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Our 4 Favorite Extreme Christmas Lights Around Rochester: 2023 Edition

Because December is the darkest month, we welcome grand displays of holiday and Christmas lights to brighten the night. These homeowners and communities go all out to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them.

Following our list of favorites, find more festively decorated homes and homes synced to music, drive-through Christmas light shows, and more holiday activities that bring us comfort and joy.

1. 16 Beauclaire Lane

Beauclaire Lane Perinton
Beauclaire Lane Perinton
Beauclaire Lane Perinton

Perinton

Wanda Polisseni’s magnificent home on Beauclaire Lane, in Perinton near Eastview Mall, is eccentric all year, especially at Halloween, but purely sparkles in December. The lawn sculptures and decorations are WOW-worthy! While this home, in particular, is exceptional, enjoy a slow drive on the streets that wind along the hill behind Casa Larga to enjoy more festively decorated homes.

Monica Mullen Aerial Photography captured this incredible perspective of 16 Beauclaire Lane in Perinton.

2. Rahway Neighborhood

Rahway Gates Neighborhood Lights snowflakes
Christmas Lights Rahway Winter Hazel Believe
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Rahway Road – Gates

Gates

Many of the homes in the Rahway community (Rahway, Dawson, Winter Hazel, Charter) participate in the annual Christmas lights extravaganza. Some homes are lit to festive extremes, while others are elegant, monotone, or traditional.

Winter Hazel is a cul-de-sac, so you can see all the homes again as you drive back toward Lyell Road. Bring cash for the hot cocoa and popcorn stand on Winter Hazel.

Please note that the main home on Rahway Road, which is typically decorated to the extreme, is not participating this year due to a health concern. Please keep them in your thoughts as you enjoy the rest of the neighborhood.

Congratulations to TM Holiday Lights on Charter Circle on their recognition of being one of the country’s best light shows in 2023!

Monica Mullen Aerial Photography Rahway

An amazing capture of the Rahway, Winter Hazel, and Charter neighborhoods by Monica Mullen Aerial Photography!

3. Endicar Neighborhood

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Endicar Drive – Irondequoit

Irondequoit

This cul-de-sac neighborhood is lit! Multiple homes on Endicar Drive, off Titus Avenue near Kings Highway, participate to bring the holiday cheer.

Check out this beautiful capture of Endicar Drive from Monica Mullen Aerial Photography!

4. Buckskin Neighborhood

Farmington

There are 20+ houses on Buckskin Drive and Hunters Drive synced to the same radio station, with additional homes festively decorated. Once you pull into the neighborhood, turn off your headlights and proceed slowly to enjoy this enjoyable and colorful drive. Follow along on their Facebook page.

The show begins each year on Thanksgiving evening at 6:30 p.m. Regular hours are Sunday–Thursday, 4:30–10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4:30–11 p.m. Tune your radio to 91.1 FM.

Monica Mullen Aerial Photography captured the magic from above!

More Extreme Christmas Displays

10 Nuthatch Drive West Henrietta Christmas lights
Monica Mullen Aerial Photography

10 Nuthatch Drive

This aerial photo by Monica Mullen Aerial Photography of this Wester Henrietta home is pure magic!

11 North Landing

This Penfield home, near the corner of Browncroft Boulevard, wins the award for the largest Santa ever! Probably.

48 Wilmer Street

This home in Rochester Monroe Village neighborhood, near the intersection of Monroe Avenue and Goodman Street, goes all out with holiday bling!

More Favorites

Christmas lights Irondequoit flats St Joseph St
190 St Joseph
Irondequoit
252 Bouckhart
252 Bouckhart
Irondequoit
245 Jonquil Ln
245 Jonquil
Greece
153 Parkway
153 Parkway
North Chili
238 Andiron Ln
238 Andiron
Greece
217 St Patrick Dr
217 St Patrick
Henrietta
49 Appian Drive Gates Christmas lights
42 Appian
Gates
Stonebridge Lane Holiday Lights
Stonebridge
Pittsford
16 Princess
Henrietta

Photos were last updated in 2022. For a comprehensive list that is updated annually, check out kidoutandaboutrochester.com

Monroe County Homes With Lights Synced with Christmas Music

Christmas Lights Santa Drive cover
20 Santa Drive

Lights on Santa Drive

Visit their Facebook page for all the details!

