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The Herald’s annual Holiday lights tour

Christmas lights are all aglow in Manatee County. On nearly every corner, there are Santas on rooftops, lighted reindeer on lawns and homes that look like colorful gingerbread houses. For some residents, it’s as much of a tradition to tour the area seeing the lights as it is for those who display them. Thanks to our readers --- who submitted addresses for local homes decked out with Christmas cheer -- finding holiday lights will be easy. Just follow the directions provided below for each location. Addresses are sorted by ZIP code. To see an interactive map and add your own holiday light display to our list, go to bradenton.com/lights.

Those who don’t feel like driving at night can take advantage of Manatee County’s tour of lights, which is open to all ages. The bus tours begin at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Though the tour is free, guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. The food will be donated to local social service networks and the toys will be given to the Toys for Tots program.

Seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two pick-up points: State College of Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Building 29, Bradenton, and the Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Residents are asked to be there between 6 and 6:30 p.m. so the tour can start promptly.

For more information, call 941-749-3030.

BRADENTON

Name: Bob Waymire

Address: 723 27th Ave. W., Bradenton 34205

Number of lights: 5,000 or more

Directions: Off of Ninth Street West on 27th Avenue. You can see it from Ninth Street

Hours: 7-9 p.m.

Description: Santas, reindeer, Christmas trees, candy canes. A must-see Christmas light show. Looks like an airport cause of so many lights on property.

Name: Mirinda Hill

Address: 2708 Bay Drive, Bradenton 34207

Number of lights: 30,000

Directions: U.S. 41 to Florida Blvd. (Hess gas station) go west past 26th Street. Turn left on Georgia Blvd. go to end of street to Bay Drive. Turn left on Bay, house is on right.

Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight

Description: We have approximately 30,000 lights that are synchronized to Christmas music and dancing light displays, and a 15-foot Frosty as well.

Name: Joe Dove

Address: 5808 24th St. Ct. W., Bradenton 34207

Number of lights: Too many to count

Directions: U.S. 41 and 57th Street West on 57th to 24th St. Ct. W., turn left and you will see!

Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight

Description: 14 blow-ups, various other props. Picture areas and music. Santa on sight 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Name: Sarah McGlaun

Address: 3123 38th Terrace E., Bradenton 34208

Number of lights: 3,500

Directions: Turn east off U.S. 301 onto 38th Avenue East. Turn right into Oak Trace onto 33rd Street East, then right onto 38th Terrace East.

Hours: 7-10 p.m.

Description: Lights set to music, animated deer, blow-ups.

Name: Linda Perez

Address: 6910 36 Ave. E., Bradenton 34208

Number of lights: Thousands

Directions: S.R. 70 to Caruso Road to 44th Avenue East. Left on 44th Avenue East and 44th Plaza Avenue East. Turn right on 36th Avenue East.

Hours: 7-10 p.m.

Description: A drive-thru display with with lighted trees, blowups, reindeer, Santa. More than 2 acres of displays.

Name: Janet Simmons

Address: 2815 45th St. E., Bradenton 34208

Number of lights: 20,000 plus

Directions: From S.R. 70 take 45th St. East N. (aka Lockwood Ridge on south side of S.R. 70) all the way down. Corner house on 45th St. East and 28th Avenue Drive East. Near Mixon’s.

Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight

Description: Display of merry go round, ferris wheel (both animated) ski lift, Santa’s house, sleigh, reindeer, boat with sea creatures that are lit up and have over taken the boat. Also, a oversized American flag all done in lights. All these items plus more are embellished with Christmas tunes playing for your enjoyment. One can park on side of street if you want to get out and enjoy. Worth the drive.

Name: Clifford Majors

Address: 1821 First Ave. E., Bradenton 34208

Number of lights: 35,000 or more

Directions: Manatee Avenue/S.R. 64 turn on 18th St. e., go straight to First Avenue East, turn right

Hours: 7-9 p.m.

Description: Come see Whoville, the north star, the Grinch, lights with music, and Santa and his elf are here passing out treats to children of all ages 7-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Name: Julie Hunnicutt

Address: 5504 First Ave. Drive N.W., Bradenton 34209

Number of lights: To many to count

Hours: 6-10 p.m.

Description: Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived with presents and are swinging while the carolers sing around a fire. Soldiers are on guard waiting for a parachuting polar bear to land. Rudolph and friends can also be found.

Name: Robert Sanders

Address: 3740 Pinebrook Circle, No. 608, Bradenton 34209

Number of lights: 5,000 to 6,000

Directions: The Woods at Pinebrook located in the Pinebrook/Ironwood complex just off Cortez Road between 43rd and 51st streets. North side of the complex on Pinebrook Circle.

Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight

Description: Two 40-foot Christmas trees each end of building. Two 8-foot Poinsettias. Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth written in cursive on each front side of building. Many other accent lights. Christmas tree in lobby. Rudolph and partner at building parking entry. Garage lights.

Name: Ruby Bass

Address: 7511 First Ave. W., Bradenton 34209

Number of lights: Thousands

Hours: 6-10 p.m.

Description: Ribbons, bells and bows! Santa and Mrs. Clause watch as the carolers sing. Cinderella horse and carriage arrive with presents.

Name: Jenny Super

Address: 6911 197th St. E., Bradenton 34211

Number of lights: 15,000

Directions: S.R. 70 East to the first Panther Ridge entrance on the left. Turn left (197th Street East). Go approximately 1/2 mile to just before the stop sign. House is on the right.

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Description: Let me begin by saying this is not my house. This is my neighbor’s house. Every year, they do a spectacular display for everyone. Their house looks like a gingerbread house and they have tastefully decorated everything, even the yard out to the mailbox (we have 10-acre plots so that is not an easy job.)

PALMETTO

Name: Roberto Legaspi

Address: 3513 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto 34221

Number of lights: 1,000 or more

Directions: Bayou Estate North in Palmetto. Turn onto Church Road, between Holy Cross Church and 7/11 store. Turn right on Eighth Avenue West. Turn right on 33rd Street West, then left on Sixth Avenue West to 3513.

Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight

Description: Nativity scene, Santa on sleigh with reindeer including Rudolph, carousel, teddy bear, snowman, penguin and more.

ELLENTON

Name: Todd Higgs

Address: 3512 Lucille Dr., Ellenton 34222

Number of lights: 1,500

Directions: U.S. 301 to Erie Road in Ellenton, Left on Erie Road. Take second left on Marie Lane, first left on Nancy Lane and third right on Lucille Drive. First house on right

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Description: House and yard decorated with lights moving to music

LAKEWOOD RANCH

Name: Ray Papiano

Address: 6326 Yellowtop Dr., Lakewood Ranch 34202

Number of lights: Too many to count

Directions: Take S.R. 70 East, right on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. First light take left on Summerfield Parkway. First left on Fox Grape Lane, then right on Winding Woods Way, right on Yellowtop Drive

Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight

Description: Lighted oak tree with ornaments, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pink Flamingo leading Santa’s sleigh, many other unique holiday displays.

SARASOTA

Name: Marge Bonura

Address: 2579 Green Oak Ct., Sarasota 34232

Number of lights: 2,000

Directions: Enter Colonial Oaks Blvd. from either Cattleman Road or Honore Avenue. From Honore, turn right on Wood Oak (just after Colonial Oaks Park), and left onto Green Oak Ct.

Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight

Description: Giant candies, cookies and nutcrackers make up a life-size Gingerbread House.

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