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    Holiday lights

    By Times staff

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 12, 2000


    Belleair

    • Palmetto Road, Hibiscus Drive, Willadel Drive, Hunter Park, Town Hall -- "Thousands of lights!" town clerk Donna Carlin reports. "Residents on Palmetto Road have been placing Christmas trees along the street for 35 years."

    Kenneth City

    • 6200 block of 43rd Avenue N. Entire block is decorated, several elaborate displays. "Displays are tour-bus quality!"

    Largo

    • 13313 Balboa Drive (Del Prado). This house and the one next door put out a total of 400,000 lights. Santa and reindeer fly 20 feet above the house, "as big as a conversion van."
    • 759 Royal Palm Circle (Palm Hill Country Club). "A different theme every year." This year a 5-foot wreath surrounds the heads of the Seven Dwarfs. 12-foot tree, Nativity, icicle lights.
    • 1100 S Belcher Road, #502 (Fairway Village). More than 7,000 lights, big cross with Nativity scene, star on roof, Santa, sleigh and Rudolph, trees, bells.
    • 1100 S Belcher Road, #681 (Fairway Village). Mobile home with many lights and figures. What makes it special: "The work to assemble this display."
    • 9407 122nd Ave. N (Shadow Pines). Icicle lights on both levels of two-story house; multicolored lights, reindeer, three trees, two giant illuminated ornaments.
    • 113th St. N and 126th Avenue (Shadow Lakes Condos). "A tribute in lights to Christ's birth with the manger scene and angels on high. Lots of lights in a small area devoted to the Christmas story."
    • 2158 Orchid St. Merry-go-round, kissing Santas, singing mice, trees, new Nativity scene.
    • 8664 92nd St. N. 13,000 lights, small trees, candy canes, toy soldiers, Santa and reindeer flying through air, citrus trees covered with lights. Figures, Frosty the Snowman.
    • 13609 Robyn Court. Lots of lights, animation scene in garage.
    • 11124 111th St. N. Twinkling colors with arches and a special Santa surprise. "Our dad works so hard every year to please everyone's eyes with Christmas joy."
    • 12623 111th Lane N (Orange Wood). Life-size Nativity between two oak trees, deer and Santas, snowman, train, other lighted displays.
    • 11172 106th Ave. N. An orange Florida snowman, carolers, candy canes, Santa's flagpole with imaginary tree, thousands of lights.
    • 11340 113th Ave. N. "Lots of lights on and around the house. Adding more every week."
    • 9163 93rd St. N (Clearwood). "Magical delight," a solid yard of lights.
    • 11345 114th Ave. N. "Too much to list. Must see with own eyes."
    • 11352 117th Ave. N. (One block south of Walsingham between Ridge Road and 113th Street. It's a dead-end street; must enter off Ridge Road.) Entire block lights up. Each home has a commercial-sized bell and candle. Lights, illuminated figures, flying reindeer and sleigh, animated figures, "much too much to mention it all." Santa in red shorts, tropical shirt and sandals will be lounging in a lawn chair pulled by eight tiny flamingos.
    • 12962 Pineway Drive. Handmade cartoon characters: Flintstones, Pokemon, Tweety, Taz, Bugs, etc. "Kids really get a kick out of it."
    • The Lights of Lake Park Estates (see directions below). This neighborhood's annual gift to the community, benefiting Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, in loving memory of the late Ruby Dow. About 200 homeowners decorate in over-the-top style. This year they claim "the biggest lighted tree in Pinellas." New features include a railroad, church, merry-go-round, more than 1-million lights. Santa will be surfing; look for the lighted alligator. Donations of food and cash for Hospice are welcome. Directions: From Starkey Road, travel west on Bryan Dairy Road. Cross the first bridge and turn right at the first traffic light at 109th Avenue N. At the bottom of the hill and follow arrows. From Seminole Boulevard, drive east on 102nd Avenue N. Cross the Lake Seminole Bridge. Go to second traffic light at 109th Avenue and turn left. Follow arrows.

    Seminole

    • 9133 Ridge Road. More than 75,000 lights; animated reindeer, toys, angels, bubble blowers. "Walk around and enjoy! Christmas music every night. Santa and his helpers here live every Friday and Saturday after 7 p.m." Look for pink flamingos kissing under the mistletoe.
    • 11533 69th Ave. N. Four garden railroads with different tracks. Santa rides in one with a Christmas tree. "The children love it." Whole yard and house decorated.
    • 13323 87th Place N. Reindeer, Santa's sleigh, archways, stuffed bears. "There is a new granddaughter in the family, and we will all be together to share this joyful time of year."
    • 13850 88th Ave. N. Santa and reindeer on cable strung between two palm trees; "SANTA STOP HERE" sign over the garage.
    • 8499 137th Lane N. Five lighted reindeer (two animated); animated dolls in window, lighted manger scene, lighted Santa and snowman, lighted Mickey and Minnie on fence; two dolphins pulling Santa's sleigh on the roof.
    • 8517 109th St. N. Santa, reindeer, Frosty, angels, trees. What makes it special: "The person who owns it because of the thought and time devoted to it. All the kids love the house."
    • 12353 Imperial Drive (Boca Ciega Ridge). Manger, Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves, choir children, snowmen, Garfield and Odie, many handmade wooden lawn decorations.

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