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Our Favorite Outdoor Lanterns to Illuminate Your Backyard

Outdoor lanterns bring ambience and light to your backyard or patio, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors.

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Maggift Hanging Solar Lantern

This pair of solar-powered hanging lanterns melds style with affordability. The round outdoor lanterns feature ornate cut-outs that cast a pretty pattern when illuminated, and they provide up to eight hours of light when fully charged. Reviewers rave about how beautiful they are as accent lighting when placed around a garden.

My aunt and uncle gave me four of these for Christmas. I fell in love and ordered another four sets,” writes Brian Rozzi, a verified Amazon reviewer. “I have them decorating my perennial garden on one side of the house, my front garden and my stairs. They provide a soft, gentle light.”

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Family Initial Personalized Lantern Set

Add personalized flair to any outdoor space with this timeless Family Initial personalized lantern set. It comes as a three-piece set with the largest offering the initial of your choice, plus four lines of customized text. Two smaller lanterns act as handsome flanks or accent pieces. Use them outside or bring them indoors for a rustic addition to an entryway table thanks to their classic black antique finished metal and glass design.

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Hanging Solar-Powered Lanterns

These hanging solar-powered lanterns are cordless, self-sustained pieces that offer timeless appeal with vintage encasements. Choose from three metal finishes and enjoy hanging them just about anywhere you have hooks. Clear glass and sturdy metal deliver the right amount of ambient, warm lighting for nighttime gatherings and meals under the stars. Hang them by your front porch, from a fence post, a wall or anywhere else—they’re portable. The solar batteries promise up to eight hours of light per charge.

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Candelier Candle Lantern

Perfect for providing cozy ambient light for backyard gatherings, the Candlelier from UCO features three long-burn candles. Enclosed in UCO’s metal frame (available in four color options), each candle offers nine hours of burn time. The sliding glass chimney makes lighting an easy task, while a hanging hook lets you display this conversation-starting lantern anywhere you wish. It’s also handy for emergencies as it provides long-lasting light and up to 5000 BTUs of heat.

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LED Color Changing Glow Balls

For a fun, modern vibe, place these color-changing balls around your patio or pool area. The lanterns come in four sizes, and you can choose between a gentle white light, colored light or color-changing pattern. Tech lovers will love the Glow Balls, which come with a remote control and charging station. Thanks to their waterproof design, they can even float in the pool for a truly unique display.

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Solar Garden Lantern

Perfect for anyone who appreciates classic style, these solar garden lanterns are traditional and versatile. The outdoor lanterns come with a copper exterior finish and diamond panes. Set them on a table or hang them up. The solar-powered battery delivers up to eight hours of light per charge with a candle-like glow.

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Outdoor Wall Sconce

Looking for a wall-mounted outdoor lantern? The Bowery wall sconce has a sleek, simple design that blends well with a variety of aesthetics. Though this weather-resistant lantern must be hardwired during installation, its clear glass panes are perfect for displaying a cool vintage-style light bulb.

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AlpenGlow 500 Rechargeable Lantern

The AlpenGlow 500 rechargeable lantern offers a mood-brightening subtle glow inspired by the sun’s cozy light. It uses high-efficiency LED technology to deliver glowing colors that feel more like an art installation than a ho-hum lantern. If you want a taste of aurora borealis energy, just shake the lantern for an instant rotation of eye-catching color. Display it proudly in the backyard or take it on a camping trip—the choice is yours.

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Lace Solar-Powered LED Outdoor Lantern

For a budget-friendly option, consider the lace solar-powered outdoor lantern, which comes with a flickering LED light. These solar-powered lanterns don’t need a power cord, have no electricity cost and add a soft-glowing warmth to any outdoor space. Simply put them in the sunlight to charge and watch them light up your patio after the sun sets. They’re great for casting gentle light across your outdoor space at night.

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Floral Lace Solar Lantern

Turn your love of Bohemian charm into a backyard oasis with the help of these floral lace solar lanterns. They come in blue and white with a synthetic, all-weather lace fabric designed for year-round use. They feature white LED lights that give off a gentle glow. When fully charged in sunlight during the day, they provide five to seven hours of light.

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Outdoor LED Candle Pineapple Lantern Set

These quirky pineapple-shaped lanterns are sure to earn you compliments from guests! The lights, which come as a duo, are crafted from hand-blown glass and antiqued brass metal. These trendy, tropical lanterns are a splurge-worthy and beautiful statement piece for your outdoor space.

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Normandy Lantern

You can display real pillar candles inside the stately Normandy lanterns, which come in three sizes. These outdoor lanterns are crafted from cast aluminum for durability, and they’re available in black and bronze finishes. The sides feature a classic cross-brace design, and the doors open to allow you to insert a candle (not included). Plus, reviewers say the Normandy lanterns are extremely high-quality and will last for years.

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Maggift Hanging Solar Lights

Looking for lanterns to line your walkway? These Maggift hanging solar lights are the perfect choice, coming in pairs and including 34-inch shepherd hooks. Use these solar-powered lights year-round—they stay lit for eight to 10 hours per charge.

“They stay lit all night after charging all day,” says verified Amazon reviewer E. Whitt. “They also come on automatically so when we’re away from home, the lights come on at dusk anyway!”

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Stansport Small Hurricane Lantern

The Stansport hurricane lantern is an oil lamp that will lend an old-fashioned vibe to your outdoor space. The red lamp comes in eight- and 12-inch sizes, and features a metal body with a glass globe and adjustable wick. Use it with kerosene or standard lamp oil. Reviewers love the budget-friendly price!

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Bryce Gruber
Bryce Gruber is an expert in gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.