Best Neighborhood Holiday Light Displays

December 9, 2011

In Seattle, it’s Candy Cane Lane. In Baltimore, it’s Miracle on 34th Street. In Georgia, it’s the village of Avondale Estates. Many cities have them – entire neighborhoods where every house gets on board with over-the-top displays that causes kids’ eyes to pop out of their heads with delight.

I was never big on holiday light displays until I had a child. But I can’t wait to take my 3-year-old back to Candy Cane Lane. Last year, there was a larger-than-life sized Grinch, a pint-sized Cindy Lou Who, a train circling in mid-air, reindeer that look like they were purchased during my childhood, fantastically decorated trees, and more Santas than you could shake a swizzle stick at. Sure, they’re a little tacky. But they’re also an infectious slice off Americana. Pictures of some of the good ones are included above in the following order:

1. Miracle on 34th Street, Baltimore, MD (photo courtesy of flickr user freakapotimus)

2. Candy Cane Lane, Seattle, WA (photo courtesy of flickr user Wonderlane)

3. Jeff and Bridgette Trykoski, Frisco, TX (photo courtesy of the Trykoskis)

4. Dyker Heights, Brooklyn NY (photo courtesy of flickr user idovermani)

5. Or, there’s always Disneyland! (photo courtesy of flickr user BestofWDW)