December 21, 2013 in Features

Display houses

Bedecked Inland Northwest homes set tone for holiday season
 
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Richard Seely’s home on the 2000 block of West Glass in Spokane is aglow for the holidays.
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Every year thousands of area residents decorate their homes for Christmas. Some displays feature a simple string of lights across the roofline. Others involve inflatable figures, gigantic trees encased in twinkling lights and special radio frequencies. We asked readers to map their favorite holiday displays. Follow the story jump for that list. To see the map, add your favorite displays or use it for a guided tour of lights, visit visit www.spokesman.com/holidaylights.

• 27208 N. Cottonwood Road, Chattaroy: This house is surrounded by a gazillion lights on all four sides, plus trees and bushes in the yard. A delight to see.

• 30616 N. Perry Road, Deer Park: Beautiful display in the country that circles the entire house. An elegant mix of multicolor lights in trees and groves of smaller spiral trees. Lots of depth to the display. Well worth the drive in the country. One of the biggest displays that I have seen anywhere in Spokane.

• 1023 E. Huron Drive, Spokane

East Central

• Fifth and Altamont: Musical Christmas Light Show

Latah Valley

• 519 W. Willapa Court, Spokane

Liberty Lake /Otis Orchards

23221 E. Settler Drive, Liberty Lake: From a Nativity scene to Mike Wasowski (from “Monsters, Inc.,”) this house has 16,208 lights and something for everyone. Arches with candy canes line the driveway. There are light up dogs, a pond with a fish, deer and seals. Winnie the Pooh, Santa and his reindeer, horse and carriage, and who could forget the bulls-eye so Santa doesn’t miss stopping at this house. Much more, all set to music.

• 5822 N. Huron Court, Otis Orchards: Listen from your car on 88.3 FM. Light show runs daily from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Northeast Spokane

• 529 E Cozza Drive: One of our family favorites to see each year!

• 517 E. Garland Ave.: Santa’s sleigh with reindeer and mice, hot air balloon, polar bears, penguins, palm tree, carousel, teeter totter, trains.

• 511 E. Garland Ave.: Santa’s sleigh, trees, Mickey and Minnie Mouse,

• 1304 E. Sharpsburg Ave. : Beautifully done holiday light display hung with careful detail.

• 1702 E. Vanetta Ave.: Large corner house with lots of lights, manger, angels, Santa, snowmen, horse and sleigh, reindeer and candy canes.

• 514 E. Westcrest Ave., Colbert: More than 35,000 lights synchronized to 26 different songs. Large Santa nestled by the dancing tree of lights. Too cold outside? Listen to the music on your car stereo on 107.5 FM. Show runs daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

North Idaho

• 15472 N. Ramsey Road, Rathdrum: 10,000 lights dance to different Christmas music. Turn your radio to 97.9 FM to listen to the music from the warmth of your car. You are welcome to pull into the driveway and sit a spell. There are also some inflatables and a nativity. Come by and enjoy! Show runs every night from 4 to 9 p.m.

• Ramsey Road and Timor Drive, Coeur d’Alene: Well-decorated front yard includes light-up horse and sleigh, a snowman and presents. Many homes in this neighborhood are decorated as well.

• 3402 N. Serenity Ave., Post Falls: My father takes great pride in putting up lights every year and has motivated others to get into the Christmas spirit in our neighborhood. His display makes me think of the Griswolds’ in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and that surge of power shooting straight up from the Luxor in Las Vegas. The whole display is centered in the front yard with a beautiful nativity set that my father created which reminds everyone what the real meaning of Christmas is. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Northwest Spokane

• 328 W. Park Place: Christmas lights synced to music. Listen to the music on your car radio at 101.5 FM as you watch the lights dance to the music. Come at the right time and you may even receive a message from the North Pole.

• 8042 Ash Lane: Very nicely done with lots of lights and interesting features.

• 6007 N. Whitehouse St.: This little house has a lot of lights! And it looks great in the daytime as well. There is candy everywhere.

• 2400 W. Liberty Ave.

• 2423 W. Liberty Ave.: Several houses on this block make the trip worthwhile. Go north on Nettleton Street one or two blocks and continue east for more great houses.

• 2318 W. Broad Ave.: Must see this beautiful house. Very festive with tons of Christmas lights and decorations.

• 3634 W. Hoffman Ave.: Lights, a manger, and figures.

• 1908 W. Liberty Ave.: Come see Christmas Tree Lane (Courtland) among many other great displays in our neighborhood. Our home features animated lights. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This house has their lights set up to an FM radio channel and their lights are programmed to the beat, even a dubstep Christmas song.

• 2127 W. Jackson Ave.: West on Northwest Boulevard and past Maple/Ash, you will see the Cenex Zip Trip on your left, turn left at the street right before it, Belt, and go down two or three blocks and turn right onto Jackson and it’s on the left side at Hemlock at Jackson. Hope you enjoy!

