There’s no shortage of reasons why so many call Christmas the “most wonderful time of the year.” In addition to the presents, ugly sweaters, gingerbread houses, and time spent with loved ones – there are also magnificent Christmas lights displays! Every year, homes across America work hard on creating amazing displays of lights. For many, going on a “Christmas-light drive,” where you drive around looking at your neighboorhood’s Christmas lights, is a yearly tradition! However, it’s likely that your neighbors don’t have the world’s most impressive light display. So, we’ve put together a list of five of the most incredible light shows – and if you’re around, make sure to check them out!
Imagine driving down the street in Richmond, Virginia and seeing this exquisite house and its Christmas light. Would you just continue on your way? We thought not! Like nearly everyone else, you’d probably stop and take a picture. Thankfully, the artists don’t mind at all! They even threw in Tinkerbell and Peter Pan for good measure. Let’s face it, they help this display truly embody the childlike fun Christmas is supposed to be about.
Outside the USA, our northern neighbors really stepped up their Christmas lights game. Check out this incredible house – it reportedly attracts visitors from all across Canada, and even from the States. There’s so much attention and detail put into every nook and cranny, it makes you wonder how they can outdo themselves year after year. It also makes us understand how it became a location of pilgrimage for Christmas decor lovers!
Sometimes, Christmas light displays aren’t only pretty – they’re also therapeutic. Such is the case at Adobe, a rehabilitation center in California. Every year, the staff and the patients decorate the place, together. It’s a group effort that brings the community together and is a great way to battle the stigma of rehab centers. It’s a social tradition people look forward to as the holidays emerge, and a positive activity for all. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this wonderful holiday!
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
New York City is definitely a holiday city. From the Thanksgiving Day Parade to the tree in Rockefeller Center, the city knows how to celebrate. It is also a heavily decorated city – you’ll see excellent displays of Christmas lights wherever you’ll go. But Dyker Heights, a neighboorhood in Brooklyn, takes the meaning of “light displays” to another level. The entire neighboorhood plans and works together on the most extravagant array of lights and colors in the spirit of the holidays, from Thanksgiving up till New Year’s Eve. The picture above showcases just one of the many incredible displays!
All it takes is one man with a vision. Charles Fiore, a 21-year-old from Wilmington, Mass., made it his mission to cover his entire house – as well as his driveway, and front yard and backyard – with Christmas lights. He has been working on it since September, putting up the elaborate light display every night, sometimes staying up until 2 am. The result? A fairy-tale-like home that looks like something from a holiday special, ready just in time for Santa. Take a 360° tour of his house here!