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Where To See The Best Christmas Lights Around Boston

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
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When it comes to Christmas lights, I'm of the opinion that more is more. Below is a guide to my favorite holiday decorations from Attleboro to Waltham to Danvers (listed by community, in alphabetical order), based on many nights of roaming across eastern Massachusetts. I’m always interested in finding amazing new holiday decorations. So if for some reason I've overlooked your favorites, please send your Christmas lights photos to share at gcook@bu.edu or tell me places I’ve missed in the comments.


Attleboro: 947 Park St.

At the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, they celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus — “the Light of Life” — with some 300,000 lights illuminating more than 10 acres. This year-round Catholic shrine, with permanent monuments to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, offers perhaps the most sacred feeling light display in the area. Park and walk to the nativity scene with live donkey, the reflecting pond, the painted scenes and the International Crèche Museum.

National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, in 2014. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, in 2014. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, in 2014. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
National Shrine of Our Lady Of La Salette, 947 Park St., Attleboro, in 2014. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Belmont: 441 and 429 Pleasant St.

Two neighboring houses are holiday landmarks along Route 60, at Munroe Street.

429 Pleasant St., Belmont. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
429 Pleasant St., Belmont. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
429 Pleasant St., Belmont. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
429 Pleasant St., Belmont. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Beverly: 512 Elliott St.

512 Elliott St., Beverly. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
512 Elliott St., Beverly. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Beverly: 48 Railroad Ave. at Hardy Street


Boston: 5 Greenhill St.

5 Greenhill St., Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
5 Greenhill St., Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Boston: 26 Norton St., in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood

For years, Kenneth C. Canale Sr.’s holiday decorations made his house a magnet in his neighborhood. Since he died in 2010, his son, Kenneth Jr., and his family have kept up the tradition — including handing out candy canes to children and hosting occasional visits by Santa Claus.

The Canales' Home at 26 Norton St. in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. (Courtesy of the Canales)
The Canales' Home at 26 Norton St. in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. (Courtesy of the Canales)

Beverly: 206 Savin Hill Ave.

206 Savin Hill Ave., Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
206 Savin Hill Ave., Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Boston: 62 Tuttle St.

62 Tuttle St., Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
62 Tuttle St., Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Danvers: Arthur Street

You can't have too much of a good thing at the display connecting these two neighboring houses. Decorations include gingerbread men lining a blue electric river that flows between the homes.

Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Danvers: 79 Elliott St.

This home is a landmark along Route 62 for marking each season with classic wooden decorations.

79 Elliott St., Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
79 Elliott St., Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Malden: Bainbridge Street, just west of Rockwell Street

On Bainbridge Street, they go all out for the holidays. Over the past decade, Maryann Spinney and her daughter and son-in-law Evelyn and Mark Anzalone have lit up houses down the lane from each other. Several neighbors have also gotten into the act, so that it’s become a whole glowing holiday neighborhood.

30-32 Bainbridge St., Malden. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
30-32 Bainbridge St., Malden. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
50-52 Bainbridge St., Malden. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
50-52 Bainbridge St., Malden. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Bainbridge Street, Malden, in 2013. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Bainbridge Street, Malden, in 2013. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Malden: 20 Dale St.

The highlight here is the backyard, visible from the street, which features Christmas trees and the Bumble (Abominable Snow Monster) from the 1964 stop-motion animation TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

20 Dale St., Malden. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
20 Dale St., Malden. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
20 Dale St., Malden, in 2013. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
20 Dale St., Malden, in 2013. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Medford: 6 Everett St.

6 Everett St., Medford. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
6 Everett St., Medford. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Medford: 56 and 60 Haines St.


Medford: 85 George P. Hassett Dr.

At Medford City Hall, a giant animated snowman displayed above the doors doffs his top hat.

Medford City Hall. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Medford City Hall. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Melrose: 223 Washington St. just south of Gould Street

Santa waves on Washington Street in Melrose in 2013. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Santa waves on Washington Street in Melrose in 2013. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Saugus: 7 Lynn Fells Parkway

7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
7 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Saugus: 16 and 22 Lynn Fells Parkway, east of Rivers Lane

The Amsden and the Guarino families, who share a driveway, have long been behind this show-stopping display—including a light-up reindeer pulling a sleigh over the bridge that spans the stream that runs in front of the homes. It’s one of the many light extravaganzas along Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus.

22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
22 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
16 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Saugus: 403 Lynn Fells Parkway, just east of Donna Road

Michael Conlon wishes visitors “Peace on Earth” at his Saugus home distinguished by its blue and white lights.

403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
403 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Saugus: 5 Laurine Road, just east of Lynn Fells Parkway

5 Laurine Road, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
5 Laurine Road, Saugus. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: 7-9 Ames St. at the corner of Robinson Street


Somerville: 141-143 Boston Ave.

141-143 Boston Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
141-143 Boston Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: Concord Avenue and Springfield Street.

Several homes near this intersection are decorated — Nativity scenes are particularly featured here.

63 Concord Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
63 Concord Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
61 Concord Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
61 Concord Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
54 Springfield St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
54 Springfield St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: 440-442 Medford St.


Somerville: 13 Melvin St.

13 Melvin St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
13 Melvin St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: Otis Street, just west of Cross Street

“I’ve been doing it almost 30 years,” said John Ragno, who decorates three houses he owns here, two side by side, and one across the street. “I started off with a manger outside, a small manger on the porch. And it grew.”

Otis Street, Somerville, in 2009. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Otis Street, Somerville, in 2009. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
15 Otis St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
15 Otis St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: 25 to 42 Preston Road.

At least half a dozen houses decorate extensively along this street.

34 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
34 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
42 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
42 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
38-40 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
38-40 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
29 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
29 Preston Road, Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: 12 Raymond Ave.

12 Raymond Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
12 Raymond Ave., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Somerville: 320 Washington St.

320 Washington St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
320 Washington St., Somerville. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Stoneham: 149 Pond St.

The Stone Zoo’s wooded paths are lit up for its annual “ZooLights” nightly through Jan. 3. See a live reindeer and visit Santa’s Castle for a sit down with the jolly old elf. Admission is $9 Friday to Sunday, $8 Monday to Thursday.

Santa's Castle at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Santa's Castle at the Stone Zoo's “ZooLights." (Greg Cook/WBUR)
“ZooLights” at Stone Zoo. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
“ZooLights” at Stone Zoo. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Waltham: 30 Albemarle Rd.

Much of this elaborate display has been hand-made by the Schueler family over three decades.


Waltham: 1369 Trapelo Rd.

1369 Trapelo Road, Waltham. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
1369 Trapelo Road, Waltham. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Woburn: 219 Cambridge Rd.

219 Cambridge Road, Woburn. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
219 Cambridge Road, Woburn. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

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Previously:

• Where To See the Best Christmas Lights — And A Lobster Trap Menorah — Around Boston (2014).

• Where To See The Greatest Christmas Lights Around Boston (2013).

• Your Favorite Christmas Lights Around Boston (2013).


Greg Cook, ARTery's Christmas lights reporter, loves to discuss holiday decorations on Twitter @AestheticResear or on the Facebook.

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Greg Cook was an arts reporter and critic for WBUR's The ARTery.

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