Because December is the darkest month, we welcome grand displays of holiday lights to brighten the night. These Monroe County homeowners and communities go all out to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them!
Visit all of our six favorite neighborhoods throughout the season, and at least one of the homes listed below that sync holiday lights with music for a joy-filled December. Seek out these Christmas lights between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve.
Our Favorite Six
Neighborhood Holiday Lights
1. Beauclaire Lane
This magnificent Polisseni home at 16 Beauclaire Lane is eccentric all year long, but comes to life during the holidays! The lawn sculptures and decorations are WOW-worthy!
While this home in particular is exceptional, the surrounding neighbors around the cul-de-sac and on the streets that wind along the hill behind Casa Larga also decorate which makes it an interesting drive-through.
2. Holiday Lights on Rahway Road
Many of the homes in the Rahway community (Rahway, Dawson, Winter Hazel) participate in the annual holiday 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 of the homes a second time as you drive back out toward Lyell Rd.
And a huge thank you to Heather on our Facebook page for letting us know that the Hot Chocolate and Popcorn stand will be up and running in 2019 on the weekends. Let the festivities begin!
3. Holiday Lights on Colony Lane
This Henrietta cul-de-sac is decked with lights & music synced across multiple homes. Santa visits with a cast of characters Friday & Saturday nights until Christmas. It’s one of the few neighborhoods where you are encouraged to park & walk around! Join the Facebook group to stay informed of the festivities!
They are collecting non-perishable food items for the Rush Henrietta Area Food Terminal.
4. Holiday Lights on Stonebridge Lane
The entire cul-de-sac neighborhood gets decked out in elegant holiday bling.
5. Holiday Lights on Endicar Drive
This cul-de-sac neighborhood is lit! Multiple homes participate to bring the holiday cheer.
6. Holiday Lights on Wheat Hill
The Chili Town Supervisor lights the way into the holiday season every year at 2 Wheat Hill on the corner of Archer, as do many neighbors down the street and around the cul-de-sac. What I love about this home in particular is that it’s not down a side street or country road. It’s in the heart of Chili on a highly trafficked road and brings joy to thousands of people just going about their busy lives.
Bonus! Holiday Lights on Middle Road
We’ve add a 7th home to the list–the only one not in a cul-de-sac! This home at 1361 Middle Road is absolutely worth a slow-roll by. It’s a tough place to pull over and appreciate but has to be seen nonetheless!
Homes Synced to
Remember to dim your headlights, be courteous to neighbors and their driveways, keep your car radio level down, and stay in your vehicle for safety.
I do change this list as I discover a new destination I think you’ll love, or find out one has retired (like King Christmas Lights on White Oak Bend in Chili). So check back when you’re making plans to head out and do some light-peeping!
15 Academy Drive
AKA T2 Holiday Lights. This home has synced music with 20,000 lights. Tune into 91.1 FM. Check out their website for more info. The information is dated but still helpful!
88 Shady Creek Road
There are over 5000 LED lights animated to Christmas music broadcasting to 90.3 FM.
36 Blaydon Loop
A spectacular display with LED lights synced to holiday music on station 87.9 FM.
9 Burning Tree Lane
AKA Wrights Bright Lights. Extraordinary light display synced to music, this video features music from Star Wars. Get all the details on their Facebook page and bring along a pajama donation.
34 Havenshire Road
AKA Havenshire Holidays. For the best experience, enter from Creek Street onto Longsworth Road. Make the first right onto Havenshire Road. You will see the show on the left. The radio frequency is 107.9 FM. Check out their website for the current year’s playlist and more information.
300 Lowden Point
Tune in to 91.9 FM. You can also select your own music using the candy cane “jukebox”.
1028 Bay Road
You’ll find this is a private drive, with a row of mailboxes when you first turn in. You’re in the right place! Keep going all the way to the end of the drive to find the home! Tune in to 97.3. FM and enjoy the Light-O-Rama show!
Outside Monroe County
AKA Raggi Christmas Light Show. The house is lit and synchronized to music, and 20 other houses in the neighborhood join in the fun! Santa comes and hands out candy canes on the weekends. Follow along on their Facebook page.
They are also collecting donations for RPD Officer Manny Ortiz’ family.
Swallowvale on Fargo Road
The DiSalvo family has treated the region to the most spectacular holiday light extravaganza for 20+ years. They took a year off in 2017 and are back stronger than ever! This is one of the few homes where you are encouraged to park your vehicle on the street and wander the expansive yard around dozens of displays. Holiday music is piped in, so pack your hat, gloves, scarf, boots, and hot cocoa and enjoy a walk through this winter wonderland.
Of all of the places I’ve been to see holiday lights, this has always been worth the drive to experience and makes for an excellent night-trip! Stafford is located along NY-5 between LeRoy and Batavia.
ROC Lights at Victor Hills
NEW for 2019! I’ve had enough folks tell me they have really enjoyed their experience here to confidently recommend it to you!
There are 20 holiday light installations along a mile and a half path through the rolling hills of Victor Hills Golf Club, viewable from the comfort of your own vehicle. Set out on a journey among the dinosaurs, around elegant figure skaters, through a portal to Santa’s workshop, along the sweet treat of Candy Cane Lane, and much more!
$25 per car – Save $5 Mon, Tue, Wed with a coupon
PS: This is located right down the street from Buckskin Drive holiday lights (listed above.)
Other ways to enjoy holiday
lights around Rochester
Liberty Pole Lighting & Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2019. This is a family-fun event sponsored by the City of Rochester. There are activities around the Liberty Pole leading up to its official lighting. After, there’s parade over to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square for free ice skating.
Roc Holiday Village
Weekends December 6-31, 2019. There is so much to say about this new family-friendly feature in Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park!
The village will be open primarily on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting December 6 through New Year’s Eve.
December 6, 2019 through January 12, 2020. The Holiday Show features a tower of poinsettias and the various rooms are strung with holiday lights. Plus, the tropical temperature will wisp you away from cold & snowy Rochester.
Genesee Brew House’s Annual Keg Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6, 2019. Join Genesee and the City of Rochester for the Annual Lighting of the Keg Tree at the Genesee Brew House! Celebrate from 5pm-9pm with a Limited Beer Release: Genesee Keg Tree Ale- Cinnamon Cream Ale, Two Genesee Beer Trucks, and much more! Actual Keg Tree Lighting at 6:30pm
This is a family friendly event and is free to attend. Free parking is available in the High Falls Garage and is just a quick walk across the bridge. Uber and Lift are always encouraged. Dress for the weather!
The Garden Factory
Saturdays & Sundays November 30-December 22 from 11AM-4PM. Over 100,000 LED lights, enough to cover over five-hundred individual trees, set to music in a synchronized display. The show features three-song sets from among eleven holiday songs, ranging from rock opera to the oldies we’ve all grown up with.
This annual holiday event is so much more than the light show. It’s an indoor carnival with a handful of midway rides, games, food, petting zoo, model train display, plus you can visit and have a photo taken with Santa.
Which holiday lights do you go out of your way to see?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Your insight and experience is invaluable!