Historical Tacky Christmas Lights 2005
IN FAIRFAX COUNTY, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
(With a name like 'Holly', how could I not recommend Christmas Lights???)
5811 Ash Drive, Springfield
Nice layout, lots of lights and lighted figures displayed on two sides of the house, some blowups, also many lighted wire deer.
(Need to put lights on the house to increase Tacky rating) Two large pines across street decorated with huge multi-color lights adds to display.
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.
Enough yard for future Tacky expansion... (Photo taken during an ice storm)
3622 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax City
New for 2005 with multicolor lights on every object in the yard, trees and fences. Very colorful...
3608 Old Post Road, Fairfax City
Very tacky but, I love the unique things (lighted wire carousel, helicopter) in the front.
House encircled with icicle lights, deck in back yard too. Go around the block to see it.
7704 Wilbur Court, Springfield
A multitude of lighted white wired deer backed by multi-colored lights including the backyard
12/24/05 - met Mr & Mrs Wilbur Court...delightful people...
We counted the figures, there are 28 lighted deer figures, 1 moose, 2 polar bears, and one animated pink flamingo.
New this year, the neighbor directly across the street has a small herd of deer in his front yard and the joke is that it got too crowded at 7704 and some migrated across the street.
I noticed this year it seems all the neighbor's decorations have grown as well.
2122 Galloping Way, Vienna
Wide yard with decorations spread from end-to-end. All white lights and painted 2-D wooden cut-outs set up in various scenes.
10203 Lawyers Road, Vienna
To the left of where you turn onto Galloping Way. Layers of multicolored lights and a few figures. Photos don't do justice.
7723 Fisher Drive, Falls Church
New addition to list for 2005. If Pimmit Hills is still having a contest, this one is the winner.
1746 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church
2005 - My old favorite has been drastically reduced in size and I can no longer highly recommend it.
But for years it was the most unique display of all. Santa will make an appearance here on Dec 16-17, 2005, 7-9pm.
(Very saddened to hear that owner fell from roof two years ago while putting up the helicopter which is the reason for display/size reduction)
Prior to 2003 - My favorite, have visited for over 20 years
House is decorated with homemade animated wooden cutout decorations. Have watched them add new items thru the years
1713 N. Quebec Street, Arlington
A small yard jam-packed full of lights and vintage lighted figures
(blow molds) set up in various displays.
I like the large Thomas the Tank Engine being boarded by a multitude of lighted Santa figures.
(In 2005 Thomas and the Santas are part of the choir )
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 synchronized to music.
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, Dec. 22-24, 2005, 6-10pm
Other houses on Memorial Street
128 Nutley Street, Vienna
Again very pretty with use of different colors for different objects...lots of blue (my favorite color) lights outlining the house
The lights are abundant and wide spread but subtle. Photos don't do justice...
3912 and 3917 Lincolnshire Street, Annandale
One of my top three favorites...
Two houses directly across the street from each other try to outdo each other, one with lights and the other with lighted figures...What a Sight!!
Always makes me happy to see these. 3912 has backyard decorated, too and gets bigger every year.
NOTE 2005: 3917 doesn't appear to be decorated this year but check out 3909 a little further down the street picking up the slack.
They have a lot of white lights both steady-on and twinkling, two tall trees decorated (love the pine on the right side of house),
grape clusters to right of door and the night I visited they were playing Jazz-style Christmas tunes.
2507 Fairview Drive, Alexandria
How does he get all that on the roof?????
Another of my top three favorites... You'll see the glow through the trees as you approach.
Overdone to the MAX!!! He is the KING of the Inflatables!!! He must have one of every kind available.
The right property line was lined with intermixed Santas and Snowmen. The roofs was covered with inflatables, and there is still lots of lights...
A neighborhood house on Hillside Lane (son of Fairview)
12/21/04 - Met Mr. & Mrs. Fairview Drive and son. A real pleasure! He's been doing this for 35 years!
Has a miniature village in picture window on porch. Everything he can't fit in his yard is displayed in son's yard on Hillside Lane.
Also does a major Halloween display.
1601 Collingwood Road, Alexandria
New creation for 2005 - Leaping reindeer
One of my top three favorites...
Extremely large house and yard with beautifully done lights everywhere!
Very classy and tacky at the same time. I loved the ground cover done in green lights with the larger red (berry) lights.
Also, many groups of lighted deer figures. And the homeowner does all this, not a landscape company...
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 18-23, 2005 (Box for canned food donations)
10715 Shadow Lane, Fairfax Station
Very large house and yard (several acres) with property line and all outbuildings outlined in white lights
5700 Claret Place, Centreville
New for 2005 - Found via email notification from the owner.
Corner lot encircled with candle and soldier lighted figures .
Lots of lights and lighted figures some with animation and a few inflatables.
The house next door is also quite tacky with multicolor lights covering the front of the house and a lighted palm tree.
corner of Dassett Court and Americana Drive, Annandale
New for 2005 - Found via emails from other Christmas-Light-Elves (Thanks!)
Entire apartment building is decorated with lights and many inflatables. A Must-See.
There's even inflatables on the roof and on the side of the building.
A very well done group effort. The glow is much larger/brighter that appears here, the photos don't do it justice...
6226 Stonehunt Place, Clifton, (Little Rocky Run)
Tackiest of 2005...When
I turned the corner and saw it, I literally squealed with delight.
These photos don't begin to show the true volume of lights, it's blinding!!
I've never seen so many light strings going in so many directions. Reminds me of a spider web. You've got to see this to believe it.
A co-worker led me to this one. Also appears on uglychristmaslights.com (Mosquito Net) but, I would never call it ugly...
5509 Sequoia Farms, Centreville
New for 2005 - Found via emails
A ton of lights and figures. The yard is ringed by candy cane and candle lights. Lots of motion figure lights.
11303 Stones Throw Dr, Reston (corner of Fieldview and Stones Throw)
New for 2005 - A beautifully done home in twinkling white
tasteful and extravagant at the same time.
The entire property and home is encircled with white trees and bushes. Every window of the house is perfectly outlined in white lights.
Love the single pair of white wire deer in back yard and two-story Christmas tree visible through side window.
Suggested Christmas lights locations submitted too late for 2005 - No time to verify
5503 Chestermill Court, Fairfax - lots of giant blow-ups
Braymore Circle, Fairfax Station
Stonefield Drive, Clifton
If you see other local displays you would recommend,
please email me at email@example.com with the address so I can check it out and add it to my list.
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