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Where To See The Greatest Christmas Lights Around Boston

401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

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Christmas lights are, at heart, about bringing brightness into the longest, coldest, darkest nights of the year. Some are inspired by Christian faith in the appearance of a new baby, the infant Jesus. Some are all about the joy to the world of schmaltz. Whether you’re moved by “Peace on Earth” or a holly jolly Christmas, below are nine must-see electric yuletide displays from Dorchester to Saugus’ incredible Lynn Fells Parkway that will warm your cold New England heart. (Click on any of the photos to see them larger.)

Send us your Christmas lights photos to share at gcook@bu.edu or tell us places we’ve missed in the comments.

16 & 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, east of Rivers Lane, Saugus

The Amsden and the Guarino families, who share a driveway, are behind this show-stopping display—one of the many light extravaganzas along Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus. This dual display includes a penguin popping out of an igloo, a manger scene, pink flamingos and a life-sized Santa riding in a sleigh pulled by a little red-nosed Rudolph. WBUR’s Monica Brady-Myerov spoke to the families in 2011.

16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Santa's sleigh at 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Santa’s sleigh at 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Manger scene with flamingos at Santa's sleigh at 16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Manger scene with flamingos at Santa’s sleigh at 16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

401 Lynn Fells Parkway, just east of Donna Road, Saugus

Michael Conlon wishes visitors “Peace on Earth” at his Saugus home (pictured at the top of this post and immediately below), which includes a manger scene and (way in the back) a life-sized Santa, all unified by a tasteful blue and white palette.

401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Manger scene at 401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Manger scene at 401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, east of Rivers Lane, Saugus

A manger scene, snowmen and a palm tree are just some of the decorations lighting up this neat yard.

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

5 Laurine Road, just east of Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus

Ropes of pulsing lights illuminate bushes and a network of Christmas trees, snowflakes and snowmen.

5 Laurine Road, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

5 Laurine Road, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

5 Laurine Road, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

5 Laurine Road, Saugus. (Greg Cook)

Adams Street, just north of Victory Road, Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood

Hoa Nguyen and his father, Trong Nguyen, light up Boston’s Fields Corner neighborhood with an animated spectacle of electric snow, hovering angels, blinking Christmas trees and what seem to be LED fireworks.

Adams Street, Dorchester. (Greg Cook)

Adams Street, Dorchester. (Greg Cook)

Otis Street, just west of Cross Street, Somerville

“I’ve been doing it almost 30 years,” says John Ragno, who decorates three houses he owns here, two side by side, and one across the street. “I started off with a manger outside, a small manger on the porch. And it grew.” Read our full interview with Ragno here.

Otis Street, Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Otis Street, Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Otis Street, Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Otis Street, Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Reindeer pull Santa's sleigh over John Ragno's driveway on Otis Street in Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh over John Ragno’s driveway on Otis Street in Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Bainbridge Street, just west of Rockwell Street, Malden

Over the past decade, Maryann Spinney and her daughter and son-in-law Evelyn and Mark Anzalone have lit up houses down the lane from each other on Malden’s Bainbridge Street. (They also put on a big show for Halloween.) Several neighbors have also gotten into the act, so that it’s become a whole glowing holiday neighborhood.

Bainbridge Street, Malden. (Greg Cook)

Bainbridge Street, Malden. (Greg Cook)

Bainbridge Street, Malden. (Greg Cook)

Bainbridge Street, Malden. (Greg Cook)

Bainbridge Street, Malden. (Greg Cook)

Bainbridge Street, Malden. (Greg Cook)

Washington Street just south of Gould Street, Melrose

Lights blink in synch with music, a giant live tree twinkles with lights and a life-sized Santa waves at this Melrose home.

Washington Street in Melrose. (Greg Cook)

Washington Street in Melrose. (Greg Cook)

Santa waves on Washington Street in Melrose. (Greg Cook)

Santa waves on Washington Street in Melrose. (Greg Cook)

“ZooLights” at the Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham

The Stone Zoo’s wooded paths are lit up for its annual “ZooLights” through Jan. 5. With a $7 admission, see a real lynx, owl and eagle; get your picture taken with a live reindeer; and visit Santa’s Castle for a sit down with the jolly old elf.

Santa's Castle at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook)

Santa’s Castle at the Stone Zoo’s “ZooLights.” (Greg Cook)

Animated polar bears at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook)

Animated polar bears at the Stone Zoo’s “ZooLights.” (Greg Cook)

The real, live reindeer at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook)

The real, live reindeer at the Stone Zoo’s “ZooLights.” (Greg Cook)

Moose at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook)

Moose at the Stone Zoo’s “ZooLights.” (Greg Cook)

Polar bears at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook)

Polar bears at the Stone Zoo’s “ZooLights.” (Greg Cook)

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  • J. Lew

    Lots of creativity energy at work to share for the holiday season. Thank you all for sharing your talents. Peace on Earth ~

  • samuelpepys

    Wonderful!

  • Heather M

    Millis Winter Wonderland!

  • Community Boating

    Although this isn’t as grandeur, it is still a very nice sight for folks who are still strolling along the Boston Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge – the Community Boating Holiday Sailboat featuring Santa the skipper and Rudolph.