10 Favorite DIY Holiday Light Displays in Metro Phoenix
2. Winter Wonderland
Utilizing computerized light shows that are set to music and dialogue from movies including Edward Scissorhands, Winter Wonderland in North Scottsdale isn't so much a holiday display as it is a snow-covered, multimedia extravaganza. An ongoing series of choreographed blinking, glowing, and flashing takes place several times every hour. And it all builds up to an epic conclusion where the music reaches a crescendo and three air jets blast faux snow into the air.
Owner Chris Birkett has doing such themed displays for more than 25 years now and ups the ante every Christmas with bigger and better features. A ginormous Disney-inspired holiday castle sitting atop the roof of his house while a sea of green, red, and white lights glow in the front yard and include the message "Believe in Magic." Around the corner are other displays along a path that will wind through his side and backyard where an "Island of Misfit Toys" from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is faithfully recreated.
Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly through December 31.
1. Lee and Patricia Sepanek
It's hard to miss the Arcadia home of the Sepanek's as you can easily spot the place from the nearby thoroughfare of 44th Street. That's because it features a massive cacophony of light and color that swamp the property and is one of the more infamous light displays in the entire Valley as a result. Tall trees are strung with strings of bulbs seem to drip from above. Meanwhile, bubbles flow overhead from a machine on top of the garage. Grab a cup of hot chocolate available for only a buck and check out all the cutesy illuminated animals, statues of Victorian-style carolers, or a small marketplace selling ornaments and other seasonal items. Plus, animatronic Christmas dolls or figurines of Disney and Bugs Bunny characters populate several enclosed dioramas around the exterior of the house. There's even a big screen TV playing holiday movies like The Polar Express.
Hours: Nightly, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 2.
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