Best Scottsdale Neighborhoods for Christmas Lights in 2020

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

If there ever was a year to view holiday lights from the comfort of your car, 2020 just might be it. So, grab some snacks and settle in – we’re hitting all parts of the Valley for this holiday light extravaganza! While Scottsdale abounds with professional 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 of this house, 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 eventually leads to the backyard where an "Island of Misfit Toys" from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is faithfully recreated around the pool.


Address: 4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ, 85018
Number of lights: 260,000
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:  11330 N. Sundown Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Number of lights: 250,000
Details: Boasting a 75-foot gingerbread house, flame machines, C02 jets, pyrotechnics, projections and more, this house also has a “Christmas Forever,” computerized display.


Address: 396 W. Liberty Ln, Gilbert, AZ, 85233
Number of lights: 100,000
Details: This 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 all five 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: 1161 N. Quail Ln., Gilbert, AZ
Number of lights: 100,000
Details: Multiple houses in this neighborhood are decorated with all things animated – Snoopy, Minions, Elsa and Anna and, of course, Santa Claus himself. There’s even a Christmas-themed dragon overlooking the festivities. Plus, you can warm up by the fire on the weekends.


To plan your Scottsdale holiday getaway, click here!