For 15 years, Jim Elliott has been compiling and sharing a list of the "must see" Christmas light displays in Red Deer.
For a while he would rent transit buses to take kids and their parents on tours across the city to see take in the spectacular displays.
He doesn't do that anymore, but he and his son A.J. still enjoy putting the list together each year for Red Deerians to enjoy.
Start: Sorensen Station Transit Terminal (49 Avenue & 49 Street), east on 49 Street, L on 48 Avenue, L on Ross Street, (circling around City Hall and the Park), R on 49 Avenue, L on 60 Street, L on 60 Avenue, L on 55 Street, R on Kerry Wood Drive, R on Fir Street, L on Fern Road, R on Kerry Wood Drive, R on Oak Drive, R on Overdown Drive, R on Ohio Close (almost the entire close is decorated… breathtaking), continue around the close, R on Overdown Drive, on-to Oleander Drive, L on Taylor Drive, R on Grant Street, R on 59 Avenue, L on 71 Street, on-to Niven Street, L on Nance Avenue, R on Nolan Street, L on Nordegg Crescent, R on Norton Avenue, R on 76 Street, R on Gaetz Avenue, L on Phelan Street, L on Parke Avenue, R on Page Avenue, R on Pamely Avenue, R on 67 Street, L on Gaetz Avenue.
Back to downtown (passing through the old Gaetz Avenue by Wei’s Western Wear), R on 46 Street, L on Gaetz Avenue, continue to, L on Boyce Street, R on Barrett Drive, L on Bettenson Street, R on Baines Crescent, around the Crescent, R on Bettenson Street, R on Barrett Drive, travel all the way around to, R on Baird Street, L on Barrett Drive, L on Molly Bannister Drive, R on Bremner Avenue, R on 30 Street, L on 47 Avenue, R on 32 Street, L 43 Avenue, R on 39 Street, R on 40 Avenue, L on McBride Crescent, R on Malcolm Crescent, R on McConnell Close (owner encourages people to get out and enter the back yard - wonderful), return to R on Malcolm Crescent, L on Mitchell Avenue, straight across to 38 Avenue, R on service road on the north side of 39 Street.
Left on Edgington Close, around and out to, R on Service Road, R on 35A Avenue, R on 35 Avenue, R on 44 Street, on-to Excell Street, L on Ellenwood Drive, L on Erickson Drive, on-to Cornett Drive, on-to Rollis Street, L on Ray Avenue, L on Richards Crescent, R on Russell Crescent, on-to Ramsay Avenue, L on Rutledge Crescent, L on Randolph Street, L on Robinson Crescent, L on Reinholdt Avenue, L on Reichley Street, R on 55 Street, on-to Highway 11, to the Parkland Garden Centre (Ice Sculptures).
Leave Parkland, R on Highway 11, on-to 55 Street, L on Reichley Street, L on Rideout Avenue, on-to Donlevy Avenue, L on Dempsey Street, on-to Duston Street, L on Deschner Close, around the Close counter-clockwise, L on Dines Street, R on Deschner Close, L on Duston Street, L on Douglas Avenue, on-to Lockwood Avenue, L on Lamont Close, around the close, R on Lockwood Avenue, L on 32 Street, R on 30 Avenue, L on Ross Street, R on 38 Avenue, R on 50A Street, L on Michener Crescent, R on Michener Green, around and out, R on Michener Crescent, L on 38A Avenue, R on 50A Street, L on 39 Avenue, R on Ross Street, returning to City Hall.
Note: When leaving Deer Park, you may want to check out Lancaster, Vanier Woods, Anders Park, Inglewood and Sunnybrook. In addition, there are beautiful homes in West Park, West Lake, Johnstone and Kentwood and many other subdivisions in Red Deer (all worth the drive). It is just impossible to fit them all into a Light Tour in a timely fashion. Please feel free to share this with the public. The entire route is approximately 2 ½ hours long which may be too much for some, especially smaller children. It might be advisable to break it up into smaller pieces. It is a fun thing to do on Christmas Eve or any other time.
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