One of my favorite Christmas past times is driving around looking at all the Christmas lights this time of year.  When I was little, my parents would take my brothers and I out for a drive to look at all the holiday decorations and lights in neighbors’ front yards.  I’ve managed to keep the tradition each year, even if it’s just me driving around by myself, or with my partner Tim, or with a car load of family and friends!  I always bring along hot chocolate, and tune in to the best Christmas radio station I can find!  Here’s a few houses in my neighborhood of the Kessler Park area in Dallas this year that went all out for Christmas!

 Holy mistletoe Santa! What have you been feeding those reindeer this year?!  Prancer is as big as a house!

I love how this homeowner mixed blue and white LED lights to create a frosty look!  Well done!

Nice pose Frosty!

This is one of my favorite homes during the holidays.  I’m a sucker for traditional Christmas decor.  I just love the green lights with a few sprinkles of red, and that big gorgeous tree in the bay window is dynamite!  I’m in love with the use of their garlands and wreaths!

If you’re unable to string lights around your house and roof line, do what this person did!  They created a great little Christmas scene right on their fence!

There’s no need to explain this one… it’s already spelled out for me!

This house I found to be a little original.  Instead of stringing lights along their steep pitched roof with the complicated numerous lines of their eaves, they hung lit ornaments in their trees instead! Genius!

You just can’t help but love the simple elegance of the homes that are trimmed in clean white lights.  If you’re concerned about taking away from any architectural embellishments or features of your house, this is a great solution to accentuate them!

Check out these cozy little cottages!  Don’t they just look warm and inviting?! It’s like a ginger bread house come to life!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The piece de resistance, the cherry on the cake, the STAR atop the tree! In Emily’s neighborhood each year, a true lover of all holidays, Liz Simmons, decorates her home to the max! Just take a look at this beauty!

Now when I say Liz is a true lover of the holidays, you can see what I mean!  This awesome display is made up of over 100,000 lights!  Liz powers so many lights, that she had to hire an electrician to install a separate 200-amp electrical panel just to handle the load from all those lights!  If it weren’t for the additional electrical panel, her lights would cause an electrical surge and it would black out Emily’s whole neighborhood! All that extra power comes with a price tag too.  Liz reports that her monthly electrical bill is three times larger than her normal billing.  Sporting an entire brigade of Santas, snowmen, penguins, and other holiday creatures, Liz’s house just can’t be missed!

Here’s a picture of Liz herself dressed as an elf at the annual Christmas block party! To read more about Liz and her awesomely extreme holiday exterior decor, click here!

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4 Comments to 'Yards & Yards of….LIGHTS!'

Lucinda 20 Dec 12 at 5:10 pm

Love your tour of Dallas lights. I was going down Southwester in HP the other day saw a house that had no less than 30 plastic Santas. It was a hoot!

Merry Christmas,
Lucinda

Geraldine Looker 20 Dec 12 at 7:53 pm

Wow. I love to tour around to see the christmas lights and designs, whether, house or gardens or both, there is something special and welcoming about outdoor decorating . From the outlandish to the stylish. Love it! We moved house recently so have not been very adventurous outdoors this year, but I have some plans for next year!!
Have a wonderful christmas.
G

Sarah 21 Dec 12 at 11:34 am

Hi Material Girl, I love your lights for Christmas – and the wreath in every window. My son and I like to talk walks at night and look at the lights in our neigborhood. So I work for Rite Rug: http://www.riterug.com and part of my job is to read home improvement blogs to keep up on trends so I stopped by. If you want or are up for a guest post let me know… Happy Holidays.

Leslie Wood 23 Dec 12 at 6:41 pm

I love the blue and white led lights.
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