Scottsdale Neighborhood Lights Tour

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

Buckle up and get cozy – we’re climbing in the car and hitting all parts of the Valley for this holiday light extravaganza! While Scottsdale abounds with large-scale light shows, the homes in the area don’t disappoint either. We’re not just talking a few strands of lights here and there. We’re talking spectacular light displays that rival Clark Griswold. You can find displays all over town using this map but below is a list of can’t-miss, decked-out houses.

Address: 8414 E Valley Vista Dr, Scottsdale, AZ, 85250
Number of lights: 250,000
Details: The facade of a gigantic, Disneyesque holiday castle sits atop the roof while a sea of snow-covered hills and a variety of green, red, and white lights glow in the front yard, including one arrangement spelling out the message "Believe in Magic."  Around the corner is a path that winds its way past a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and through a miniature mine filled in lights and decorations. The path leads to the backyard where an "Island of Misfit Toys" from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is faithfully recreated around the pool.

Address: 4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ, 85018
Number of lights: 250,000
Details: To say this display is jaw-dropping is an understatement. The 100-foot Eucalyptus tree decked out in lights is visible even before pulling into the neighborhood.  But the windows packed with animated characters, the free hot cocoa and myriad ground displays certainly don’t disappoint.

Address: 5923 E. Kings Ave., Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
Number of lights: 150,000
Details: Enjoy a computer-animated light show with four singing Christmas trees, eight mini trees, four illuminated arches, three candy cane spirals, one candy cane ladder, and a 20-foot spiral mega tree.

Address: 396 W. Liberty Ln, Gilbert, AZ, 85233
Number of lights: 100,000
Details: A massive animated display covers five houses and features 100,000 individual lights that flash through an impressive choreographed sequence that lasts for 13 songs. Chad Richins, who decorates his house and four neighboring houses, programs the entire sequence himself, with each song requiring more than 100 man hours.  Other highlights include four mega trees, 21 arches, five animated musicians and more.

Address: 1146 N. Quail Ln., Gilbert, AZ
Number of lights: 30,000
Details: Nostalgia is sure to strike when you find yourself surrounded by Peanuts characters from the Charlie Brown classic holiday story. Complete with Snoopy taking off at the end of the runway and Santa coming in on a helicopter, this airport-themed display harkens back to simpler times. Don't forget to take a picture with Linus, Lucy or Charlie Brown himself! 

To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!