The Herald's annual Holiday Lights Tour

mkmeans@bradenton.comDecember 16, 2012 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with neighbhorhoods dotted with brightly lit houses and yards.

There are homes decked out in multicolored lights and simple but elegant icicle lights. There are huge inflatable Santas and bears. There are trees made of lights and there are real trees that look so cool with lights snaking along their branches.

And there are homes with Nativity scenes, stars and angels, reminding us of the real reason for the season.

If you like to drive around and look at the decorations, this list will help get you started. Addresses are grouped by ZIP codes to help plan your route.

You can also check our interactive map (and add your own display to the list) at Bradenton.com/lights.

BRADENTON

Name: Cheryl Lyn Martiner

Address: 2306 51st Ave. E., Bradenton 34203

Title: Mega Christmas Tree

Description: The center of attraction is an 18-foot tree of 6,400 lights with a 3-D star and many other lighted figures all synchronized to a musical show. There's a 4-foot by 8-foot lighted Merry Christmas sign on the roof, thousands of lights and more. Tune radio to 91.5 FM.

Name: Aaron Bokelmann

Address: 8721 12th Ave. NW., Bradenton 34205

Description: The house is decorated with a variety of lights and there are inflatables and yard art.

Name: Team Jingle

Address: 2708 Bay Drive, Bayshore Gardens 34207

Title: Jingle Town

Description: 25,000 lights syncronized to Chrismas music on your car's FM radio (directions are displayed).

Name: Steve and Karen Brouhard

Address: 2405 S. Wellesley Drive, Bayshore Gardens 34207

Title: Christmas Wonderland

Description: The yard is arranged with hand-made decorations including

Santa and his reindeer on the roof, gingerbread people, a large Christmas card, angels and candy canes. Outdoor music plays while viewers drive by.

Name: Jerry Purdy

Address: 4701 20th St. W., Bradenton 34207

Title: Holiday Heights Celebration

Description: 4,000-plus lights and lots of new stuff; look around the corner to see what you missed.

Name: Clifford Majors

Address: 1821 First Ave. E., Bradenton 34208

Title: Santa's Village

Description: 50,000-plus light shows with music 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Address: 5216 18th Ave. Drive W., Bradenton 34209

Title: A little Florida Christmas

Description: Tons of lights and several blowups. A Florida-themed area has a flamingo, palm tree and alligator.

Name: Julie Hunnicutt

Address: 5504 First Ave. Drive NW., Bradenton 34209

Title: For the service members

Description: Santa and Mrs. Claus swinging while watching a polar bear parachute in. The house is decorated in red, white and blue in support of all the service members who are serving or who have served. Carolers are singing as soldiers are standing by protecting Rudolph and other reindeer.

Name: Ruby Bass

Address: 7511 First Ave. W., Bradenton 34209

Title: Ribbons and bows

Description: Ribbons, bells and bows. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are watching carolers sing around the camp fire. Presents have arrived by sleigh and reindeer. The house is decorated with thousands of red and clear lights.

Name: The Arnold family

Address: 7516 Fourth Ave. Drive NW., Bradenton 34209

Title: The Arnolds' Christmas house

Description: More than 25,000 lights with inflatables and snow mounds. Lights are on nightly until approximately 11 p.m.; inflatables are up continuously. The family is also handing out candy canes to visitors.

Name: Herb Pattison

Address: 1111 Cimarron Circle, Bradenton 34209 (off 75th Street Northwest)

Title: Christmas reflections

Description: Thousands of lights are wrapped around plumeria lining the driveway while merry snowmen encircle a sparkling green Christmas tree. Mary and Joseph add a calming touch to this dazzling display of Christmas joy.

Name: Alicea Kaye

Address: 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton 34209

Title: Santa's magical workshop and garden

Description: Thousands of lights and decorations outside and inside. Enjoy Santa's garden and workshop, featuring four rooms of great holiday lighted fun. Live Santa and elves; bring kids or animals for photo. Donations accepted for Gulf Shore Animal League; give a kitty the gift of life this year. Stop in and enjoy the Christmas spirit.

PALMETTO

Name: Judy and Jill Reed

Address: 107 Del Rio Drive, Palmetto 34221

Title: Christmas Lights

Description: The yard is lined with candy canes. There's a hot-air balloon with penguins, Santa and sleigh with Rudolph leading the way. Also Snoopy, Woodstock, Hello Kitty, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Baby Rudolph. Lights flash to music playing.

Name: Bayou Estate North

Address: 3513 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto 34221 (near Holy Cross Church)

Title: Christmas Wonderland

Description: House is decorated with ribbons and wreaths plus 5,000-plus lights; also Santa and his sleigh, led by Rudolph; Nativity scene and a teddy bear carousel

ELLENTON

Address: Lucille Drive in Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park, Ellenton 34222

Title: Neighborhood Christmas

Description: Around the pond, the clubhouse and many homes are beautifully lit for Christmas. One has lights dancing to music. The whole corner with the lights reflecting in the water of the pond is just wonderful.

PARRISH

Address: 11320 28th St. Circle E., Parrish 34219

Title: White Christmas

Description: The entire house is covered in white lights.

Name: Kingsfield subdivision

Address: 11826 Dunster Lane, Parrish 34219

Title: I don't want to see the electric bill!

Description: Lights, lights and more lights. To see light displays from years past, go to parrishlights.tumblr.com.

LAKEWOOD RANCH

Name: Ray Papiano

Address:6326 Yellowtop Drive, Lakewood Ranch 34202

Title: Santa's Playground

Description: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pink Flamingo leading Santa's sleigh and Santa's airplane coming in for a landing. Ski lift, see-saw, lighted oak tree with ornaments. Many other unique decorations and too many lights to count.

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