ILLoominations Light Show
Photo from Facebook Group

ILLoominations Light Show

Burritt Road in Hilton has two houses (865 and 885) that go all out! 865 Burritt Road has a one-hour light show to which you can tune the music and about 25,000 lights on the house this year. On the weekends, they usually have characters interacting with the kids and passing out candy canes. This year, they’ll have The Grinch, Santa, Buddy the Elf & others out. Check out our page for updates on the characters.

Join their Facebook group, ILLoominations Light Show, for the most current information.

More Favorites

Photos were last updated in 2022. For a comprehensive list that is updated annually, check out kidoutandaboutrochester.com

Drive-Through Christmas Lights

Map to Petes Christmas Lights
Map to Pete’s Christmas Lights in Webster

Pete’s Christmas Lights

It’s challenging to capture a photo of Pete’s free drive-through experience. Even my video is lacking! So, rather than making any attempt to share those, I’ll help you find the right place to experience it for yourself.

Pete’s property is located at 1028 Bay Road in Webster—the last house on this private driveway. But don’t follow Google’s directions to this address! Rather, map yourself to the beginning of the driveway as the property is set back from the road. You may pass it on your first attempt to locate it!

Tune the radio to FM 97.3 and proceed slowly—savor your time there. Follow the signs guiding you around a loop.

Lights on the Lake tower
Lights on the Lake candles
Lights on the Lake house
Lights on the Lake workshop
Lights on the Lake

Lights on the Lake

Liverpool, Onondaga Lake
(near Syracuse)
Ticketed Event

According to their website, “Lights on the Lake is a two-mile long drive-thru show featuring towering holiday displays, larger-than-life Land of Oz, a twinkling fantasy forest, colorful section arches, memorable animated scenes, and a fairy tale magic grand finale.”

You must purchase your ticket online and either print the ticket or present your QR code on your phone when you get to the ticket booth. Tickets are limited and sold by the day.

November 13, 2023–January 12, 2024
Seven days a week, 5–10 p.m.

ROC Lights at Victor Hills
Photo from Facebook

ROC Lights at Victor Hills

Victor
Ticketed Event

From their website, “ROC Lights at Victor Hills located in the Rochester NY area is a five week long event featuring a drive through Christmas light display designed to provide an affordable, family-friendly holiday outing. View the holiday spirit through a magical and colorful lens from the comfort of your own vehicle.”

Enjoy the show on the following 2023 dates.

  • Nov. 24 & 25, dusk til 8:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 1 & 2, dusk til 8:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 & 9, dusk til 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 14–24, dusk til 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 26 & 30, dusk–8:15 p.m.

More Holiday Activities

Lamberton Conservatory holiday show walkway
Lamberton Conservatory poinsettia tree
Lamberton Conservatory holiday moss
Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show

Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show

Lamberton Conservatory
Rochester

Admission Fee

Enjoy evening hours on Friday and Sunday nights until 9 p.m. to appreciate the holiday lights after dark. The show begins on the first Friday in December and continues through the second weekend in January. Note that Saturday evenings are reserved for weddings.

Genesee Country Village maple st
Genesee Country Village guided tour
Genesee Country Village reading
Genesee Country Village tidings of comfort and joy
Genesee Country Village fireplace
Genesee Country Village mold
Genesee Country Village making bonnets
Genesee Country Village holiday spirit
Genesee Country Village holiday fireplace
Genesee Country Village candle tree
Genesee Country Village storytelling

Yuletide in the Country

Genesee Country Village
Mumford

Admission Fee

Experience the joys of past Christmases on a guided tour of the village. Meet families as they plan traditional meals, share stories, and prepare for the long winter. Take part in various December events, such as candlelit Yuletide in the Country tours, Breakfast with Saint Nick, and the Holiday Open House.

planetarium holiday laser
Planetarium Laser

RMSC Holiday Laser Show

Strassenberg Planetarium
Rochester

November 11, 2023–January 1, 2024

Admission Fee

The Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium regularly hosts state-of-the-art Saturday night laser shows. But the festive Holiday Laser opens in November, offering multiple daytime and evening shows in November and December.

