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A Driving Tour of Holiday Lights in South Metro Denver: Littleton, Englewood, Lone Tree, Centennial and Highlands Ranch

Adele Jeunette has been a resident of Littleton for 24 years, the same amount of time she's been driving to see lights in the area.

This site lists the best places to see holiday and Christmas lights in Littleton and south Denver.

This site lists the best places to see holiday and Christmas lights in Littleton and south Denver.

Christmas Holiday Lights in Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree

2021 Note: Because of health restrictions this year, some shops and restaurants may be closed, or may not have indoor dining.

Updated 12/2021: This little drive will take you past a few of south Denver's major light displays. You'll start at Southglenn Mall and then head to far south Englewood at the Kloewer residence (5041 S. Elati), move south and west through downtown Littleton on Littleton Boulevard, and end up at the Hudson Gardens lighting display.


Lights at the Southglenn Mall

6991 S Vine St, Centennial, CO 80122

(2020 Note: Most restaurants are closed to indoor dining. Most activities, such as Santa, ice skating, and the like have been suspended this year.) This shopping area makes a good starting place since it’s easy to find (at the corner of University and Arapahoe) and has quite a few places to grab a bite or a drink before you set off. The center street of this outdoor mall (in front of the theater) has a nice, tasteful display of lighted trees, as well as a fireplace and a skating rink. They also have a Santa inside that you can visit, and lots of other special events and services, such as Clydesdale carriage rides, carolers, and even Santa photos with your pet. Check their website for dates and times.

http://www.shopsouthglenn.com/

If you want to grab a bite, or get a hot drink before you go out, there are several restaurants. You can also get sushi, pizza, soup, stir-fry, salad bar, and all kinds of drinks at Whole Foods Market.


Lights on House at 6636 S. Lafayette

As you head west on Arapahoe Road the cool white lights that decorate the trees and the roofline will catch your eye off to the right. It's Stricker's Winter Wonderland! Make a right on Lafayette, and you will see a tree and yard decked out with all manner of things—including a whole section devoted to Dr. Seuss' Whoville. Make sure you take a look at the windows to catch a glimpse of the Grinch lurking about. If you get out of the car and walk around to see the display, you can also hear the Christmas music that’s piped from the porch.

If you have time, wend your way through the neighborhood for a bit. While the other houses aren’t as elaborate, there are still some feats of engineering (how did they get those red lights so high on that tree?) to admire. This neighborhood seems to have more decorating spirit than most of the ones I’ve seen in Littleton.


Lights 6636 S. Lafayette, Centennial, CO

A view of Stricker's Winter Wonderland

A view of Stricker's Winter Wonderland

Whoville at Stricker's Winter Wonderland

Whoville at Stricker's Winter Wonderland

Lights at 6496 S Marion Place, Centennial, 80121

If you keep heading north on Lafayette, you will come to Marion Place and another house bedecked with all manner of inflatables and lights. Here you will find a towering Santa, a whole congregation of snowmen, and even some snow dogs. Be sure to travel along the east side of the house to see Santa peeking out of a setting I've never seen before. It seems sometimes even Santa needs to "take care of business."

Huge Santa and tree at 6496 S. Marion Place

Huge Santa and tree at 6496 S. Marion Place

Trio of snowmen at 6496 S Marion Place

Trio of snowmen at 6496 S Marion Place

Synchronized Lights and Music on 7148 South Grant Street 80122

This display has 35,000 lights which are synchronized to music transmitted on the radio at 98.1 FM on your dial. Thanks to Caleb Schallenmuller who pointed out his display to me. It’s quite the sight.

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The lights are bright, with bold colors, and the music is definitely on the energetic side of the spectrum. My little phone camera doesn’t do justice to the depth of the color, but you can see that he has quite a few features to work with for his synchronized lights: roof lines, stars, trees, arches. The photo doesn’t show it, but there is also a big triangular tree shape to the right which has various strands that light up. He gets quite a bit of variety, and quite a bit of the flashing “Wow factor” from this display. I’ve included a brief video excerpt which will give you an idea of the mood of the display. Again, you really have to see it in person to get the full effect of the bright lights.

7148 S. Grant Street The lights on this synchronized show are ever-changing, but this photo does give you an idea of some of the design elements of the presentation.

7148 S. Grant Street The lights on this synchronized show are ever-changing, but this photo does give you an idea of some of the design elements of the presentation.

Excerpt of Light Show at 7148 S. Grant St

Lights at 7152 S Franklin St, Centennial, 80122

The modest-sized house is absolutely covered with lights, with a few trees and such for emphasis. If you like more traditional Christmas music, this is the place for you. They've chosen a nice selection of standards with instrumental and vocal selections (in contrast to the shows which are heavy on rock.) It's charming, and I especially like the addition of the brighter twinkle lights. It gives the whole thing quite a bit of character.

