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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 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

Central Bloomington

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).

West Bloomington

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.)

Northeast Normal

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.

East Bloomington

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

Hawthorne II:

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

Tipton Trails

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​)

Southeast Bloomington

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

Rural Bloomington

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

12 gifts for our readers: Flick's picks - Holiday light displays in Central Illinois - 2018



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