George Eastman Museum gingerbread cottage
George Eastman Museum tabletop tree
George Eastman Museum tabletop tree
George Eastman Museum gingerbread castle
2023 displays

Holidays at George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum
Rochester

Admission Fee

The George Eastman Museums is a gorgeous place to experience the joy of the holiday season. Besides the delightful Sweet Creations gingerbread houses, wreaths, and tabletop Christmas tree displays, Dryden Theatre offers a wide selection of festive films, including Gremlins on Friday, November 24, and White Christmas on Saturday, November 25 and Saturday, December 23.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread Displays
November 11–December 31, 2023

Wreath Display
November 11–December 3, 2023

Tabletop Tree Display
November 11–December 14, 2023

Holiday Homecoming
Thursday, December 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

George Eastman House Museum Dryden Theater
Dryden Theater

Holiday Movies at Dryden Theatre

Nov 24: Gremlins

Nov 25: White Christmas

Dec 2: Little Women

Dec 7: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Dec 14: Scrooge

Dec 20: Down to Earth

Dec 21: Little Women

Dec 22: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Dec 23: White Christmas

The Little Theater
The Little

Holiday Movies at The Little Theatre

Have yourself a Merry Little!

Dec 8: Last Holiday

Dec 15 & 16: Love Actually

Dec 16: The Long Kiss Goodnight

Dec 18: Carol

Dec 20: Batman Returns

ROC Holiday Village night time building
ROC Holiday Village night skate building
roc holiday village
ROC Holiday Village fireplace
Roc Holiday Village

Roc Holiday Village

MLK Park
Rochester

Free Admission

December 1–23, 2023, closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

The festivities kick off on the first Saturday of December with the lighting of the Main Street Liberty Pole and a Santa-led procession to Roc Holiday Village. Located at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square in the heart of downtown, the charming village offers a range of free holiday-themed activities and community events, including ice skating, live music, and a visit with Santa Claus. Visitors can also shop and dine in the village.

Liberty Pole
Liberty Pole

Liberty Pole Lighting

Rochester
Free Admission

The holiday season officially begins with the lighting of the Liberty Pole on Main Street. The event is scheduled for December 2, 2023, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A parade follows to Roc Holiday Village at MLK Park.

Genesee Brew House Holiday Lights Keg Tree
Genesee Keg Tree Lighting

Genesee Brew House Keg Tree

Rochester
Free Admission

The official Genesee Brew House Keg Tree lighting is Friday, December 1, from 5 to 9 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Even if you don’t attend the ceremony, you can stop and visit all month.

Genesee will provide free shuttle service to and from the High Falls Parking Garage since the Pont De Rennes pedestrian bridge is closed for construction. Shuttle service runs between 4:30 and 9:15 p.m. to and from the Genesee Brew House / High Falls Parking Garage only.

Parking will be available in multiple locations:

  • High Falls Parking Garage. With over 700 parking spots—Genesee strongly recommends this option!
  • Limited parking at the Genesee Brewery Campus. Please follow the parking signs and security guidance.
  • Limited handicapped parking is available at the Genesee Brew House. Please follow the signs. There will be NO public parking at the Genesee Brew House, aside from handicapped parking.
  • On Street Parking.

Enjoy food from Bay Vista Taqueria, ROC City Sammich, Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Wraps on Wheels, Rob’s Kabobs, Rob’s Al Dente, Rochester Kettle Corn, Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee Truck, and Smoke Shake Snacks!

Rochester Public Market horse-drawn carriage rides
public market
Rochester Public Market greenery
Rochester Public Market Santa high-five
Holidays at the Market

Holidays at the Market

Rochester Public Market
Free Admission

Sunday, November 26, December 3, and December 10, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., and Thursday, December 14, 6–9 p.m. 

