In the Bay Area, Christmas comes to life in many locations, especially in and around Fremont. Load up the family and go for a holiday drive, or plan several excursions to enjoy all of the sights available. Most of the selected sites include many homes, so only the road names are provided. The displays will be obvious when you arrive.

38643 Glencoe Drive

Featuring animated dioramas, the Gonzales family brings Christmas to life. Motion detectors activate the displays as visitors stroll past to make sure everyone gets to enjoy the scenes. Lighted pathways allow a closer look at the details, featuring singing bears, a life-sized grinch, and characters from Santa’s workshop enjoying a ride on a Ferris wheel.

Redwing Place

Off Whimbrel Road, several homes along Redwing are decorated annually to celebrate the season. Some homes may not be set up until after December 18, but others are already available. Light displays feature everything from Santa Claus to polar bears, along with a plethora of lighted trees, hedges and homes.

La Purissima Place

La Purissima is one of many homes in this “walking neighborhood” that bring the spirit of the holiday to grand proportions. Many of the displays are homemade, and the neighborhood has everything from angels and a polar bear trying to take a tree home, to Santa. In all, more than 11 homes make up this neighborhood display.

Zacate Place

Another walking neighborhood, this area features Victorian-style homes decorated in lights. The neighborhood is well lit by posts wrapped in Christmas lights, and visitors are encouraged take a leisurely stroll. This area is ready for family fun by the 2nd week of December every year.

Espada Court

For 18 years, this neighborhood has been making the holidays more exciting for everyone who comes to take a walk. Large lighted displays feature commercial as well as homemade designs. Many of the homes in the area are decorated as well, and more join in every year. Snowmen, elves and Santa are everywhere, spreading joy and the promise of a merry Christmas.

Wellington Place

Possibly the largest collection of Christmas displays in the Bay Area, the Wellington neighborhood has become known as Crippsmas Place. For more than 40 years, this walking neighborhood has been delighting children and adults alike. Donations are accepted, and 5 health- and community-oriented charities benefit from the proceeds. You will find everything from inflatable snowmen to animated movie characters, and there is even a candy handout for the little ones.

40012 Catalina Place

You might consider visiting this location as a family outing by itself. Visitors are encouraged to take pictures under the mistletoe or with a classic VW Beetle being towed by reindeer, among other settings. A different Christmas movie is shown every night until Christmas, and nightly family-oriented films are shown through January 1st. And to make sure everyone has a good time, free refreshments are served, and there is a marshmallow roast planned for Christmas Eve if the weather cooperates.

At Mission Valley Montessori in Fremont, we encourage our students to think and explore creatively, just like those who have created these holiday light displays.  Contact us today to learn about the Montessori education difference.

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