The best and brightest holiday displays
By Katie Foutz For Sun-Times Media December 2, 2010 11:28AM
ON THE WEB:
The Best Christmas Decorations in Chicagoland: www.christmashouses.com
Tacky Light Tour: www.tackylighttour.com
Updated: April 19, 2011 5:22AM
Here’s to you, Mr. 10,000-Light Minimum.
And to you, Ms. Merry and Bright.
You cite Clark Griswold as a design influence. You are responsible for cleaning out the home improvement store’s Christmas lights inventory by October. You’ve never met an inflatable holiday figure you didn’t like.
And we can’t. Look. Away.
So thank you for being generous with your holiday spirit. We asked for the Fox Valley’s best lights, and you shared your neighborhood collaborations, your lights set to flash in time with music, your epic YouTube videos.
Here are your contributions, as well as our perennial favorites.
Festival of Lights, Phillips Park, Aurora: More than a mile of lighted holiday displays will shine nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 26 at the park, 615 S. Smith Blvd.
Lehnertz Avenue and Lehnertz Circle, Aurora: Mary Streit, secretary of the Lehnertz Avenue Improvement Association, recommended her neighborhood-wide display on the northeast side. Beginning at Sheridan Street and Lehnertz Avenue, south of Sheffer Road near Garfield Park, the neighborhood will turn on the lights 5 p.m. Dec. 12 with a crib blessing at 6 p.m.
Lights will be on from 5 to 10:30 p.m. from Dec. 12 through Jan. 7. Lights will stay on all night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
“The homeowners on Lehnertz Avenue invite everyone to come and share this 59-year tradition, telling the story of Christ’s birth, through displays in front of every house,” Streit wrote. “Across Ohio Street, residents of Lehnertz Circle look at the lighter side of the holiday, with their Peanuts-themed decorations.”
1818 Chandler Ave., St. Charles
42W891 Beith Road, Elburn: Visit www.countywidelandscaping.com or larsenlights on YouTube to see it online.
West Haven of Geneva, at Peck Road and Heartland Drive, Geneva
0N553 Armstrong Lane, Geneva
813 Cheever Ave., Geneva: This display features 50,000 lights synchronized with music via an FM signal. The home is also a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Check out the family’s website at www.twasthenightbefore.com.
1199 Meadow Drive, Batavia
743 Bluestem Lane, Batavia
Window Wonderland Holiday Window Decorating Contest, downtown Elgin: Judging takes place Dec. 4.
106 Monroe St., Elgin
Lords Park Pavilion, 100 Oakwood Blvd., Elgin: Admission $1 to $2. Call 847-741-6655 or visit www.elginpublicmuseum.org. The “Touching on Traditions” display features lights, clothing, decorated trees and traditional objects that were the customs of the people who have settled in Elgin.
300 block of Juniper Lane, South Elgin: Santa’s there from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for two weeks before Christmas.
140 Beaver Creek Drive, Bolingbrook
1443 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook
200 Monroe Road, Bolingbrook
716 Westport Drive, Joliet: Homeowner Brian Delach wrote, “My house has a synchronized light show as well as four different themed Christmas displays. The house can be seen from Black Road when driving by. Every area of the yard is used to showcase some type of holiday decor.”
346 E. Joliet Highway, New Lenox: “For an epic Christmas display you should see the lights at the Pretzel home,” wrote Cindy Schliffka. “Linda (to date) has spent over 150 hours preparing for her dazzling exhibit.”
2400 block of Durness Court, Crest Hill
1200 and 1300 blocks of Keywest Drive, Lockport
1320 Newbridge Ave., Lockport
26240 W. Winding Oak Trail, Channahon: This display uses more than 40,000 lights and is synchronized to music, which last year included the “South Park” version of “O Holy Night.” Check out the homeowners’ website at www.weberslights.com.
2664 Hobson Road, Downers Grove: This display featured 48,000 lights, 37 plastic figurines, 16 lighted displays and six inflatables in 2008, when it was featured in “The Best Christmas Displays in Chicagoland” by Mary Edsey.
6830 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove: See a display of Fred and Ginger skating on the ice.
Museums of Lisle Station Park, Main Street and Burlington Avenue, Lisle
The Brookdale neighborhood, at Raymond Drive and Brookdale Road, Naperville
517 W. Benton Ave., Naperville
5352 Pennywood Drive, Lisle
326 S. Sleight St., Naperville
517 W. Benton Ave., Naperville
1326 N. Webster St., Naperville
94 Ventura Court, Naperville
800 block of Raintree Drive, Naperville
1347 Hunter Circle, Naperville
827 Morven Court, Naperville: This home was featured on HGTV’s “What’s With That Christmas House?” in 2006.
849 Bellingrath Court, Naperville
428 Bayview, Naperville
2082 and 2113 Dorval, Naperville
10s375 Curtis, Naperville
29w012 Shell Lake Drive, Naperville
2915 Sibling Court, Naperville
1127 Conan Doyle Road, Naperville
1104 and 1107 Tiara Court, Naperville
4115 Faulkner, Naperville
104 Beaver Creek, Naperville
2412 and 2320 Remington, Naperville
1403 Justin Court, Naperville
28w165 Lakeview Drive, Naperville
2035 University Drive, Naperville
1800 Auburn Ave., Naperville
8s770 Singletree Lane, Naperville
2428 Woodlake Court, Naperville
4455 Esquire Circle, Naperville
1504 Terrance Drive, Naperville
1400 Frenchmans Bend Drive, Naperville
2924 Portsmouth Court, Naperville
Harmony Grove neighborhood at 111th Street between Book Road and Route 59
4420 Dairyman’s Circle, Naperville