have your kids say the phrase or press a button to bring everything to life.

  • Deck the halls, indoors

    Plug your tree or string of lights into a smart plug to upgrade even older accessories, or add smart bulbs to your lamps for the opportunity to create a festive ambiance when you walk into the room.

  • Bring your decor to life

    SwitchBots can press the button on a train engine or flick the switch for an electric carol singer. Simply set up the smart switches, smart button pressors, or use the widget on your phone, and get ready for the magic to begin.

  • Explore

    Want to do even more with IFTTT? Explore the possibilities and create powerful experiences by making your own automation or checking out our Applet resources.