The 8 Best Holiday Lights Displays in the US
SOURCE: Dyker Lights. (Courtesy NYC & Company)
Car rental company Turo surveyed its customers to find out which holiday lights displays around the country are the best, polling 1,000 people around the country and asking them which light shows were worth the drive. Their answers illuminated a clear winner: the spot dubbed "Miracle on 13th Street" scooped up 43 percent of the vote.
The shortlist contains eight destinations around the country that have particularly awesome holiday lights displays.
Miracle on 13th Street, in Philadelphia, Penn., was the clear winner with 43 percent of the vote. The people in the 1600 block of South 13th Street are clearly full of the holiday spirit. Almost every single house between Tasker and Morris is alight with Santas, sleighs, flying reindeer and more, placing it on numerous “best of” lists when it comes to viewing holiday lights.
Candy Cane Lane, in Woodland Hills Calif., came in second with 13 percent of the vote. This group of homeowners between Lubao and Oxnard streets has honored its neighborhood holiday light tradition since 1952. The residents of these eight square blocks transform their yards into a winter wonderland with sleighs soaring over treetops, Santas landing on rooftops and holiday lights galore. Lights turn on around dusk and are turned off at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y. had 8 percent of the vote, but the neighborhood is known for having some of the most extravagant light displays in the country. Known as Dyker Lights, more than 100,000 people flock to Brooklyn to see these twinkling bulbs. Displays are located mostly between the 83rd and 86th streets and between 11th and 13th avenues and are up through the New Year.
Hastings Ranch, located in Pasadena, Calif., shares third place with Dyker Lights. The tradition began in this Pasadena neighborhood in 1957 where residents would decorate their block in a chosen theme. Now, cars parade through slowly, taking in everything there is to be seen.
Portland, Ore.’s Peacock Lane took 7 percent of the overall vote. This pedestrian-friendly lane is known as the city’s “Christmas Street.” The quaint street, made up mostly of Tudor houses, is open every evening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and features nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and replicas of Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman.
Since 1938, the residents of Alameda, Calif., have been decorating the 3200 block of Thompson Ave. each December. The spectacle took home 6 percent of the vote in Turo’s survey, and it has garnered the moniker of “Christmas Tree Lane.” Every year, thousands of Bay Area residents come here to stroll or drive through the myriad of elaborate light displays.
The holiday lights on Austin’s 37th Street garnered 4 percent of the vote. Grab a coat and stroll along this well-lit thoroughfare that has been brightening holiday spirits for the past two decades or so. The lights crisscross the street as cars pass by these enchanting houses.
Interlochen in Arlington, Texas, had 3 percent of the vote and rewards its visitors with thousands of twinkling lights strewn over rooftops and treetops. This year is the 40th anniversary of the light display that is one of Texas’ best. Expect the lights to shine bright beginning on Dec. 17 through Christmas Day from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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