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  • RANDALL BENTON / rbenton@sacbee.com

    Visitors to Old Sacramento gather to wait for a Theatre of Lights display. The free 20-minute light show will begin at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays- Sundays through Dec. 18; 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. daily Dec. 19-23 and 6:15 p.m. Dec. 24.

  • Sue Morrow

    Colorful holiday lighting is a tradition in many neighborhoods.

Follow the glow to the best outdoor displays

Published: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 7TICKET
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 - 9:54 am

Take a merry little tour and check out all the holiday yard makeovers.

– Compiled by Genny Howe

ANTELOPE

4825 Clydebank Way: More than 18,000 lights synchronized to music (88.7 FM) from 6 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Food donations will be taken Dec. 12-18 to benefit the local food bank.

8213 Rockbury Way: The reindeer union went on strike, so Santa's sleigh is led by a menagerie including an elephant, rocking horse, cow, polar bear and red-nosed flamingo. Also, has more 20,000 lights, a Nativity scene, a snowman village with more than 40 snowpeople and 20 Christmas trees.

CAMERON PARK

4260 Spring Meadow Road: Extending on a sprawling rural lot, it features some 80,000 lights.

CARMICHAEL

7520 Fair Oaks Blvd.: Tune your radio to 107.5 FM, and park in the Safeway parking lot across the street for best view of the Kovar's Karate building's synchronized music and light show, with close to a quarter-million lights. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable canned food to donate. www.LightUpXmas.com.

CITRUS HEIGHTS

6617 Golden Rain Court: Consists of clear-icicle lights around entire house; illuminated angel; Star of Bethlehem, and Santa and reindeer mounted on roof; multicolored lights surround all windows, doors and garage; Christmas scene projected on the garage door; garage door and front door are wrapped in large red ribbons and bows; net-lighting over all shrubs and bushes; multicolored light strands are attached to candy-cane stakes and along walkways, driveway and fence; illuminated "Merry Christmas" sign hangs between trees along street; illuminated Nativity scene displayed in front yard; numerous illuminated spiral trees, reindeer, snowmen and candy canes in yard and along walkways.

EL DORADO HILLS

3078 Montrose Way: Decked out in blowups; net lights in bushes and trees; wreaths on windows; and home, windows, and fences outlined in lights.

ELK GROVE

6021 Ivy Spring Court: A house completely covered in siding, painted to look like a Dr. Seuss drawing with the lawn and garden fully decorated and lit up.

6721 Sao Tiago Way: A cherished family tradition for more than 18 years in the memory of their father, Vicente Pacificar. Includes an interactive display for the kids to control parts of the display, plus reindeer, bubble machines, a plexiglass waterfall display, lighted plexiglass bubble tubes, fog machines, and candy for the kids.

FAIR OAKS

5201 Brondsbury Lane: Dressed up in a Santa on a Christmas Holiday theme, with Santa and his golf cart, and Rudolph; Santa on a teeter-totter with friends on the Ferris wheel; Santa in his NASCAR racer; and an 8-foot Nativity scene.

7780 Kanihan Court: This family invites you to come up to the porch to see the two large window displays, with a huge village scene in one, and Santa and elves in the other. While there, you'll see the house and yard adorned in more than 15,000 lights; playhouse-size fairy house display; winter wonderland area; tin soldiers; rooftop Santa; lighted trees and archways along the pathway.

5640 Kenneth Ave.: More than 40,000 lights; Santa, Rudolph and elves abound.

FOLSOM

117 Ledgemont Court: Nine homes participate, with assortment of lights, plus Peter Pan and the Lost Boys on Candy Cane Lane.

1380 Copping Court: Embellished with LED lights on the house, trees and Snoopy on his dog house. There are 14 miniature Christmas trees lining the driveway; a video projected on the garage door; inflatable Santa pulling his sleigh and inflatable penguins on a teeter-totter; snowmen; a gingerbread house; giant candy canes and candles; and more than 6,000 lights choreographed to music.

