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Glow hard or glow home: Checking out the hottest Christmas spots in town

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Paola Reynaga
As you enter Deacon Dave’s, a 25 ft Ferris wheel sits in front of you. A huge bush covered with lights sits behind it.

With the Winter season underway, Santa’s helpers have started spreading Christmas cheer, and the holiday spirit is blossoming through the air. 

With lights and decorations across town, Pleasanton is filled with extravagant house displays. From musical homes to old traditions from all around, some say that the town becomes a winter wonderland during the cold, dreary months of the year. 

A Maze Of Cheer: Widmer World

Widmer World, one of the more famous light shows in Pleasanton, is a feast for the eyes. Built in the backyard of a Pleasanton home, a maze and display of lights and decorations overwhelm the scene. Although the line may take upwards of an hour, this house is a must see for all Christmas enthusiasts.

If you would like to see the beautiful displays and decor, the time for it to shine is the opening hour at 6 p.m. This a-maze-ing light display is located at 3671 Chelsea Ct, Pleasanton.

A Royal Kings Court: Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane, one of the most popular light displays in Pleasanton, is a sight to behold. With a multitude of houses chock full of lights and decorations, this festive street is a must see for all ages.

Every house on Candy Cane Lane participates in what has subtly become a locally cherished holiday tradition over the years. This amalgamation of houses opens at 5:30 p.m. and is located at the loop of Walnut Dr, Pleasanton.

Musical Talent: The Williams’ House

The musically-orientated Williams’ house houses an extremely diverse light show. The flashing lights dance to the beat of radio tunes, making it a unique symphony of festive decor. 

“Each individual light stand has its own channel and choreography. Each song has anywhere from sixteen to thirty-two channels, or sometimes even more, that work together. All of those channels together are set to a beat or song and those songs put together form a show,” said Homeowner Johnny Williams.

Although the home has a speaker for its musical beats, one can tune in to FM-88.3 and head to 7028 Corte Blanca, Pleasanton, to experience this harmonious spectacle from sundown to midnight.

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  • Devon Dave’s has a wishing pond for your Christmas wishes. It’s filled with coins and decorated with bright lights.

  • Brightened with hundreds of lights, the front yard provides a warm welcome to visitors.

  • Candy Cane Lane in Pleasanton transforms into a twinkling thoroughfare where houses compete in a festive face-off, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of holiday lights and decorations.

  • Through the entrance, a tarp-covered pathway guides onlookers through an introductory tent laden with dolls, lights, and colorful trinkets.

THE Christmas Tree: Deacon Dave

Deacon Dave’s, a house on the list of many to see, has been closed since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has reopened this year. Trying to make up for missing the light displays in past years, crowds have already started swarming this house to see its Christmas lights.

The scale of its light display makes this location a Christmas lover’s dream. With every tree, bush, and rock bedecked, it’s a luminous spectacle you can’t miss. The most popular attraction, the giant tree, has over 12 strands of lights on it. By comparison, an average sized light strand is anywhere between twenty five to thirty feet long. So, there could be over 300 feet of lights on this tree. 

After receiving an earful of jolly tunes, this house is a great place to hop out of the car and explore. Open from 6 p.m. to midnight, this light display is located at 352 Hillcrest Ave, Livermore.

Blinding Lights: Corner Orchard Christmas

Our final stop is the dazzling Corner Orchard Christmas, a blinding display with thousands of lights and hundreds of strands. With a shining array of decorations and props, Corner Orchard Christmas is one of the most accessible locations, garnering much less crowds when compared to Widmer World or Candy Cane Lane.

Despite its less popular-status, it’s perfect for people of all ages to enjoy. This Christmas spectacle is similar to the Williams’ house, as turning on the radio can greatly enhance your experience. Tune your radio to FM-99.3, bask in the festive glow, and head to 3108 Chardonnay Dr, Pleasanton, for a luminous holiday treat starting at 5:30 p.m.

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