Year-round, it looks like the typical house next door until the holidays roll around and you wonder what is lighting up the skies in local neighborhoods with colorful and blinking lights. Suddenly there are neighborhoods that shine a little bit brighter than the rest, and some are even set to music. Make it a family tradition during the holidays to drive by to view as many light displays and decorations as you can fit into your busy yet festive schedule, because the individual neighbors seem to put a great deal of effort into capturing your attention through brilliant lights. Celebrate the season that brings light to the world by stopping by these best neighborhoods to view holiday lights and decorations in St. Louis.
Never Enough Lights Display House
607 Calamar Court
O’Fallon, MO 63368
This lit-up display across from the Wherenberg Theater in Dardenne Prairie can’t wait for the holidays to begin. Starting each year on Thanksgiving, the homeowner sets up the more than 71,000 lights, some LED and some RGB. Tune into a centralized radio station 107.1 FM to listen to music that accompanies the lights as they blink on and off in rhythm to music. Bring a canned good to donate in a box at the sign when you come, because all donations go to the local Hope Ministries Food Pantry.
Aspen Drive Off of Mullanphy Lane in Florissant
Tucked away off of the main thoroughfare of Mullanphy Lane is a quiet little neighborhood that is content to go unnoticed until Christmas rolls around. All of a sudden, a couple of neighbors on the block team up to create a bright, festive display of lights making the otherwise noted Mullanphy Lane transform into “Santa Claus Lane” for a season. View the huge yard, house and roof displays with every imaginable Christmas theme represented. If you listen, you might even hear some musical Christmas trees getting in on the festive display.
Geoff’s Christmas Lights and Trains
1337 McKinley Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Why stop at lights when toy train sets traveling around the tree or across the lawn are just as fun. As this huge lights and garden train display comes to life, tune your radio to 89.5 FM to hear the music and watch the lights sync to the beat. Get caught up in the spirit of the holiday season and donate with all proceeds going to support Backstoppers, which supports families of fallen firefighters and police officers. The only rule requested is to not block the driveway and to respect the other neighbors as you enjoy the display.
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Ladue Road West of Highway 270 Between Highway 141
Find this festival of holiday lights celebrating Christmas inside the most unsuspecting of neighborhoods – one that celebrates the original Festival of Lights called Hannukah. However, the neighbors put up with this awesomely bright light display because it’s for a good cause. This Ladue neighborhood holiday light display is also a collection spot to drop off new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Regardless of your celebration preference, it’s a sight to behold with the more than 120,000 lights.
Candy Cane Lane
6500 Murdoch Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
If Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and Tree Lot isn’t enough to bring you to this St. Louis Hills neighborhood, the entire block of houses gets in on this huge lights display each year. Make plans to stop in for a treat at Ted Drewes before or after you visit the multi-house lights display. Drive under lights strung across the street and gaze at house after house lighting up the street. You’ll find yourself in childhood wonder as you take it all in.
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