Light up the night

December 17, 2009

There's something about the shine of Christmas lights that can bring a "Merry Christmas" from the hum-buggiest of Scrooges.

As we countdown to the holiday, here are a few suggestions for where to go to see Christmas lights. Some are parks or other public places suitable for walking, others are meant to be seen while driving by.

Either way, they're a chance to start some memories.

- Lifestyle Assistant Editor Crystal Schelle

Washington County

o City Park, 370 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown. The lights at City Park can be seen from the car or by getting out and walking the park. From decorated trees to lights strung throughout the park, the display is bound to put a smile on your face.

o Homes along U.S. 40 west of Huyett's Crossroads. Not every house is lit up, but there are plenty to see on both sides of the road. A collection of houses across from the Hagerstown Speedway have gathered together for a nice display.


o Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport. Gather the family in the car and drive through the park, looking at the various displays in the park. Once you're done, take a quick sweep through central Williamsport. Many of the side streets off Conococheague Street have displays.

o Cearfoss Pike heading west from Hagerstown. There are many houses lit up for the holiday. But one cluster of homes, in particular, is decked for the holiday. The houses are just west of Garden View Road on the north side of the road.

Frederick County, Md.

o The Yaglenski Holiday Light Spectacular, 9056 Clendenin Way, Urbana, Md. For this one, you'll need your car radio as you watch the display, as it keeps in time with music on 88.7 FM. Shows are canceled during rain. Go to for more information.

Franklin County, Pa.

o Visit the home known as Heather and Mike's at 1716 Bell Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. There are more than 15,000 lights synchronized to music. Tune to 106.5 FM to listen to the music and watch the show. To get a preview, go to http://www.mikeand

o Chance's Computerized Christmas Lights at 5906 Buttermilk Road, Waynesboro, Pa., starting after 5:30 p.m. nightly. Music is broadcast from the yard. For more information, go to

Berkeley County, W.Va.

o Interstate 81 in West Virginia offers a great vantage from which to see plenty of Christmas lights. One place that is always in the festive mood is the Econo Lodge, past the Spring Mills exit on I-81 North

o Martinsburg Fire Department. Just for nostalgia, drive past on North Raleigh Street in Martinsburg, W.Va., and see Santa, with a puff of smoke swirling above his head, leading his reindeer. It's become a part of Martinsburg tradition.

o To complete your fire department stops, see Westphal Fire Station at the corner of Second and Queen streets. The Westphal station is lit with its usual neon, but adds a smile with a Christmas tree in the second floor window.

o W.Va. 9 heading east from Martinsburg to Charles Town has many houses that are decorated for the season. Be careful if you start your driving at dusk. Whitetail deer, not reindeer, are known to hang out at the Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center.

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