Rummage up your tacky Christmas sweater and let our annual list of the biggest and brightest holiday displays light your path toward some the most high-wattage shows in the area.
3728 North Country Drive, Antelope (95843): At this showstopper, you can step inside a gingerbread house, have a seat and watch the “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” movie. It’s located next to the 60-foot-long fence mural of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends. In addition, there is a working train box with a Victorian Village setting, similar to an old-time store window display, and a larger Victorian Village display in silhouette on the lawn.
6823 Brougham Way, Citrus Heights (95621): LED lights span the 2-story pitch roof in a zigzag design. Lighted Mickey and Minnie add to the vibrant presentation.
6617 Golden Rain Court, Citrus Heights (95610): A big spotlight in Citrus Heights is this yearly attraction: clear icicle lights hanging from entire house; clear lights outline roof lines, and multicolored lights around windows, doors and garage; illuminated Christmas star (on 15-foot pole); angel, Santa and reindeer, and giant inflatable penguin mounted on roof; projected Christmas scene on garage door; “falling” snowflakes projected on trees and house; garage door and front door wrapped in large red ribbons and bows; net-lighting draped over all shrubs and bushes; multicolored light strands attached to candy-cane stakes along walkways, driveway and split-rail fence surrounding front yard; multicolored lighted arch over driveway; illuminated “Merry Christmas”; illuminated Nativity scene displayed in front yard; numerous illuminated spiral-trees, reindeer, snowmen and candy-canes displayed in yard and along walkways; giant illuminated-wreath above garage door; and a 49er banner hanging on the garage.
7001 Whyte Ave., Citrus Heights (95621): The popular snowman character, Olaf, is among the 11 staged inflatables. Plus, 4,000 lights, and 3D projection video (weather permitting).
3316 Lake Terrace Drive, Elk Grove (95758): The elaborate synchronized light show, with more than 100,000 LED lights, runs from 40 computer-controlled circuit boards. Watch a sample of the song “Wizards in Winter” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra synced to the light display at http://vimeo.com/55635382.
9326 Marlemont Circle, Elk Grove (95758): Decorations galore. Look closely at this Disney Christmas setting to see Rudolph pulling Santa onto the roof.
3446 Point Pleasant Road (95757): A magnitude of lights, making this a must-see.
7780 Kanihan Court, Fair Oaks (95628): Features thousands of lights and numerous blow-ups; two large windows feature villages (regular size and dollhouse size), with motion shops and carousal. In the yard, a redwood castle, a 6-foot-tall dragon, lighted archways, playhouse size fairyland structure, toy soldiers, lighted forest, candy canes.
5412 Shire Court, Fair Oaks (95628): The assorted arrangement includes Yoda keeping penguins in line, Huskies guiding Santa’s sleigh, reindeer playing on the Teeter-totter, angels welcoming the Nativity.
Ledgemont Court, Folsom (95630): Nine consecutive homes in the area dubbed Candy Cane Lane, revolves around candy cane decorations and themes such as Peter Pan.
108 Pradera Court, Folsom (95630): A new LED snowman joins the yearly display, a 15,000 light spectacle with Santa, Nutcracker soldiers, penguin, swans, a bear, packages, lamp post, a train, and 5 LED Christmas trees.
403 Stafford St., Folsom (95763): The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary hosts its fifth annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event featuring thousands of colorful lights, decorated trees, and holiday scenery. Santa will make a visit each night, and the zoo’s bear mascot Santa Paws will greet visitors and pose for photos. There will be carolers and musicians, and the miniature-scale live steam Starlight Express train will operate special nighttime rides ($4 per person). Special feedings and treats will be provided to some of the zoo animals during the event, and docents will be on hand to share animal facts. Event runs 5-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and Wednesday through Dec. 23. Admission is $5 general; free for children ages 2 and younger. Parking is free. For more information, go to www.FolsomZooFriends.org.
400 Stillwater Court, Lincoln (95648): This address is among the 20 homes that have been lighting up for the past 14 years in Sun City’s Village 27: Millpond Lane (entrance off Del Webb Boulevard), Stillwater Place and Stillwater Court. The yard is spruced with white, illuminated trees and deer. There’s also a well-executed Nativity window display.
2973 Mendel Way, Sacramento (95833): A synchronized light show production on the hour from 5 to 10 p.m. - music transmitted on 98.9. See a sample at www.rickslights.com.
Dovewood Court (95662): Revelers come out in droves for this treasured blockbuster. It’s suggested to park and walk the cul-de-sac.
1434 Country Club Drive, Placerville (95667): The 10th annual display, titled “Celebrating Christmas Both Old and New,” includes a large Santa Toy Shop scene with elves, multicolored lollipops, candy canes, life-size singing Santa and lighted Rudolph. Santa, snowmen, polar bears and penguins sled down “Toboggan Hill.” The roof is displayed with an illuminated life-size Nativity scene and angels, a life-size talking Santa in a large sleigh with lighted presents, helper elf, and animated reindeer.
2975 Five Mile Road, Placerville (95667) : Visit the 11-foot Santa (surrounded by 10,000 lights) between 5 and 9 p.m.
10625 Lambrusca Drive, Rancho Cordova (95670): A group of homes on Lambrusca Drive (near Aramon Drive) self-proclaimed as “The Street of Christmas Dreams” feature music, Christmas displays with thousands of lights, which include deer, trees and snowmen. However, the folks at this address attests a surprise will appear in an upstairs window one week before Christmas.
