A couple of nights ago we decided to do something different on our after-dinner walk with Paisley. Usually we just walk around a shopping center across the road from our RV park, as it's well-lit and there are no other dogs to worry about, but scenic it is not. So on this night we set out to find the best holiday light displays around the neighborhoods between our RV park and downtown -- and to see the downtown Winter Garden light display, which we'd heard from a couple of folks was really special.
We'd passed by several houses that we knew had good holiday light and decoration displays on our bike rides on the way to and from the West Orange Trail we ride so frequently, so we'd been wanting to see how they looked at night. We made sure to go by those on our walking tour.
I loved the cool blue lights on this house as well as the inflatable snowman and Snoopy figures in the front yard.
Immediately next door, the adorable cottage below was awash in an ever-changing rainbow of colors. Nice job, folks!
This cute house was another of my favorites with a variety of lights and icicles hanging from the eaves. Charming!
This house and yard was really decked out and they were playing Christmas music on outside speakers as well. Photos don't do it justice, but here are a couple of views.
This Craftsman style home was awash in green LED light "confetti" that swirled in constant motion. Simple but festive!
We saw a couple more nicely decorated homes on our way to downtown Winter Garden.
Downtown was a feast for the eyes with lights as far as you could see in all directions. It was very impressive and probably the nicest municipal display I've ever seen. Most of my photos didn't turn out very good, but every tree was covered with lights providing a beautiful show down Plant Street, the main street through downtown. If you look closely, you can see Barry and Paisley walking in the center of this photo.
Hanukkah was not forgotten in downtown Winter Garden!
This tall tree one block off Plant Street was adorned with LED light "icicles" that sparkled and appeared to drip down because of the movement of the lights. A picture can't show the motion, but it was mesmerizing to watch in person.
Here's the Winter Garden Christmas tree in the heart of downtown, a sparkly beauty towering above the steetscape.
We walked down a few different streets on our way back and saw yet more nice light displays from local residents.
We'd noticed the house below on our walk back from the Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning, and it was spectacularly lit in the darkness.
I'm glad we don't have to pay their electric bill! They had music playing as well.
Even our RV park got into the Christmas spirit. Here are the sites with the best decorations around the park.
Christmas pigs and pooches are all welcome here!
We hope you enjoyed our little tour through Winter Garden. We were impressed by all the holiday spirit we saw around town, and since we can only walk so far (especially with Paisley), I'm sure there was much more we missed.
Here's wishing all our readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year too!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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