In response to our request for holiday light-tour nominees, The Chronicle received almost 100 phone calls. We traveled 278 miles on three nights to view the homes, but still couldn't make it to every one. We had to limit our tour to houses roughly within 15 miles of downtown Augusta. But we've listed all the nominees by neighborhood. We assigned our favorite houses between three and five "bulbs" to indicate our top recommendations.
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*** 326 East Ave. Take Georgia Avenue to East Buena Vista and turn on East Avenue. !!!
*** 1808 Partridge Lane. Off Martintown Road, behind Jim Bush Florist. Neighbor's house also is decked out with lights and Nativity scene. !!!
912 Lake Ave.
*** 215 Whitehall Road. Take U.S. Highway 25 to Ascauga Lake Road. Turn right on Whitehall in Barclay Estates subdivision. !!!
*** 471 Twisted Needle Court. Ascauga Lake Road; right on Sudlow Lake Road, turn right on Pine Butte then on Twisted Needle Court. The two-story home has lights all over the front yard and the house, with a holiday picture projected on the side. !!!
**** 712 Sweetwater Road. Take U.S. Highway 25 through Belvedere. Cross I-20 and pass through Murphy Village. Turn left on Sweetwater Road toward Old MacDonald's Fish Camp. Go 6 miles; the house is on the left. Another mile up the road is Mount Vintage Plantation, which provides a safe place to turn around.
*** 22 Branch Court. Aiken-Augusta Highway toward Aiken. Veer right on South Carolina 421, just after Atomic Road overpass. Turn right on Storm Branch Road, right on Branch Court. (It's a long drive with no other lights along the way.) !!!
*** 391 Piney Heights Road. Aiken-Augusta Highway. Turn right on 421. In Langley, turn right on Piney Heights Road. The house is 1.4 miles from 421. giant snowman, giant Santa, lights on everything, lighted nativity scene. !!!
276 Hillvale St. & 248 Oak St., Highway 421 to Gloverville. Turn Right on Pine Street. Turn left on Hillvale and Oak.
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*** 622 Dennis Drive. Off Columbia Road, in Merrymont subdivision.!!!
*** 420 Shallowford Circle. Off Pleasant Home Road, right on Quaker Springs Road, into Crofton subdivision, home of Lisa Arnold, Miss Augusta. !!!
*** 331 and 333 McCormick Road. Washington Road to Bobby Jones intersection. Turn on Old Evans Road, and right on McCormick. Next to South Columbia Elementary School.
*** 3953 Foxhill Court. Take Old Trail Road, beside Ruby Tuesday and Home Depot on Bobby Jones. Turn right on Foxhill Court. !!!
*** 3622 Lake Shore Drive. Off Baston Road. Homeowners invite public to walk through animated Christmas figures display. !!!
4311 Columbia Road. Next to Elliott funeral home, at entrance of West Lynne subdivision.
Connemara Trail (no street address) in Connemara subdivision, a block off Hereford Farm Road. All blue lights.
5608 Washington Road, about 5 miles past Windmill Plantation. (not viewed)
4590 Hardy McManus Road. Take Washington Road toward Pollard's Corner. Turn right on Hardy McManus. (not viewed)
727 Low Meadow Drive, in Birchwood subdivision, off Blanchard Road (not viewed)
406 Belglade Road, off South Belair Road, in Belglade subdivision.
226 Shawnee Drive, Westmont subdivision, off Belair Road
224 Ashley Circle, off Holiday Drive, in Holiday Park subdivision, off Columbia Road.
3970 Bolton St., in Belair Hills subdivision, off Belair Road. (not viewed)
4415 Roxbury Drive, off Belair Road.