A Holiday Lights Tour

Nighttime is the right time to see these homes blinged out for the season.


Your spirited neighbors are at it again, stringing up dazzling light displays and crafting Santa scenes to get you in the seasonal mood. Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods and houses.

NORTH

The Heights of Jupiter

Dozens of houses are decorated in this huge neighborhood just east of Interstate 95. Just wind your way up and down the streets, but don’t miss the Liberman’s home at 6198 Hollywood St., where Donny’s handmade Flying Santa — his sleigh is pulled by a team of Dachshunds — is just landing on the roof. Pompano Street is another must-see. When the weather is nice, lots of the homeowners are out in their yards or puttering in the garage.

Directions: Take I-95 to Donald Ross Road and go east. Get in the left-hand lane immediately so you can turn left onto Heights Boulevard at the light. Follow the road about a mile and look to your left. You can turn down just about any street, but don’t miss Hollywood.

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Snug Harbor Drive, Palm Beach Gardens

It’s back this year with even more lights; some say as many as 350,000 lights. Organizer John Staluppi gave his neighbors a break last year because the lights cause traffic jams on Prosperity Farms Road. But the number of people who missed seeing the lights far exceeded the number who complained.

Directions: Take I-95 to PGA Boulevard, go east to Prosperity Farms Road and go north. Snug Harbor will be on your right.

The Sullivans, 202 Woodbridge Drive, Jupiter

Directions: I-95 to Indiantown Road, go east. Turn right on Central Boulevard, left on Toney Penna Drive, take the third right on Jupiter Village Road, take the first left on Greentree Circle, then right on Woodbridge Drive.

Guy Vitone, 604 Oak Terrace, Jupiter

Directions: Take I-95 to Indiantown and go east to Military Trail. Turn right, go past Tony Penna Drive and south one block and turn right on Oak Terrace.

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CENTRAL/SOUTH

Gabriel Lane, Lake Clarke Shores

This normally quiet street lights up like a pinball machine for the holidays. Lots of families park their cars and walk the street.

Directions: I-95 to Forest Hill Boulevard. West to Florida Mango Road. Turn right, and Gabriel is about a mile and a half on the right, just south of Meadow Park Elementary School.

The Novaks, 4988 Palm Way, Lake Worth

Dan Novak’s tireless pursuit of Christmas light perfection called for, well, more lights this year. His annual display is a neighborhood tradition.

Directions: Take Military Trail south to approximately 1 mile past Hypoluxo Road, make a right on Canal road, follow to the end, make a left and the house is one block on the left-hand corner.

The Doyles, 74 W. Palmetto Road, Lake Worth

The Doyle family estimates there are more than 1 million lights, all computerized and set to music. The house has dozens of features, but kids love to see Santa popping out of the chimney.

Directions: I-95 exit to 10th Avenue N. Go west. Turn right on North A Street, enter the next roundabout and take the first exit onto Lake Worth Road, turn left on Ohio Road, then right on West Palmetto Road.

Bill and Deb Desantis, 3066 Crockett Way, Lake Worth

This house is best for small children who will want to get out and get a better look of all the scenes handmade by the DeSantis family.

Directions: Take Lake Worth Road west past the Turnpike and turn right on Blanchette Trail. Go to the sixth street, Pinion, and turn right. Look for the big candy cane. Go all the way to the end.

The Imbriecos, 1434 W. Trammel St., Lantana

This family has been decorating for many years, but there’s always something new. You’ll want to get out and walk around. There are display cases with tiny villages and collectible figures and big blowup figures and lots of moving parts.

Directions: I-95 exit to Hypoluxo Road. Go east. Turn left on 14th Street, then left on West Trammell Street and the house is on the left.

Woodland Creek, Lantana

7580 Woodland Creek Lane and 7559 Hazelwood Circle, Lantana. Super bright decorations on the first two houses you see.

Directions: I-95 to Lantana Road, west past Jog Road. Before you reach the Turnpike overpass, on the south side of the road, look for the entrance to the subdivision, Woodland Creek. The houses are straight ahead.

College Park, Lake Worth

308 Dartmouth Drive at Pennsylvania in College Park, Lake Worth. Tons of lights on this corner lot.

Directions: I-95 to Forest Hill Boulevard and head east to South Olive Avenue/Federal Highway. Turn right, south, and go about two miles to Dartmouth. Turn right. The house is at the corner a block down.

The 5600 block of S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

At this house the lights jump over Flagler and continue out to the boat dock on the Intracoastal with the brightest green and red lights you’ve ever seen.

Directions: I-95 to Southern Boulevard, east to Flagler Drive and turn right (right before the Southern Boulevard bridge.) The house is on the right.

The annual High Tech Science Holiday Light Show

699 NW Ninth Ave. at Seventh Street, Boca Raton. This is way more than a house decorated for the holidays. The fully computerized performance of synchronized lights and music lasts for 70 minutes, and repeats each night until 11 p.m. To hear the music, tune your radio to 107.3 FM.

To best enjoy the show, turn your headlights off, but leave your parking lights on. The light artists ask that you stay in the car, and pull safely to the side of the road to watch. Respect the neighbors. Keep an eye out for kids — this is a high traffic area. No large dogs. The show starts at 6 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.

Directions: From I 95, exit at Palmetto Park Road, go east approximately one mile. Turn left (north) onto Ninth Avenue (it also says “Cardinal Ave.”) and go six or seven blocks.

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WEST

1309 Jackpine St., Wellington

This display is “massive,” says Michela Green of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. “There were more than 200 cars cruising the neighborhood in one night!”

Directions: Take Forest Hill Boulevard west past the mall, turn right onto Birkdale then right on Pine Valley. Turn left on Belmore Terrace and turn left on Jackpine Street. You can also go straight and follow Belmore Terrace around to Jackpine Street.

17471 60th Lane North, Loxahatchee

This house at the corner of 60th Lane and Mandarin Boulevard is colorful, but seems all the more so because it’s so dark away from the lights of the city. Definitely worth the drive.

Directions: Take Southern Boulevard west to Seminole Pratt & Whitney Road, and turn north.

Hoffman’s Chocolate’s Winter Wonderland

6 to 10 p.m. nightly until Dec. 30. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tour the magical display of 75,000 lights in the gardens including a gazebo, cascading fountains, live fish, electric trains and animated displays including a life-size camel in the manger scene. At 5190 Lake Worth Road. Info: 561-967-2213; hoffmans.com



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