We asked where you go to see holiday lights were in San Jose, and this week, we’re putting your favorite neighborhoods on blast.
Spoiler alert: some neighborhoods go so hard, Clark Griswold would weep from jealousy.
Twinkle, twinkle, Christmas star — we’re judging you from inside our cars.
Nearly every street glitters, with snowflakes draping across each avenue. One house hosted a Christmas-themed dance party in their driveway, and on another corner, a group of high school students sold hot chocolate + cookies for $1 each to benefit Sacred Heart. Score: Hot chocolate/10
Many homes opt for the simple, yet elegant approach. One mansion, along University Avenue, hung twinkling stars along the branches of an enormous tree. Another home projected the words “Merry Christmas” on the side of the house. Not a cohesive experience, but there’s plenty to enjoy. Score: Twinkling stars/10
Significantly more sparse, it appears homes in Northside are still in the process of putting together their displays. However, one house’s flickering arches pulsed and strobed to unheard music. Score: Strobing lights/10
A few displays dot the map, but most homes opted for the classic string of bulbs across the top of the garage. A single menorah (the first we’d seen in this entire trip) lit up a window. One home stood out — rings of lights light up the yard’s palm trees + shrubs. Score: One menorah/10
A lot more displays were visible on our second trip, and nearly every street had twinkling, sparkling lights. One house even had a neat light show that danced along to a custom FM radio station. Score: Holly jolly radio songs/10
Hidden Glen South
Nearly every tree on Sunset Glen Drive had colorful lights swirling to the top, with bright displays on each house, and more than a few drivers + pedestrians walking through to see the spectacle. Score: We almost thought it was daytime/10
The house on Nelson Way is positively fabulous. Several red and white candy canes, multiple Santas on the roof (including one who looks like he’s doing his best Klay Thompson impression). There must be 30+ inflatables on the lawn. Score: Clark Griswold would be jealous/10
If you see any cool holiday displays in your neighborhood, let us know.