Some decked out homes and neighborhoods are such a feast for the eyes, they warrant a stop. Here’s our annual guide to the best-dressed homes for the holiday season, sure to set your spirit ablaze.
7913 Eagle Peak Way, Antelope; 95843:
A robust 9-foot teddy bear sits among 20 inflatables. Also features more than 20,000 lights, including candy-cane lights lining the yard.
8213 Rockbury Way, Antelope; 95843:
This head-turner is home to over 75 snowmen, and features a gingerbread community, North Pole village, about 20,000 lights, Santa and his reindeer, and a carousel.
6617 Golden Rain Court, Citrus Heights; 95610:
One holly, jolly spread, with clear icicle lights hanging from entire house; clear lights outlining roof lines and archway over driveway; multi-colored lights around windows, doors and garage; illuminated Christmas star (on 12’ pole), Nativity scene, spiral trees, wreath, and snowflakes; Santa, reindeer mounted on roof; projected Christmas scene on garage door; red ribbons and bows adorning garage door and front door; net lights draped over shrubs and bushes; multi-colored light strands attached to candy-cane stakes along walkways, driveway and fence surrounding front yard; inflatable characters and 7-foot snowman display; twinkling “Merry Christmas” sign displayed above garage door; Christmas trees and candles displayed on walls, fences and in windows.
7001 Whyte Ave., Citrus Heights; 95621:
Wrapped up in more than 20,000 lights, and themed inflatables, including Star Wars, Disney, and Warner Brothers. New this year, a Cinderella castle.
9720 Great Egret Court, Elk Grove; 95757:
Spilling into the neighbors front yard, the display mostly consists of inflatables: from planes, trains, helicopter and a ship to Hello Kitty, Star Wars and Peanuts characters.
3316 Lake Terrace Drive; Elk Grove; 95758:
A showstopper with 100,000 LED lights synchronized to music. The impressive light show extravaganza takes 45 computer controlled circuit boards, and features a 50-foot redwood with over 28,000 lights. A snow machine will run Friday, Dec. 15, and 24, and there will be free hot chocolate and cider. For video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xg-gG_DEvI.
7780 Kanihan Court, Fair Oaks; 95628:
Some stops merit a close-up peek. Discover a Christmas village and Santa’s workshop beyond the porch windows. The yard display includes a Santa photo op in the gazebo; castle princess and carriage; inflatables; lighted trees; lighted archways; Santa on the roof.
5412 Shire Court, Fair Oaks; 95628:
Assorted decorations with Yoda, SpongeBob and Friends, the Minions, Snoopy, Santa in his race car, and Santa playing golf.
1027 Hildebrand Circle, Folsom; 95630:
Sure to suit any Disney fan, this twinkling-lit home is where you’ll find many Disney characters, including Winnie the Pooh and friends, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, Tinkerbell, princesses, and Frozen characters. Plus, there’s a 35-foot decorated tree, Disney castle banner on the garage, and a Christmas countdown clock.
224 Orange Blossom Circle, Folsom; 95630:
Showcases a large display of lights and characters such Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy. Plus, penguins, Santas, snowmen, ginger bread house, train, carousel, and soldiers.
104 Thorndike Way, Folsom; 95630:
More than 8,000 LED lights synchronized to music from 5 to 10:30 nightly, through Dec. 31. Accepting canned food items for Twin Lakes Food Bank.
12033 Old Eureka Way, Gold River; 95670:
This synchronized light show entices onlookers with its Christmas songs; over 10,000 lights; animated structures; illuminated star; homemade props, spheres, snowflakes. Tune to 88.5 FM. For video, visit www.lightmaestros.com.
2201 Roaring Camp Drive, Gold River; 95670:
The yard is aglow in over-sized light bulbs lining the walkway, a row of candy-cane lights, and snowman and Snoopy lights.
Dovewood Court; 95662:
Few neighborhoods create a stir as much as Dovewood Court. Grand displays include inflatables, music, handmade props, “Support Our Troops” lit-up block letters, Nativity scene, and life-size Buddy character from “Elf.” We suggest you park and stroll the cul-de-sac.
10625 Lambrusca Drive, Rancho Cordova; 95670:
Among five homes that have been lighting up for more than 20 years, this bright spot in the neighborhood includes rainbow LED garland looped on the wrought iron fence surrounding the house; winter scene in front yard consists of vintage wire framed deer updated to LED lighting; twinkling snowman; LED angel; and one week before Christmas, a special visitor will make an appearance in an upstairs window. The other homes have numerous displays, inflatables, lasers and music.
5620 Onyx Drive, Rocklin; 95777:
More than 55,000 lights synchronized to music ( 90% LED), requiring 21 computers and 336 extension cords. The display is designed and built by the family, including wood figures by Mom. Show starts at dusk and runs to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and until midnight Fridays-Sundays. Tune to 104.7 FM.
Pebble Creek Drive and Strand Road; 95765:
Being caught in a traffic jam in this Rocklin neighborhood this time year, might not be such a bad thing. The collection of homes have been attracting spectators for years, with its Disney theme, among other elaborate displays.