403 Stafford St.: Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary will hold its Wild Nights and Holiday Lights, featuring thousands of colorful LED lights adorning the zoo grounds and decorated scenes in the park around the zoo. More than 100 decorated and lighted trees make up the zoo's enchanted forest. Santa pays a visit each night with zoo mascot Santa Paws. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 8-10 and 15-23. $5 general, free for ages 2 and younger. For more information: (916) 355-7285.

PLACERVILLE

1434 Country Club Drive: New to the collection, large Santa's Toy Shop with various elves. They join animated, life-size talking Santa in his new sleigh with lighted presents, three animated reindeer and elf helper; 5-foot illuminated wreath along with two life-size lighted angels and large synchronized multicolored lights outlining the rooftop; large synchronized multicolored lollipops and candy canes outlining the driveway; life-size snowman, multicolored Christmas tree with lighted presents and animated deer; large inflatable skiing Santa, snowman and penguins on toboggans sled riding down "Toboggan Hill."

RANCHO CORDOVA

10625 Lambrusca Drive: A group of five neighbors located on the northeast end of Lambrusca Drive (near Aramon), self-proclaimed as "The Street of Christmas Dreams," will decorate their homes with white and multicolored icicles, a giant blinking snowman, animated deer and bears, numerous lighted trees, 7-foot toy soldiers and numerous other lighted and blow-up holiday décor.

ROCKLIN

4906 Charter Road: Nutty Light Productions presents "Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite," a one-hour theater show, featuring 30,000 lights, talking Christmas tree, dancing ballerinas, and an Evil Mouse King. Includes a canned food drive. www.youtube.com/ watch?v=1fFxsvM_k9g.

5620 Onyx Drive: More than 28,000 lights dance to Christmas songs 5-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Tune in to 104.7 FM. The handmade wooden displays include Santa and his reindeer flying to the roof top, gingerbread men and snowflakes. http://vimeo.com/17510918.

2039 Taft Drive: Featuring 30,000 lights synchronized to eight different Christmas tunes, a 17-foot illuminated tree, leaping arches, 2,400 LEDs, and more. Drive by and tune in on your radio (frequency posted at the house) or walk up and listen to the show while you drop off toy donations benefiting Toys for Tots. Lights go on starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 6, and continue 6-10 p.m. Sunday- Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. In addition, the show will run until midnight Dec. 23 through Christmas. www.rocklinlights.com.

ROSEVILLE

1097 Chapelhill Lane: A luminaria display in the walkabout community of West Park at dusk on Dec. 24, featuring 3,500 bags over a stretch of four blocks.

533 Twinwood Loop: Tune car radio to 97.5 FM to listen to the computerized music provided by the neighboring homes; walk under illuminated arches throughout the neighborhood; canned food drive to help out Placer County Food Bank.

SACRAMENTO

Front and K streets, Old Sacramento: The third annual Theatre of Lights holiday show is a free, 20-minute light show narrating the story of "The Night Before Christmas," at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Dec. 18; 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. daily Dec. 19-23; 6:15 p.m. Dec. 24. New Year's Eve will feature Theatre of Lights as an important piece of the overall fireworks spectacular with shows running later in the evening at 8:15 and 9:30 p.m. www.oldsacramento.com.

289 Ainger Drive: Three homes spread holiday cheer with a large light display, multiple inflatable displays, Nativity scene, music and a block-long display of luminarias on Christmas Eve.

4821 F Parkway: "The Nightmare Before Christmas," inspired by Tim Burton's movie and Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, with handmade items to include Jack Skellington and Jack's coffin sleigh and skeletal reindeer, among other characters from the movie. Has more than 2,000 lights, and Nightmare Christmas soundtrack.