7152 S Franklin St, Centennial, 80122

This house on Franklin Street features a coordinated lighting music display.

This house on Franklin Street features a coordinated lighting music display.

Lights at 1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121

If you drive through this part of town, you will see quite a few very tall decorated trees and nicely decorated houses. This is a relatively well-to-do area, and it looks like quite a few of the people here have the funds to have their places professionally decorated. One place I especially liked was 1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121. It’s a tastefully decorated house with enormous trees all it up.

1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121

I like the contrast of the blue house in the large tree with warm white lights.

I like the contrast of the blue house in the large tree with warm white lights.

Lights at 5625 S. Alexander Ct.

My family recently discovered this place through Facebook, and we think it’s about the most impressive place in the area. When we first saw it, my husband said, “It looks like a slightly smaller Botanic Gardens display.” These folks have the most enormous trees that I’ve seen on one person’s property, and it looks like they have lit every one of them from top to bottom. You can drive around on the side street, and see a couple of displays including a Christmas train.

5625 S. Alexander Ct.

This house on Alexander Ct. has over 30 giant lighted trees.

This house on Alexander Ct. has over 30 giant lighted trees.

Lights at 3 Random Rd. Englewood, CO 80113

This house is nicely decorated, though most of the decorations are behind iron gates, and a little harder to see than others.

3 Random Rd. Englewood, CO 80113

Here I focused on just one aspect of the decorations, a little red truck situated in front of the gates.

Here I focused on just one aspect of the decorations, a little red truck situated in front of the gates.

Lights at 85 Meade Ln., Englewood, CO 80113

This house on Meade Lane wins the prize for unique and classy decoration of trees. The lights are arranged in a regular crisscross pattern that reminds me a little bit of plaid, with large lighted ornaments punctuating the design.

85 Meade Ln., Englewood, CO 80113

Here are some of the decorated trees at Meade Lane.

Here are some of the decorated trees at Meade Lane.

Lights at 4 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113

There are two elaborately decorated houses next to each other here on Mockingbird Lane. This one at 4 Mockingbird Ln. features nicely-wrapped green trees.

4 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113

These green trees are just part of the decorations at 4 Mockingbird Ln.

These green trees are just part of the decorations at 4 Mockingbird Ln.

Lights at 5 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113

It’s easy to pretend you are driving amongst the castles of country estates on this street especially here at 5 Mockingbird Ln. The conical roof adds to the effect of this beautifully lighted home.

5 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113

One view of the striking home at 5 Mockingbird Ln.

One view of the striking home at 5 Mockingbird Ln.

The Kloewer's, 5041 S. Elati, Englewood, CO 80110

This home, two blocks west of Broadway and one block north of Belleview, has a postage-stamp yard, but the Kloewers manage to pack just about every inch of it with lights, figurines, and all manner of Christmas décor.

You can see the lights from your car as you drive past, but you're going to want to get the kids and bundle out so that you can walk around and get the full effect. The brightly lit outline of a train, which adorns his driveway fence, is the highlight of this display.

Right across the street is another display that is not as elaborate, but still has quite a bit to see.

Holiday Lights at 5041 S. Elati, Englewood, CO 80110

Kloewer house--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Kloewer house--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Light in trees--Kloewer house--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Light in trees--Kloewer house--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Lighted snowman--Kloewer house--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Lighted snowman--Kloewer house--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Lights on Littleton Boulevard

Once you have finished taking in the previous displays,go back to Belleview and turns south on Windermere. It will intersect with Littleton Boulevard, and you will head west/

As you travel west on Littleton Boulevard (which changes its name to Main Street), you will come to a bridge festooned with lights, the entrance into the glittering display of downtown Littleton. Craft shops and trendy restaurants line either side of the street, each with one or two deciduous trees out front. Many cities string lights on trees, but the city of Littleton seems to be in a contest to see how many thousands of lights they can put on each tree. They avoid being overwhelming by sticking to a simple color palette of warm white lights.

When you reach the end of the fourth block, the street curves to the left, and as you come out towards Santa Fe Dr., you'll see the grand finale: several large evergreen trees lit from top to bottom with brightly colored lights. The shops in this little area also make it a point to add to the display with lights outlining roof lines and gables.

Holiday Lights in Littleton: Tree at the End of Littleton Boulevard

Lighted tree--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Lighted tree--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Lights on Home on Caley Ave

As you travel past the lights on Littleton Boulevard, move over to the left lane so that you can turn left when you get to Santa Fe, to Church Ave.and then Prince Street. If you like the Peanuts (R) gang, turn left onto Caley Avenue. After two blocks, look off to your left to see the house at 2240 W. Caley Ave. There are several little scenes of Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the whole gang.

