The Real Cost of a Designer-Decorated Holiday

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-12-13T14:54:24Z

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Traditional Lights

In Savannah, Georgia, celebrity chef Paula Deen is adorning 25 queen palm trees with white lights this year, says her personal assistant, Brandon Branch. That isn't necessarily a trend. "White lights don't glisten when there is no snow," says Mark David of Sugar Plums &amp Fancies, a decorating company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. David says his clients in South Florida want ambers and reds to add a glow. You could also head to Home Depot for three strings of 200 LED lights for $84 to cover your rooftop.

$2,180: Professional outdoor lighting ($1,700 for lights; $480 in labor) for an average 3,000-square-foot home -- Sugar Plums & Fancies