Christmas Lights Archive

These listings attempt to document the output of some of the most prominent UK Christmas lighting brands of the twentieth century.

Pifco Christmas Lights

This Manchester-based firm, produced a vast range of different Christmas light sets for several decades up until the early 2000s. Their colourful designs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are particularly fondly remembered.

Early Era

The earliest Pifco light sets, mostly with large bulbs and dating from before the 1960s.

1930s, 1940s, 1950s

Peak Production

Lights from Pifco's heyday, featuring miniature bulbs and a huge variety of plastic shades.

1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

Nineties Updates

Modernised versions of various old favourites, redesigned to meet new standards.

1990s, 2000s

Later Days

Brand new designs from the 1990s onwards, including traditional styles and sophisticated electronic sets.

1990s, 2000s

See also: Model Number Listing | Lamp Type Listing.

Woolworths Christmas Lights

With a branch in most towns of any size, Woolworths light sets were some of the most widely-seen in homes and businesses.

Basic Styles

Tulip petal shades, crystals and reflective foils.

1970s, 1980s, 1990s


More ornate designs including coloured lanterns and icicles.

1970s, 1980s, 1990s

Unshaded Lights

Simpler sets of plain bulbs for indoors and outdoors.

1980s, 1990s


The most unusual or uncommon designs.

1980s, 1990s

See also: Packaging.