Take a tour of the area's Christmas light displays

December 15, 2013 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with neighborhoods 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. There's still time to add your home's display to our holiday lights list at Bradenton.com/lights.

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Name: Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast

Address: 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 34217

Description: Beautiful lighting on the beach at Harrington House. Approximately 40,000 lights. This picture only shows1/4 of our lights. Come see them for yourself.

Name: Jana and Bill Arnold

Address: 7516 Fourth Ave. Drive NW, Bradenton 34209 (Indian Springs off of 75th Street)

Description: Come see our beautifully decorated home for Christmas. We are shooting for more than 100,000 lights in total. Giant Christmas trees, inflatables, light-lined side walk, a fire pit and we will be handing out candy canes to all visitors.

Name: The Pattison's

Address: 1111 Cimarron Circle, Bradenton 34209

Description: Snowmen dance around a giant Christmas tree, lighted deer gather around the manger, and thousands of lights wrap around plumeria and other trees in the yard. A true delight when viewed from across the subdivision's pond.

Name: Ruby Bass

Address: 7511 First Ave. W., Bradenton 34209

Description: Bells, ribbons and bows, Nativity scene, Mr. & Mrs. Claus with elves and angels.

Name: Julie Bass-Hunnicutt

Address: 5504 First Ave. Drive NW, Bradenton 34209

Description: Carolers singing around the fire, Mr. & Mrs. Claus are swinging and a polar bear is parachuting in.

Name: Charlie and Jeri Bass

Address: 5608 18th St. W., Bradenton 34207

Description: More than 10,000 lights make up a winter forest with polar bears, deer, angels and snow flurries.

Name: Joyann Rogers

Address: 5819 25th St. W., Bradenton 34207

Description: A little bit of Christmas everywhere

Name: Wayne Grant

Adress: 6311 Fordham Place, Bradentonl 34207 (in Bayshore Gardens off of Case)

Description: The combination of lights, wreaths, poinsettias, lighted reindeer and, of course, Santa's sled, border lights, roof lights, chill pepper tree lights, lighted roof dangling snow flakes, colored Christmas tree lights and much more. Drive by, you won't be disappointed. Merry Christmas.

PALMETTO

Name: Judy and Jill Reed

Address: 107 Del Rio Drive, Palmetto 34221

Description: Little palm trees, reindeer mowing, candy canes, lights flash on and off to music

Name: Roberto and Olivia Legaspi

Address: 3513 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto 34221 (Bayou Estate North off 33rd Street West and U.S. 19)

Description: Lighted nativity with three wise men, shepherd boy, Santa on sleigh with reindeers and Rudolph, lighted snow man, angels, inflatables, Mickey and Minnie, lighted penguins, bears, dolphin, octupus, spirals and rotating Christmas tree and more. There's about 10,000 plus lights.

EAST MANATEE

Name: Clifford Majors

Address: 1821 First Ave. E., Bradenton 34208

Description: Too many lights to count, amazing music to light show 7-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, Santa and his elves and the Grinch are here 7-8:30 p.m. for children of all ages to pass out treats come and enjoy the lights and sounds of Christmas.

Brandon and Rebecca Desch

Address: Reagan Dairy Trail in "Old Grove," Greenfield Plantation (State Road 64 and Upper Manatee River Road)

Description: Find uber fun, quality over quantity, here. Approximately 5,000 lights are synchronized to an eclectic collection, including the familiar "Christmas Eve Sarajevo," Brian Setzer's "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," Charlie Brown's "Fur Elise," Techno Jingle Bells, Linus' Christmas Monologue, Cartman's "O' Holy Night," and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," of course.

LAKEWOOD RANCH

Ray and Patricia Papiano

Address: 6326 Yellowtop Drive, Lakewood Ranch

Description: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pink Flamingo leading Santa's sleigh, lighted oak tree with ornaments, Santa's plane and parachuting bear coming in for a landing, surfing bear, see-saw with characters, many other unique decorations.

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