One of the best things to do during the holiday season is to throw on a festive playlist and go on a cruise to see holiday lights. Whether it’s the homes in your neighbourhood or a drive-through light show, nothing compares to the feeling of cozy warmth with magical views outside your window.

But, there are a few homes in this city that are worth getting out of your car for a closer look and definitely some pictures. In fact, these houses are known for bringing their A-game every year and this holiday season is no different!

Here are some of the wildest over-the-top Christmas homes you’ll find in Toronto and the GTA.

188 Brock Ave


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Located just south of Dundas West near Dufferin St, the owners of this home go all-out with their displays every holiday season. This year, the D’Elia family has brought back all of their twinkling lawn ornaments and lights which you can check out on your way to Window Wonderland in The Junction.

226 & 228 Brenyon Way

These two Scarborough homes do it up big for both Halloween and Christmas. The duo, known as Decorate Brenyon Way, encourages visitors to donate to the organizations listed on their website. This year’s display is as over-the-top as ever, with both lawns transformed into epic festive wonderlands for the holidays.

Wild Cherry Lane


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This Thornhill street will be lit up every night until January 9th, 2022. You’ll want to set your radio to 104.9 FM when you do your drive-by so you can witness the light show synchronized to holiday tunes.

This tradition put on by the Lindsay family each year is a holiday staple in the neighbourhood. A box has also been set up for visitors to make donations to the Yellow Brick House & Markham Foodbank.

165 Benjamin Boake Trail

This might be the most over-the-top Christmas house in the city. Located near Keele St and Sheppard Ave West, the DeSario family home draws crowds every year for its wildly colourful and bright holiday display.

This is the 22nd year that the family has raised money for SickKids through their Christmas display, collecting over $250,000 to date. The home will be illuminated every evening from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. until January 6th.

2176 Devlin Drive


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Every holiday season since 2015, this Burlington home transforms into an “animated gingerbread house” inspired by the 1989 Christmas movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. You’ll be able to watch the dazzling light show from the warmth of your car, accompanied by festive tunes on the radio.

The lights will be on display every night until well after Christmas on January 2nd, 2022. It’s free to stop by and enjoy the show, but as a way of giving back, the Griswold house is accepting donations in support of SickKids.