The 2020 Rossmoor Christmas Lights Celebration team is thrilled to release this year’s HotSpots Map, including our recognition awards, honorable mentions, and bright zones throughout the neighborhood. So many people have been asking, and now it’s finally here for evening cruises between now and Christmas day. Time to soak in the Rossmoor lights via foot, bicycle, golf cart, car, RV or even a dog sled or two.
Yes, what could be better to do with the family (including Aunt Mable) than to check out all the incredible (not using that word loosely) Christmas Lights displays that have engulfed our neighborhood? Rossmoor participating families really stepped up their efforts this year bringing joy, laughs and smiles through colorful lights and displays for all to appreciate.
Below, you will find write-ups for the homes that received Recognition Awards, followed by all the Honorable Mention homes and Bright Zones that were selected to be on the Our Rossmoor Christmas Lights HotSpots Map. You can pop open the interactive map and use it to guide your path. The map is below following the recognition awards.
Lights Bike Tour
Many folks have inquired about the traditional Rossmoor Christmas Lights Bicycle Tour. Plans are in place, and it will be a three night event this year in an attempt to give more people a chance to participate while maintaining proper social distancing (did you know that the safe distance while riding behind another cyclist is 20 feet?).
For safety sake, masks will be required for all riders. The rides are being organized by the Lightning Velo Cycling Club and will meet in the Rush Park parking lot at 5:30 for a quick safety check and a 6:00-ish departure time on Monday 12/21, Tuesday 12/22, and Wednesday 12/23. Dress for the cool weather. The Club asks that family groups stay together and that the adults help to keep the safe distancing of 20-feet behind riding groups in place. Here are the additional Bike Tour details.
On to the Lights Recognition Awards
To make the evening even more memorable, here’s a hot cocoa recipe to warm your soul as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2020 Rossmoor Christmas Lights Celebration.
Many thanks to ALL of the homeowners who put the time and effort into creating such amazing displays for all of us to enjoy. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
The 14th Annual Rossmoor Christmas Lights Celebration has been delightful – Thank You Rossmoor!
And now it’s your turn to enjoy the lights.
Rookie of the Year – The Linza Family
Never before have we received so many first-time entries in this event, which is wonderful. Also makes it essential to stand out from among all the entries. Well the Linza family did just that to be recognized as this season’s Rookie of the Year! The house, situated at a perfect location, easily viewed heading east or north, you can’t miss the colorful parkway arches. Yes, it makes it magical to stroll along the sidewalk and soak in the holiday spirit, with whatever Christmas video is playing in the driveway. In the background are repeated colored lights outlining the windows and any other ledges they could find. Do yourself a favor and head over to Wendy Way!
Enchanted Christmas Forest Award – The Vega Family
Well – that’s the name we came up with this season. How could this house possibly get any better? Each year we ask ourselves that, and each year John and the Vega family amaze us once again. This year is no exception, and as wonderful as the house looks in pictures, it’s absolutely stunning in person. There’s something magical capturing one’s imagination, and the attention to detail (colored spotlights 15 feet up the trees) helps you discover new decorative elements to appreciate. Much thanks to the Vega family for sharing their Christmas spirit!
RHA Nomination Award – Giddens Family
The Our Rossmoor Nomination Award is a newly created concept by the RHA that will become one of those “rinse-and-repeat” recognition awards in years to follow. That’s a good thing, and so fitting that the Giddens family is our first ever recipient. Why might you ask? Well, their house was nominated by multiple observant neighbors – plural. Also, even two weeks prior to judging, you could find both Tom and Connie out front (even at 10:00 in the evening) fine-tuning the lights and displays, making sure everything looked just right. This is a labor love, and we’re all appreciative of their Christmas lights results!
Merry & Bright Award – Graham Family – 3341 Kenilworth Dr.
Get your sunglasses out – those LED bulbs are working overtime! Many thanks to the Graham family for their hard work in creating this spectacular display that is sure to make your day Merry & Bright!
Griswold Award – Pahl Family – 2821 Channing Way
We all need (or have) an Uncle Eddie, and this decorated house (in many ways) reminds us of how and why we so enjoy watching Christmas Vacation. If you want to experience a live rendition of the famous house in the movie, including green hazardous materials, roof stapled lights and all, head to the Pahl family home Channing Way. Just get there before the septic tank explodes or Mike Pahl gets stuck in the attic. Also significant to note that the RV cut-outs were handcrafted, and we are so appreciative of the humor and fun the Pahl family brings to our neighborhood!
