Orlando’s best neighborhoods for Christmas lights
Christmas is nearly here, and as Santa makes his final preparations for the big night, families across the Orlando area are covering their homes with Christmas lights.
As driving around the city has become a Christmas tradition for several, Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin Corp. compiled a list of Orlando’s top five neighborhoods for Christmas lights based on responses from its agents.
- Lake Nona: What started as a dream of rivaling the light show at Walt Disney World has become a slightly less magnificent, yet still impressive private holiday light show featuring 25,000 lights. Due to its dazzling display and corresponding crowds, the 4th annual Lake Nona Lights has been featured on Better Homes & Gardens and garnered more than $5,000 in donations for a local Orlando charity. The home is located in the East Park subdivision off of Narcoossee Road at 9800 Old Patina Way in the Lake Nona area of Orlando.
- Winter Park: The Winter Park neighborhood near the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Lakemont Avenue is consistently viewed as one of the best holiday lights displays in Orlando. The vast majority of homeowners turn out year after year to decorate their houses with colorful lights and coordinated displays. This year the city even shut down Park Avenue for a block party in the neighborhood.
- Kissimmee: Once again, the home of Ron Lister at 1642 Sunburst Way is plastered with lights and figurines to celebrate the Christmas holiday. The home, referred to as “Christmas Wonders” this time of year, has its own website and has been featured in Reader’s Digest. Another major attraction is Christmas in the Shire, located at 14645 Grand Cove Drive in Hunter’s Creek. The lights and cheer don’t stop at the doorstep with this house — homeowners welcome the public to register to attend on their Facebook page and see the equally decked-out interior.
- Mount Dora: Come late November, the holiday lights come on in Mount Dora and the entire town is illuminated by 2 million lights for the annual Christmas Lights Festival. The lighting event in November draws crowds who get to enjoy not only the lights and decorations, but entertainment provided by the chamber of commerce.
- Winter Springs: Once again, the Bivona Christmas Lights Show is back in action. This spectacular show is timed to music and runs nightly from 6-11 p.m. through the New Year. You can find the festivities at 1601 North Wind Court in Winter Springs. Don’t expect just holiday hits from this home — the organizers play a variety of music, including Christmas-themed dubstep.