By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 18, 2000
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."
301 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.
501 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."
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.
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.
7055 79th Ave. N. Lights on house, shrubs, yard trees with figures (among them a Florida gator). "Just very colorful."
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