There's always one house on the block that goes Christmas-lights crazy—and as over-the-top as some of the displays can be, others are hands-down spectacular. Not only that, but many homeowners decorate in order to collect money for a local charity. Check out some of the most joyous decorative feats below.
Christmas on the Canal
Situated along the canals of Venice, California, this dynamite display spans two houses (located next to each other) as well as a pedestrian bridge. Photographer Lisa Miyake captured this gorgeous scene and its reflection in the water perfectly.
In the market town of Melksham, England, Alex Goodwind's home is transformed every year thanks to his holiday spirit. Mail on Sunday reported that Goodwind used "more than 115,000 bulbs" for the 2008 display shown above, in hopes that visitors would give money to a local hospice via his donation box.
Queen of Hearts
This Queens, New York, phenomenon is located in the neighborhood of Bayside. Decorations include inflatable and lit-up figurines as well as traditional Christmas lights.
West Coast Whimsical
This Sunnyville, California, home stood out, according to photographer Adam Alessandrini, amongst the neighboring non-decorated houses. Since it has no shortage of details or spirit, we can see why.
The above home is owned by John and Ethlyn Unger of Royal Oak, Michigan. Their yearly display of lights (70,000 to 80,000 lights total) draws thousands of visitors—as this photo taken in December 2008 shows.
The DeSario Dazzler
Located in Toronto, Canada, this house attracts "hundreds of visitors" each year, according to local news source Citytv. The DeSario family decided to benefit from the local attention by setting up a donation box with proceeds going to The Hospital for Sick Children.
Brilliant British Lights
The county of Berkshire, England, is home to this amusing display of Christmas lights—complete with snowmen, a Winnie the Pooh–themed Santa and more.
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