The holidays may look different this year due to COVID-19, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how we celebrate the season with twinkling lights.
Several houses in the Corpus Christi region have made it their business this year to spread the Christmas spirit by continuing to decorate their houses with Christmas lights and helping children get their letters to Santa Claus.
So get the kids, your furry friends, and your face masks and head around town to see some of the best Christmas lights in 2020.
The traditional show stoppers:
Candy Cane Lane
More than 300 homeowners are committed to keeping the tradition of lighting their homes and creating Candy Cane Lane every year. This popular Corpus Christi spot is located off Everhart Road on Donegal and Killarmet Streets.
Over on Wooldridge Drive near Everhart Road, you can enter Candlelight Lane. Down the street are dozens of houses in the same neighborhood as Candy Cane Lane, led by giant candles.
Mr. Bill’s Wonderland, 3242 Hampton St.
Bill Cox may have started his light exhibition more than 20 years ago with a Christmas train and a choir singing Christmas carols, but since then his home has become one of the best Christmas light stations in Corpus Christi.
Snap photos aboard the Christmas train and enjoy stuffed toys, a nativity scene, and Santa Claus.
Mazoch Family Christmas Display, 15301 Isabella Court
North Padre Islanders can make Christmas lights, and one family does it so well that it has received national attention in recent years. In 2015 this place appeared in ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”.
Here you will find pelicans, a crib and synchronized lights to the Christmas music. This year, the Mazoch family invites the community to hang an ornament on one of the wooden trees at the Christmas exhibition to take part in the celebration.
When does the light display end? This light show runs at exactly 10 p.m.
The life-size crib, 4826 Willowbrook Dr.
The Bocanegra family has been showing a life-size nativity scene in the Corpus Christi region for more than 20 years.
While there are no live pigeons on display this year, the community can enjoy the lifelike barn animals, baby Jesus and free popcorn every night.
Garcia Holiday Light Show, 3425 Austin St.
Since 2015, the Garcia family has been transforming their front yard into a dazzling light show in downtown Corpus Christi.
While the family won’t have a letterbox for Santa Claus this year due to COVID-19, the community can enjoy 50,000+ lights synced to 100.7 FM with their favorite holiday hits.
The hidden gems:
4709 Willowick Dr.
Owner Dennis Kingsbury transforms his house’s front yard into a sea of Disney, peanuts, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and other pop culture characters each year.
Kingsbury said each wooden character was hand carved. If you look carefully, you can spot 102 Dalmatians by the Christmas lights.
626 Carmel Parkway
This is one of the tallest Christmas trees you can see in the area. Did we mention the color is changing before your eyes?
Redden Family Lights, 6210 Lourdes St.
Located just south of Corpus Christi, the Redden Family Lights display features 10,000+ Christmas lights and a 16-foot tall mega-tree that syncs with pop hits and Christmas carols. To hear the music, visitors can tune in to 89.1 FM.
When are the playing times? The Redden Family Lights display begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays from 6.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. and Sundays from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information on the Redden Family Lights display, please visit the Facebook page.
4414 Pontchartrain Dr.
This home near Yorktown Road has everything for any vacation: Valentine’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and especially Christmas.
As you drive past the house, see dozens of giant-sized inflatable rafts with Christmas motifs covering the entire yard.
6025 Ocean Dr.
If you blink, you may miss this well-lit house before turning onto Ennis Joslin Road.
In front of this house you will find dozens of plastic snowmen. Can you count them all
Write a letter to Santa Claus:
Santa’s Mailbox, 1026 Belmeade Dr.
Here is your chance to send your Christmas letter to Santa Claus just before Christmas! When you mail your letter, Christmas music will be played and snow will fly from the treetops. You will also receive a handwritten response from the “Big Man” himself via email.
But don’t wait too long, the last day you will send your letter is December 24th. Check out Santa’s mailbox on Facebook for more information.
Christmas lights in downtown Corpus Christi:
HEB Christmas tree
Head to downtown Corpus Christi and take photos in front of this 30 meter high Christmas tree in Water’s Edge Park.
The Christmas tree has more than 7,000 lights, 2,000 ornaments and a crib star and is illuminated in December.
The Corpus Christi harbor holiday tree
The 18 foot tall tree is the newest addition to downtown Corpus Christi this year. It has more than 700 Christmas lights and 140 ornaments and is lit and displayed in La Retama Park throughout December.
More:Downtown Corpus Christi unveils the Port of Corpus Christi Holiday Tree in La Retama Park
In the 1960s, Chaparral Street was named Peppermint Lane for the holidays and became the main stop for business in Corpus Christi.
After its revival in 2018, the city street continues to create the Christmas spirit with Christmas lights, garlands and bows during the holiday season. Some of the storefronts on the street are festive and offer seasonal greetings for shoppers.
Christmas lights in Artesian Park, 525 Twigg Street
If you’re visiting downtown Corpus Christi this holiday season, be sure to stop and enjoy the twinkling lights in Artesian Park.
This year, in the park’s popular pavilion, you’ll find Christmas garlands and Christmas lights that adorn many palm trees. The display is part of a series of projects initiated by the downtown administrative district during the holidays to revitalize the inner city.
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