3961 Fair Oaks Blvd.: This gingerbread house showcase features real smoke billowing out from its chimney, a life-size Nativity scene, angels, nutcracker soldiers, 40-foot themed Christmas trees with dancing lights all choreographed to music, Santa's sleigh and reindeer flying high across the night sky, and Thomas the Tank Engine moving its way among the trees. Accepting new and unwrapped toys through December for the Sutter Memorial Children's Hospital. Santa will make a stop 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11th to hand out hot chocolate and cookies for the fifth annual Rosie Carollo Toy Drive. For more information, check out the Facebook page "Rosie Carollo Christmas Lights Toy Drive."

53rd and S streets (off T Street): One of the granddaddy neighborhoods in seasonal splendor, with about 15 homes exhibiting multiple themes and decorations such as Santa in Italy, Santa's Landing Strip, Mickey and friends, Santa's Snack Wagon (inflatables); illuminated hoops over the sidewalks and colossal-size ornaments hanging from the trees.

1841 48th St.: Get a close-up view of the eight decorated trees inside that can be viewed from the front porch and driveway windows. The yard is decorated in inflatables and yard art, including 15,000 lights to be lit 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

6293 Grangers Dairy Drive: A Christmas Candyland theme, complete with candy canes, lollipops, and hard candy decorations.

9501 Heinlein Way: The festive display includes a variety of reindeer, bears, penguins and the Grinch. The other houses on the block also light up.

8072 Huxley Court: Inspired by the season, neighbors in Huxley Court have opted to decorate. This address has numerous moving reindeer and 10,000 icicles twinkling from the rooftops and fences; Nativity scene; large lighted bushes and cartoon characters dotting the landscape.

3601 Kranhold Way: The home is wrapped up in white lights; a combination of white and blue nets line the rooftop; colored dancing net lights cover the two rows of yard shrubs and plants; and red lights wrap around the front-yard columns. The entire 18,500 LED lights will be lit through New Year's Day from around 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. daily. Check out the website at http://dmdimchenry.info/HolidayLights/lights.html.

452 Little River Way: Along with its 20-foot lighted tree, 8-foot pink breast cancer ribbon in lights, more than a dozen inflatables and lights synchronized to music (transmitting to FM radio station), this year's display includes a new scene: an Angry Birds Christmas, with Christmas birds and Christmas pigs in lights.

2604 Morley Way: The resident dubbed this display "Sounds of Christmas – Spectacular Light Show!" With 25,000 lights, synchronized to FM broadcast on the radio, 7-10 p.m. Sunday- Thursday, 7-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday. Donations being accepted for WIND House (local shelter for homeless youth ages 12-18). Items requested include socks, underwear, gloves, pajamas and umbrellas.

5712 Nonnie Ave.: See more than 10,000 lights dart to music 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 15-foot illuminated Christmas tree; 15-foot hot air balloon; 8-foot train.

3449 S. Port Drive: See Santa's 32-foot Christmas train, jack-in-the-box, Santa's toy box, reindeer in a barn, toy drums, candy canes, Santa's airplane, and more than 80,000 lights.

10 Tanfield Court: Also known as the "Gumdrop" or "M&M" house, with all new LED lights covering it. The home is covered with 15,000 multicolored LED lights, along with the garden beds, trees and bushes. Yard art includes solid colored Christmas trees, snowmen, presents, and Santa and his train.

11 Tanfield Court: Covered with 17,000 white lights, and all dance to the songs of Christmas. The lawn displays include a snowman, presents, reindeer and Santa's train.

1219 32nd St.: Bungalow is decked out in lights from top to bottom, and sidewalk lights up with archways to walk through. The neighbors are also lighting up their yards.

2213 23rd Ave.: More than 22,000 LED lights and decorations on display, including a moving ski lift.

4008 Voseburg St.: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas scene, with snowman snowball fight, and more than 700 C9 lights.

7345 Widener Way: Mr. and Mrs. Claus look over the Widener Winter Wonderland Display.

2417 Wulff Lane: Tune in to 99.1 FM for a synchronized 20-minute Christmas light show, featuring 11,000 lights. The scene includes an 11-foot tree, leaping arches, 3.5-foot Bethlehem star.

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