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These 13 Houses In Virginia Have The Most Unbelievable Christmas Decorations

Recently, we brought you a list of some of the best Christmas light displays in Virginia. These are all large scale holiday productions, undoubtedly planned and assembled by teams of people – or perhaps Christmas elves. Who knows. Either way, they are impressive.

But then we started looking at private homes. And that’s when things got real. Virginia has HUNDREDS of people who personally take on the challenge of turning their homes into a winter wonderland year after year. Hundreds of thousands of lights and more inflatable snowmen that I can count later…here are some of our favorites.

1. Get your Christmas spirit in full gear with the festivities at 1510 Claiborne St. in Richmond. 


With 40 inflatables, an animatronic Santa and a helicopter on roof, this house near Byrd Park is all about Christmas cheer.

2. Whatever you do, don’t miss this video. Through footage shot by a drone, you’ll see Christmas lights in a whole new way at this house on Wendhurt Drive in Richmond.

While this footage was shot in 2014, it’s well worth watching. Every year since 1999, the Johnsons have been lighting up the neighborhood with more than 170,000 lights and nearly 800 homemade decorations.

3. For pure Christmas magic, it’s hard to beat this lights and music display at 5316 S. Palmyra Drive, Virginia Beach.

Be sure to watch the windows to see “Santa” putting presents under the tree and listen at 0:15 for the little boy asking, “Is that the real Santa, Daddy?” It will make you believe, I promise.

4. The Frank Christmas light show is nothing short of amazing.

Be sure to check this incredible show out at 7780 Tangier Drive, Springfield.  For a sneak peek, visit the Frank Christmas Facebook page.

5. To visit Santa, stop by 1307 Mountainview St. in Charlottesville. The only catch is that you’ll have to find him among all the lights!

This family has been making their display bigger and better every year since 2000. Best of all, Santa comes by every night to hand out candy canes. The display is open from 5-10pm nightly from now until January 3, 2016, and Santa will be on hand from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.

6. Christmas lights and Trans Siberian Orchestra? Yes, please!

If you agree, be sure to check out this house in Roanoke.

7. Head over to 6387 Wedgewood Rd. in Mechanicsville for a lights spectacular you won’t soon forget.

Featuring 50,000 lights for 2015 along with more than 20 inflatables and seven Christmas trees on the front porch, this is a house that take Christmas seriously.

8. If you’re near Lebanon this Christmas, be sure to take a driving tour through these beautiful Christmas neighborhoods.

9. Dale City does it right with the Johnston’s award-winning Christmas Wonderland.

Located on Evansdale Road, the Johnston family is hoping for a repeat win this year. They won the Thompson Creek “Holiday House Proud” lights contest last year and gave their $500 prize to the Woodbridge Homeless Outreach.

10. Lugo’s Winter Wonderland lights up the night with 22,000 lights.

To see this incredible lights display, stop by 12031 Hunters Hawk Ct. in Chesterfield.

11. A Christmas lights memorial at 2100 Rosewood Avenue in Richmond is a beautiful tribute to a lost son.

Although Lawrence Johnson, Jr. passed away in 1997, his mother, Virginia Johnson, carries on his tradition of extravagant lights to this day. Although this photo was taken in 2012, Ms. Johnson already has her lights shining bright for 2015.

12. You’ll have a hard time not dancing along to the lights and music at this house in Stafford.

13. And finally, this house off of Richmond Highway in Alexandria is simply stunning.

Are there any houses that you would add to the list? We would love to hear about them – better yet, send pictures! And if you’d like to check out some of the best lights in your neighborhood, be sure to check online for local “tacky lights tours” or visit the online resource, Tacky Light Tours, here. In the meantime, feel free to post your thoughts and contributions in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.