Holiday light displays
By JUDY STARK
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 14, 2000
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."
2420 Summerlin Drive (Morningside). Numerous lights and several yard displays. "Come, see and appreciate!"
1832 Asbury Drive. Lights, figures, revolving reflector shining on the garage door, arches along pavement and garage.
1933 Gilbert (Marymount). Fenced corner lot, tree on the roof, "lots and lots of lights."
1625 Long St. A neighbor says that what makes this one special is "the reindeer scene, the Disney scene, and all the love they put out for the neighborhood. We really appreciate them."
1252 Bellevue Blvd. "A mixture of Florida and winter decorations."
1301 Calais Lane (Bordeaux Estates). Candy canes, reindeer, teddy bears at bay window, polar bears under a palm tree, two polar bears sitting on "ice floes."
2481 Moore Haven Drive E (Woodgate). "Every bush is lighted up. Lots of handmade decorations."
1925 Beckett Lake Drive (Beckett Lake Estates). Six homes joined together by a Christmas walkway through back yards. Luminarias on Christmas Eve. Lights, music, animation, trains, Ferris wheel, carousel, two large Nativity scenes, many other decorations.
1571 Belleair Road. "For a child's-eye view of what Christmas is about, stop by and look." Thousands of lights, life-size wooden hand-painted lawn sculptures, Santa with sleigh and reindeer on roof.
1501 N Saturn Ave. Snowman, Santa, reindeer, twinkling lights, Nativity. What's special: "To see children's eyes light up, especially my nephew, who lost his father two years ago. The warmth it brings out and the love for one another. Northerners need to feel at home."
350 Ulelah Ave. Lighted A-frame stilt house "looks like a gingerbread house. Our whole street decorates, so it makes for wonderful driving!"
458 San Salvador Drive. Five banners covering the front of the house, "each made by hand by me and my sister; each has a different meaning for Christmas."
500 block of Manor Drive, between Lyndhurst and James. "The whole block lights up their homes for a wonderland of lights and yard figurines."
1029 Concord Drive E. Entrance across from Kally K's on State Road 580. "It'll put you in the Christmas spirit."
1994 Golf View (Sterling Heights). Many lights and figures, "looks like a Victorian village house."
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.
1906 Castle Bay Court (Sheffield). About 2,000 multicolored lights illuminated Santa, manger, soldiers, deer, sleigh, tree, bow, star, candy cane. Yard and driveway lined with candy canes. "It looks like a Candyland House, where you can make a wish, and your wish will come true."
650 Bay Lake Trail. "Once again we have transformed our tropical garden into a winter wonderland. Enjoy Christmas music while walking along snow-covered paths. Enjoy more than 35,000 lights and many displays. Gather around our bonfire and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays." Open 7-10 p.m. through Dec. 31.
408 Park Blvd.
826 Lakeside Terrace (Westlake Village). Centerpiece of the display at this house on a hill is a 14-piece, 3/4-size Nativity scene, handmade from a design featured in the Home & Garden section of the St. Petersburg Times. Driveway bordered by 3-foot candy canes linked by pine garlands. Shrubbery and three large ligustrums are aglow with more than 3,000 lights. "Lighted 4-foot wreath on the door tops an 8-foot "light tree.'
2449 Indian Trails West (Indian Trails). 35,000 lights on house. Three neighbors also have many lights, reindeer and snowmen.
2813 Thistle Court S (Highland Lakes). 30,000 lights, 25-foot tree, Nativity, Santa and flying reindeer, Christmas scenes, walk-up Christmas village, "designed and installed by one man." Donations of food and money accepted for FEAST, a program of the Palm Harbor Food Pantry.
289 Aristedes St., two blocks east of the Dunedin city limits at Solon Avenue and Aristedes Street. "Our 20th year." Three corner lots with more than 400 homemade items. Twenty-two deer, two Nativities, poinsettia tree, 16 decorated palm trees, 50 globes made of plastic cups, live elf or live (human) deer greeting visitors. All work done by the family. "This is our Christmas gift to all who pass our house and those who stop to visit."
2755 Curlew Road/217 Red Maple Drive (Blue Jay Estates). House outlined in colored icicle lights, Santa and reindeer on rooftop, several lighted figures in yard. "Because we are a mobile home development, our lot size is small, and we have many lights for the size of lot we have. We are proud (as) senior citizens to be able to decorate the way we do with no professional help."
4181 Moreno Drive (Lynwood of Lansbrook). Lighted Santa, reindeer, sleigh, angel surrounded by lighted trees and bushes; roof covered in lights. "Thousands of lights artistically arranged for a beautiful Christmas scene."
1041 Persimmon Drive (Forest Grove). Thousands of lights, manger scene, large snowman scene; entire street participates. 156 Sunward Ave. (Sunshine Estates). Animated ornaments, Ferris wheel, windmill, "traditional Christmas themes."
