Where to See the Best Home Light Displays in the Denver Area.
Every winter, a select few Coloradans spend weeks transforming their homes into over-the-top holiday displays that put even Santa’s workshop to shame.
The Gingerbread House
This dazzling array, which features 10,000-plus lights meticulously outlining nearly every edge of Walter Hazard’s home, is beloved by those near (neighborhood kids were the ones who named it “The Gingerbread House”) and far (German magazine Der Spiegel featured it in a roundup of the best holiday displays in America). “It’s so orderly,” Hazard says. “The Germans love that.” 10221 S. Fairgate Way, Highlands Ranch
Onstott Christmas Extravaganza
When Mike and Jen Onstott met more than 10 years ago, they immediately bonded over their love of Christmas decorations. Now they share their affection for all that twinkles with the rest of us via a massive display of some 35,000 lights, a 10-foot glass castle, a cold spark machine, and a light show synchronized to music. 10046 Fraser St., Commerce City
It’s A Wonderful Light
Corey Christiansen’s decorating theory is pretty straightforward: “I want my display to be as dense as possible.” Those who visit his jam-packed arrangement—which includes some 50,000 lights and the odd inflatable dragon—are also encouraged to donate to the Autism Society of Colorado (both of Christiansen’s kids live with autism) by texting SPREADLIGHT to 44321. 4822 S. Picadilly Court, Aurora
Westminster Family Light Show
It takes Davin Young about three hours to match just one minute of music to the dancing lights he puts on his house. Because that work is so detailed and time-consuming, Young works year-round to synchronize some 16 songs in time for the holidays. The tunes are then broadcast on FM-93.5 through a transmitter in the garage, sparing Young’s neighbors’ sanity. 11407 W. 103rd Ave., Westminster
Lights on Hudson
Russ Shaver and his husband, Ben, spend months diagramming the 100,000 lights (yes, you read that right) and 300-plus elements that take over their front yard every year. That obsession paid off in 2019, when Denver Post readers voted the Shavers’ the best home holiday display in the metro area. 3070 Hudson St., Denver
Windsor Gardens Christmas Lights
Since the 1960s, members of this 153-acre retirement community have decorated their residences as part of an annual holiday lights competition. Drive through the trove of twinkling bulbs (around 75 percent of the neighborhood typically participates) and be sure to keep a lookout for signs designating the top displays, as voted on by a panel of outside judges and Windsor Gardens residents. 595 S. Clinton St., Denver
This article appeared in the December 2020 issue of 5280. Shane Monaghan