The SF Bay Area Tacky Xmas Decoration & Grand Highly Illuminated House Tour

Yes, even the San Francisco Bay Area has Tacky Xmas Houses. Of course people prefer to think of them as Neo-Expressionist Illumination Sculptures (or Burning Lights Man), but that's a personal problem. While the city itself only has a couple of good houses, the surrounding areas have more. It's already been written about in the Charleston, SC Post and Courier and the Richmond Times-Dispatch!

Of course this is first year of tracking them so if you know of any others that should be on the list, drop a note to and help Put the 'X' Back in Xmas!

San Francisco
Tacky Xmas lights on 21st St3650 21st St (between Sanchez and Church) – Size matters at this oversized wonderland. Big tree, huge stocking, giant toys, big fun! The city's best. Tacky Xmas lights on Castro Street68 Castro St (between 14th and Duboce) - Tasteful decorations taken to the Xtreme.


Tacky Xmas lights on Monterey Blvd800 Block of Monterey Blvd
(near Montecito Ave)  

235 San Anselmo Ave 
(near Monterey Blvd)  

East Bay
Tacky Xmas lights on Holiday Tree LaneAlameda
“Holiday Tree Lane” 3200 block of Thompson Avenue
(between High Street and Fernside). Fifty-two (count ‘em, 52!) houses all brightly lit. A tradition for over 60 years.

Nearby: 1518 Fernside – Jimmy Buffet meets Santa Claus

An inflatable Xmas in AlamedaTacky Xmas lights in AlamedaAlso in Alameda:
3312 and 3317 Central
(by Hansen)
Watt’s that glow?

Tacky Xmas lights on encinal, AlamedaMore Alameda:
3279 Encinal
(in the 'hood)

Tacky Xmas lights in OaklandOakland
Picardy Drive
(near Seminary and 55th Avenues)
Two blocks of lights, strung house to house. Not a feature’s uncovered, not even that mouse.

Tacky Xmas lights on 58th  Ave OaklandNearby in Oakland 
3100 block of Millsbrae 
(between MacArthur and Seminary  

3001 58th Ave (by Brann) 

Tacky Xmas lights in OaklandTacky Xmas lights in OaklandMore Oakland
2718 Carmel St (near Rhoda)
Home of Evil Talking Santa and John Wayne as his elf.

Tri-Valley Area

Tacky Xmas lights at WidmerWorldPleasanton
3671 Chelsea Court
It’s WidmerWorld!  Thousands of lights and handmade displays from your neighborhood accountant.

Dublin (unconfirmed)
6510 Amador Valley Boulevard - Our spotter sez: "It's just a condo unit....but they must need their own power generating plant."

Valley lights – A web site of lights from Hayward to Livermore and every town in between (

South Bay (unconfirmed)

Redwood City
"Candy Cane Lane"
Dewey Avenue between Carson Street and Roosevelt Avenue

Palo Alto
"Christmas Tree Lane"
Fulton Street between Embarcadero Road and Seale

666 Lakefair (at Hiddenlake off of Laurence Expressway)

Want more Tacky Xmas lights? This is the place