5620 Onyx Drive, Rocklin (95677): Although it’s a family effort, Mom gets all the credit for the wooden figures. Santa, reindeer, snowman, gingerbread men, lit snowflakes, and spiral trees are all part of the display. Tune the car radio to FM 104.7 for this musical light show, which takes 14 computers to run, and 224 extension cords. Each show lasts about 30 minutes. Starts at dusk and runs until 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and until midnight Fridays-Sundays. For a sample of the show, go to http://vimeo.com/search?q=Seils+Christmas. Photos at www.lightsofthevalley.com/Properties/Detail.asp?i=876
607 Falcon Way, Roseville (95661): The ornate yard is comprised of a candy cane sidewalk, 6-foot-tall blow up penguin wearing hunting hat, blow up hunting duck, 8-foot-wide Noel sign, 7-foot-tall Santa on a John Deere tractor, 8-foot Santa climbing ladder to decorate tree with puppy grabbing his britches, newly built 7-foot Christmas tree with ornaments. Roof has large wreath, Santa wearing camouflage looking through binoculars, reindeer head with wreath and Nativity scene. Several new window light decorations. Number of twinkling lights: 28,000.
279-299 Ainger Circle, Sacramento (95825): Multiple houses are decked out with various displays, including Nativity, fun characters, and music. Luminary display on Christmas Eve.
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento (95815): Holiday lights aren’t just for decorating houses anymore. Cal Expo Fairgrounds is the setting for the 17-acre light display theme park, Global Winter Wonderland. Experience a light festival, along with staged performances, rides and games, photos with Santa, and holiday shopping. It runs 4:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 4:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Open daily Dec. 19-Jan. 4; and today-Sunday. Admission is $16 general; $12 seniors and for youth ages 4-12; free for children ages 3 and younger. For more information, go to www.calexpo.com.
3961 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento (95864): Besides the life-size Elf on The Shelf, who’s on the move nightly, there are six 60-foot themed Christmas trees, a snowy meadow with deer, dancing lights choreographed to music, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer flying across the night sky, a gingerbread house with smoke billowing out from its chimney, Nativity scene, angels, Nutcracker soldiers, and more. New and unwrapped toys accepted for Sutter Memorial Hospital. Find more information on Facebook at “Rosies Toy Drive.”
53rd and S streets, Sacramento (95819): The center of the holiday spirit in this neighborhood can be found off T Street, where folks continue its annual tradition of illuminated hoops over sidewalks and walkways.
4335 54th St., Sacramento (95820): All original creations: titled “Visions of Santa,” from the 10-foot Santa Spider made of leaves to a full-size pogo-stick Santa, and a snowman made of bicycle wheels.
9501 Heinlein Way, Sacramento (95829): Polar bears, penguins, snowmen and Rudolph compliment the display.
3601 Kranhold Way, Sacramento (95827): Blue icicles cascade from the roof. A concentration of colored, dancing lights along the fence. Soft white lights along the plants and bottom of the fence, and white lights covering the house. More than 18,000 luminous LED lights.
2901 Tioga Way, Sacramento (95821): Visitors will see Snoopy and Woodstock around a Charlie Brown Christmas tree; snowmen and penguins; Santa, his sleigh, reindeer and presents; icicles.
4008 Vosburg St., Sacramento (95826) : The gingerbread-style theme includes gum drops and candy, Santa and Rudolf, a Nativity scene, snowmen, and illuminated presents under a Christmas tree.
Macy’s Theatre of Lights:
Old Sacramento’s sixth annual Theatre of Lights. The free outdoor performances blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects with a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Shows continue at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, with special holiday performances at 6:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and 7 and 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Held on K Street, between Front and Second streets, Old Sacramento. For more information, go to www.oldsacramento.com.
Holiday in the Park: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly Marine World) added a few attractions this month when they flipped on its holidays. Toboggan down Bitzen’s Wonderland Mountain, play inside a life-size snow globe, take a photo with one of Santa’s reindeers at Reindeer Village or stroll through Candy Cane Lane. There’s also carolers, holiday dancers, and puppet shows with E. Ben Geezer. 2001 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo. Included in admission. For hours and admission, go to www.sixflags.com.
Zoo Lights - San Francisco: Pay a visit to Santa and his reindeer Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet when you tour the San Francisco Zoo during Zoo Lights. A holiday marketplace, midway games, Silent Disco by Silent Storm ($5 charge), carousel rides, costumed characters, and live entertainment will be part of the festivities. Plus, there will be snow. Zoo Lights is from 5 to 8 p.m. today-Sunday, next Friday-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30. San Francisco Zoo, One Zoo Road, San Francisco. Admission is $7 general, $5 for children 4-14, free for children ages 3 and younger. $8 parking. For an entertainment schedule, go to www.sfzoo.org.
Zoo Lights - Oakland: Animal-themed structures are lit for the holidays at the Oakland Zoo. Visitors will be treated to music and light shows, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, and (on select nights) Santa’s sleigh, and performances by the Oakland Ballet, The De Lynn Dance Company, The Oakland Youth Chorus, and more. Zoo Lights is open 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, except Saturday , and Dec. 24-25. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Admission is $7-$8. For more information, go to www.oaklandzoo.org.