City residents can put some dazzle into their evenings with some of the best Christmas light displays in Red Deer.
Residents throughout the city have captured the spirit of the season, decorating their houses and front yards with all things festive.
Once again Jim Elliott, the Christmas light tour co-ordinator for Aspire — Special Needs Centre, has put together a tour of some of the best light displays in the city.
Every year for the last nine or so years, Elliott has organized a tour for the children, about an hour long, highlighting the beautiful lights in the city.
“There’s lots of nice homes in Red Deer,” said Elliott.
“The young children from Aspire can only handle an hour but if someone were to give me the time I could probably make a route three hours long. There are a lot of homes in Red Deer that are nicely done.”
But Elliott said if you want to see some of the best, start in Oriole Park on Ohio Close to marvel at four exceptional homes at the end of the close. Another 10 there are nicely decorated as well.
Next up, he suggests residents head to Bower to check out the lights on Bains Crescent and Barrett Drive.
Displays at 35th Street and 42nd Avenue in Mountview and on Robinson Crescent in Rosedale are also part of his tour.
There’s also an exceptional house on 60th Street in north Red Deer, west of Burger Boy on 55th Avenue.
Elliott took four busloads filled with about 200 children on his tour on Wednesday night before heading to Parkland Garden Centre to meet Santa Claus.
The Kinsmen Club will take a group of seniors on the same tour as part of its tradition tonight.
For another major display — perhaps Central Alberta’s largest — head to Rocky Mountain House where the von Hollens have around 80,000 lights on their house at 5725 57th St. Close.