By Compiled by Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 21, 2000
246-248 144th Ave. E, Madeira Beach. "Our 14th year!" More than 45,000 lights, animations, Santa's village theater with dancing elf, 33-foot tree with 7,500 lights, 23-foot candy cane with more than 6,000 lights, music, much more. With the exception of the animated dolls, "everything else is handmade, produced in memory of someone special who has helped me along the way."
545 Lillian Drive, Madeira Beach. "People from many foreign countries come back year after year. People from Germany have called this year to see when lights are going on since they read about it in their German paper." Angels, Santa, reindeer on roof, trees, Nativity, candles, soldiers, candy canes, bears, animated figures, trees and village in garage. Dancing bears on the porch; back yard decorated for an offshore view.
1212 Bayshore Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. New stilt house with thousands of lights, trees on balconies "with all the bells and whistles." The landscaper owner's "special touches in planting and landscaping" include flowers, hanging baskets and gardens.
3321 Hibiscus Drive E, Belleair Beach. "In neon lights, "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season'; beside driveway, Santa and reindeer; in the center, a large Nativity scene and more than 60,000 lights with Christmas music playing.
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."
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.
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. 9 and 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.
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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