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Editor’s Note 12/16/22: This story has been updated to reflect current addresses and display information. A previous listing for the Orchestra of Lights show in Northglenn has been removed, as the show will be on pause for 2022 while the homeowners move.
This dazzling array, which features 20,000 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
Corey Christiansen’s decorating theory is pretty straightforward: “I want my display to be as dense as possible.” In fact, for 2022’s show, Christiansen says he had to take over parts of his neighbors’ yards—and even plug into their homes to power the display. Those who visit his jam-packed arrangement—which includes some 70,000 lights, Santa’s sleigh, a juggling snowman, and the odd inflatable dragon—are also encouraged to donate to the Autism Society of Colorado (both of Christiansen’s kids have autism) by texting SPREADLIGHT to 44321. 4822 S. Picadilly Court, Aurora
Vega Family Light Show
For those missing Davin Young’s Westminster Family Light Show this year, fear not! Seventeen-year-old Isaac Vega and his family are here to step in with an alternative to Young’s locally beloved, music-synced display of dancing house lights. After a challenging year for the Young family, Davin and his wife decided to pass the light show torch on to the Vegas—whom they met through the Colorado Light Enthusiasts Facebook group—by contributing some of their stash to the growing annual show. Visitors can tune in to FM-88.3 for the full musical experience. 2717 33rd Ave. Place, Greeley
Since the 1960s, members of this 143-acre older-adult living 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
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, including the new addition of disco lights over the driveway. The Onstotts say they scaled down the display this year to focus on their family, cutting the light show and pyrotechnics this go-around; but they added a 9.5-foot inflatable yeti and still have their magical mailbox that delivers letters straight to Santa at the North Pole. (Letters dropped off with a return address by December 18 will even get a special reply from the big guy himself!) 10046 Fraser St., Commerce City