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Holiday Lights

By TIMES WIRES
Published December 27, 2006


Beverly Hills

26 New Florida Ave. Animated North Pole display case, more than 8,000 lights and ornaments.

Pine Ridge Estates, 4743 W Phoenix Drive. "The most unique and animated display in the county."

Floral City

Off Baker Avenue, 7288 S Eastlake Drive. Lots of inflatables, animated carousel, lifesize nativity.

Brooksville

22315 Snow Hill Road. Manger in the front yard, Santa and reindeer on the rooftop, large candy cane and North Pole. Neighbors decorate also. From 6 to 9 p.m. starting Dec. 13, we will celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. Charity canned food collection.

Lake Lindsey, 15290 Brice Drive. "Hernando County's largest display," 2.5 acres of spectacular beauty. 35,000 synchronized lights and music. Visit www.candycaneacres.com for pictures and directions.

Spring Hill

13055 Seagate St. Christmas character scenes, nutcrackers, snowmen, gingerbread house, nativity, carolers, Santa with sleigh and reindeer.

3499 Plaza Ave. Lights display begins Sunday.

5509 Applegate Lane. "This is our 20th and last year. Everything is handmade."

7452 Alhambra Court. Located at end of the court. Lights, nativity, Santa, reindeer, garage display with more than 200 lighted buildings with animations. Take Waterfall to Alhambra Court, then go to end of court, or County Line Road to Randolph to Alhambra.

Deltona, 3391 Lambert Ave. Helicopter, trains, Santas, trees, nativity set, sleigh.

Orchard Park, 2116 Orchard Park Drive. Dozens of animated wire art figures with real snow.

Lutz

Turtle Lakes, 1235 Waterbury Loop. More than 100 figurines, decorations and Christmas sculptures, about 20,000 lights, including the never-ending "hedge to nowhere." Spot the one decoration that is out of place. Lights out at 9 p.m. Turtle Lakes is 3 miles east of U.S. 41 on SR 54. Enter on Foggy Ridge, go 7/10 mile to Waterbury Loop.

Tampa

Lamplighter on the River, 8415 E Fowler Ave. Santa and Mrs. Claus, nativity scene, blowups, snowmen, more than 50 homes decorated.

5905 N Habana Ave. Almost 20,000 lights around the property, six reindeer, Santa, nativity.

Area near 3407 Hollyhock Way. "There are 74 homes in the subdivision, and about 54 of them put up lots of lights."

South Tampa

400 El Prado Blvd. Many lights throughout yard, including on large oaks. Santa and sleigh, Santa's house with mice in front, gingerbread, reindeer, elves, lighted snowmen.

Hyde Park

840 S Boulevard. Santa and Mrs. Claus with elves, nativity scene, toy soldiers, candy canes, snowman, music, thousands of lights, oversized ornaments, 7-foot wreath, 3-foot ornaments.

Riverview

9711 Riverview Drive. Gingerbread men, animated animals, candy canes, lighted toy soldiers, Santa in a 15-foot hot air balloon, Santa in an 8-foot helicopter. Garage converted into a storefront window, like Mrs. Claus' bakery Christmas display room.

Carrollwood

13804 Khilani Court. Thousands of lights, lighted bells and wreaths, sleigh with Santa and reindeer on roof, life-size nativity scene (the homeowner built the manger).

Brandon

409 Ronele Drive. Grinch theme. Caroling bears in yard and various wood cutouts, big white lights.

Valrico

2410 Washington Drive. Manger scene, drummer boys.

Temple Terrace

210 Park Ridge Ave. A lighted archway leads up the driveway, with Santa and his reindeer taking off from the roof. Twinkling snowflakes fall from a light-wrapped oak tree. Santa will make an appearance Christmas Eve.

Dunnellon

Lake Tropicana Ranchettes, 4555 SW 175th Court. Half-acre of lights, including Santa riding a chopper on the roof.

Dade City

13741 10th St. Lots of lights and decorations, all depicting the reason for the season.

Holiday

2027 Hess Drive. Lights and inflatables. Some neighbors join in the decorating fun.

Hudson

15132 Vine St. Whole neighborhood participates in decorating. Inflatables, model train.

Arlington Woods, 10932 Midland Bridge Road. Reindeer, waterfall, sleigh, snowman. Lights on the week before Christmas.

Word of Life, 13427 Word of Life Drive. Yard decorations, nine scenes with many animations.

New Port Richey

Colonial Manor, 3505 Berkshire St. Lights on roof, house, lawn.

Deer Park, 8422 Royal Hart Drive. Thousands of lights illuminate house, shrubbery, trees, roof, ground and arches over driveway. Handmade wooden scenes, Santa and friends on moving ski slope lift.

Golden Acres, 9187 Sunshine Blvd. Candles light the drive, stars surround the home, inflatables, deer and moose, trees, nativity scene and snowman.

Gulf Harbors, 5501 Clipper Court. Traditional, with inflatables.

