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Your Favorite Christmas Lights Around Boston

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We recently published a guide to our favorite Christmas lights displays around Boston and invited you, our dear readers, to submit your own recommendations. Some folks wrote in that quantity does not equal quality, that bigger is not better, that tacky is just, well, tacky. Others who responded seemed partial to the idea of the more the merrier. Below are those recommendations.

26 Norton Street in Boston’s Readville area.

26 Norton Street in Boston's Readville area.  (Lisa Trachtman)

26 Norton Street in Boston’s Readville area. (Lisa Trachtman)

“They have been decorating for over 40 years,” writes Lisa Trachtman
of this Readville house, “and the lights are set to the music. Lots of fun and guests are welcomed through the yard and greeted with a candy cane.”

Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston.

Community Boating's display on the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston. (Kevin Hatcher)

Community Boating’s display on the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston. (Kevin Hatcher)

Community Boating's display on the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston. (Kevin Hatcher)

Community Boating’s display on the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston. (Kevin Hatcher)

Community Boating's display on the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston. (Ginger Leib)

Community Boating’s display on the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge in Boston. (Ginger Leib)

Jenney Szeto of Community Boating recommends the group’s holiday sailboat featuring Santa as skipper and Rudolph.

Railroad Avenue in Beverly.

Railroad Avenue in Beverly. (Elizabeth Woodward)

Railroad Avenue in Beverly. (Elizabeth Woodward)

Railroad Avenue in Beverly. (Elizabeth Woodward)

Railroad Avenue in Beverly. (Elizabeth Woodward)

Railroad Avenue in Beverly. (Elizabeth Woodward)

Railroad Avenue in Beverly. (Elizabeth Woodward)

“It’s been up since before Halloween!” writes Elizabeth Woodward
of this Beverly home. “I’m obsessed with this house. I really want to know where they store all this stuff after Christmas is over. I hope it’s all in one crazy Christmasy room.”

Tyngsborough

Tyngsborough. (Erin Jenkins)

Tyngsborough. (Erin Jenkins)

Via Facebook, Erin Jenkins suggested this house in Tyngsborough, with the photo above from last year.

Other recommendations:

  • 120 Messina Woods Drive in Braintree. Jessica Haider suggests Braintree Lights, which has “several neighboring houses with lights synchronized to music.”
  • Ryan Road and Arthur Street in Danvers were recommended by Linda Aaronson.
  • Pleasant Street between Arlington and Belmont. “There are two houses side-by-side which get decked out every year,” writes Veronika McDonald King. “Quite the sight.” Julia S. Forbes also recommended houses in that neighborhood.
  • Bellingham. Marion Miller says, “Take exit 18 off of 495, go west for about 2 to 3 miles, and you will see a whole neighborhood with great lights.”
  • Padelford Street in Berkley was recommended by Cynthia Rose Osorio Florez.

And 20 Dale St., Malden.

20 Dale St., Malden. (Greg Cook)

20 Dale St., Malden. (Greg Cook)

I’d like to recommend one more location—this house in Malden, with polar bears out front (pictured at top) and out back, the Bumble and Rudolph from the 1964 holiday television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” amidst a forest of glowing trees (pictured immediately above).

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