It’s a Christmas miracle — a John Christmas miracle.
The Royal Lepage Realtor John Christmas has compiled a comprehensive list of spirited homes that are dripping with lights and Christmas cheer.
“Each year, my family, friends and I pile in the car with our peppermint mochas and Christmas treats to look at Vernon’s best lit houses,” he wrote. “This year, I wanted to share some of our best finds.”
Not only did Christmas include a list of the homes in his blog, he laid it out on an easy-to-navigate Google map.
Although this is the first year Christmas has compiled a thorough list, he said he’s going to make it an annual thing.
But why did it all start?
Christmas noticed that there wasn’t a great Trail of Lights list available to Vernonites, and those that were available would often be a disappointment.
“You’d go to a house and they’d be terrible,” he said.
Christmas, instead, took a different route. He spoke with the homeowners and knew, sometimes in advance, that the homes included on his list were no joke.
“These homeowners that I talked to,” he said. “They are all so passionate about it.”
Christmas said he’s looking toward the future of his Christmas Light Tour and it looks bright. He’s even looking at creating some type of awards for participating homeowners.
Christmas said since the publication of his blog post earlier this week, his Facebook has been “pretty lit” with suggestions of more Vernon homes to add to the evolving tour.
Although “Everyday is Christmas” for this Realtor, according to his marketing materials, he is most looking forward to spending some time with his family this holiday season.
“People just put their stress aside and take that time to enjoy the little things,” he said.
Start the tour here:
1. 7156 Lakeridge Drive
2. 7043 Amber Drive
3. 7004 Longacre Drive
Get comfortable and tune into the radio for this one, instructions are on the sign out front. The show runs from 6-9 p.m. until December 31st.
*Check out all of Longacre Drive. This street is one of my favourites!
4. 5769 Teal Drive
bonus: 5769 Oriole Drive has a spectacular tree with many other homes are scattered in this neighbourhood that are well decorated.
5. 5617 South Vernon Drive
6. 1500 43 Street
7. 1700 43 Street
I heard Santa might be here!
8. 4416 Bellevue Drive
9. 4504 Valleyview Place
10. 4107 15 Crescent
This is a past neighbour and we used to battle it out for the best Christmas house on the street. He’s built a great display.
11. 3408 20th ave
This display artist is young and has a great start to his Christmas set up. I look forward to seeing this collection grow. Be sure to head down 34 Street as it looks like we are having a bit of competition down there as these displays keep growing every time I drive by.
12. 2002 30 Avenue
13. 3904 25 Street
National Lampoons and A Christmas Story Collide in this stunner!
14. 1104 29th Avenue
These last 5 consist of a little more driving, but the roads will offer many displays along the way.
15. 4188 East Vernon Road
16. 5100 Dixon Dam Road
17. 5026 Silverstar Road
This one is best to view going up Silverstar Road heading towards the ski hill.
18. 7345 L & A Road
19. 6490 Blue Jay Road
There are many nice ones on this road up. Be sure to check out the whole street.