Millwood, 4924 Arbor Oaks Blvd. Animated figures, singing Santa. "Stop by for our traditional Christmas Eve extravaganza."

Millwood, 4933 Arbor Oaks Blvd. Flying Santa, Mickey Mouse and much more.

Spring Hill

16413 Eagle View Drive. Dale Earnhardt Jr. car, hot air balloons, numerous blowups.

Port Richey

Regency Park, 7124 Westcott Drive. SpongeBob, 8-foot carousel, inflatables. Santa will visit from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24.

Regency Park, 10101 and 10039 Sleepyhollow Lane. Both homes have "tons of decorations, lots of stuff to look at."

Regency Park, Rockwood Drive. Half the block participates in display. "Arches, blowups, everything you can imagine!"

Zephyrhills

38810 Miller Ave. Seven lighted reindeer, blowup snowmen, Santa Claus. All trees, windows and house lighted.

Belleair Bluffs

2158 Belmar Drive. Santa's train, reindeer, etc.

Clearwater

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.

Crystal Beach

510 Ulelah Ave. Gingerbread house full of red and green lights, trees, snowman, Santa, deer and more.

Dunedin

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.

Kenneth City

4300 63rd St. N. Display in red and white with the theme of "Let It Snow." Snowmen, snowflakes and many lights.

4743 Lake Charles Drive N. "If you enjoy the touch of many lights, then come by and see what we have done to transform our home for the holidays."

6435 43rd Ave. N. Many blowups, lights, candy canes. Some of the neighbors also have displays.

Tenaglia Estates, 6200 43rd Ter. N. Entire block of 43rd Terrace and 43rd Avenue: various beautiful light displays. Lights on Dec. 16.

Largo

11340 113th Ave. N. A few hundred old-fashioned C-9 lights with a star in the center of the roof and a Santa Claus figurine.

11352 117th Ave. N. Decorations and inflatables on this dead-end street one block south of Walsingham between Ridge Road and

113th Street (enter off Ridge Road). New this year: Santa's runway landing lights on the roof "and a special breast cancer awareness tree dedicated to my wife."

8090 Dovehill Lane. Miniature lights, some blinking, across the front of house and garage. Junipers encircled with lights; wreath on the outdoor light; Christmas tree in front window; handmade wooden Santa, reindeer, star.

Esquire Manor, 10449 127th Ave. Reindeer and Santa coming out of chimney, Santa on motorcycle, nativity set, singing mice, merry-go-round, star on roof.

Kimpton Farms, 20 homes along Kimpton Place. Tune your radio to 88.3 FM and listen to Christmas songs synchronized to about 250,000 lights spread among 20 homes. Off Belcher Road between East Bay Drive and Ulmerton Road, 6-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

Paradise Island Mobile Home Park, 1001 Starkey Road #737. All front windows decorated with handmade dolls with lighted backdrop. Figures building snowman, lighting tree and throwing snowballs, all done by hand.

Shadow Lakes Condominiums, 11201 122nd Ave. N, #M250. "A 10,000-white-light display dedicated to the reason for the season." Off 113th Street and 126th Avenue.

Sugar Creek Mobile Home Park, 10265 Ulmerton Road, #242. Every one of the 251 homes has at least one 4-foot Christmas tree; clubhouse has trees and display around it. Lights on Dec. 15.

Lealman

3471 50th Ave. N. "Starlight spectacular": More than 15,000 dancing lights synchronized to Christmas music. Disney blowups and static lights. Collecting donations for Make a Wish Foundation. Show runs 7-10 p.m. daily except in extreme downpours.

Palm Harbor

Autumn Woods, 3027 Autumn Drive. "The entire display is set up by my son," writes this proud parent. "He has a sled, carolers, drummer boys, presents and a beautiful palm tree."

Indian Trails, 2449 Indian Trail W. More than 40,000 lights, polar bears, reindeer with sleigh, moose, snowman and more. Walk up to the third garage bay and see a large animated Christmas village. Surrounding homes also decorated.

Indian Trails, 2456 Indian Trail W. "A classic Christmas display second to none! My neighbor may disagree; you be the judge." More than 50 decorated homes in the Indian Trails neighborhood.

Lansbrook (Presidents Landing), 4018 Executive Drive. "We are back and better than ever. More than 25,000 sparkling red-and-white lights covering house, bushes, trees, basketball hoop, lawn. Santa, sleigh, reindeer, penguins, polar bear soldiers, angels, nativity. Lights on 7 to 10 p.m."

Noell Heights, 290 Jean St. Animated Christmas toy shop with Santa and holiday music. Three separate holiday scenes; 18 trees decorated with lights..

Spanish Oaks, 1917 Hill Drive. Lots of twinkling lights, animated moose, polar bear, decorated oak trees. Neighborhood luminarias on Christmas Eve.

Lights online

This list of lights displays is also available at www.living. tampabay.com, where you can click on an address and see a map that will direct you to the display.

If you didn't send in details of your display in time to be included in this list, you can still submit the information and appear in the online listing. Go to www.tampabay.com/holidaylights and fill in the form.