25+ spectacular Christmas homes to see around the Valley
From thousands of Christmas lights to animation to music to simulated snowfalls, there are some elaborate and incredible Christmas displays to see around the Valley. Best of all, they're all free to see. Some are collecting donations to benefit local charities and organizations. Scroll to learn about each display (in no particular order), where to see it, and when the lights are on. Did we miss yours? Send an email with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to see it: 18639 N. 1st Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85037. Facebook.Photo by: North Phoenix Lights What's this?! What's this?! Fans of Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas" should head to the "Scary Christmas House" in Glendale, which features several characters and odes to the film. There is Oogie Boogie, a flying Zero, Jack Skellington, Sally, the Mayor of Halloween Town, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, and the spider-like, teeth-snarling wreaths. It has more than 25,000 LED lights and showcases the classic movie nightly.
Where to see it: 4431 W. Escuda Dr., Glendale, AZ 85308; Thursday - Sunday, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Facebook pagePhoto by: Scary Christmas House/Facebook Carlos Cruz's display has 30,000 lights, part of a two-hour animated show.
Where to see it: 7833 E Obispo Ave., Mesa, AZ 85212Photo by: Carlos Cruz Lee Sepanek has been decorating his house for more than 30 years. He has at least 265,000 lights, a 100-foot tree, flying reindeer, and six animatronic window displays.
Where to see it: 4415 E Calle Tuberia Phoenix, AZ 85018Photo by: Lee Sepanek The Taylor Family has been decorating their home for years and, too, have been featured on ABC's "Great Christmas Light Fight." Their show features thousands of lights and lighted decorations. 2020 is the last year for the display. Kim Taylor told ABC15 that he loves putting up the lights, but it takes weeks of work and the family is ready to downsize.
Where to see it: 3611 E. Kachina Drive, Phoenix AZ 85044Photo by: Kim Taylor James MacGregor's Christmas display, known as "Miracle on 34th Lane," is really located on 34th Lane in Phoenix. He began in 2014 and added more and more lights over the years. To date, his display has 40,000 lights, a 20-foot tree, a nativity scene, a mini carousel and a Ferris wheel, and more than a dozen characters. He also has some animation and music. Donations are accepted to benefit Hospice of the Valley.
Where to see it: 22415 N. 34th Lane Phoenix, AZ 85027Photo by: James MacGregor/Miracle on 34th Lane Christmas on Comstock is one of the Valley's mega light displays. It spans thirteen houses and features 100,000 animated lights synced to music. They were even featured on ABC's "Great Christmas Light Fight" in 2015 -- and won! People can walk along the sidewalks or drive past the street. Due to its popularity, expect there to be a wait to get through. To listen to the music tune the radio to 88.1 FM. Donations are accepted to benefit Make-A-Wish.
Where to see it: Enter at Elliot and Cole Drive in Gilbert to drive through. Parking is available at Bashas' near Elliot and Higley roads for those who want to walk the display. FacebookPhoto by: Christmas on Comstock/Facebook Danny Dingman's home has more than 55,000 lights and dozens of lighted figurines. We see a snowman, a hot air balloon, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, toy soldiers, and Santa himself.
Where to see it: Nightly, 5:30 p.m. - midnight, 2329 N Recker Rd # 104 Mesa, AZ 85215. Photo by: Danny Dingman Jon Howell's home in Mesa has more than 30,000 lights synced to music. The lights are on every night. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Music plays from 6-9 p.m. most nights.
Where to see it: 1738 W. Carmel Ave., Mesa, AZ 85202Photo by: Jon Howell Unofficially, you could refer to Suzette Barfield's home as the Peanuts home. Her display has an estimated 8,500 lights and features cutouts of some of the main Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Sally Brown. There is also a mini R2-D2 and other lighted figurines.
Where to see it: 5640 W. Brown Street, Glendale AZ 85302Photo by: Suzette Barfield Lauren Arrowood and her husband, Mike, decorate their house every year, she said. They have an estimated 5,000 lights and 10 inflatables. Lights are on from 5:30-9:30 each night.
Where to see it: 1375 N. 87th Street, Scottsdale AZ 85257Photo by: Lauren Arrowood Monica Rascon has decorated her house and yard for the holidays. From Mickey Mouse to Minions to a dragon and Buddy the Elf, there are a lot of figurines and inflatables here.
Where to see it: 4518 W. Estrella Dr., Laveen Village AZ 85339Photo by: Monica Rascon In an email to ABC15, John Fernandes said he's been decorating his house since 1993. His display features dozens of lights, an inflatable archway, and a handful of festive decorations.
Where to see it: 5410 N. 80th Lane, Glendale AZ 85303Photo by: John Fernandes "This year I wanted to spread extra joy to my community by decking out my entire front yard (and some back) in Christmas lights!" said Cassandra Bishop in an email to ABC15. Her home display has more than 4,000 lights, handmade Disney characters, inflatable characters, including Olaf from Frozen, and a hand-painted ASU Sparky.