290 Jean St. (Noel Heights). "Santa's workshop" with animated elves, winter snow with lighted reindeer, contemporary Nativity, scenes of winter in Florida with snow.
3212 McMath Drive (Highland Lakes). "All of McMath Drive decorates. On Christmas Eve the whole street lights luminarias, about 2,000 candles."
2130 W Greenhollow Drive (Orange Pointe). Entire cul-de-sac lights up. Train display, live elves, live animals and petting zoo and someone dressed up in a gorilla suit. Santa in the sky, full Nativity, 175 illuminated figures, 24-foot lighted palm tree. "Twenty years in a row."
8561 52nd St. N. "Every type of light: rope lights, icicle lights, net lights, chasing and twinkling lights with color. Animated and 3D figurines on the roof and in the yard, including Santa's sleigh being pulled by reindeer with Rudolph leaping into the air. Trees, shrubs, plants and a koi pond all decorated with lights.
59th Street N from 70th to 71st avenues. "The 'burbs are at it again with even more lights and scenes than ever! Please drop by for a look at our world of Christmas."
7055 79th Ave. N. Lights on house, shrubs, yard trees with figures (among them a Florida gator). "Just very colorful."
6190 84th Ave. N. Animated displays (Santa with sleigh and reindeer, elves filling a stocking, diving dolphins, flying cardinals); angels, Santa on a motorcycle, Nativity, spiral tree, candy canes, arches.
8300 block of Burgundy Drive (Vendome Village). Most of the street decorates with lights.
5590 102nd Ave. N. Animation, lights "sure to put you in the holiday spirit."
5000-5100 blocks of 96th Terrace N (Skyview Terrace). Take 95th Avenue N off 49th Street and "enjoy house after house of nice displays and beautiful lights."
Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N. "Celebration of Lights," 10-minute musical show with three 24-foot trees, more than 130,000 lights. Every 30 minutes at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Dec. 23. 5211 82nd Ave. N. "Everything full-size made by two seniors, ages 77 and 79, and set up by us." Painted windows, decorated patio, yard full of snow people, much more. Florida touches: Santa on the roof under a palm tree; sleigh, Santa and Rudolph led by a big pink flamingo.
8285 56th Way N. "Candy Cane Lane" neighborhood project, eight to 10 blocks starting at 58th Street and 82nd Avenue N. Just watch for the glow! Driveway arches, trees, all lit up. Santa in person Thursday through Sunday; week before Christmas every night except Christmas Eve.
5220 97th Terrace N. About 3,500 lights, two bay windows with animated dolls, lawn sculptures, two trees. "Neat and not overdone."
9679 41st Way N (Mainlands 2). House and shrubs covered with lights, plus reindeer. "A fairyland."
8291 55th Way N. The lights start at that address. "The whole street lights up, and you just might see Santa Claus himself."
8210 65th St. N. Mr. and Mrs. Santa kissing, toy shop with elves, Nativity, snowman and wife. "Hand-crafted decorations done as a family thing."
8270 68th St. N. 5,000-plus lights, trees, Santa, revolving swing, Ferris wheel, candy canes, Mad Hatter's teacup with bears and stocking caps.
6311 103rd Ave. N (Dunrovin). "Red and white lights, candy canes and polar bears are awesome!" Rooftop to driveway edged in lights. Takes two to three weeks to set up. Whole block of 103rd Avenue decorates, about 50,000 lights. "Viewing this neighborhood would give even the Grinch a warm, fuzzy, tingling feeling in his toes!"
6341 Elmhurst Drive (Autumn Run). 10,000 lights, figurines, motion lights.
58 Turnstone Drive (North Bay Hills). "As you turn the corner, welcome to Christmas Wonderland. More than 10,000 lights and unique, handcrafted Christmas scenes, all handmade by us."
2119 Swan Lane (North Bay Hills). Icicle lights, candy canes lining the driveway, trees in the yard.
2121 Swan Lane (North Bay Hills). Eleven animated displays: Ferris wheel, teeter-totter, horse, swings, airplane, toybox, woodcutters, glider, driveway arched with lights leading to garage decorated as Santa's workshop. Life-sized Santa rocking with moving elves and children; train; hidden camera and TV so visitors can see themselves. New this year: moving reindeer with sleigh, flashing-light Christmas trees. Lights on 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m. weekends, later as Christmas gets closer. Donation box for a children's charity.
1815 Wilmar Ave. 30,000 lights, many lighted figures and signs, large star and Santa on roof; Santa arrives in a boat.
804 Paradise Blvd. (Leisure Lake Mobile Home Park). Santa sleeping on Santa Street, guarded by his soldiers and Winnie the Pooh. Trains running, lights all over. Special touch: koi pond with walkover reflection, all the elves busy stringing lights as Santa lands on the rooftops.
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