Best Holiday Home Lighting Displays
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Our house is a 1940s Dutch Colonial that was built by the previous owners and his brothers. These decorations are very traditional and inspired by classic New England style.
Lighted garland and candles in all windows enhance nighttime viewing. Red bows to accent green garland and wreaths in the daytime.
This is our 1850s Federal brick home in Madison, Indiana. We've lived in this home—in Madison's National Historic Landmark district—for 27 years. Tasteful wreathes suit the traditional exterior.
This house has always reminded us of a gingerbread house. So, at Christmas we decorate with "gingerbread shutters," candy and gingerbread ornaments, and wreaths. Of course, we have a candy cane-lined walk and peppermint borders around the windows! Our favorite part of all is our peppermint stick tree on the porch. We could never get it all done without help from our special neighbors and friends. It's a special "treat" for us all!
Small ornamental trees wrapped in lights make for creative pathway lighting, while icicle lights hung inside frame the windows.
My son helped me with his artistic talent to come up with this design. It took over a month to put this all together. It takes at least 8 remote controls and 4 separate breakers to turn the lights off and on. This tradition is more than 18-years-old, and I look forward to it every year.
We've built an Old English, 3D village scene on our lawn. The miniature houses are painted and lighted for visitors to enjoy. To get to the entry of our home, you have to go through the doors of our Christmas Village Inn (center).
We've got everything from the rooftop to the lawn blanketed in lights. Our neighbors enjoy the display, including a nativity, Santa and the reindeer, snowmen, a mini ferris wheel, and much more.
Karen & Rob Aperawic
We have a growing collection of inflatable lawn ornaments, including cartoon characters and a giant snow globe. Many of them are animated and, as shown here, we get plenty of visitors who stop by to take a look at our decorations. There are hundreds of candy canes hanging in the trees and a "toy shop" on our front porch.
My sons both have Celiac Disease, so I decided to partner with the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research to raise awareness through my holiday decorations. My yard display features thousands of lights and many giant inflatables. At komar.org, webcams and X10 technology allows Internet surfers to control the lights and inflatables in my front yard. Playing is totally free and totally fun, and it's a great way to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Celiac Disease. (Users can click through from the site to donate.)
We have over 400 blow-mold lawn figures. Some are from the 50s and some are animated. There are over 30,000 lights on the house and in the trees, and all of the lights "dance" to music. We have a beautiful manger scene and a fun candy cane lane. It's our first year in Oklahoma and we are very proud of our lights display, which we add to everyday!
Oklahoma City, OK
Our decorations go up on the day after Thanksgiving every year. It's obvious that our favorite holiday is Christmas just by looking at our yard! We have mechanical puppets hanging from tree branches and a snowman at the front door offering cookies and steamy hot cocoa—but the most popular by far is the Santa that we have scaling the side of our house with his bag of present. All of this is lit by hundreds of lights and we play classical carols for those who pass by.
Our home was built in 1900 by the Howard family of West Dearborn. They lived here until 1973 and we bought it in 1990. All of the rooms in the house are decorated, but the parlor is our favorite. There is a large tree at the front window, and the dining table is always bright and ready for visitors!
Santa's coming to dinner! Our dining room tree is one of four 9-foot trees. This one covered in Santa ornaments. The theme of the room always makes for interesting dinner conversation.
This is the view of the parlor from our foyer. A traditional kissing ball hangs from the center of the arch, and handmade garland surrounds the arch and fireplace. The garland is made with pine cones, berries, dried roses, ribbon, pearls, and lights. The parlor light is an original gas and electric fixture that is decorated with greenery, ribbon, poinsettias, pearls, and crystals.
This is the toy tree in our upstairs hall. It is decorated with colored lights and toys that were given to the kids when they were younger. The personal decorations bring back a lot of fun memories and reminiscing around holiday time.
Christmas is golden, and so is our tree! From sparkling poinsettias to cool icicles, this tree is the center of our Christmas decor. All the while, it is warm and inviting as it reigns elegantly over our living room.
My wife and I have been married for 3 years and one of our favorite new traditions is getting the tree up. My wife is very meticulous about getting the tree decorated: every year, there's a specific order to how things have to be done. The lights go on as the tree is assembled. Garland comes next, followed by the ornaments, and finally a homemade angel on top.