Luckily, you don't have to travel far this holiday season to find decorated streets and homes all aglow.
My family and I have driven the streets of Perry Hall many times over the past few weeks enjoying the local decorations. While we certainly tried, we haven't even covered half of Perry Hall. Our goal has been simple: Find homes that have gone all out, Griswold holiday spectacle-style.
So, hop in your car just after dark and put on some holiday music. We even put our kids in their pajamas and had a bag of treats to share. Then start exploring your own neighborhood! Just drive around. You don't need a map because you really can't get lost in Perry Hall.
There are a few notable local homes that absolutely can't be missed. First up is the home of Bill and Mary Jayne Borey. Their home is located near the intersection of Hines Road and Magledt.
"We used to decorate for our kids, but now that they are all grown, we realized it's just because we love Christmas," said Mary Jayne. They don't just decorate the outside, they have not one, but eleven Christmas trees fully decorated inside their home!
Next, just a few blocks away, is the Goodman home on Fontaine Drive. The home is set to music, includes blinking lights and is sure to put a smile on your face as you drive by. Stephen Goodman starts decorating just after Thanksgiving, he said, and spends at least 30 hours assembling the entire scene. Make sure you open your car windows to get the full effect, because, "this year we added the music and the blinking lights," said Goodman.
Next, take a drive down Soth Avenue—almost every home is decorated. Several of the connecting streets are also quite festive.
If you venture down Deborah Avenue, you'll find the Maxwell's, which has everything from Santa on the front porch to Frosty the Snowman, and even a carousel and other holiday characters for your viewing pleasure. So, why would they spend almost every weekend, beginning before Thanksgiving, decorating their yard? "We do it for our six grandchildren, who just love to see the decorations," said Eve Maxwell.
And finally, there is a home on Penn Avenue that has been decorated each season for more than 25 years. Stephen Reed, Sr. adds new pieces each year, "just because the neighbors have grown to expect it and love our decorations," said Reed.
And after you've checked out these homes, here are some other areas to drive around.
- The 2500 block of Joppa Road, between Old Harford Road and Harford Road. It's a bit outside of Perry Hall, but you cannot miss the festive spirit.
- Bretton Reef Road and Northwind Road and surrounding streets.
- Snyder Lane off of Chapel Road.
- Brewers Drive and Bailey's Court offers many fully decorated homes.
- Forge Haven Drive in Glenside Farms includes quite a few beautifully decorated homes.
- Westcott Way and Lochcarrow Road in Perry Hall Estates.
- Perry Farms Drive in Perry Hall Farms.
- Schroeder Avenue and many of the side streets that branch off of it.
- Horn Avenue behind the Perry Hall Methodist Church.
- Friendly's located at 9551 Belair Road. The restaurant lawn is fully decorated. End your tour here and grab an ice cream or Jubilee Roll to share when you get home.
Thanks Perry Hall, for your holiday spirit! It's hard to believe the dedication and commitment that some of you commit to every year to decorate and display your holiday spirit.
Please consider posting a photo of your own decorations, so we can make our holiday tour complete!