Best extreme Christmas lights in Fernandina Beach, Hilliard and beyond

Driving around to check out Christmas lights is a tradition for many families, and there are some incredible light shows in our region. We’ve rounded a few of the best places to see the lights in our area, which are to the best of our knowledge on display this year. If you know of others that should be on the list, email us at info@mamamelia.com.

Lyons Family Christmas Lights

Synchronized Christmas Lights at a house on 9th Avenue in Hilliard, Fla.

Watch how these synchronized Christmas Lights change to the music at the Lyons home in Hilliard. (This file photo doesn’t do justice to their display, which has expanded since we took this pic.)

Lyons Family Home, Hilliard

What: The Lyons family has made their Christmas lights a labor of love, and there’s nothing like it. You can pull up in front of their house, tune in to their radio station, and then watch the lights dance to the music! The Lyons family has made the display bigger and better every year. Their show includes:

  • 100,000+ lights
  • 3,000+ Computer Controlled Channels by 34 Light-O-Rama Program Controllers
  • 15 Ft. Super Mega Tree w/ 16 strands of Cosmic Color Bulbs
  • Twin 12 Ft. Mega Trees w/ 12,000 lights each

You can check it out 6 to 9:00 p.m. weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) and 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. See more pics, videos and a map at hilliardlights.com.

Where: Georgia and 9th Avenue, Hilliard, Florida

Barnwell Road, Fernandina Beach

What: A large display of lights, including nativity scenes, ferris wheels and more.

Where: Barnwell Road. From State Road 200, head north at the Barnwell Road-State Road 200 intersection (at the traffic light by Lowe’s). You’ll see the lights to your right after about a quarter of a mile.

Lights display Fernandina

North Ridge Lane, Fernandina Beach

What: A whole street of homes that go all out with extensive Christmas lights and moving decorations. When we took my parents to visit this street, my father joked, “I didn’t know Chevy Chase lived in Fernandina Beach.”

Where: North Ridge Lane. From Sadler Road, head north on Citrona. Drive a tenth of a mile and North Ridge Lane will be on the right. You won’t be able to miss the lights.

Jax Illuminations, Jacksonville

What: This gigantic, mile-long light display synchronized to holiday music is run by a husband and wife team, and there is a $20 fee to drive through. We’ve heard from parents who completely loved it, so it made the list even though it’s a hike from Nassau County. They boast over 500,000 lights not far from the St. Johns Town Center. Before you enter the drive through display you will tune your car radio to their station. Stop and enjoy some candy canes and hot chocolate. Open to cars, trucks and family vans (7 passenger maximum). Here’s what they had to say about what motivates them:

“If you are wondering why we created such a dramatic light and sound experience – it is because we miss our holiday traditions. When we were children our parents would load the kids in the car on a special night and we would drive around the neighborhoods and look at the beautiful lights on everyone’s homes. Of course we also believed that the brighter your house was the easier it was for Santa to find your house. My absolute favorite memories are the nights that our Grandparents were able to come along with us.”

You can learn more about this display on their website, jaxilluminations.com. Open 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 through Jan. 3.

Where: Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St Johns Bluff Road South, Jacksonville.

Okefenokee Swamp Park Light Show Train / Okefenokee

Tour Okefenokee Swamp Park in the evening aboard the train, admiring the holiday lights that decorate the swamp. Light show trains start at 6 p.m. and depart approximately every 15-30 minutes.  The last train departs promptly at 9 p.m. Santa will be there too! Offered now through Sunday, and then also offered on Dec. 26-30, the Monday through Wednesday before Christmas. Open again Dec. 26-30. Price is $10 for kids ages 3-11 and $12 for adults. Kids 2 and under always FREE. Learn more and reserve your seat at http://okeswamp.com/your-visit/light-show-seasonal/.

Where: Okefenokee Swamp Park, 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd, Waycross, GA 31503

River Glen lights / Yulee

We’re still learning the details about this lights display, but suffice to say the fun lights and moving displays are showing up on Snapchat storiess all over town. River Glen is a neighborhood just west of I-95 off Edwards Road.

ZOOLights / Jacksonville

Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Fifth Annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Guests will have the opportunity to view sculptures and performances by local artists including students at UNF, and a fairy village in the Range of the Jaguar. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo and listening to spirited holiday music, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train (the train only runs from the back of the Zoo to the front). Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, marshmallow roasting, a 4D theatre and more for an extra charge. Details here.

Hours are as follows now – Jan. 6 Closed Christmas Day

  • 6:00 pm. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday

Please note: The Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:00 p.m.

Do you know of other great lights displays worth visiting in Camden or Nassau counties? Tell us about it in the comments section below, post it on the Mamamelia Facebook page or email us at info@mamamelia.com.

 

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