Often, these little dioramas go up late, even as late as the 20th of December, so check back later if you don't see them. Also, they don't seem to be set on a timer, which means that they go on and off whenever the homeowner gets to them. Still, it's worth taking a little 2-block detour if the Peanuts characters warm your heart.


Christmas Holiday Lights at 2240 W. Caley Ave.

Charlie Brown and Linus stand in front of lighted trees. You can spot Snoopy playing hockey in the background.

Charlie Brown and Linus stand in front of lighted trees. You can spot Snoopy playing hockey in the background.

Lights on Windermere Street

As you travel down Caley, go about six blocks, then make a turn south on Windermere street. You'll see decorated houses all along the way.

Lights on Windermere

The is one of the more thoroughly -decorated houses on near the intersection of Windermere and Peakview.

The is one of the more thoroughly -decorated houses on near the intersection of Windermere and Peakview.

Luminaria on Windermere Street

If you continue on Windermere, cross Ridge Road and keep going until Windermere ends in a cul-de-sac, you will see a neighborhood that sets out blocks and blocks of luminaria.

These decorations are simple in concept: a votive candle is placed in a a paper bag that has a layer of coarse sand in the bottom for stability. The effect is cheerful, soothing, and charming.

I talked with a woman who lived in the neighborhood, and she said that the luminaria are set out only on Christmas eve. It's a tradition that has endured for over 20 years.

Our family found it best to park the car and walk around the neighborhood. If you try to drive in your car, you'll find that the car's lights wash out the subtle light of the luminaria, ruining the effect.

Houses at 706-746 W. Easter Pl, Littleton, CO 80120

Just east of Elati Strett on W Easter Place, you can find several lighted houses in a row. I often wish that more blocks could be this way, an extended line of Christmas cheer. I've included several photos from the same street below.

Christmas Holiday Lights on Jackass Hill

That's right. It's called Jackass Hill Road, an apparent homage to the mules who were pastured there during WWI.

You can get here by navigating to the corner of Mineral Ave. and Prince Street and then turning north on Prince Street.

Despite the name, this street is home to a collection of suburban homes, many with a balcony that faces the road. The people who live in them have started and maintained a charming tradition: they decorate their balconies with words for the season. Look off to the left as you are coming down the hill, and you will see one house with a lighted "REJOICE" "JOY," another with "HOPE," and another with "JOY." See how many you can spot!


2492 W Peakview Ct Littleton, CO 80120

If you are travelling on Prince Street, turn west onto Peakview Court, and you will be in an area known as Prince Street Estates. Quite of few of the folks here have their homes festively decorated. My favorite is one on the west side of the development with the word "Joy." You can see a picture of it below.

The "JOY" house at Prince Street Estates, at the corner of Prince Street and Peakview Court.

The "JOY" house at Prince Street Estates, at the corner of Prince Street and Peakview Court.

Christmas Holiday Lights at Hudson Gardens Event Center, 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

Hudson Gardens is a crown jewel for Littleton, a botanic garden with beautiful vistas and landscaping. Starting in October, they string lights on the trees, bushes and bridges and turn the place into a lights extravaganza. One thing I especially like about their display is that many of the trees are next to a pond which reflects the lights.

They change the colors and design every year, so you will see something different from the pictures I've included. The photos do give you an idea of how big the trees are and how many lights they put on them.

The tickets are a little less than other metro area attractions and you can take a picture with Santa for free. The venue sells hot beverages and has wagon rides available. If the lot is full, there is a large lot across Santa Fe where you can park for free. Just make sure you cross at the light, since Santa Fe is such a busy street.

Holiday Lights at Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO

Hudson Gardens Entrance--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Hudson Gardens Entrance--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Trees by the pond--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Trees by the pond--Holiday and Christmas Lights in Littleton

Here are the addresses of all the houses mentioned in this article.

Remember, you can select and copy these and then either email them to yourself or text them to yourself. When you pull them up on your phone, they should turn into links that you can tap to get directions.

6991 S. Vine St., Centennial, CO 80122

6636 S. Lafayette, Centennial Colorado 80121

6496 S. Marion Pl., Centennial 80121

7148 S. Grant St., Centennial, CO 80122

7152 S Franklin St, Centennial, 80122

1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121

5625 S. Alexander Ct. , Greenwood Village, CO 80121

3 Random Rd. Englewood, CO 80113

85 Meade Ln. , Englewood, CO 80113

4 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113

5 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113

5041 S. Elati, Englewood, CO 80110

2069 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (Courthouse)

2707 Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (Melting Pot)

6490 S Windermere St, Littleton, CO 80120

709 W. Easter Pl. Littleton, CO 80120