Deck your route with boughs of folly


Light Up Suntree rewards fellow homeowners for their efforts to decorate their homes for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Suntree Master Homeowners Association

What is a more festive, inclusive activity for all generations than to drive around looking at great holiday lights?

Light Up Suntree is an effort by volunteers to reward fellow homeowners for their efforts and encourage others to follow suit.

Sponsored by the Suntree Master Homeowners Association, its Community Relations Committee recruits several volunteer judges to hit the road and spot the best lighting displays and decorations. The communities themselves also are up for awards.

“This is no easy task. There are many beautifully decorated homes and community entrances in Suntree,” said SMHA community relations manager Kaye McKinney. “Not only is this a tough job in itself, but the judges must travel over 66 miles of streets to view each home. This takes about two to three hours with two groups making the trek.”

Judging this year will be held on Friday, Dec. 18. The trek begins at dark. The first-, second- and third-place winners will receive prizes. 

Their addresses will be published in the January Viera Voice and the Winter issue of the Suntree Quarterly

“A sign will also be placed in the winner’s yard so that all our neighbors will know that you lit up Suntree,” McKinney said.

Last year, judges said these homes and communities had the most tour-worthy decorations:

  • 837 Oak Park Dr. 
  • 357 Timberlake Dr. 
  • 856 Carriage Hill Rd. 
  • 900 Fostoria Dr. 
  • 763 Lake Dr.
  • 772 Oak Park Dr.

Communities with the Best Decorated Entrance were:

  • Waterford Place
  • Villas & Forest of Suntree
  • Legends 
  • The Communities with the Best Community Spirit were: 
  • Misty Creek 
  • Mandarin Lakes 
  • Silver Lake and 
  • Waterford Place