Last year, Sue Rubino published on Newtown Patch two tours on which to enjoy holiday light displays in the borough as well as Sandy Hook. Much of the tour still applies this year with a few modifications.
The Newtown Tour. (Beginning on Route 25 near exit 9) Take 25 south to Blackman Road. Go left on Blackman and right onto Middleton Road. There are several nice displays on Middleton. The on the left side stands out however. They have thousands of lights, complete with Santa in his sleigh being pulled by reindeer and a sign that reads, "Flight School."
Head back to 25 and notice the two homes on the right lit up with many holiday ornaments on their lawn, which with their bright colors stay festive in the sunlight. Stay on 25/Main Street to Route 302/Sugar Street. Turn right onto 302/Sugar Street and look to the right to see the gazebo at the Pleasance lit up.
From Sugar Street, go left onto Boggs Hill Road and take the first left again onto Deep Brook. At the T in the road, go left onto Ridge Road. Many of the homes on Ridge Road are well decorated though it is only when you arrive at the home with multiple giant inflatables and Christmas music to go along with it that will draw the most smiles.
Head back to 302 and turn right toward town. Turn right on Elm Drive and pass the town Christmas tree lit up by LEDs on the left. Continue to Route 25 and marvel at the well-lit tree at the plaza at 71 South Main St.
The Sandy Hook Tour. Head toward Sandy Hook Center on Church Hill Road and as you get closer toward the business district, the colorfully lit Sandy Hook tree should greet you at the base of the hill at the intersection of Glen and Washington roads.
Continue straight at the light up Riverside Road heading past the well-decorated Sandy Hook firehouse. Turn right onto Philo Curtis where there are several homes in the vicinity of Treadwell Park with great displays. At the end of Philo Curtis, tend left onto Jeremiah. Take Jeremiah to the end and turn left on Bennetts Bridge Road to Gelding Hill Road. Notice the display on the house on the left before turning right onto Gelding Hill Road.
Take the first left off of Gelding Hill Road onto Russett Road. Take Russett Road to Winesap Drive. Enjoy the display on the corner of Winesap Drive and Russett Road with the flying reindeer suspended from the trees.
Continue along Russett to Orange Pippin. Go right on Orange Pippin and make the first left onto Charter Ridge Road. Charter Ridge has many beautifully decorated homes and trees. You have entered one of the holiday's more ornately decorated neighborhoods in town.
Stay on Charter Ridge Road and turn right onto Yogananda where many homes boast impressive holiday light displays. Turn right onto Bresson Farm and another right on Founders Lane at the . Returning home on Route 34 also will bring you past some nicely decorated holiday displays.
*Tour 1 15 minutes and about 6 miles
*Tour 2 20 minutes and about 7 miles
If we missed any great displays, let us know in the comments.
Also, if you have a great holiday display at your home, be sure and enter Patch's Deck the House contest. The winner will earn a $100,000 donation for Newtown's public schools and 25 finalists will earn a credit of up to $500 for use in paying December's electricity bills. For contest rules, how to enter and more information, check out: deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/newtown