Ever since I got my DSLR camera (2 Christmas' ago), I have wanted to be able to take some good pictures of my Christmas lights and tree. Last year at this time I was still stuck in "Auto" mode...but this past year I have really learned how to use all of the Modes, including Manual. So I started searching for a few tutorials to get me moving in the right direction for photographing my tree. I have even found ideas/tutorials for using a point and shoot camera for these types of photos. This is what I found...
A blog post from "Unskinny Boppy" with camera settings for a DSLR
A blog post with lots of examples using both point and shoot and DSLR cameras by August Tea Photography.
Another post by professional photographer, Danielle Bryson
Another blog post with lots of links by Midwestern Sewing Girl