As soon as drivers turn off Belvoir Avenue onto Fountain Avenue, they will see the glow of the green lights draping trees all over "Helton Hill" in East Ridge. For more than 20 years, the Shrader/Helton families have decorated the East Ridge hill on which a large part of their family lives. Visitors turn off Fountain into the driveway and follow it around a loop at the top of the hill. Donations of canned food are requested for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Remember those childhood years when the whole family piled into the car one night and drove through subdivisions ooh-ing and aah-ing over decorated houses? Neighborhood garden clubs would choose Christmas themes and everybody participated. Each house on every street would be lit in some way — whether it was one spotlight shining on an elegant front-door wreath or multicolor strands of lights outlining windows, eaves, doors and roofs.

It's getting harder to find homes that still light up in a big way, but they aren't all gone. Following is a list of houses decked out for the holidays. Just plug the addresses in your GPS and give them a look.



» 3044 and 3056 Twisted Twig in Crystal Brook subdivision.

» 9996 Meadowstone Drive in Benwood Cove subdivision behind Apison Elementary School.



» 419 Retro Hughes Road.



» 15212 Defriese Road.

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» 2466 Twin Oaks Drive SE. Music and lights on 6-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

» 3787 Blue Springs Road. Animated display with music. Check the Facebook page:

» 2819 Mountain View Drive.

» 108 Whitecrest Circle NW, 50,000 lights.



» 116 Hard Luck Ranch Road.

» 8115 East Valley Road. Reported to cover about 5 acres of the front yard.


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Several homes on Daugherty Lane off Standifer Gap Road in East Brainerd are decked in lights, including this one at 2410 Daugherty Lane.


» 2410 Daugherty Lane. Five displays on this one cul de sac located off Standifer Gap Road.

» 2412 Cedar Creek Drive in Cedar Creek subdivision.

» Ashwood subdivision on Shallowford Road.

» 2321 David Lane. Animated lights synced to 99.1 FM radio station.



» 3716 Jason Drive off Fountain Ave, known as "Helton Hill." Homes of seven family members and hillside all decorated in more than 50,000 lights. Santa's workshop at top of hill on loop around driveway. Owners ask visitors for canned goods for donation to Chattanooga Community Kitchen and Forgotten Child fund. Turn off Belvoir Avenue onto Fountain Avenue across from school and look for the "green trees."

» 3706 Mary Anna Drive.

» 5311 Lazard St. Tune your radio to 95.1 FM.

» 3817 Edwards Terrace.

» 3821 Edwards Terrace.



» 11 Elaine Drive and Stanford Place subdivision

» 337 Tinker Bell Circle, near Stanford Place in Fantasy Hills.



» 4720 Maywood Lane, off Highway 153 between Highway 58 and Bonny Oaks.

» 4509 Locksley Lane.

» 7602 Austin Drive.

» 6121 Sasha Lane.



» 7917 Gann Store Road.

» 7925 Gann Store Road.

» 819 Brynwood Drive.

» 955 Brynwood Drive.

» 1020 Ambrose Lane.

» 7279 Autumn Lake Trail.

» 6816 Laurel Cove.

» 4420 Norcross Road.

» 1646 Colorado St. in Middle Valley. Nearby, drivers will find two more decorated houses by Middle Valley Elementary School.



» 2735 TVA Road in Shellmound Campground.



» 3328 Angela Lane.

» 334 Warren Drive.

» 702 O'Grady Drive.

» 440 Patten Chapel Road, not a lot of lights but an inflatable taller than the house.

» 358 David St.


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Lights illuminate the porch at 5725 Sarah Drive in Ooltewah.
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Kyle Trent says he tries to add something new each year to his yard display at 5725 Sarah Drive in Hamilton on Hunter subdivision in Ooltewah.


» 8287 Stillwater Circle.

» 8031 Fox Glove Drive in Meadow Stream subdivision.

» 5727 Sarah Drive.



» 27 Kingston St.

» 3602 Pickering Ave.



» 4310 St Elmo Ave.



» 11632 Jenkins Road. Tune car radio to 107.3 FM, lights on 6-10 p.m. weekdays, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

» 10441 Brickhill Lane.



» 199 Red Bud Ave. off Cloud Springs Road.

» 130 Talley Spur. This display is not lit every night, try weekend nights with good weather.

» 336 Century Drive, tune your radio to 99.7 FM and watch the display dance to the music.

Sources: Henninger Team of Keller Williams Realty, individual submissions


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