IN FAIRFAX COUNTY, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
(With a name like Holly, how could I not recommend Christmas Lights???)
The following map was reproduced from the Fairfax
Journal Newspaper dated 12/22/1998
and modified to represent my favorites...
I have received many correspondences regarding the site and status of light displays. I have added a new print version of this page without photos to make it easier to get a listing of the houses. I am also noting on the print version which homes I have already visited and they're decorating status. Thanks to all who have written me with their comments/information, I appreciate your help.
Lighted Boat Parades
Decided to try something new this year. I attended the 5th annual Holiday Parade of Boats in Alexandria, Va. on Dec. 4, 2004 5:30pm-6:30pm. Was worth the trip. Need to get there early to get parking. The boats parade by twice incase you arrive late. I also attended the 22nd season of the Eastport Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade in Annapolis, Md. on Dec 11, 2004 6-8pm. Highly recommended. Well worth the trip. Made the boats in Alexandria look like paupers. Also went to Sandy Point State Park Lights on the Bay, Drive-thru light display. Different displays from other light shows but I wouldn't drive all the way there just for the light show. Miracle of Lights at Bull Run and Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Park are much better.
5811 Ash Drive, Springfield
Nice layout, lots of lights and lighted figures, some blowups, also many lighted wire deer
Needs to put more lights on the house
Two large pines across street decorated with huge multi-color lights adds to display
Ride down Craig Street to see other homes
3309 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax
New display with lots of lights and things in the yard.
House across the street also very decorated. Both put off a nice glow.
10333 Lee Manor Drive, Manassas (Prince
They took a break from decorating this year (2004) but plan to be back next year with new displays.
Visit their website to see past displays.
3608 Old Post Road, Fairfax City
Very tacky but, I love the unique things (carousel, helicopter) in the
front. Back yard is also decorated. Go around the block to see it.
7704 Wilbur Court, Springfield
Several herds of white wired deer backed by multi-colored lights including the backyard
2122 Galloping Way, Vienna
Wide yard with decorations spread from end-to-end.
All white lights and wooden cut-outs set up in various scenes.
1746 block Pimmit Drive
2000 block Storm Drive, Falls Church
Prior to 2003
My favorites, have visited for years
Pimmit Drive has a house with homemade animated wooden decorations,
Have watched them add new items thru the years
Santa appears here in mid December
2003 - Major change on Pimmit Drive, wooden decorations replaced by
large inflatables. (Someone stole one already - bah humbug)
2004 - Back to animated wooden decorations but display substantially reduced in size
Other homes in the Pimmit Neighborhood
1713 N. Quebec Street, Arlington
A small yard jam-packed full of lights and lighted figures set up in various displays.
I like the large Thomas the Tank Engine being boarded by a multitude of lighted Santa figures.
Also liked all the different colored trees and the polar bear/penguin display.
6283 Wills St, Alexandria
Several groupings of lighted figures backed by multi-colored lights
Loved the Penguin and Polar Bear group and the gingerbread group. A forest of lighted trees
6634 South Kings Highway, Alexandria
My son in front of this popular house,
Has a small working train for giving the little ones a ride
Other houses on Memorial Street
128 Nutley Street, N.W., Vienna
Again very pretty with use of different colors for different objects...lots of blue lights (my favorite color)
These pictures do NOT do it justice. The lights are abundant and wide spread but subtle...
3912 and 3917 Lincolnshire Street, Arlington
Another of my favorites...
2507 Fairview Drive, Alexandria
What a glow! Very beautiful from a distance, Candy canes all over the trees Roof lights and house outline with icicle lights is overwhelming. Lots of lighted figures.
2003 - Major change (like Pimmit Drive) some lights and lighted figures replaced by
12/21/04 - Met Mr. & Mrs. Fairview Drive and son. A real pleasure!
1601 Collingwood Road, Mount Vernon
Extremely large house and yard with beautifully done lights everywhere!
I loved the ground cover done in green lights with the larger red (berry) lights.
I want to do that to my holly tree at the end of our driveway. Also, many groups of lighted deer figures.
East Juniper Avenue, Sterling (Loudon County)
Everyone on this entire street gets into the act and it's like one of those drive-thru light shows. I loved the variety.
One yard was set up as a seascape with Santa in a sail boat.
Another had large wooden Peanuts characters.
Santa will be there Dec. 16-23, 2004
Hi-Tech Transmissions, 8633 Lee Hwy, Fairfax
This business has been putting lighted figures on their roof for years
The definition of tacky...I love it!!
2004 - They cut down the pine tree and have the lighted figures on the lawn. It's not the same.
I'm going to go talk to them about putting things back on the roof.
Lights, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville
The annual Miracle of Lights Holiday Drive-Thru Light Show opens on Friday, November 16th at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. A drive through the wooded and winding park will elicit plenty of oohs and aahs as visitors enjoy peacocks, Santa and his elves and reindeer, wood nymphs and more. The display runs through Saturday, January 3, 2004 (except New Year's Eve) from 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily. Tickets are $12 per car or van, $25 for a commercial van and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Medical Care for Children Partnership. For more information, call 703-709-KIDS or visit www.miracleoflights.com.
18. 10715 Shadow Lane, Fairfax Station
Very large house and yard with property line and all outbuildings outlined in white
The Fairfax Journal usually publishes their light
recommendations with map and directions within a week of Christmas.
Check your local newsstand starting on the 20th.
If you see other local displays you would recommend,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the address
so I can check it out and add it to my list.
Enjoy the COLORS and remember
Jesus is the reason for the season
A special thanks to all you home decorators...you make the season bright...bless you...
Mad Dog's Tacky Xmas
(This guy is a good friend of mine)
Virtual Tour of Lights
MY Christmas Decorations
My "Tacky" is the Light-up Santa.
I inherited him from a great aunt who owned a motel in Rehoboth, Delaware.
This web page would not have been possible without the information provided in
the Fairfax Journal Newspaper.