MAP — Red Deer Christmas lights tour 2012
Giant Santas, a candy cane the size of a light pole, and nativity scenes are just some of the treats set up around Red Deer to add excitement to the holiday season.
Local residents in many parts of the city have decorated their homes, and many of them are located on a driving route provided by the Red Deer Kinsmen Club and Kinettes Clubs. A few quick detours will take you to some of the other fabulous decorations.
Start your tour at City Hall, where the annual Christmas lights are set up. Head south on Gaetz (50th) Avenue for the southern leg of the drive. Here, you will see two finely decorated houses, including a nativity scene right near the sidewalk.
A detour out on the Delburne Highway (19th Street) goes to the Linton Family Christmas Spectacular. They are taking cash and food for the Red Deer Food Bank.
As you head back through the city, several residential houses are decked out en route. Nativity scenes and a Winnie the Pooh inflatable are two notable decorations.
On the northern leg of the tour, keep your eyes peeled for two giant inflatable Santas, and a gargantuan candy cane standing in a front yard. Once you reach 55th Street (Hwy 11 east), heading out of Red Deer will take you to the Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, where a castle made of ice is on display.
Then drive back and turn left on 30th Avenue.
Take a quick right to visit another display on Cornett Drive.
From there, follow Ross (50th) Street and Taylor Drive up to Ohio Close, where two decorated houses stand side-by-side.
For the truly determined Christmas light aficionado, head out to Lights on Lawton in Blackfalds, where there is a musical light display nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. It is located at 5215 Lawton Ave. in Blackfalds.
Alternately, out in Rocky Mountain House, the von Hollens have around 80,000 lights on their house. It is located at 5725 57 St. Close.
If we’ve missed anything spectacular in your neighbourhood, please call 403-314-4336 to have it added to the map.