Christmas Lights can be found all around Orlando in the city’s communities and neighborhoods. Some of the best displays can be found in some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods of Delaney Park, Conway, and Belle Isle (See scenic drive in map below). There are not as many planned communities or cookie cutter homes in these neighborhoods and the older homes are mostly smaller in size so they are ideal for Christmas Lights Displays. These are completely residential sites so the best time for viewing is between the hours of 7 pm-9 pm.
Winter Park Displays
The first of the best light displays I have seen in any residential neighborhood resides in the Winter Park Corners neighborhood near the intersection of Aloma and Lakemont that resides behind the strip plaza that has the Tijuana Flats and Outback Steakhouse. The houses on the streets appear to have at least 85% participation with a lot of the homes putting up a significant amount of lights and displays. Please see the map below for the driving directions to the Winter Park Corners neighborhood and POV video of the neighborhood.
The second of best light displays that I have seen comes from a reader who pointed out in the comments section in 2010 of a house on Howell Branch to check out that is a “Get out of your car and check it out” type of house to look at. After visiting the location, I learned the house has been featured on the Travel Channel and there are several other homes in the Garden Grove community that go all out as well with lights and Christmas Villages displays (see picture above and video below of the Garden Grove neighborhood).
Pictured to the right is the 2011 Christmas Lights display of Steve and Betty Slack at 455 Lakefront Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789 close to Winter Park Village when they featured 28 tree’s of Christmas lights. This is the 21st year that they have put on their light display that will instead feature a 70 foot wall of 19,ooo color lights from roof-line to ground with nearly 60,000 lights total around their property. The lights are on every evening from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM and will be on display beginning on December 1st, 2012.
In the Hunter’s Creek neighborhood of South Orlando is Christmas in the Shire (pictured to the left), where Andrew Albertson has built a free Christmas Tree attraction out of his home complete with Christmas Trees, lights, and ornaments. Over 60 tree’s are lit up on the outside of Andrew’s home with an additional 40 tree’s on the inside. Andrew says that the display’s inspiration is his grandmother who “introduced me to the magic of sharing the experience with friends and family!” He goes on to say that “Christmas is a time of love and sharing with friends and family. Christmas in the Shire gives me the perfect opportunity to spread joy to people!” The lights for Christmas in the Shire begin on Saturday, December 1st, 2012.
Baldwin Park Displays
New for 2012 in the community of Baldwin Park is the home of the McBride family (see picture to the right) at 2835 Kemper Ave Orlando, FL 32814 that has around 7,000 lights synchronized to music. Santa Claus, his sleigh, and reindeer are on the roof with Elmo, Frosty the Snowman, and Mickey Mouse down below. Also check out the Baldwin Park Festival of Lights Night Parade on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 that you can find out about here.
Oviedo and Chuluota Christmas Lights
Submitted in our comments section below from Kristin and Paul, there is a great Christmas Lights display near Oviedo in Chulota, Florida called Kilowatt Christmas that synchronizes over 18,000 lights to Christmas music that you can pick up on your FM receiver on channel 93.9. The house is located at 536 Wax Palm lane, Chuluota, Florida 32766. Check out their Youtube page here to see their impressive shows. The show runs Sunday through Thursday from 5:45 pm until 10 pm and until 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Christmas Lights Neighborhood Map
I’ve included an interactive Google Map below of the different communities that I recommend to go searching for Christmas Lights. The Scenic Christmas Lights Drive is not an exact match of homes you will see but is rather a rough guide that is meant to deviate from as you find homes with lights around Orlando. The Winter Park Corners Scenic Drive is a short drive through the neighborhood that contains a strong amount of lights to view. Please add homes with great lights in the comments section below and I will add them to the map as we work to build an ultimate user generated map of Christmas Lights around Orlando.
Click Here to post your favorite photos and videos of Christmas Lights Displays in Orlando for 2012 in our forums and see displays posted by other users and click here to visit our 2011 forum thread for more pictures and video.
Come back to this page using the shorter URL: http://OrlandoLocalGuide.com/Lights
The map below has rankings of lights from 1 to 10 with 1 being the lowest (Check out the house if you are in the neighborhood) to 10 being the highest (Make a special trip to see these lights) and everything in between. I will continue to add lights as I find them or comments are made below:
View Orlando Christmas Lights in a larger map
Garden Grove Christmas Lights
Winter Park Corners Christmas Lights
Click Here to read our official guide of the best holiday events going on in Winter Park and Baldwin Park during the Christmas season and click here for great Christmas events and things to do all around the Orlando area including the attractions.