Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Best Neighborhoods for Christmas Lights around Raleigh

Note: To the best of my knowledge, this list is updated for 2016. I would so appreciate you emailing me and letting me know if you know of any cool houses or if you know if the ones below are no longer "lighting up". Thanks!  I also would recommend reading the comments for additional addresses to check out.


I have sweet memories of Christmas Eve night driving back home from my grandmother's house (she was in Raleigh too) looking at the Christmas lights and counting Christmas trees. The rule was Dad was not allowed to pull into our driveway until we had counted 100 trees.

Rob's parents for many years used to pile all the grandkids in the van and drive around town looking at Christmas lights. Rob's dad would map out an entire route with the last "light" always being the "HOT NOW" lights of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. This went on for many years until there were too many grandkids to fit in the van.

My neighbor forwarded the above photo to me.
Made me laugh. Do note these are not pics of the addresses I list below.


Do you have sweet memories and traditions that revolve around driving around town looking at Christmas lights? Do tell.

Rob and I plan to take our kids out this weekend (thanks to all the addresses you sent me which are listed below). As we drive around, we are going to talk about how the lights remind us that Jesus is the Light of the World (comes from John 8:12). And we will also talk about how Jesus wants the Light of Jesus to shine through our hearts to others (Matthew 5:14-16). We will talk about how to do this. Driving in the car, as well as holidays, we have found to be prime time for teachable moments.

Here is the list you Intentional Home blog readers sent in. These addresses are in Raleigh, NC and the surrounding towns. I have divided them up by town for you.

Raleigh

1. Chandler Point Subdivision off Creedmoor Road. Check out 10200 Old Warden Road and the end of Overleaf Court.

2. 4920 Larchmont 

3. And then 2216 Abbey Lane, Raleigh 27613 which is in Stonehenge neighborhood in North Raleigh, just off Creedmoor Rd. This guy's display is huge and is choreographed to music that plays on your car radio. We've been in years past and were mesmerized for a good 30 minutes.

There is also a 2nd house that is at the end of Abbey Lane on Sleepy Creek Rd. Their light display is almost as huge as 2216 Abbey Lane and their lights are set to music too.


4. Woodspring neighborhood at Falls of Neuse and Whittington Dr in Raleigh. Drive down the tree lined entry and it is the 1st house on the left. This light display has been tied to a radio station the last few years.

Raleigh/Apex

1. Happyland Christmas Lights at 5504 Huntingwood Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. It is on the corner of Penny Road and Huntingwood Drive. There are lights galore! Even an old fire truck decked out in lights. The lights are tied to music on radio station 88.7. The traffic drives by slowly and there are signs telling you which direction to go to get turned around and drive back by the house again on your way out of the subdivision.  Light hours are Mon thru Thursday 6:30-10pm and Friday thru Sunday 6-10:30pm. On Christmas Eve, the lights are on sundown until 10:30pm and then after 10:30pm, only the Manger is lit up. Check out Happyland Christmas Lights Facebook page.

Wake Forest

1. Carriage Run Subdivision off Ligon Mill Road in Wake Forest

2. Piper Lights in Wake Forest at 5725 Fixit Shop Rd, off Mitchell Mill Road. You drive thru the lights one way, thru a yard, some buildings, and a pond that are all lit up and come out on Mitchell Mill. There is even a train ride and a candy store.

3. Heard this from blog reader: Check out Barham Place subdivision, off Barham Siding Rd, Wake Forest. Many beautifully lit homes there.

Wendell 

1. Lake Myra Christmas Lights in downtown Wendell is a light show operated by 3 neighbors. The address is 10 S. Cypress Street. The entire light show of over a quarter of a million lights is computer controlled and synchronized to music on 100.1 FM.


There are lots of special effects including the tallest computerized Christmas tree in the state. This show is free, but donations are accepted. Hours are: Sun-Thurs: 6-10pm and Friday, Saturday: 6-11pm. Click here for more details and directions as well as a short video of last year's show.

Knightdale

1. Planter's Walk neighborhood in Knightdale. You can park and walk along a trail filled with thousands of beautiful lights. You can see the trail from Clay Hill Drive in Knightdale.

