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One of the most delightful aspects of the holiday season is driving around to look at Christmas lights. In an effort to spread Christmas cheer, we’ve compiled our five favorite cities whose Christmas lights are on point. The neighborhoods listed below are ones you’ll definitely want to add to your must-see list!
1. BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN ATLANTA, GA
- Holly Springs Lights: 1670 Gladewood Dr, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Hosted at Cagle’s Family Farm, this Alpharetta family favorite has been drawing in lovers of Christmas lights for more than eight years. For an encouraged (but not required) $5 donation per car, you can see the show any day of the week from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the show running every half hour.
- Christmas in Castille: 4220 Trivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004
The runner of this free animated light show is a tech-lover who likes to make people smile. They use 240 channels of Light-O-Rama and 55,000 lights synchronized to “Amazing Grace”, “All I Want For Christmas is You”, “Wizards in Winter”, and “Let it Go”. Tune your radio to 89.9 FM Thursday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until December 27.
- Christmas in the Grove: 1428 Oak Grove Dr, Decatur, GA 30033
If you’re an avid fan of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, you may recall the Paradowski’s Christmas light display. This year’s light show has more than 115,000 lights and over four miles of extension cords. The music played alongside the show can be heard from their yard or on 87.9 FM. The show runs Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. until January 1.
- Meckley Family Xmas: 4291 Edgewater Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Former Navy pilot, John Meckley, has been called the “Clark Griswold of North Atlanta,” and for good reason. After coming in third place in a decorating contest, he strives to improve his display every year. Meckley has 30,000 LED lights and 256 controllers. The synchronized music is broadcast on 88.3 FM Sunday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Calumet Christmas: 1045 Peace Dr NW, Kennesaw GA 30152
The residents of Calumet West simply love Christmas. This year they will have their 9th Annual Calumet West Christmas Parade of Lights. You can watch floats from your front yard and attend a post-parade Christmas party at the Austin’s home. Many neighbors decorate their homes to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
2. BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS NEAR CLEVELAND, OH
- Lights on the Lake: 1700 East 1st St, Ashtabula, OH 44004
In operation since 2005, volunteers put together over 70 displays on 54 acres of land at Lakeshore Park, all of which reflect among the waters of Lake Erie. For $5 per vehicle (buses $1 per person), you can enjoy this unique Christmas light display Friday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until December 27. (Open 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve).
- Renn’s Lights for Charity: 312 Monroe St, Conneaut, OH 44030
Established in 2011, this Ashtabula County light display raises money for Ride 4 thEM, a charity that helps local families who face financial difficulties due to caring for a child with life-threatening illness. Tune in to 96.7 FM to watch the light show, which runs Sunday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. until New Years Eve.
- Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights: Crown Point Parkway, Strongsville, OH 44136
This free Christmas light display takes place on a cul-de-sac where nine of the 11 houses participate. Many viewers recommend parking on Bennington Dr. and walking around the display. Santa Claus is there from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and the lights are generally on from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Winter Wonderland: Corner of SR 82 (Royalton Rd) and SR 42 (Pearl Rd), Strongsville OH 44149
The Commons area located in the center of Strongsville is adorned with thousands of lights and holiday music in the background. Residents can enjoy the decorated clocktower, gazebo, and the 40-foot Christmas tree. The lights are on nightly until January 6.
- Firelands Festival of Lights: 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. W, Huron, OH 44839
A charity-driven organization, Sawmill Creek Resort puts up light displays all along the main drive. You’ll see Peanuts characters, a nativity scene, Frosty the Snowman, and many of the classics. The lights are on every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until New Years Eve.
3. BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX
- Christmas in the Square: 8874 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034
This year marks Frisco’s Christmas in the Square’s tenth anniversary. Walk around the Christmas tree lot, watch the choreographed holiday lights and music show, and snow flurries every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays all throughout the square. Experience Christmas in the Square 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly until January 3 (closed on Christmas Day).
- Vitruvian Lights: 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison, TX 75001
Take a walk through 12 acres of trees that have every inch covered in bright Christmas lights. These glowing trees create an astonishing reflection in the water. The park also hosts photo opportunities with Santa and concerts on the weekends. View these vibrant trees any night of the week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 1.
- Holiday Lights at Shops at Legacy: 5741 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024
Take a gander at 1.1 million lights strung about the outdoor shops at Legacy and the 65-foot tall Christmas tree, which sports 100,000 twinkling lights. And while you’re there, take a selfie with Elphie, the resident Elf on the Shelf, if you can spot him in one of the shops!
- Deerfield: Between Preston Rd and Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75024
This northwest Plano neighborhood is well-known for its holiday decorating traditions. The displays get better every year, fueled by the desire to win the neighborhood contest. Contestants enter to win in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Traditional, Children’s Favorite, and Funniest. Drive through any day of the week from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. through December 21.
4. BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS NEAR ORANGE COUNTY, CA
- Bob Norris Christmas Lights: 24952 Greenbay Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630
The Norris family puts on a blinking light display with Christmas songs that you can listen to on 89.7 FM. Their neighbor also blinks his lights in sync with them, making for a unique experience! See their 40,000+ lights any day of the week 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through New Years Eve.
- Mission Viejo Lights: 200 Civic Center Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Located at the Mission Viejo Civic Center, viewers can walk through Santa’s Workshop on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. until December 20. Mission Viejo also encourages residents to decorate for Christmas by putting on a Lighting Contest. Winners receive a floral centerpiece and a display sign adorned with their winning title.
- Via Amistoso St: Via Amistoso St, Mission Viejo, CA 96292
This street has ten houses that are fully decorated for Christmas, and also happens to be one of last year’s winners for the Mission Viejo Lighting Contest. Be sure to find the house that is donned with a giant Santa face!
- Whoville House: 26152 Cordillera Dr, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
This house was also a winner in last year’s lighting contest. Their decorations are made up entirely of characters from Whoville.
- Orange County Christmas Lights: 25473 Nellie Gail Rd, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
With 100,000 dancing lights, 56 snow village displays, hand-sculpted mountains, apple cider, and holiday cheer–the Orange County Christmas Lights in Laguna Hills is a Cali favorite. Stop by for free any day of the week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until New Years Eve.
5. BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN NEW YORK CITY, NY
- Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: Cross Streets of 83rd – 86th and 11th – 13th, Brooklyn, NY 11228
Dyker Heights is a popular choice to see Christmas lights for those living in or near Brooklyn. So much so that PBS even created a documentary called Dyker Lights. The displays will be up for viewing from dusk to midnight until New Years Eve.
- Christmas in Jamaica Estates: 18507 80th Dr, Jamaica Estates, NY 11433
Families every year look forward to seeing Anthony Gurino’s annual Christmas display. His property encompasses an entire block, which is decorated to every corner. View the lights from dusk until midnight.
- Santa’s Corner: 166th St and 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11357
For the brightest and most festive house in Queens, you’ll want to drive by Kevin Lynch’s home. He has lights covering just about every inch of his house, along with lawn figures and a glass display case filled with moving toys.
- Garabedian Family’s Christmas House: 1605 Pelham Parkway North at Westervelt Ave, Bronx, NY 10469
Simply known as the Christmas House, the Garabedian family puts quite a unique spin on their Christmas display. While you’ll see a traditional nativity scene and corpulent angels, you’ll also see roughly 200 animated figures dressed up in Old-Hollywood glam.
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What neighborhood do you think has the best Christmas lights? Let us know in the comments!
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