Holiday Lights, Countless Miniatures and Kickass Inflatables

An interior shot from "The Brill House."
An interior shot from "The Brill House."
Jonathan McNamara

Our neighborhoods? Yeah, we've got the requisite strings of lights; the odd bush with a few chili pepper lights; and a plywood, painted snowman or two. But when it comes to true holiday spirit in the form of thousands of twinkling lights and inflatable contraptions, we found a couple that blew ours (and our neighbors') get-ups out of the water.

Tomorrow's Cycle  will take a tour through some of the best lit/decorated spots around the valley, but in the interest of eye candy (and who can get too much of that around the holidays?) we have a small teaser ...

First up, go see "The Brill House" at 16th Street and Brill in Phoenix, which has a reflection pool and painted cut-outs adorned with lights on the outside.

Head in and you'll discover a winter wonderland of miniature, snow-capped villages complete with running trains and candle lights. It's almost too much to take in. The display runs from 6 to 10 p.m. until January 2nd.

Another room in the "The Brill House."
Another room in the "The Brill House."
Jonathan McNamara
Reflection pond at "The Brill House."
Reflection pond at "The Brill House."
Jonathan McNamara


 

So many inflatable displays!
So many inflatable displays!
Jonathan McNamara

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We're not just full of hot air when we say that the house on the corner of Papago and 68th Street in Scottsdale has more inflatable Christmas lawn decorations than Home Depot's after-Christmas sale.

Perched on top of the car port is a motorized, inflatable helicopter with Santa in the pilot seat. A Noah's Ark full of puffy animals bids you season's greetings. Every square inch of yard is occupied by some sort of cartoon character, inflated and wearing a Santa outfit.

The lions actually pop out of the window.
The lions actually pop out of the window.
Jonathan McNamara


 

Tell us that doesn't look cool. You can't!
Tell us that doesn't look cool. You can't!

Need more? Check out the Santa Train located at 541 E. Mountain Sky Ave. in Ahwatukee. This display is full of motorized attractions including a train, a ferris wheel, animated lights, and an erupting volcano.

The display chugs along until 11 p.m. nightly.

Christmas Train gets your holiday on track.
Christmas Train gets your holiday on track.
Nothing says Christmas like a moving ferris wheel.
Nothing says Christmas like a moving ferris wheel.

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