Clayton

1. 526 Crestdale Drive in Clayton, NC 27520.  The homeowner here emailed me this year (2014) and told me her home has over 40 inflatables and lights. She even sent me the below pic; I imagine it is even better at night:


Shannon who does the acts of kindness countdown to Christmas day told me that the evening her family goes to look at lights, their act of kindness is to leave their favorite house treats or a few dollars toward their electric bill! Imagine if we all left a little note and a few dollars thanking the owners of these houses for making our Christmas special! Oh how we would give back and make their Christmas special. 
 


And speaking of lights, one of my and Rob's first fights was whether to put colored lights or white lights on the Christmas tree. Oh if we only knew then what we now know after 22 years of marriage :) I'll let you guess which one I wanted and which one we now have :)

Anyone have any other addresses to add to the list?

37 comments:

  1. Oh how I wish you lived here so your list would be close to my house. I love your ministry!

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  2. There is a house in Apex, off of Ten Ten Road, called "the Electrician's House". I'm pretty sure that the man who owns it is an electrician. I don't know the address, but if you are on Ten Ten Road, just past the intersection of Ten Ten and Holly Springs road going towards Fuquay and highway 401 (going away from Kildaire Farm Road) - which I suppose is East - you can see his house and the line from the road. It's super fabulous and also set to car radio music.

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  3. Thanks for this blog post. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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  4. So sweet memories. Lake Myra reminds me of a park we used to take the kids each year in Miami when they were younger (Santa's Enchanted Forest)oh they loved it! My work is close to Wendell, I might have a chance to peek on Lake Myra's. Thx Su!

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  5. I believe the house Jennifer is talking about is on the corner of Penny Road and Huntingwood Drive. There are lights galore! Even an old fire truck decked out in lights. There is a radio station tied to the music. The traffic drives by slowly and there are signs telling you which direction to go to get turned around and drive back by the house again on your way out of the subdivision. It's definitely worth a look. :)

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  6. Anyone know where Piper Lights is in Wake Forest? Didn't see it on the map.

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    1. I do not. . I'll email the gal who sent that address to me and see what she says :)

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    2. Went by Piper Lights tonight for the first time. It is at 5725 Fixit Shop Rd, off Mitchell Mill. The address online is listed as Wake Forest, though I would have thought that area was Raleigh. You drive thru, one way, thru a yard, some buildings, and a pond that are all lit up and come out on Mitchell Mill. Did see a train ride and even have a candy store but unfortunately we were too sick with the tail end of the flu to get out. Well worth driving by to check out!

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    3. OOOH. . thanks for the details. I will add these to the post. Thanks for taking the time out to write all thsi out for me.

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    4. And hope you all are feeling back to normal soon :)

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  7. Thanks, Everyone, for all these suggestions. We are planning our annual XMas lights excursion tomorrow, Sunday evening. Does Walnut Creek have a drive-thru display again this year?

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    1. I do remember going to the WRAL Celebration of Lights at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in years past. . but have not heard anything about it in recent years. Anyone know if they still do it??? I cannot find anything recent about it by Googling.

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    2. They haven't had that for many years. I can only assume since Chikfila sponsored them that they moved it all to Clemmons, NC, Tanglewood's Festival of Lights.

      There also used to be an awesome display by someone on Crooked Creek Rd, but he stopped because someone who didn't like all the traffic started to vandalize his inflatables. My kids were very sad about that, and still are.

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  8. FYI - Wendell Lake Myra Christmas Lights is closed for 2012 season due to weather damage.

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    1. oh. .thanks for letting us know. We went a couple of weekend ago and enjoyed them. . .sorry to hear they got damaged. . ugh

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  9. Here area few others we enjoy.

    In Apex/West Lake-Oaklyn Springs Dr in Whitehart-love this one-simple not overly done.

    10-10 & Fanny Brown Rd-another large display

    Lake Wheeler & Hilltop Needmore-synched lights, super bright, park at church across from it

    Kilarney & Cary Pkwy-synched lights

    Balmoral & Brookgreen in Cary

    Morris Branch & Howard Grove in Cary-several houses synched together to music.

