A Driving Tour of Christmas Holiday Lights in South Metro Denver: Littleton and Englewood
Christmas Holiday Lights in Littleton, Englewood and Centennial
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.
Christmas Holiday Lights at Southglenn Mall
6991 S Vine St, Centennial, CO 80122
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.
If you want to grab a bite, or get a hot drink before you go out, there are several restaurants. Local favorites are the Mellow Mushroom pizza joint and the Peet’s Coffee and Tea. You can also get sushi, pizza, soup, stir-fry, salad bar, and all kinds of drinks at Whole Foods Market.
Christmas Holiday 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. Make a right on Lafayette, and you will see a tree and yard decked out with all manner of things—Cookie Monster and Big Bird with the sleigh, penguins, Minnie Mouse, a reindeer pushing a lawn mower. 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.
Just make sure you make your way back to Arapahoe Road and head west on so that you can turn right (north) on Broadway. Go 2 miles and then turn left (west) on Belleview.
Christmas Holiday Lights 6636 S. Lafayette, Centennial, CO
Christmas Holiday Lights at 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
Christmas Holiday Lights Littleton Boulevard
Once you have finished taking in the Kloewer's display, head north until you come to the next major street, which is Belleview. If you turn right (west) on Belleview Avenue and go about 8 blocks, you will reach Windermere Street. Turn left (south) and go .7 miles until you reach Littleton Boulevard. Then turn right (west) and continue on down Littleton Boulevard.
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
Holiday Lights: Shop on Littleton Boulevard
Christmas Holiday 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. Take your first left on Church Ave.; then go about three blocks and turn right on Prince Street. If you like the Peanuts (R) gang, turn left in about .7 of a mile 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 on Caley Ave.
Christmas Holiday Lights on Prince Circle
After you've seen the Peanuts (R) display, do a U-turn to get back to Prince Street and turn left. Turn right on Prince Circle. You are looking for 6872 S Prince Circle. The decorations here are all brightly-colored outlines. You'll see a train set, some playing penguins, a child sledding, a snow globe, and a Nativity set. You'll also see Santa up on the roof, with reindeer's hooves in motion.
One year, this display wasn't set up, but I'm glad to see it's back.
Holiday Lights on Prince Street
In about a half mile, keep your eye out for a rather large display on the left. You'll see a lighted Santa and his reindeer on the roof. The fenceposts along Prince Street have been turned into red candles with lighted snowflakes for flames.
This house has a nice, integrated look which uses just a few colors and makes for a cheery and tasteful display.
Display on Prince Street
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.
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 right as you are coming down the hill, and you will see one house with a lighted "JOY," another with "PEACE," "HOPE," and several others. See how many you can spot!
When you get to the light on Mineral Ave., you can turn right. Then in just a few block, turn right again, and you will be on Santa Fe Drive.
Off to the left, you will see the Aspen Grove mall which has several tasteful snowflakes decorating the stores.
In about 2.5 miles, you can turn left into Hudson Gardens. this is the only place that charges a fee, but it is worth it to see the amazing light display.
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 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
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Our family has lived in South Metro Denver for 20 years, and these sites are our picks for best lighting displays in the area. In about two hours and 10 miles, you can see them all.
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