Charlottesville Christmas Tour

After one of our first dates back in 2005, Marc took me on a tour of neighborhoods with Christmas lights. It was something only a native or long time resident of the area could do. I was terribly homesick at the time and it helped me feel a little happier that year.

Every year since, we've gone on the same tour, considering it a date night of sorts. I took some pictures to share with you...

The neighborhood with the most Christmas lights in Charlottesville is full of cute ranches and bungalows. Some of the smallest homes have some of the most elaborate displays.

I love the huge arrow pointing to this house's chimney.

This attached home always has every inch of its tiny yard decorated. It always makes me smile.

Nothing says happy holidays like a piglet dressed up like Santa.

This is a total circus house. The owner and his kids stand out front in costume, waving. The street is so narrow that I couldn't get a picture of the front, but this guy owns every inflatable lawn item that has ever been made. He also has a huge light-up sign that says "Hooville." For those who aren't from here, the University of Virginia team nickname is the Wahoos and many just say "Hoos." There was a rumor that Dr. Seus wrote The Grinch Who Stole Christmas about Charlottesville. It's not true.

This last house is on a corner and they decorate each side of their property.

Here's the back:

The side:

And the front:

Needless to say, I think kitsch and cheesiness is totally fine (and at times delightful) if you're going to have a holiday circus like this on your lawn. I thought it was interesting that I didn't see any crossing of lines (i.e. Frosty, Rudolph, and Santa standing in for the three wise men around the baby Jesus), which I did see back when I lived in northern New Jersey.

Stay tuned...later this week, I'll post pictures from Marc's mother's neighborhood. I The neighborhood is full of eye candy!


  1. I love looking at everyone's lights! Thanks for the great round-up!

  2. I always have so much fun driving through that neighborhood with my children. If you haven't made the drive during the day, you might want to. There's plenty to see when the sun is up that you might have missed otherwise.

  3. just found your blog and love it! i also just got back from a quick trip to cviille to visit my college roommate. wish we could have seen all these lights :) merry christmas!

  4. All I can say is 'Oh my goodness'!!
    Its quite rare for anyone to go to such effort in the UK.

  5. I love the cheesy and tacky outdoor decor this time of year. I find it so cheerful!!

  6. woah, everyone goes all out around there huh- what a fun place to drive around!

  7. I was over there with my wife last night as well. We love Agnese Street!

    We actually drove out to the house near Sheetz on 29N but they didn't decorate this year.

    P.S. If you were in a white truck I was behind you. (We were behind a white truck taking pictures.) It would be too wild if it ended up being you but I am sure many people drive by and take pictures. Haha!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Great pics. I love Christmas lights. There aren't too many houses decorated on my side of Cville :(

  9. You did a great job photographing those houses! My Christmas Light pictures always come out looking blurry and nauseating!

  10. This is great!! My parent's live in the house with the arrow. :) When my brother and I were little, we were afraid that Santa wouldn't find our new my dad built the arrow to help Santa find his way. 18 years later, it's still a big hit. We're glad you enjoyed the lights.

  11. Fascinating designs!


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