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Where do you look at Christmas lights?


“Outside of Christmas Tree Lane, there’s nothing too Christmas-y in Fresno.” I read that on a local blog the other day and was a bit perplexed. I’ve always thought of Fresno as a city that loves to celebrate the season. Especially with Christmas light displays. Maybe we just need a good list of them.

We all know about local fixtures such as Christmas Tree Lane (the second and final walking night is tonight, FYI) and Huntington Blvd, but the last few years I’ve been out looking for other options too.

  • My favorite is the area some people call Cindy Lane (pictured above) off of Alluvial Ave., between Peach and Willow in Clovis. To me, and others will disagree, it blows Christmas Tree Lane out of the water. Here’s a blog post with pics from a past visit.
  • Last weekend, I discovered a house at 1150 E. Sierra Ave. (just east of First St.) that has an awesome synchronized light and music display. You tune your car radio to 95.1 FM and there’s a 10-minute set of music that the lights flicker along to. Here’s a video from a past year, you’ll have to disregard all the talking. I talked to the owner of the house for a column that will appear in Friday’s paper and he gave me a few other houses in town that set up similar displays:

- 699 E. Blue Ridge, Fresno (Ft. Washington & Friant area)
- 6047 N Winchester, Fresno (Bullard & Maroa)

- 3026 San Gabriel, Clovis (Locan, North of Gettysburg)
- 1189 Citadel, Clovis (Nees & Willow)

  • A quaint but cool neighborhood I found out about last weekend and checked out is Simpson Ave. at Fruit Ave., just south of Shields Ave. It’s just one street, and it’s not as over-the-top as some other places, but is has a fun neighborhood feel to it. It wasn’t super crowded either.

I’m sure there are plenty of neighborhood hidden gems scattered around our area. Let’s try to put together a nice list here. Is there a must-see area that you know about? Share it in the comments. Please give as much location information as possible.

View the larger map of Fresno area holiday lights and add your own favorite addresses for light photos

Responses to "Where do you look at Christmas lights?"

marcel says:

As a public service I purposely have no exterior decorations. In fact, I keep my house dark just so the Christmas lights and displays my neighbors on Brown Avenue put up shine all the brighter. Saves me money too… win win, right?

perfect!! just what I was looking for, looked all over last week for something online that said where to look at lites in fresno
fyi- selma pioneer village behind home depot used to do them but it was completely dark last nite

thanks for posting

Mike Oz says:

Glad it was helpful. Do you know any other good ones?

not really just rumors, like woodward park but havent ventured out there to see if they do any and the zoo lites thing, the old water tower at palm bluffs near the benz dealership is neat to watch though

Clare says:

Some homes on Woodward Lake decorate their docking areas and backyards. You get an added “Christmas-y” bonus seeing the lights reflect off of the water. I also heard there is going to be a parade of boats at some point, too.

I also remember in years’ past a home north of Bullard, just east of First St. that had a ton of lights. I think it might have been on 6th Ave.

Carrie Zulewski says:

You list our house on Winchester as a house to see lights…we too have a FM radio channel you need to tune into if you come by. Mike, I hope you have a chance to see my husband’s handy-work, we have already been on three news casts this December. I think it is his best work so far!

Mike Oz says:

Thanks for coming by the Beehive, Carrie. I’m definitely trying to hit all the locations on that list. Can’t wait.

Kathy says:

One of my favorite displays in Fresno is in the Northwest neighborhood — Bullard, Sierra, West and Fruit avenues — where the neighbors have a holiday tradition of lining the streets on Christmas Eve (it’s just that night at 5 p.m.) with glowing luminaries. It’s pretty amazing, in a quiet and peaceful way.

Kevin B says:

I was going to mention this one but I couldn’t remember if they still do it. I live right down the street, but I never drive that way.

Kathy says:

A story I read on it that ran a few years ago says they’ve been doing it for more than 20 years. I hope they keep up the Christmas Eve tradition.

pk says:

It’s the ‘Posada’…Mary and Joseph would ask “Posada ?” and the reply would be ‘No Posada’ room at the inn…. in a variation of the Mexican tradition….to light the way for Mary and Joseph to the Inn….
Very peaceful, beautiful and touching…a perfect Christmas eve…

Posada……..symbolizes the trials which Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born, based on the passage in the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke (2:1-9):

“Now, at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census — the first — took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his home town to be registered. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee and traveled up to Judaea, to the town of David called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and lineage, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn. In the countryside close by there were shepherds who lived in the fields and took turns watching their flocks during the night. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them.”[1]

Fresno Christian High School staff member, sophomore Nick Avery, wrote an article about Fresno/Clovis’ holiday lights. Check out “Holiday lights enrich Fresno/Clovis atmosphere.”

Angela says:

There’s a beautifully decorated house between Sierra and Bullard, and Van Ness and Marks at 2746 West Tenaya.
I recommend checking it out!

Jennifer Blackman-Boyd says:

1690 W Stuart is called the Holiday House by some people living within the Bullard/Sierra/Fruit/West area. My grandmother(84 years old) decorates for EVERY holiday, not just Christmas. With a family gathering and the flip of a switch, the display is turned on December 7th in honor of my grandfather’s birthday. The house has been featured on local TV, radio and in the Bee in past years.
When my grandparents moved to Fresno from LA in 1988, they brought the tradition of the luminaries with them. Within a few years the display grew so large they connected with a group started by the Gibbs family, and now volunteers donate their time to make it a beautiful, annual Christmas Eve custom.

welovlights says:

4460 E Swift (North of Ashlan and East of Cedar)
Just for fun!