This delightful tradition showcases vendors offering fresh trees, wreaths, decorations, specialty foods and drinks, handcrafted items, and more. You can enjoy music, carriage rides, and even see Santa on select Sundays.

Winter Festival of Lights Macedon
Photo from Facebook

Winter Festival of Lights

Log Cabin Restaurant
Macedon

Admission Fee

Friday–Sunday, November 24–December 31

Enjoy a magical winter wonderland experience with tractor and horse-drawn wagon rides through our festive field of lights. The wagons will leave regularly during the time slot you choose, so be sure to dress warmly and appropriately for the weather. Check-in behind the Log Cabin Restaurant in the Lighted Shed upon arrival. Purchase tickets in advance here.

Walking Wednesdays cost $7 per person, with $2 per person being donated to Ryan & Jenna Wales. Payment is due upon check-in, and both cash and credit are accepted. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable footwear as you walk through a field of lights.

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Which neighborhoods do you go out of your way to see?

What are your favorite holiday-themed events, activities, and traditions?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

20 thoughts on “Our 4 Favorite Extreme Christmas Lights Around Rochester: 2023 Edition”

  1. Just a hint. Try going to Quesada Dr on less busy weekdays. First time on a Friday I couldn’t get near it ( i left to avoid being part of the traffic mess in the neighborhood). Went back on a Tuesday and was the 4th person in line 🙂 Just remember a neighborhood can only handle so many vehicles at a time.

  2. Please, if you are going to see these lights, especially Quesada Drive, be respectful of the people who live on the roads leading up the home. As a resident of the neighborhood we have had people refusing to move their cars for residents to get into their home, people will just block the road in both directions causing a safety issues, and people yell, curse, at the few neighbors who have volunteered to help with traffic control. This was meant to bring joy and fun.

  3. I was waiting at 127 Quesada Dr for 3 WHOLE HOURS, family from out of town were really excited to see the Christmas lights. Get to the (f-ing) house and all lights are OFF. Do not recommend, and I will NEVER go back. This is terrible. I’m BEYOND!!!!! disappointed. This should NOT be the #1 house on the list.

    1. We thoroughly enjoyed the lights at this home. It was our first time and my kids loved it!! Maybe the homeowner had technical difficulties or was out of town one weekend… It’s not a business – it’s free – and the homeowner is doing something nice for the community. Be grateful that people take their own time and money to put together a show for others. You are entitled to nothing…

  4. Since I live the closest to the lights on Rahway, I have gone there the most & it is definitely worth the trip. Every years it gets more & more elaborate with more homes joining in the festivities. This year they have a box in front of the first house on the tour where people can drop off toys for the Toys for Tots program.

    1. the lights are really pretty good.
      i think we use to go on your street
      with my family my boy friend died of cancer
      my dad pass too. my son ran away from my home
      i would like my son to com home. and my mom passed
      back in dec, 18 of 2019. but like i said your lights are really
      great. i wish my family and i could go back on the street again
      love anne scoville p.s. happy holiday

  5. Hey guys, appreciate this guide, I mean the guide with google map, it helped a lot. It was like a mini road trip around Rochester. And going one by one and on the google maps app, could easily just switch to the next. Thanks again for doing this

    1. Cyril, thank you so much for letting me know, and I’m so happy you found the map helpful! I try to think of the information or tools that would make my holiday season a bit easier and share them with you. Happy New Year!

  6. Check out the Phalin Family Christmas Light Show in Victor NY off of Plaster Mill Rd. (1087 Azzano Circle). Show has over 15,000 + lights programmed to 16 songs and runs through New Years.

    1. Victor hills is the Christmas light spot went there Saturday night great job does cost 25$ a car bit very much worth it

      1. Kaye, thank you for sharing your experience! I was wondering about the $25 per car vs. the depth of the experience. I’m happy to hear you found it worth the price!

  7. You should include the huge light display at the Disalvo home in Stafford. The owners want you to get out and walk all through their huge yard filled with all kinds of holiday displays.

    1. Done! That home on Fargo Rd. in Stafford is one of the most spectacular holiday light experiences and absolutely worth the drive. (Stafford is located between LeRoy and Batavia along NY-5)

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