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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 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

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 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


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

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