After much research combined with an unbridled passion for Christmas displays, it is official: the Broadway/Wesley Oaks/Oglethorpe Park neighborhood on St. Simons Island is winning Christmas!
Pack the kids in the car, bring hot chocolate and go on an Island excursion through these connected neighborhoods to see the best, most creative and most prolific displays.
Here are a few highlights to guide you:
Park Circle: Just behind Southern Soul BBQ is Park Circle. Near the intersection of Park and St. Simons, a guy with a bucket truck (imagine how helpful a bucket truck could be in Christmas lighting!) has long strands of white lights hanging down from the limbs of his tall live oak tree. The effect and the overall labor is impressive! And the neighbors deliver as well with icicle lights on a very steep roofline along with a Hello Kitty blow up figure. Nicely done!
Traveling North on Broadway: Lots of colorful lights. And don’t forget to look up—someone else managed to get up pretty high in an oak tree with white lights.
Right on Wesley Oak Drive: More lights, lots of participation and holiday cheer. When Wesley Oak Drive intersects with Wesley Oak Circle, turn right. A little more than halfway down the circle is a house with a tree of lights and a small toy train on a track circling the yard and making its way through a Christmas village.
Just after the house with the train, turn right—this street ends at McIntosh Avenue. Turn left on McIntosh, then a quick right onto Strother Place. Lots of grand, lighted stairs and one house has the laser beams! (If you haven’t seen these yet, have a look here).
Back out on McIntosh, turn right. Just before Frederica Road, turn left on Maxwell. At the end of Maxwell, turn right on McLane, then right on Wesley Oak Drive, then right on Postell. McIntosh, Maxwell, McLane and Postell all have lots of lights including: Santa and reindeer on a roofline, laser beam lights on an oak tree on Maxwell, a lake made of white lights, a blow up animated Santa and more!
Christmas lights are notoriously difficult to photograph, so you’ll have to trust us on this one! And while you’re out, don’t miss the over-the-top display in Sea Palms at 144 Shore Rush Drive!
Have fun out there. Merry Christmas from St. Simons Island!