These decorations will make your eyes light up

Posted Online: Dec. 18, 2011, 12:00 am
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Quad-Cities area, and we have some addresses to prove it.

We put out the call for photos and addresses of spectacular holiday displays, and readers were quick to respond.

Do you have a neighbor who has gone all out with his holiday decorations? How about an officemate who has decked her cubicle in tinsel and bells? Or maybe you're proud of your own decorating efforts.

If you have an addition for our list, send the address or photo in an email to features@qconline.com. In the subject line, write the words "holiday lights." Be sure to include your name or the name of your neighbor or officemate, along with a description of the decorated home or desk space.

Here's what we have so far:

-- 1006 21st Ave., Silvis. An anonymous caller said it is "an awecome Christmas display."

-- 1525 25th Ave., Moline. George says, "I have from 70,000 to 75,000 lights with animated elves decorating a tree, flying Santa and reindeer, plus tons of flashing, dancing, etc."

-- 413 4th Ave W., Andalusia. Kayla Rennison says her husband, Brandon, starts working on the their Christmas lights the day after Halloween. "This year he has made a waterfall coming out of our tree into a light pond (he made all of this with rope lights). He then put deer next to the pond to simulate that they are drinking the water. He then bought this awesome LED frog and with rope lights made it look as if the frog is spitting water into the pond. He has our house lights dancing to the music of Justin Bieber's holiday CD, along with other holiday artists."

-- 1408 19th St., Bettendorf. Ryan Norlin says, "My home is decorated with over 14,000 lights, which use over 5,000 watts, all synchronized to music via FM radio. My house is on Facebook; seach '19th Street Light Show.' "

-- 6 Colorado Court, Davenport. A neighbor writes: "Worth the drive for the family! And to see the house across the court!"

-- 411 4th St. W., Andalusia. Shirley Flemming writes: "My husband, Dewey Flemming, works very hard each year putting up a yard full of beautiful lights. He has cut out and painted many of the things

featured in the yard. ... There is even Christmas music playing in the yard."

-- 1443 42nd St., Rock Island.

-- 402 Barber Creek Road, Port Byron.

-- 1851 30th St., Rock Island.

-- 204 W. Upper St., Cambridge.

-- 1709 E. 3rd St., Coal Valley. "We have lights around the house, the trees, the deck, along the driveway, a carousel, and we have 14 inflatable decorations," writes Steph Genova.

-- 4025 27th Ave., Rock Island. Mark Hergert writes: "I have all different types of lights: incandescent, LED, color-changing, and more. Starting Friday, Dec. 16, I will have a grouping of lighted trees and candy canes set to the beat of Christmas music you can hear outside or in your car on FM 90.7."

-- 1138 49th St., Moline.

Don Lewis and Pami Triebel of Moline contributed the following addresses and comments:

-- Quad-City Music Guild, 1584 16th St., Moline (circle drive-around).

-- The house on the corner of 12th Avenue and 8th Street, Moline. "They did again: the yard, the house front and side is covered with displays and lights galore. ... This display is a real kids' delight, kids of all ages, including us."

-- The house on 42nd Street off 18th Avenue, Rock Island. "Lights and displays everywhere."

-- The John Deere Commons display, between 12th Street /15th Street on River Drive, across from John Deere Pavilion. "Lights aglow and beautifully arranged on the large Christmas tree, as well as all the surrounding trees."

-- The Ben Butterworth Parkway, River Drive, Moline (23rd Street through 34th Street).


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