8 Destinations to Enjoy Tacky Christmas Decorations

Posted Dec 16th 2013 04:30 PMUpdated Jan 2nd 2014 11:37 AM

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Ugly sweaters are back with a vengeance, so why not extend the theme to your travel and take a tacky Christmas decoration road trip? From bad ornament stores to neighborhoods with totally overdone lighting displays, nothing says happy holidays like bad taste. So grab an inflatable Santa as your co-pilot, hop in the car and go.


In the East

Tacky Lights Tour -- Richmond, Virginia
As there are so many tackily decorated houses in Richmond (such as the one pictured at top), there's an entire tour devoted to them. Benefit: mobile guide so you can have door-to-door directions.

Dyker Heights -- Brooklyn, New York
It just wouldn't be Christmas in Brooklyn without this neighborhood: sugar plum fairies, creches and inflatable snow globes, it's all there.

34th Street -- Baltimore, Maryland
For over 66 years, 34th street has been putting on a Christmas light display. It's an entire block decked out in pretty much everything you can imagine that can be created with a string of lights.


In the South

Decorator's Warehouse -- Arlington, Texas
Billed as Texas' #1 Christmas Store this shop isn't just a place to buy ornaments, it's a destination. Of course, it's where you should plan to stock up for your Dallas Cowboy-themed tree that you're planning on putting together when you get home.

The Incredible Christmas Place -- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
This year-round Christmas decoration store is kind enough to organize its wares by decoration theme. Given that you're reading this article on a travel site, go with the Across America Theme. Think tour bus ornaments.

The Jolly Christmas Shop -- Logan, Georgia
Considering that the web version of The Jolly Christmas Shop has a tacky ornament section, you can certainly expect the very best in bad seasonal accoutrement at the brick and mortar.


In the West

Sleep Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza -- Torrance, California
Taking place for more than 40 years, this Christmas light display is one of the largest in the whole country. And not only do you get lights, but a lot of the participating houses have hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies for sale. All pair well with an inflatable Santa.

Peacock Lane -- Portland, Oregon
Houses on this street have been decorating since the 1920s, and you'll even find a few that keep some tacky (and creepy) Christmas decorations up all year round. Popular with Portland locals, the street even has its own jovial theme song.


Other spots

Not close to any of these? That's ok. There's the Tacky Light Tour website which keeps track of lighting displays not only around the country, but the entire world. No matter where you are, a tacky Christmas is probably only a few streets away.

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