Happy Holidays 2006
By TIMES WIRES
Published December 17, 2006
Kimpton Place: Tina Angles writes that her street, Kimpton Place, has a display featuring more than 250,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music that visitors can listen to by tuning their car radios to 88.3 FM.
7501 142nd Ave. N, Lot 550: Robert and Shana Cote in the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park have a display featuring a huge shadow box with an illuminated Star of David and a lighted 4-foot-tall menorah. The Hanukkah decorations are unique, Mrs. Cote writes, because her husband made them himself: "Nobody has anything like them."
2958 Deer Run S: Mike Engelmann writes that his display is "not elaborate, but if you're a Florida Gator you'll enjoy these decked-out Gators!" For a slideshow, visit http://homepage.mac.com/gatordadmike3/PhotoAlbum9.html.
1001 Druid Road S: Zena Lansky's home in Harbor Oaks at Druid and Magnolia Street is decorated like a reindeer crossing, with reindeer and sleigh coming up the steps into the house.
2820 Whitney Road: Roy and Judy Stines' display features mostly white lights, a 6-foot Santa standing beside what appears to be a fire in a potbellied stove, with Mrs. Claus in her rocker watching an elf decorate a tree.
2281 Lagoon Circle S: Bob Owens has put up 60,000 lights and decorated all of his palm trees. He also has a helicopter with Santa, sea lions, blue water and an igloo, as well as a polar bear with twin cubs surrounded by snow. Ten radios play Christmas music from 7 to 10 p.m. "The nice thing," he writes, "is I put it all up myself, and I am 60 years old!"
1727 Penny Lane: Corner lot with lights, filled with more than 30 blowup figures: Santas including Mickey Mouse and the Grinch as Santa, reindeer, penguins, bears.
2662 Beaumont Court: Train, total village, flying Santa.
2833 Meadowhill Drive: Living Christmas tree, snow, "old-fashioned Christmas."
Beckett Lake Estates, 1925 Beckett Lake Drive (Sunset Point Road just west of Belcher Road): Entire neighborhood lights up, large displays, thousands of lights, nativity scenes, animated figures, holiday music. At 1925 Beckett Lake Drive, lighted walkway.
Beckett Lake Estates, 2147 Hartford Way: Red, white, blue trees; loads of animations, snow machine, decorated classic '69 Mustang.
El de Oro West, 2143 Grove Place: Animated, life-size Santa; mailbox. Moving carousel, seesaw, lights galore.
Greenbriar, 2159 Greenbriar Blvd: Animated characters, Santa and Mrs. Santa on a Harley, snow people, manger, trees. Neighborhood lighting winner two years running.
Pinellas Groves, 14601 58th St. N.: Singing Santa, three sleighs, one sleigh on roof with waving Santa, animated lights (helicopter, elves with stocking, more), six inflatables, two snow globes.
Washington Square, 2 N Fernwood Ave: Many lights and blowups on this patio.
Woodgate III, 2245 Tulip Tree Lane: Decorated live oak and holly tree, reindeer grazing and taking flight. Driveway lined with candy canes, a grand Christmas tree on display.
Woodgate III, 2313 Hawthorne Drive: "Holidays on Hawthorne. Thousands of lights, complete nativity scene and much more. "
Woodside Village condo, 4215 East Bay Drive, #802: Lots of lawn displays, balloons, animations, festive scenes.
510 Ulelah Ave: Gingerbread house full of red and green lights, trees, snowman, Santa, deer and more.
1241 Falcon Drive: "Mama's little Disney World."
1430 Douglas Ave: Eight-foot blowups, thousands of lights, gingerbread house; merry-go-round, animated figures, blowmolds. Projector images; roof lights connect to neighbor's roof.
Heath Ridge, 2113 Evans Road: Snowflakes on four villas, lights, ladder with elves going up tree, Mr. and Mrs. Claus in sleigh.
2121 Swan Lane: Bob and Maggie Morrison decorate their house and yard with lights and lighted displays featuring more than 10,000 lights, all set to music. Ten songs are programmed to the lights, and visitors can listen either on the Morrisons' speakers or by tuning their car radios to 89.5 FM. Two of the most popular songs are Winter of Wizard and Christmas in Sarajevo, "'which really make the lights dance," Bob Morrison writes. A computer controls 48 plug-ins connected by more than 4,000 feet of extension cords. Lights are on from 6 to 10 p.m. through tonight and from 6 to 11 p.m. thereafter. Santa will make an appearance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve.
1006 State St.: Babe Wright has 1.5 acres with everything from a manger scene to a sleigh and reindeer on top of the house and a stage coach and horses in the yard. Plus, there are arches, penquins, dolphins and Santa on a motorcycle.
2449 Indian Trail W: Mark Bourdon has more than 40,000 lights, plus figures. "Everyone who sees the display says it's one of the nicest they have ever seen," he writes.
4018 Executive Drive: Peter Ganci of Presidents Landing in Lansbrook has more than 25,000 red and white lights covering the house, bushes, trees, basketball hoop and lawn. The decorations include a Santa with sleigh and reindeer, as well as a Christmas tree, a polar bear, penguins, presents, snowmen, soldiers, angels and a nativity scene. Lights are on 7 to 10 p.m.
72 N Park Ave.: Metal sculptor Oscar Pumpin has created a 15-foot Christmas tree out of chrome and steel automobile parts. The unveiling and lighting of this new creation will be at 6 p.m. tonight.
To get on the list of holiday lights displays in mid- and North Pinellas, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Include your name, address, telephone number, number of lights and a sentence or two about why your display is special.
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