10 Crazy Christmas Houses
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By Meredith Bodgas and Brynn Mannino for Woman's Day
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Rudolph and his pals carry Santa’s sleigh in the "North Pole," beside a neighboring roof with elves and Christmas trees. Farther "south," glowing signs of the season ensure passersby get the message, while nativity scenes spruce up awnings.
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Neat rows of angels add a heavenly glow to this urban oasis, as toy soldiers, snowmen and choir singers stand guard all around them. Sparkling snowflakes and a lit-up hot air balloon complete the crowded scene.
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Even Midas would approve of this golden abode with a glowing message that just may be spotted from space. Illuminated camels out front feel right at home with the desert-yellow lights all around them.
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A star of Bethlehem tops off a colorful display that really wows, thanks to multiple mini trees all aglow, a lawn lined with strings of lights and red-and-white peppermint lollipops sweetening the curb.
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It's a group effort in the Hampden section of Baltimore, where more than one million lights illuminate quaint row houses. Strings of bright bulbs stretch from the tops of homes across the street as cars and people pass underneath.
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The azure glow is a head-turning change from the more typical red, green and gold lights on other homes. Wrapping tree trunks in lights is always stunning, but the sapphire tint is especially arresting against the stark-white snow.
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Inviting cobalt arches entice visitors to walk through this winter wonderland. For extra whimsy, stick-figure snowmen dot the lawn, framed by candle-like lights in the ground.
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