• 4126 W. Sanson Ave.: I enjoy sharing my display with families who stop and look. It’s set to music.

• 1827 W. Indiana Ave.: Holiday cheer year after year!

• 7020 N. Calispel St.: The lights are hung by the gutters with care, in hopes that some passers-by soon will be there. The yard is guarded by the snowmen and soldiers; the manger is lit with the three wise men; the carolers are singing outside the church; and Santa’s sleigh is filled with packages just waiting to be delivered. Come enjoy fantasyland, if only for a few minutes, we are sure it will put a smile on the faces of the young and old. The music is charming, the scene is complete. Come by our home, we promise it’s neat. Santa might even make a surprise visit to those who are nice, while those who are not had better think twice.

• 323 W. Barnes Road: This house has a great selection of Christmas themes. It also plays Christmas music.

• 7019 N. Stevens St.: The highlight is the 48-by-24-foot ice rink next to the Christmas tree. Lighted deer overlook the rink, and there are penguins and presents. Many evenings, the kids are skating on the rink. There are lights on the house with a snowman and candy canes.

• 1210 W. Hazard Road: The biggest light show in Spokane. Three acres of trees decorated with lots of other motifs. Computer plays several songs that you can listen through your car radio and watch the show. 70,000-plus lights. Tune radio to 107.5 FM.

• 9222 N Whitehouse St.: Sorry, between early frozen ground a very bad case of bronchitis, I didn’t get much done this year. It was impossible to put any hold-down stakes in the ground. Still got a few next to the house but that’s about it. See you next year.

South Hill

• 3930 S. Skyview Drive: Residents of Skyview Drive from 37th Avenue to High Drive have placed lighted Christmas trees in their yards since 1953. This quaint and understated display is lovely. Lights come on at 4:30. Best viewing is starting at 37th and Skyview and going south or from High Drive and Skyview and going north.

• 3404 S. Lincoln Drive: Snowflakes line the scene of a full Nativity, angels, deer drinking at the creek while a dog rides in a golden carriage. Mostly white, a winter forest wonderland with swans in the pond, cranes, log fire and many lights. Dusk to 10 p.m. through Dec. 24.

• 2216 S. Cuba St.: Please stop by and enjoy our Christmas light show. Tune into 95.1 FM to watch the Christmas lights dance to the music. Monday to Friday 5 to 11 p.m.

• 1722 S. Bettman Road: Whimsical holiday light display full of unusual decorations and lots of lights. We have more than 20 holiday inflatables. You can tell we are huge dog lovers and it shows with all our dog decorations from Snoopy to Scooby Doo.

• 3107 S. Glenrose Road: Running pigs, dancing hippo, singing foghorn, dancing and singing Porky Pig, and others perform along with 8-foot snowmen that have a snowball fight. Chasing lights of all sizes and shapes. 100,000 lights synchronized to the music.

Spokane Valley

• 921 N. Mamer Road: This yard is special because they have the whole backyard decorated, too! You don’t see that every day.

• 1710 S. Keller Road: Wonderful lighting display refurbished since October, including more than 90,000 LED lights on the large spruce and many other “rebuilt” décor. The whole block on Keller between 16th and 17th avenues takes part.

• 10806 E. 20th Ave.: Many lights, deer on roof, some automated decorations, and many pieces of homemade yard art with different themes, including a Nativity scene.

• 4316 N. Center Road: More than 14,000 lights synchronized to music! Tune your radio to 88.1 FM.

• 14012 E. 19th Ave.: This is awesome. Has tons of lights, but the big draw is that it has a big Christmas countdown! Totally worth it

• 2817 S. Davis Road, Spokane Valley: Battle of the neighbors worth passing by.

• 11516 E. 19th Ave.: This house is one of our holiday favorites. It lights up the neighborhood and there’s plenty to see. Lots of blowups both big and small, cut-outs and lights that dance to music. It’s one you won’t want to miss!

• 4908 N. Lucille Road: This house is definitely worth driving by. You can see it from blocks away it is so colorful and decked out with lights all over the house, yard and fence. They have several cute yard ornaments, and inflatables, including a giant, 8-foot polar bear on top of the gazebo in their backyard.

• 220 N. Best Road: Lots of homemade yard art and lights.

• 1710 S. Keller Road: A 100-foot fir tree with 80,000 new lights, abundant other lights and figures, display now has motion. It’s on a four-minute loop, so stay to catch all the changes. Entire street decorated, great neighbor effort, a favorite on the tour!

• 10805 E. 8th Ave.: Tune your radio to 107.5 FM to hear holiday favorites and see a synced light show that would make Clark Griswold proud!

• 2500 S. Steen Lane, Veradale: Cul de sac house is lit up like no other. Limo tours go by this house on their outings.

West Central

• 1620 W. Gardner Ave.

West Plains

• 604 Sunrise Drive, Cheney: Multiple lit trees below a house on a hillside with a shining star.


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