December 16th, 2012
by Dawn Pedersen
What a glorious sight! Thousands upon thousands of lights, dancing and waving Santas, and holiday music and people and cars everywhere. This is Dovewood Court, off Walnut and Madison in Orangevale, CA. We walked through it tonight, and toddler Theo was rapt in fascination every minute.
In my quest to photograph as many Christmas-crazy neighborhoods as I can this season, I dragged to family way across town, and we were sure glad I did.
This strip of Christmas magic is extremely popular. It is a block long and ends in a cul-de-sac. I advise skipping the drive-through approach. Park off of Madison a bit, walk to Walnut and then a couple of blocks up to Dovewood. Stay and savor the delights. We took over an hour to enjoy it all. The sidewalks are crowded too, but everyone is very polite (and accommodating to a pesky photographer like me.)
Below is my photo collection from tonight. Click on any image for a full-size slideshow.
The line of cars to drive through Dovewood Court backs up several blocks all the way to Madison. Park and walk in instead.
At the corner of Walnut, this set of singing trees are synchronized with music. When we come by, the Muppets are singing as the trees lip-sync and the candy canes keep time.
Margaritaville. Off to the right are live partiers at a very cold island “bar.”
Daddy holds Theo while he pushes a button that bongs a large bell above the garage at this house, which showcases the Grinch and Whoville.
This house across the street from us appears to be sponsored by FM 107.1. Looks like a lot of money went into it. As you will see later, it is an amazing spectacle behind that throng of people.
A somewhat more reverent display featuring the Holy Night.
The sign on this house says “Support Our Troops,” and up on the roof is an American flag.
A Santa facsimile sits near the sidewalk and waves when it senses motion.
A quick shot of Theo and Daddy. Theo has the look on his face that says, “Mom, let me put the flash cover back down.” One of his little obsessions.
“Peace on Earth” is a display of landmarks from around the world.
Facing the sidewalk is something that really grabs Theo’s attention. What could be so engrossing?
Ah, it is a dance party featuring dancing Santa, a piano-playing teddy bear, and an ice-skating snowman. Everything inside is synchronized with music.
This is the look of a spellbound two-year-old.
This is a delightful gingerbread village. Many people want their pictures taken in front of this large diorama.
Daddy and Theo watch Santa about to take flight in his helicopter from this North Pole Airport.
Three boxers and two gentlemen bask in the heat of a contained torch.
That house with the FM 107.1 sign? This is what’s in the garage. This is the piece de resistance for Theo. It is full of movement and many of his favorite things: Thomas train, the teacup ride, a teeter-totter, and Santa Claus of course. Theo spends a good long time watching this wonderland.
Theo gazes in amazement.
Sometimes the cars going by are a delight to watch as well.
Back at the FM 107.1 house is this archway of music-synchronized, dancing lights. I take 8 photos of this particular angle, and they all look completely different.
Same for this walkway of lights.
Last photo. The yard is in a Spongebob Squarepants theme, but my favorite part is these three jellyfish. They just tickle me.
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