2200 Telegraph Hill Drive, Rocklin; 95765:
Spruced up with more than 15,000 lights, 50 Christmas figures, musical arching tunnel, animated characters, 20 Santas, Santa sleigh, and a Nativity scene. Santa makes a stop on Saturdays.
9224 Carla Way, Rosemont; 95826:
Christmas lights prance to music 5-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through New Year’s. Tune to 100.7 FM. For video, visit www.RosemontLights.com.
1300 Plymouth Court, Roseville; 95747:
Boasts inflatable camouflage Santa Claus and snowman; Santa Claus hangs from the basketball hoop; two Star Shower lights, and multicolored lights covers roof; spiral-lit trees and illuminated reindeer; driveway outlined with candy canes. Neighbors also have lights and inflatables.
6009 Plum Canyon Lane, Roseville; 95747:
A modest draping of multi-colored lights over shrubs.
100 Chennault Court Roseville; 95747:
Gets attention for its white lights sparkling from the sidewalk to the rooftop, and array of inflatables (penguin, pig, snowman, among others).
8282 Sienna Loop, Roseville; 95678:
Guide your family sleigh in this direction to see a setup of wooden Winnie the Pooh and friends, and a snowman holding a “Happy Snow Days” sign; illuminated penguins around a make-shift fire, igloo, polar bears, and presents; Snoopy and Woodstock on top of a mailbox; lights wrapped around columns, and lighted spheres hanging from the trees.
279-300 Ainger Circle, Sacramento; 95835:
Navigate around this neighborhood for soul-craving Nativity scenes, music, and inflatables.
4464 Edison Ave., Sacramento, 95821:
A busy assemble consisting of blinking lights and music; animated deer; Santas, and illuminated peace sign on roof; blow-up hot-air balloon; animated carousal, and more.
Fab 40s, Sacramento; 95819:
(From 40th to 49th, between J and Folsom). The established East Sacramento neighborhood certainly has its fans, especially this time of year. Many streets have lights strung tree-to-tree and wrapped around tree trunks, and garland draped across the streets.
2174 56th Ave., Sacramento; 95822:
Utilizing ’50s vintage Christmas yard art, including a full-size 1962 Harold Gale mechanical Santa. Four homes on 56th Avenue also will feature vintage items.
53rd and S streets, Sacramento; 95819:
A treasured blockbuster off T Street, where folks continue its annual tradition of illuminated hoops over sidewalks and walkways. Visitors are greeted with a handmade welcome sign. There’s a cutout photo opt, and inflatables such as the Buddy character from “Elf.”
2973 Mendel Way, Sacramento; 95833:
The self-proclaimed “Natomas Rock Opera,” a synchronized light show production, is held on the hour from 5 to 10 p.m. Tune to 98.9 FM.
6680 San Joaquin St., Sacramento; 95820:
This colorful scene includes whimsical snowpeople constructed out of tumbleweeds.
7 River Raft Court, Sacramento; 95823:
Embellished in more than 10,000 lights (until 9:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays), with rotating Christmas trees, music (until 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays), Star Shower lasers in the driveway, Santa waving in the window.
Global Winter Wonderland
Bask in the glow of lights at “Holidays Around the World,” illuminated themed displays at Cal Expo. Other attractions include Circus of Light; ice skating; rides and games; holiday market; Glow in the Dark Activity Center; motorcycle acts; and photos with Santa. Hours: 5-11 p.m. Fridays, and Jan. 5; 4:30-11 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, and Jan. 6; 4:30-10 p.m. Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and 7; 5-10 p.m. Dec. 26-28, Jan. 2-4; through Jan. 7. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Admission: $18 general, $16 seniors and children ages 4-12, free for children ages 3 and younger. 510-962-8586; www.globalwonderland.com.
Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary
Visitors will find the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary already in holiday mode with its Wild Nights and Holiday Lights. There will be thousands of lights, decorated trees, carolers and musicians, and holiday scenery. Visit Santa in the new Barnyard Experience, where Dasher the miniature horse, and other farm animals live. Ride the miniature scale steam train ($5 per person). See zookeepers give holiday treats and toys to zoo animals. On Dec. 20: SactoMoFo food trucks and the Mascot Mashup, a gathering of regional mascots for photos. Held 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 17-21, 26-28. Folsom Zoo, 403 Stafford St., Folsom. Admission: $7 general; free for ages 2 and younger. 916-351-3527; www.FolsomZooFriends.org.
Macy’s Theatre of Lights
Old Sacramento revives its annual holiday production, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” staged on the balconies above K and Front streets. The free shows continue at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays (except at 6 p.m. Dec. 24), and Dec. 19-20, through Dec. 24 (weather permitting). 916-970-5226; http://oldsacramento.com.
Where else can you step inside a giant snowglobe, but at Fairytale Town? A flurry of snow will fall nightly at 7 p.m. There will be Dr. Seuss and Grinch-themed hands-on activities, strolling Victorian carolers, and photos with Santa (3-6 p.m.; $5). Hours: 1-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 17 (weather permitting). Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Admission: $7 general, free children ages 1 and younger. 916-808-7462; www.fairytaletown.org.