Top area Christmas light displays by neighborhood
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Here is a list of decorated homes submitted by Columbian readers. They also can be found online with an interactive map at the Neighbors blog, http://www.columbian.com/weblogs/your-neck-of-the-woods
• Riveridge: The lights are on at the Peppers home, 11806 S.E. Riveridge Drive. Visitors are welcome to walk the path outlined in red lights, through the yard to enjoy the whole display and Christmas music. Please stay on the path and be careful. The lights will be on from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 25.
• Proebstel: Swede and Joyce Livingston have nearly 30,000 lights on their house, yard and trees at 20306 N.E. 68th St. The display includes a Christmas tree blinking to carols, a 12-foot, blow-up Santa and Frosty the Snowman. Lights are on from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly.
• Central Park: The Russell family lives at 1601 X St. and has an array of white lights with red highlights on the white picket fence surrounding the property. The simple-yet-elegant lights evoke a time long past. Truly a must-see for Candyland enthusiasts. The lights are on from 4:30 to midnight daily.
• Camas: At “Christmas in Camas,” 4430 N.W. Crystal Court, Camas, 55,000 lights are sequenced to 17 songs on 87.9 FM. John and Ruth Pfeiffer’s display features a “spiral mega tree,” shooting stars, mini-trees, lighted arches and fire sticks. Show times are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 8.
• Washougal: Gary and Linda Cobb’s home at 1823 G St., Washougal, includes icicle lights, a snowman igloo, Santa on the roof and a lighted Nativity scene. Lights will be on from 5 to 11 p.m. through New Year’s Eve.
• Washougal: Each year, residents of 51st Street in Washougal light up their homes. Take Evergreen Way east to Sunset View Road. Turn left on Sunset Ridge Drive and left on D Street to 51st Street.
• Lincoln: Six homes in the 200 block of Northwest 42nd Street are decorated for “Miracle on 42nd Street.” From the use of bright LED lights and a flamingo parade, to a giant candy cane and a reindeer peeking out the window, this is a fabulous neighborhood treat. Lights are on nightly by 6 p.m.
• Hazel Dell — Starcrest: The Amies home at 11001 N.E. 11th Ave., includes snowmen, Santa and his reindeer and a Nativity scene. Lights go on nightly about 5 p.m.
• Fisher-Mill Plain: The Hibdon-Strickland family home, 2524 N.E. 176th Ave., has thousands of lights in a candy-cane theme, with giant candy canes, inflatables, Santa and reindeer. A virtual Santa sings and talks to the kids. The family will hand out candy canes to kids off and on the two weekends before Christmas. Lights are on weeknights from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and weekends until 10 p.m.
• Fisher-Mill Plain: Enjoy the Holloways’ holiday house of lights, 2517 N.E. 176th Ave. More than 60,000 lights illuminate the private drive, starting with an arrow pointing down a lit road with icicles hanging over the street. Lights are on from about 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends.
• Fisher-Mill Plain: Rick Harrington’s house, 18801 N.E. 23rd St., is decked out in more than 30,000 lights. A star on the roof, handmade by Rick, has streamers that lead to the ground creating an interesting display. Lights are on nightly between 5 and 10 p.m.
• Evergreen Highlands: The Mack house at 5701 Texas Drive will be on display as a fundraiser for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Mr. Hudson’s Bay contestants will hand out hot chocolate and candy canes from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Christmas. Donations for Doernbecher will be accepted.
• Ellsworth Springs: There are some 18,500 lights on the Hart family home at 901 S.E. 99th Ave. Lights will be on nightly from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
• Orchards: Jason Gonzales is definitely into making sure his home, 14015 N.E. 70th St., is lit up with Christmas cheer. He enjoys putting in the hard work, and the display grows bigger each year. This year, he received help from his brother, John Gonzales, and his cousin, Chris Craigen. The lights are turned on nightly 5 until 10 p.m. Don’t forget to slow down, roll down your windows and enjoy some Christmas music to go with the lights.
• Pioneer Meadows: Brandon Whitehead puts up “Magical Lights on 63rd Street” at 16304 N.E. 63rd St. The display is animated to music that can be heard on 88.5 FM. It includes more than 300 channels of computer-controlled lights, a 20-foot mega tree, and a 6-foot star on the roof. Donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon will be accepted. Lights will be on from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.magicallightson63rdst.com.
• Battle Ground: “Christmas Town” is what Mark and Janet Hartman call their home at 11110 N.E. 269th St., Battle Ground. They have been putting up a Christmas display at this home for 16 years. It includes nearly 400 characters and buildings: two large Nativities, two life-size villages, Santas, snowmen, bears, reindeer and about 30,000 lights. The lights will be on from 5 to 9 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. after Dec. 16.