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Posted on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 9 a.m.

Holiday lights map: Where are the best displays around town?

By Jen Eyer


The light display at Arcadian Antiques Boutique at 838 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor.

Photo submitted by Arcadian Antiques

Do you enjoy driving around town this time of year, looking at beautiful light displays? is putting together a map of local holiday light displays to guide you on your winter wandering — but first we need some help.

We're asking readers to email us the approximate address of their favorite light displays, or list them in the comments, and we will add them to the map below.

We are also asking readers to send in photos of their own holiday decorations for our 2011 Deck the House virtual showcase (see last year's showcase gallery here).

Send a photo of your indoor or outdoor holiday display to, along with a brief description of what makes it special. Photos must be at least 1200 pixels wide.

We'll give readers a chance to vote on their favorites, and feature the favorite homes in a future print edition of

Here's the map so far:

View Deck the house: Ann Arbor 2011 Holiday Lights map in a larger map
View Deck the house: Ann Arbor 2011 Holiday Lights map in a larger map

Jen Eyer is director of audience engagement for Reach her at or (734) 623-2577.



Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:08 a.m.

Non Eco, pro global warming, light pollution.... Just saying...


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

Depot Town in Ypsilanti is nicely down as are some of the houses as you continue driving eastbound on Cross St. and in the neighborhood just east of the park on Helen St. and some of the other smaller streets. Honk when you drive by! :-)


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:32 a.m.

The home on Stone School Rd. between Packard and Eisenhower has looked holiday festive for many years. Best wishes to all.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:05 a.m.

Lewis Jewelers on Stadium (the former McDonald's if you've been around that long).

Billy Bob Schwartz

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5 p.m.

Wow. I worked in that building to help send myself to the U. Great little place. Nearest others: Jackson and Dearborn! Man am I old. Guess I'll sit down a while and rest.

Guinea Pig in a Tophat

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 9:18 p.m.

The setup at 5884 LeBlanc Ave. (one of the dots off of Zeeb) is absolutely amazing!


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS stop being so PC. If you offend a few people oh well!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:09 p.m.

I think you mean "can you offend some *other* people".


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 2:43 p.m.

There's a good house on Crane Rd. in Pittsfield Twp., across Crane from Shellbark Dr.

Jerome Blue

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

Bah! Humbug!

Jen Eyer

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 5:50 p.m.

Yes, absolutely we can include Ypsilanti! We just need readers to send us some addresses.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 5:07 p.m.

nothing is ypsi eh? guess Ann Arbor folks are too afraid to look!!


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:44 p.m.

Speaking of Prospect Park area, there is one on Helen St. that's brightly lit AND tasteful (i.e., no inflatable nativity scenes).


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

prospect park sub in ypsilanti..has homes with good decorations.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

Agreed -, can this expand to Ypsi and the townships surrounding AA? There are lots of great light displays there, too!


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 4:41 p.m.

Corner of Miller and Autumn Hill Drive, the south entrance to Walnut Ridge. Maybe the tallest decorated trees in the area?

Sarah Rigg

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 3:33 p.m.

"Holiday lights" isn't PC - it's accurate. I'm pretty sure not everyone putting up displays celebrates the Christian holiday. Lights at the dark time of year are associated with a lot of spiritual traditions, including the pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and/or solstic celebrations.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:40 p.m.

Then for which "holiday" did they put them up? Who readily admits that they put up lights for Festivus or Saturnalia? Well?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 4:57 p.m.

Hey...don't forget Festivus!


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 11:38 a.m.

corner of Lohr and Textile usually has an awesome display of Christmas lights.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:35 a.m.

Seriously? Can't we say Christmas lights? Holiday lights is so PC.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 12:15 a.m.

Lots of secular people put up lights. This time of year is about the solstice, which the religions borrowed from.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 10:38 p.m.

How many people purposefully put up: Christmas lights? ___ Hanukkah lights? ___ Kwanzaa lights? ___ any other sundry "holiday"? ___ I rest my case.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 4:37 p.m.

Hanukkah is the "Festival of Lights" -- thanks for remembering us, too!


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Mine are usually up until well after Christmas. So, they are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, New Year's, Valentine's, etc lights! LOL Maybe the article isn't PC, but accurate.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

Corner of Stadium and Main: Best light show I have seen in 8 years. This was verified Sat. 11/26: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>