    Im sure I know of more but thats all I can think of right now! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Oh wow!! I look forward to asdding all these to the list next year! Thanks for typing all these out for us. Merry Christmas!!

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    2. Kilarney near cary parkway, took the year off in 2014 and no sign of prep yet in 2015. He belongs to an association for these displays. does anyone know website for this assoc.?
      bwein

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  10. Can you update this list for 2013 please?

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    1. See all the comments below for help for 2013. Many of the locations are the exact same. I will work on an updated blog post towards the end of this week :) But for now, read the comments below.

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  11. Went by the display on the corner of 1010 and Fanny Brown Road last night....WOW WOW WOW!

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  12. I made a map of these and others I found for 2013! http://demandy.com/?p=3049

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    1. Oh my word!!! What a gift! Thanks so much. I will share these with those that have emailed me asking for an updated 2013 list. I will also share this map in an upcoming blog post. So appreciate the time you took to make this.

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    2. I could not get the map to load. Thank you so much for this site

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    3. Sorry try this? http://demandy.com/christmas-lights-map-raleigh-nc/
      or this: https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=209625451744664563919.0004ed1bff817a4085268&msa=0&dg=feature

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  13. Are these good for 2013? Thank you so much for this list. What a blessing! I love taking my 3year old to look at lights and this is SO helpful!

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    1. Yes. . .and look at the comment above yours that has a link to a map for all the lights in 2013. I will also have an updated blog post out towards the end of this week. And do note, Lake Myra is open; my boys went this past Friday and were wowed.

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  14. I have been working on a map for a number of years, too. Here is one and feel free to edit if you see something missing or outdated. http://goo.gl/maps/LwuGG

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    1. Oh thanks so much for sharing!!! Perfect!! I will include your map too when I do an updated blog post towards the end of this week. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and sharing your work with all of us.

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  15. I live 1 mile from the lights on 1010/ Fanny Brown and have for 34 years and still take my family by every year. They are so beautiful and the light on 1010 near Holly Springs Rd is great also. Oh yeah there is also light on Lake Wheeler going towards hwy 40

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  16. Are these updated for 2014 yet :) This will be our first year driving around to see the lights.

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    1. We have not driven around yet so I cannot personally say for sure. But from emails, I have gotten. . the list is an updated to the best of my knowledge. I delete addresses when I get emails. . and I add addresses when I get emails.

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  17. There are a lot of houses decorated for Christmas in Kensington (off of Penny Rd near Ederlee) Regency area. Most of the houses are decorated on Devonhall Lane....one even has Christmas music playing. :-)

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  18. 1912 Ashview Dr. Fuquay Varina,NC 27526

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  19. Hi Su, Thank you so much for these listings! Wanted to let you know that address in Chandler Point Subdivision off Creedmoor Road 10200 Old Warden Road at the end of Overleaf Court, 2216 Abbey Lane, Raleigh 27613, and amoungst a few others in the area are still doing light displays and they were awesome! We enjoyed our trip out :-)....thanks Sherry

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  20. Just got this email from a blog reader about a light display in Benson: Not sure how far from Raleigh you want to post, but some may find the drive to Benson worth the view of lights at Meadow Lights www.meadowlights.com address: 4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson, NC 27504. We just did this with our four kids a couple of nights ago. Solid 45 minute drive from downtown Raleigh. $2 train rides that last 10-15 minutes weaving through a enormous meadow of very impressive Christmas light structures and animations. They tout the largest and oldest Christmas light show in eastern North Carolina.

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  21. In Cary off of walnut street near the Cary town center there is a small culdesac of homes that all do a really nice display of lights that our family has enjoyed for years. Approximately 404 Melanie Ln Cary, NC 27511. On the way into that spot from Walnut street if you navigate past 104 Coronado Way Cary, NC 27511 there is a really nice standalone home that an enormous display.

    Also another impressive synchronized lights and music show can be found at 9936 Lake Wheeler Rd, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526. The music can be heard over radio in your car. We have spent 30 minutes captivated in front of this home as well.

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