Choosing the top 8 light display shows of 2015 is a little bit like trying to choose the eight most delicious chocolates. However, like a good box of chocolates, let me offer you eight popular options.
1) Caine Family Home – North Miami, Florida
This light display encompasses an entire block of houses and raises money for charity. Every year, Nick Caine and his neighbors decorate and sell refreshments to create a bright community for everyone.
2) Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village (Meadow East Park) – Doswell, Virginia
Here both residents and visitors have the chance to immerse themselves in lights. This drive through display has hundreds of thousands of dancing lights in gigantic displays timed to music that can be heard over your car radio.
3) Sam the Greek’s House – Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
With just about 250,000 lights and its focus on revealing Brooklyn’s diversity, this house is always a popular stop. Don’t miss the Star of David, the Greek Flag and the multi-lingual season’s greetings.
4) Bentleyville Tour of Lights – Duluth, Minnesota
Walk through 20 acres decorated with 4 million lights while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, popcorn and roasted marshmallows. Seasonal snow just adds to the beauty of this display, but be sure to dress warmly.
5) Annual Light Display – Layton City, Utah
The word unique applies to this one. While you can find some traditional Christmas display themes, you will also see some non-Christmas items like jumping dolphins and fishing bears. This display may be a bit like a fish out of water, but it will also make you smile.
6) Lights on Display – Sherman Oaks, California
The owner of this house combines professional technology with passion to delight visitors. Animatronic characters, music-synched lights and LED lighting really bring this show to life.
7) An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City – Branson, Missouri
One thousand decorated Christmas trees, five million lights, two lives shows and a parade grace this event. Need I say more? Well, if I have to, let me add in more than 30 amusement park rides, delightful shops and delicious Christmas feasts.
8) Osborne Festival of Lights – Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Florida
This last entry is bittersweet because 2015 was the last year this show could be seen. Begun in Arkansas in 1986, this display was first put up at the Osborne family home and then moved to Disney World in 1995. For years, families enjoyed the dancing lights and other large Christmas displays that were synchronized to favorite Christmas tunes.
As you can see, the options are varied and each one offers a different experience. Visit one near you this year before it’s too late.