Where to see it: 10005 E Wavelength Ave Mesa, AZ 85212Photo by: Cassandra Bishop Stephan and Lisa Rodriguez have decorated their house with hundreds of icicle and regular lights, and nearly 50 inflatables. Can you find Mickey and Minnie? Woody? Slinky?
Where to see it: 7252 E Natal Ave., Mesa, AZ 85209Photo by: Stephan and LIsa Rodrigues Gary Sanda's home was featured on ABC's "Great Christmas Light Fight" a few years ago, but he did not put up the lights this year. Instead, his twin brother, Bob, has an elaborate display. Bob said he built "Santa's Castle." It has 40,000 lights, an animated Santa and train, and a snowman band and music notes that are all synced to music. He said it takes about 8 1/2 months to build and 2 1/2 months to set up.
Where to see it: 13204 S. 176th Avenue, Goodyear AZ 85338.Photo by: Bob Sanda Brolin Cox, 16, and his dad are the creators of the Cox Family Lights. Their display has more than 35,000 lights, a 20-foot tree, and an 18-foot "ice house" that have been synced to more than a dozen holiday songs. The lights are on nightly from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where to see it: 8607 E Vía Del Palacio Scottsdale, AZ 85258Photo by: Cox Family Lights The "ReinDeer Valley Christmas" display has been part of the Valley's holiday lights scene for a few years. This year, their animated display have more than 50,000 lights and a new lineup of songs, including Disney's "Paint the Night" parade theme, Frozen's "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" and "Let It Go." They also have a Star Wars clip and songs from "The Greatest Showman." The lights are on every night from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The music plays through the radio, 89.7 FM. They are also collecting donations for St. Mary's Food Bank.
Where to see it: 3302 W Adobe Dam Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027Photo by: Reindeer Valley Christmas Brandon McCaslin is known in his San Tan Valley neighborhood for his Halloween display. He also decorates his house for the holidays. The lights are on nightly from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. On weekends, the display features a nightly snowfall and pyrotechnics.
Where to see it: 37868 N. Bonnie Lane, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140Photo by: Brandon McCaslin/Facebook Michelle Van Den Nest estimates she has 20,000 lights on her house during the holidays. She has a North Pole sign, oversized ornaments, and a wreath over her garage. No music, just classic Christmas lights.
Where to see it: 4923 E Wethersfield Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254Photo by: Michelle Van Den Nest Matt FritzMiller's house in Chandler has a little more than 18,000 lights, he said. He hopes to eventually get to 25,000 lights. This year, he transformed two of his palm trees, which unfortunately died due to the summer heatwave, into candy canes and strung lights around them.
Where to see it: 1641 W Manor St, Chandler, AZ 85224.Photo by: Matt FritzMiller "Christmas on Orchid Lane" is located within the Ray Ranch Estates in Chandler. Fifteen homes are decorated with lights and other larger-than-life decorations. There are also photo stations, including a sleigh, picture frame, and a Nativity scene. The homes also collect toys to benefit Toys For Toys.
Where to see it: Ray Ranch Estates, 6320 W Orchid Ln., Chandler, AZ 85226 Photo by: Christmas on Orchid Lane The "A Molar Christmas" lights display spans three houses and has more than 130,000 lights that are synced to music. Lights run every night. On certain nights, there may be a visit from Buddy the Elf or Santa. Donations are accepted to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank.
Where to see it: 8252 W Camino De Oro, Peoria, AZ 85383. Facebook.Photo by: A Molar Christmas "Sugarland" is a new, interactive display in downtown Chandler. There are a handful of larger-than-life candy backdrops for photos, including lollipops, spilled hot chocolate and marshmallows, and gumdrops. Nearby, over on Commonwealth Avenue, is "Sugarland's Canal of Lights," which features more than 500 lights and lighted tunnels that are synced to different holiday tunes.
Where to see it: Nightly, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225. Canal of Lights are on Commonwealth Avenue. Website.Photo by: Downtown Chandler Community Partnership "Sugarland" is a new, interactive display in downtown Chandler. There are a handful of larger-than-life candy backdrops for photos, including lollipops, spilled hot chocolate and marshmallows, and gumdrops. Nearby, over on Commonwealth Avenue, is "Sugarland's Canal of Lights," which features more than 500 lights and lighted tunnels that are synced to different holiday tunes.
Where to see it: Nightly, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225. Canal of Lights are on Commonwealth Avenue. Website.Photo by: Downtown Chandler Community Partnership For the holiday season, Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale has put up its holiday tree near the AMC movie theater. It also has a lyrical, projection show (pictured) near Gila River Arena. That show runs every 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night.
Where to see it: Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305. Nightly, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Website.Photo by: Westgate Entertainment District Outlets at Anthem is home to the largest Christmas tree in the state. It hosts a nightly animated show with lights on the tree and nearby buildings in the plaza. Shows are at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Where to see it: 4250 W Anthem Way, Phoenix, AZ 85086 (near the food court)Photo by: Josh Frigerio, KNXV-TV/ABC15 Arizona