10 Favorite DIY Holiday Light Displays in Metro Phoenix

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Benjamin Leatherman

If there's one constant to this time of year (other than nonstop Christmas music), it's lights and lots of 'em. Glowing displays of color cover businesses, public parks, and numerous other locales as everyone except the grinches get into the holiday swing of things.

Besides all the gorgeously ginormous public or commercial displays that decorate the Valley -- including Glendale Glitters, ZooLights, or Las Noches de las Luminarias - countless local residents have spent a pretty penny or countless man-hours creating impressive-looking light DIY displays for their homes, many of which involve computer-driven synchronization or other nifty high-tech amenities. We've picked out 10 of our favorite houses and neighborhood around town, each of which offers plenty of Christmas charm.

See also:
- Jackalope Ranch's Gift Guides for 2012
- Five Must-See Movies in December

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Benjamin Leatherman

10. Bob Rix
When it comes to the holiday lights crowd, the name Bob Rix is spoken about with tones of admiration. That's because the septugenarian has been decorating his Tudor-style CenPho residence in old school fashion for decades now and has both earned a great deal of respect from his peers, but also inspired dozens of homeowners to spruce up their domiciles with glitzy decorations. Bob and his brother Bernard, who were the focus of a New Times feature from 1996, are also infamous for the back-and-forth battle to outdo each other with holiday displays.

While Bernard retired from putting up Christmas lights and his signature plywood displays of angels as of last year, his brother still adorns his home, despite the fact he suffers from emphysema. Bob's decorations are decidedly old school and utilize only strings of colored lights arranged in the shape of holiday trees and candy canes. The interior of the house, however, is loaded up was vast amounts of toy trains, recreations of holiday landscapes, and more than 500 vintage Victorian-style miniature houses.

Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through January 2.

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Benjamin Leatherman

9. The Santa Train
Local couple Frank and Dianne Polimene have been decorating their Ahwatukee for going on 35 years now and its arguably one of the Valley's best and brightest displays, if not the kitschiest. The centerpiece of the display is a scale-sized Christmas train driven by Santa Claus, complete with a hot cocoa tank car, that chugs around a 100-foot-long track encircling the display. Built by Frank Polimene, a retired hardware store owner, it's activated by the push of a button (or from the flashing high beams of passing vehicles) and also has a flatcar that's periodically filled with candy canes for visitors by a automated loader.

Hours: On display nightly until 11 p.m. through January 1.

Location Info


Lee & Patricia Sepanek's Holiday Lights

4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Winter Wonderland

8414 E. Valley Vista Dr, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Loop of Lights

38454 N. Carolina Ave., San Tan Valley, AZ

Category: General

Jim & Linda Largo's Holiday Lights

5309 W. Barbara Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: General

West Natal Circle

618 W. Natal Circle, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Gilbert Lights

3642 E. Comstock Drive, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

Allen & Beth Coughenour's Holiday Lights

5335 W. Alice Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: General

Nevarez Family Christmas Lights

5445 E. Harmony Ave., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Santa Train Christmas Display

541 E. Mountain Sky Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Bob Rix's Holiday Lights

1517 E. Brill St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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