There's a gorgeous string of brightly lit homes — a half-dozen of them, reflected by a lake along Sedona Drive in a northeast corner of Normal — that you should not miss.
Planes and perhaps satellites flying overhead might not miss it, either.
In east Bloomington is an annual favorite — the Lori and Jack Spicer home at 603 South Mercer Ave. — bigger and more colorful than ever, a holiday delight in its 21st year that takes the Spicers six weeks to build and six weeks to take down.
There are several homes in the Twin Cities where lights dance to holiday tunes — 308 Goldenrod Road in southwest Bloomington, is one; the home at 2601 Interlocken Drive, off Airport Road in east Bloomington, is another; at 49 Prenzler Drive in Old Farm Lakes subdivision, you turn your radio to 94.1 FM to get the full effect.
Country Club Place — one of Bloomington’s most scenic neighborhoods — is especially decorative this year, with a deciduous tree at one home that is densely strung with white lights; it is one of those “Oh-my-gosh-look-at-that-tree!” sights.
Out in the area, along U.S. 24, just west of Washington, visible from the Nofsinger Road exit, is surely Central Illinois’ funniest “exhibition” — a “competition” of Griswold-like Christmas homes, one titled "Clark" and the other, across the road that’s labeled "Eddie,” both set to music, too.
It’s not just beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It looks as if it is fully here.
Here, for your drive-by enjoyment, is the first 2018 listing of the B-N Area Best Dressed Homes, as nominated by our readers. A map online at www.pantagraph.com makes it even easier for you to navigate your nighttime travels. If you have an additional home or three to nominate, you can still send firstname.lastname@example.org.
411 Leland Ave.
603 S. Mercer Ave. (an annual favorite as Candy Cane Lane, may be B-N's best overall display)
1310 E. Grove St.
1005 S. Madison St.
Country Club Place
Entire street worthy of a drive (the all-white-lighted tree, ground to the very top, in the middle of the block is amazing).
308 Goldenrod Road (5,000 lights, with 64 Light-o-Rama channels of holiday musical cheer)
13922 Lucca Forest Drive
9057 Gemini Drive
A home along Jolly Lake Road
1210 Hovey Ave. (Mike Holtz' annual salute to mass polyurethane)
2001 Haverhill, Ironwood subdivision. (Arlene and Jim Schmidt's 2018 contribution to yuletide creativity and fun. Always a nice pass.)
2582 Sedona Drive; it is surrounded by six other nicely decorated homes. It has to be considered one of B-N’s brightest, most enthusiastic neighborhoods.
2603 Hayes Lane
2701 Hayes Lane (large, handmade wooden decorations in yard; even a photo-taking spot for kids)
1218 Kenneth Drive
2601 Interlocken Drive (annual favorite, set to music)
Golden Eagle subdivision:
3317 Kirkwood Road
4 Raspberry Lane
Homes at 4, 7, 15 and 17 Lavender Lane
2008 Woodbine Road
3414 Stephanie Road
Trails on Sunset Lake in Normal
(all can be seen from Airport Road near Shepard):
808 Tablerock Circle
807 Weatherby Way
Homes at 731 and 664 Canyon Creek
Homes at 3605, 3606 and 3603 Como Court
Homes at 3592, 3664 , 3737 and 3742 Yellowstone Drive
Eagleview Estates in east Bloomington
3907 Watertown Lane
2304 Riverwoods Lane
4011 Fullerton Road
1 Litta Court
2810 Hubbard Drive
2807 Vrooman Court
2002 Stone Mountain Blvd.
2205 Fifer Drive
Old Farm Lakes
3419 Fountain Lake Drive
49 Prenzler Drive (Mark Bittermann's yearly merry salute, with more than 24,000 lights to music; tune your radio to 94.1 FM)
Homes at 2, 18, 19, 20, 26, 47 and 53 Stonebrook Court (Bring your sunglasses.)
13 Caledonia Court (awesome home with tons of lights across from Stonebrook Court)
Far southeast Bloomington
(Towanda Barnes Road, south to Cheney's Grove Road, to 2000 East Road)
10410 Sturbridge Road (Can be seen two miles away)
8434 Prairie Trail
9696 E 1950 North Road
Crestwicke Country Club area
16019 Raintree Road, Bloomington (big display in red, white and blue)
U.S. 24, just west of Washington, visible from the Nofsinger Road exit. A “competition” of Griswold Christmas across from each other.
400 S. Buck, LeRoy