Best Christmas Lights on Boston-Area Homes
For some of us, it's a struggle to put Christmas lights on a single tree without losing a bulb (or our tempers). Others—including some of our Boston-area neighbors—are veritable pros at creating spectacular Christmas light displays on their homes. Next time you have a free evening, pack some hot chocolate in a thermos, buckle up the kids, and visit these joyful dwellings from the safety of your own cars. Between the beautiful lights and the charities that many of these families support with their efforts, It's sure to inspire holiday spirit (and maybe some ideas for your own house).
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Christmas Lights on Houses in Greater Boston
The annual Illuminations Tour trolley ride along Robinson Road and connecting streets is going DIY this year! On December 12, the Somerville Arts Council will release its map of the houses that shine the brightest, so pack up the car and take a tour yourself.
The Canales have moved, along with their fabulous light show. Photo courtesy of Canale Christmas Lights/Facebook
Meadowview Road—Readville/Hyde Park
The Canale family moved across the train tracks last year—but brought their holiday lights with them! The house shines with flashing Christmas lights, and the yard is bedecked with lit-up trees and characters (including Mickey).
Adams Street sparkles with more than 20,000 lights. Photo courtesy of Lauren (LauMalo83) via Twitter
2020 note: At press time, we are waiting on confirmation that the Nguyen house is lit this year.
On Adams Street near Victory Road, the Nguyen family's annual show includes neon lighting, than 20,000 lights, and a handcrafted manger.
Christmas Lights on Houses North of Boston
The Stickney House is welcoming donations to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation this year. Photo courtesy of the Stickney House/Facebook
The Stickney House hosts an annual Christmas Light Extravaganza, special for the lights strung up the dozens of trees on the forested, hillside property, twinkly reindeer, illuminated snowmen and Santas, and more. They welcome donations to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation this year, and Santa visits on December 12.
South Martin Road—Amesbury
The Amesbury Holiday House took over for another locally legendary house that retired its bulbs and decor a few years ago. They even bought decorations from them! Drive over to 19 South Martin Road to enjoy a 45-minute spectacular Christmas light show synchronized to music. The shows start daily at 7pm. Donations will go toward medical expenses for the owners' friends young daughter, who is battling a rare disease.
Down the road from Marini Farm, the Galicki family has been lighting up their property for years with glittery snowmen, giant ornaments, and more "cozy winter"-themed decor.
Many houses in the Lynn Fells Parkway area are decked out in lights. Photo by Anthony92931 via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
Lynn Fells Parkway—Saugus
Residents along Lynn Fells Parkway have been lighting up their lawns for the past half-century, and the illuminated extravaganza seems to shine brighter every year. Many Boston families, especially north of town, make an annual drive on the Parkway between Melrose to Route 1 to see the show. There are reindeers, candy canes, rooftop displays, and more to see.
The Dunne Light Show is less a decorative display than a light show, with red and green lights flashing in time to favorite Christmas tunes, from The Nutcracker to the Griswold's Christmas Vacation theme song. Tune into 87.9 and bring donations for the Lawrence YMCA Food Pantry.
Look for projected Christmas scenes, Mickey and Minnie, and an illuminated fence, among other twinkling details, at Railroad and Hardy Street. Beverly shines brightly in other spots too; look at McKay Street and Cornell Road.
The Lossmans in Billerica are raising money for a local boy with a rare disease this year. Photo courtesy of the Lossmans/Facebook
The Lossman House gets sparklier this year, with lights stretching widely across the streetront property and charming details, like a miniature Christmas tree village. This year, all donations are going to a family of a local baby boy, Reece Zink, who is battling a rare disease.
The annual spectacle along Arthur Street is free, but families welcome donations (virtual, this year) for Boston Children's Hospital. Distinct for its rooftop designs, the scene illuminates promptly at 4:30 every day through New Year's Day.
The same family that has been spooking locals out with scary Halloween decor in recent years are perhaps even better known for their holiday light displays. Look for a lot of lights in traditional white, red, and green, as well as illuminated wreaths, snowmen, and Santa.
Christmas Lights on Houses South of Boston
No silent night here. Animatronic penguins "lip sync" holiday tunes at the Schmidt home, and it's not rare to see a child dancing along outside. There's also Santa, white lights mimicking snow, and other wonders at the property, which is decked out early and often each day through the holiday season.
Tune into 89.1 for music to go along with a drive to see several inflated figurines and layered strands of twinkly lights in this spacious suburban yard. Owners are collecting donations for the Pembroke Firehouse Food Pantry.
The Crazy Tech Christmas display usually lights up Bridal Path, Lakeville. Photo courtesy of crazytechchristmas.com
Some homes shine with old-fashioned glitz; others, like this gem in Lakeville, take holiday lighting into the 21st century. Owners of the Crazy Tech Christmas display have special software to create a light show that stretches across the family's large lawn, with strobe effects and music transmitted to an FM station. They have even set up a webpage for visitors to let you know if the lights are fully on and functioning.
Christmas Lights on Houses West of Boston
Towering trees are a highlight of the Bonvini House in Framingham. Photo courtesy of Bonvini House/Facebook
This lovely suburban house lined with sparkly lights features rows and rows of towering, red- and green-lit trees, too.
Dueling decor on Pleasant Street in Belmont; photo by Kelley Heyworth
For years, neighboring families living at the intersection of Pleasant and Munroe in Belmont have had a friendly competition of Christmas displays. It's fun to take the kids and have them decide which they like best. Number 441 shines in the evergreen tree department; number 429 has the most fun figurines.