Last year, we gave our readers a look at our favorite local holiday hotspots for families to see Christmas lights. This year, we wanted to dive deeper into the rabbit hole by providing a big ole list of the best South Florida houses that dress up for Christmas. Drag your kids away from their phones, and drive or stroll past these festively decorated SoFlo homes and residential neighborhoods this season.
Lime Court (Coconut Grove, FL)
As far as residential Christmas lights go, Coconut Grove’s pièce de résistance can be found on Lime Court. Where on Lime Court? We bet you’ll see the holiday decorations before you even get to the street sign. The usual suspects are here—animated figures, inflatables, and Christmas lights—but the holiday spirit is dialed up to 11. The lights usually run daily starting in December, but you should drive by regularly to see if the homeowners have started the show early. Click here for directions.
8740 SW 186 Street (Cutler Bay, FL)
The Rapport family decorates and operates their fantastic Christmas light show every year. The Cutler Bay home features thousands of lights, animatronics, more than 20 well-lit Christmas trees, inflatables, ornamental reindeer, a Nativity scene, and a Santa impersonator (or is he?) who hands out candy. Pile into your 8-seat Honda Odyssey to take a driving tour of these amazing Cutler Bay Christmas decorations—and make it a family tradition. Click here for directions.
8196 NW 199th Terrace (Hialeah, FL)
Homeowner Juan Barrios begins putting up his annual Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving—and it shows. Drive past this Hialeah house and tune to 98.10 FM to get a great animated light show synced to holiday music. Click here for driving directions.
1120 Quail Avenue (Miami Springs, FL)
This private residence celebrates the holiday in premium fashion: with hundreds of brilliant lights, animated figures, and a variety of festive displays. Click here for driving directions to see these Miami Springs Christmas lights.
2418 Whale Harbor Lane (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
These immense Fort Lauderdale holiday decorations, which take over a month to put up, draw even more immense crowds starting every Thanksgiving night. Over 25,000 Christmas lights, animations, and handmade décor are set up around the Whale Harbor Lane home. There’s even a hand-built Santa’s Workshop in which Mr. Clause himself toils away as he preps for Christmas Eve. If you’re driving around Ft. Lauderdale looking for Christmas lights, the Sablich family’s home should be at the top of your list. Click here for directions.
9640 NW 32nd Manor (Sunrise, FL)
Another great place near Fort Lauderdale to see Christmas house lights is this Sunrise home. Using over 35,000 lights that are synced up to holiday tunes, the Racine family transforms their house into a Christmas castle each season. The Racines also accept donated canned goods that go to local food banks in the area. Click here for directions.
1600 NE 137th Terrace (North Miami, FL)
The Enchanted Place of North Miami certainly lives up to its name. A popular hotspot for families, Enchanted Place is decorated with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights. Since the Reagan administration, this Miami house has been home to one of the best Christmas light displays in all of South Florida. If you want to avoid paying for the Enchanted Forest, tell your Pilot’s Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System to direct you here.
2700 SE 6th Street (Pompano Beach, FL)
For nearly two decades, the Macek family has made it a tradition to put up some of Pompano Beach’s finest holiday decorations. Over 200,000 Christmas lights expand across two lots and line every square inch of the enormous tree in the home’s front yard. It’s not a sight to be missed. Click here for driving directions.
6221 Banyan Terrace (S. Plantation, FL)
Since the early 1990s, everyone in the McGonigle family has participated in setting up their annual holiday decorations. If your child goes to South Plantation High, they’re sure to want to visit this home. Turn on your Honda Passport’s heated front and outboard rear seats, then drive past this home on Christmas Eve. Click here for directions.
11620 SW 180th Street (Miami, FL)
A favorite holiday destination amongst local residents, this Southwest Miami home really cranks out the cheer come Thanksgiving and Christmas time. The Lopez family put up more than 40,000 Christmas lights and 300 figures every year. Click here for driving directions.
3334 Buchanan Street (Hollywood, FL)
The Fosters have been decorating their Hollywood home since the 1960s. Decorations include everything from your traditional holiday lights to a 35-foot-tall Christmas tree. Click here for directions to see these great Christmas lights in Hollywood, FL.
20360 NW 4th Street (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Primped with nearly 100,000 lights, the Sumby residence in Pembroke Pines offers one of the area’s most unique Christmas displays in South Florida. Handmade wooden holiday characters—Snoopy, Charlie Brown, you name it—line the lawn, with new ones added each year. The homeowners spend over 180 hours setting up each holiday, so take advantage of their hard work. Click here for directions, and be sure to drive your Honda CR-V around the neighborhood as Pembroke Pines is always bright and cheery during Christmastime.
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