Where’s Woodstock Award – Bright Zone on Woodstock Road near Montecito
OK, time for a little math. We all know the game Where’s Waldo. Seems on this special street that’s taken a bit of a divergence, and families can now play “Where’s Woodstock!” We are led to believe there are 30 lighted and visible Woodstocks to be discovered and counted among all the participating homes. Perhaps a ride on a bike or even a leisurely stroll down the street is more rewarding. Can you find them all?
Honey, We Went Overboard Award – Den Hartog Family – 3212 Hillrose Drive
This was another Kid’s favorite, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s almost like the Den Hartog’s went into Ace Hardware, Ganahl and Lowes, picked out only the good stuff, tapped a magic wand and voila – the home is extravagantly decorated. Suddenly a bubble or snow machine starts cranking out the white stuff in SoCal, and the kids in the judging caravan just went bonkers. They didn’t want to leave. Set aside some time to visit this home because it’s more than just a drive-by.
Sounds of the Season Award – Monsen Family – 2762 Engel Drive
A picture may say a thousand words but can’t do justice to this dancing light display that you can sing and dance along with as you tune into the sounds on 91.3 on your car stereo! You may want to bring some warm clothes so you can get out and dance along! Thank you for the fun Monsen Family!
Oh Wow – It’s Christmas Award – Bingham and Herzog Families – 2892 & 2902 Aceca Drive (two pictures)
Year-after-year, these two homes bring so much pleasure and happiness to our neighborhood, and we’re elated to report that the Herzog’s and Bingham’s have once again gifted us with their mesmerizing display of lights, sound, motion and emotion! As the judge’s caravan pulled in front, we knew what to expect, and of course we were in awe of the spectacle. All one of the judges had to say was, “Oh Wow!” Don’t miss this one. Perhaps even drive by twice.
Kids’ Choice Award Award – Pack Family – 11741 Martha Ann Drive
It was unanimous – the gigantic inflatable nutcrackers guarding some of our favorite movie characters along with the backdrop of lights galore made this house the kids’ choice this year. The grown-ups also loved this setup, but the kids took this one! The Pack family definitely upped their game this year, and while you’re checking this one out, you’ll find yourself in a HotSpot of beautifully decorated homes along Martha Ann Drive.
Christmas Candy Land Award – Gandara Family – 2681 St. Albans Drive
Get whisked away by Christmas magic and enjoy a peppermint stick while taking in the sights of Santa as he spreads season’s greetings to all who can hear. You will really appreciate the amazing care and detail that the Gandara family added to their display as you see the candy lined windows, gumdrops, and other tasty treats.
Honorable Mention Recognition
Honorable Mentions: These homes are recognized on the Hot Spots Map for being beautifully decorated and worth checking out (which is why the RHA does the Celebration in the first place)! You can also find some hot spot streets on the map where you will find concentrations of beautifully decorated homes.
2020 Honorable Mentions
- 2862 Coleridge Drive
- 3121 Copa De Oro Drive
- 3371 Druid Lane
- 2942 Edgeley Place
- 2942 Hillrose Drive
- 3331 Huntley Drive
- 2861 Inverness Drive
- 11672 Kensington Road
- 2751 Mainway Drive
- 11541 Martha Ann Drive
- 12652 Martha Ann Drive
- 12552 Martha Ann Drive
- 11302 Pemberton Road
- 2762 Salmon Drive
- 3011 Shakespeare Drive
- 2732 St. Albans Drive
- 2751 St. Albans Drive
- 2851 Tucker Lane
- 11352 Wembley Road
- 2951 Yellowtail Drive
Thanks again to all the participating homeowners in Our Rossmoor for making our 14th year celebration such a success and holiday wishes to you and yours from the Rossmoor Homeowners Association!
The HotSpots Map
The last couple of years we’ve created an interactive HotSpots Map of the recognized houses. The first year the map got about 5,500 views, so we did it again last year (2019) and that map got over 11,000 views. I guess we have a winner. Here’s this year’s interactive HotSpots Map:
Nomination Drawing Prizes
If you are looking for the prize winners and sponsors for the Lights Nomination Contest, you’ll want to go here.