N eighbors who have hoisted ladders and battled tangled wires now hope total strangers delight in the outcome.
Of course, we’re talking about Christmas lighting, which lures us out of our homes to ogle the designs of others.
The experts say to expect even more LED lights this year as homeowners replace old strings of bulbs with the energy-savers and add elements such as snowflakes, lighted globes and icicle lights. Wrapped tree trunks allow easy decoration of trees that don’t shed leaves. Ribbons and ornaments join greenery as eye-candy for daytime. And inflatables do duty day or night.
Whatever your taste in outdoor decorations, here are addresses Bee readers have put on the not-to-miss list. You can find an interactive map at sacbee.com/holidaylights.
1. 7520 Fair Oaks Blvd.: More than 250,000 LED lights synchronized to holiday music.
2. 6617 Golden Rain Court: An illuminated Christmas star, angel, Nativity scene and Star of Bethlehem are part of this display. Enjoy numerous illuminated reindeer, snowmen and candy canes. Multicolored lights surround windows, doors and garage, and drape shrubs and bushes.
3. 9720 Great Egret Court: This display combines decorative vehicle displays, including planes, trains, helicopters and a ship with Peanuts, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, and more.
4. 9518 Sea Cliff Way: All of the houses in this cul-de-sac are lit up for the holidays.
5. 9855 Oak Ranch Place: An animated light show with 3,600 programming channels and tens of thousands of lights.
6. 5412 Shire Court: Come see Santa golfing with Rudolph, toys on a Ferris wheel, a Santa NASCAR race car and an 8-foot-tall Nativity scene.
7. 5640 Kenneth Ave.: Enjoy the sights of more than 50,000 lights, balloons and music on this street.
8. 1027 Hildebrand Circle: Multicolored LED lights and icicles, red and green LED spotlights, and Disney character cutouts surround a decorated 30-foot Christmas tree.
9. 1380 Copping Court: Miniature Christmas trees light the driveway, an inflatable Santa pulls a sleigh, inflatable penguins, animals, snowmen, and much more fill the display. More than 6,000 lights are synchronized to music. 5 to 9:30 p.m. through New Year’s Day.
10. 403 Stafford St.: Folsom City Zoo hosts the fourth annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event featuring thousands of colorful lights, decorated holiday scenes, exhibits and more. An enchanted forest of beautifully decorated and lighted trees surrounds the area where Santa visits with guests each night. The zoo’s bear mascot, Santa Paws, roams the grounds to greet visitors and pose for photos while carolers add to the holiday cheer. A miniature-scale, live-steam Starlight Express train operates; weather permitting ($4 per person). 5 to 8 p.m. Friday through Dec. 23. Admission: $5; free for children ages 2 and younger. (916) 355-7285. www.FolsomZooFriends.org.
11. 289 Ainger Circle: Multiple homes with lights, a Nativity scene and lots of fun displays. A special luminary display around the full block on Christmas Eve (weather permitting).
12. 1434 Country Club Drive: A large Santa Toy Shop scene with elves and large synchronized multicolored lollipops and candy canes. Santa, snowmen, polar bears and penguins sled down “Toboggan Hill.” A life-size talking Santa in a large sleigh with lighted presents, animated reindeer and an elf display on a roof outlined with lighted icicles.
13. 10625 Lambrusca Drive: A group of five houses known as “The Street of Christmas Dreams” feature music, a computer-controlled mega-tree with 3,600 lights, a family of LED deer, snowmen, reindeer with a sleigh, and numerous lighted items. A holiday surprise will appear in one upstairs window beginning the weekend before Christmas.
14. 12295 El Portal Way: Thousands of lights synchronized to music with a blow-up Mickey Mouse, snowmen, Santa, etc. A life-size Nativity scene and a large village in the garage feature more than 70 buildings and three trains. Christmas bears line one side of the village. 6 to 9 p.m.
15. 607 Falcon Way: Santa rides on a John Deere tractor and climbs a ladder to decorate a tree, among 28,000 lights. A large wreath, Christmas gifts and a Nativity scene are displayed on the roof. Enjoy a candy cane sidewalk, horse and carriage, gingerbread house, and more.
16. 533 Twinwood Loop: At Twinwood Loop (Candy Cane Lane) several homes are decorated and synchronized to music. Get out of your vehicle and walk while through lighted arches and listen to more than 50 Christmas songs. Bring canned goods through Dec. 31 to benefit the Placer County Food Bank.
17. 5712 Nonnie Ave.: More than 15,000 lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs. Enjoy the display from your car as the music plays on your car radio. 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
18. 3961 Fair Oaks Blvd.: A winter wonderland with a 40-foot themed Christmas trees in a snowy meadow of deer and dancing lights choreographed to music. Santa’s sleigh and reindeer pack fly high across the sky above a life-size Nativity scene, angels and nutcracker soldiers. Can you find the elf on the shelf? Rosie’s Toy Drive will be accepting unwrapped toys for children at local hospitals.
19. 9501 Heinein Way: A beautiful display of lights with reindeer and Snoopy.
20. 4821 F Parkway: A re-creation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” holiday movie.
21. 2973 Mendel Way: A high-power computer light show. Music transmitted on 98.9 FM or listen live. 5 to 10 p.m. Learn more at www.rickslights.com.
22. 1841 48th St.: Thousands of lights on the roof, house and trees are just the beginning. The owners invite guests to park the cars and walk up the driveway, peer through the windows and maybe get a tour of the elaborate interior decorations.
– Compiled by Sarah Herrera