Editor’s Note 11/30/21: This story has been updated to reflect current addresses and display information.

The Gingerbread House
This dazzling array, which features 10,000-plus lights meticulously outlining nearly every edge of Walter Hazard’s home, is beloved by those near (neighborhood kids were the ones who named it “The Gingerbread House”) and far (German magazine Der Spiegel featured it in a roundup of the best holiday displays in America). “It’s so orderly,” Hazard says. “The Germans love that.” 10221 S. Fairgate Way, Highlands Ranch

Onstott Christmas Extravaganza
When Mike and Jen Onstott met more than 10 years ago, they immediately bonded over their love of Christmas decorations. Now they share their affection for all that twinkles with the rest of us via a massive display of some 35,000 lights, a 10-foot glass castle, a cold spark machine, and a light show synchronized to music. 10046 Fraser St., Commerce City

It’s A Wonderful Light
Corey Christiansen’s decorating theory is pretty straightforward: “I want my display to be as dense as possible.” Those who visit his jam-packed arrangement—which includes some 50,000 lights and the odd inflatable dragon—are also encouraged to donate to the Autism Society of Colorado (both of Christiansen’s kids live with autism) by texting SPREADLIGHT to 44321. 4822 S. Picadilly Court, Aurora

Photo courtesy of Corey Christiansen

Westminster Family Light Show
It takes Davin Young about three hours to match just one minute of music to the dancing lights he puts on his house. Because that work is so detailed and time-consuming, Young works year-round to synchronize some 24 songs in time for the holidays. During the month of December, even-numbered days will feature new, non-traditional Christmas music, and odd numbered days will stick to the classics. The tunes are then broadcast on FM-93.5 through a transmitter in the garage, sparing Young’s neighbors’ sanity. 11407 W. 103rd Ave., Westminster

Orchestra of Lights
You might have been mesmerized in years past by Russ and Ben Shaver’s famed 80,000-light marvel at their former north Denver home on Hudson Street, but the duo has taken their holiday light show slightly further north this season, where this year’s decorations somehow managed to grow “bigger and better.” Several aspects of their previous light show, which was voted as the metro area’s best display in 2019 by Denver Post readers, are making a comeback—namely their 80,000 lights and a dancing tree. And with this year’s newly synchronized orchestra of lights and cheerful animals playing coordinated holiday music, the Shaver’s home is, yet again, a masterpiece to behold. 2982 E 108th Dr., Northglenn

Windsor Gardens Christmas Lights
Since the 1960s, members of this 153-acre retirement community have decorated their residences as part of an annual holiday lights competition. Drive through the trove of twinkling bulbs (around 75 percent of the neighborhood typically participates) and be sure to keep a lookout for signs designating the top displays, as voted on by a panel of outside judges and Windsor Gardens residents. 595 S. Clinton St., Denver

This article was originally published in 5280 December 2020.

Shane Monaghan
Shane Monaghan

Shane Monaghan is the former digital editor of 5280.com and teaches journalism at Regis Jesuit High School.