holiday lights toronto

The 5 most outlandish holiday lights in Toronto

The most outlandish holiday lights in Toronto this year are worth a tour around the city to see just how Griswoldian some of our fellow residents get each year. These festive displays aren't just about sheer light-power, though. They also feature kitschy lawn figures and other ornaments that set the scene in wonderfully kitschy ways.

Here are my picks for the most outlandish holiday lights in Toronto.

188 Brock Avenue

Driving south on Brock, you can see the glow from this beacon of festivity when you crest Dundas West. Each year the D'Elia family completely deck out their home in the kitschiest way imaginable. There's even a countdown clock that'll remind you when Saint Nick takes flight.

165 Benjamin Boake Trail

The house at 165 Benjamin Boake Trail is once again the city's biggest Christmas display. Photo by Aaron Navarro.

165 Benjamin Boake Trail

This is the most Griswoldian of them all! Roughly 50,000 LED lights cover the De Sario family home each year in a display that supports Sick Kids Hospital. People make the pilgrimage to visit the display from all over the city leading up to Christmas.

christmas lights toronto

The corner of Glenlake and Dorval is once again a festive hotbed. Photo by Aaron Navarro.

Glenlake Avenue and Dorval Road

Trevor Walker and Karin Martin put together one of the most playful and festival displays in Toronto each holiday season. What really makes this one standout is the oversized reindeer and snowman that greet those passing by the beaming scene.

brenyon way christmas toronto

Brenyon Way takes the cake in terms of lawn ornaments and decorations. Photo via Decorate Brenyon Way.

Brenyon Way

The McKenzie and Patterson families have put together a wildly over-the-top Christmas display on Brenyon Way in Malvern this year, which is only increased in amplitude by their neighbours. Look for the cluster of homes around #228 for the display (or just follow all the lights)!

6 holmesdale crescent toronto

Stay a while and watch the Christmas videos are Holmesdale Crescent. Photo by Derek Flack.

6 Holmesdale Crescent

Mary Genua has put on a robust light display at her home near Dufferin St. and Eglinton Ave. for at least 30 years. It's about as classy as outlandish holiday lights displays get, and a definite highlight is the video screen on the second floor that plays festive clips.

Lead photo by

Derek Flack

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Toronto neighbourhood fights back against real estate agent

The 10 most beautiful places to walk in Toronto

Vote for your favourites in 15 new best of categories

This is what the revamped park in Kensington Market looks like

PETA finally gets its vegan ads in TTC subway stations

Toronto could soon become a lot more motorcycle friendly

Toronto Police memo reveals threat of vehicle attack near CN Tower

Toronto Police spark fear and panic with alarming tweet