Day 216: Tour Tallahassee’s Christmas lights

25 Dec

To continue this recent theme of Christmas-related posts, I give you: Christmas lights tour! Each year the Tallahassee Democrat compiles a list of homes that have particularly good light displays. I will warn you that this list is self-submitted so some of the homes are better than others. In addition, my neighborhood of SouthWood is known for its holiday light displays, such as this one bedazzled and patriotic house that has blinking lights timed to music and generates a long line of cars the closer it gets to Christmas. The house is so popular the owners had to bring in an off-duty police officer to direct traffic. This year my husband and I decided to tackle the Democrat’s list of light displays. We started with a few on the list and found them pretty impressive – yards overtaken with jolly red-suited Santas and reindeer and Frostys, roofs and doorways coated in twinkling lights. But there were way too many homes on the list to hit every one. Eventually we headed toward Killearn Estates, Killearn Acres, Summerbrooke and Ox Bottom and simply drove around without a list to guide us. We saw a fair number of decent light displays in these suburban ‘hoods. Fair warning that it is easy to get lost in the northeast side of town if you don’t live there. Thankfully my husband is pretty Tallahassee savvy. We packed a few holiday snacks to take along with us, making the light tour all the more festive. I will categorize this one as “free,” though you will definitely burn through gas if you do it right. (The house in the photo is on 7th Ave. in Midtown.)

Address: All over Tallahassee – look in the Democrat for more specifics.


3 Responses to “Day 216: Tour Tallahassee’s Christmas lights”

  1. Kat January 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Oh man, oh man! This was a tradition in my family. My grandfather had this huge van and he’d load up the family and pass out hot chocolate and apple cider with cookies and we’d ride around, checking out the lights. No other cities I’ve lived in prints lists in the paper of houses to visit…it’s gotten hard for us to pass on the tradition.

  2. Josh January 30, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    So, is this blog pretty much dead?

    • 365tallahassee February 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Insightful question, Josh. The short answer: sort of. I’ve gotten pretty busy with my job and haven’t had time to tend to it like I should. But I hope to continue updating very soon.

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