Strap the kids in the car, pop some holiday music into the CD player and hit the road. It's time for a holiday light tour. The Augusta Chronicle has compiled a guide to the most elaborate and extravagant displays at local homes.
ABOUT THIS ROUTE The 11 stops on this page were selected from almost 100 nominations. The route covers 90 miles. Several stops include more than one house, and you'll pass other nominees along the way. Driving the entire route will take about three hours. See below for door-to-door directions from the starting point - the Riverwalk Christmas tree at Eighth Street.
Start: Eighth Street Plaza at the Christmas tree. 1 - 9 Townsend St., Clearwater 2 - 319 Serpentine Drive, Belvedere 3 - 1000 Fairfield Ave., North Augusta 4 - 3 Bolin Court, North Augusta 5 - 3592 Marlboro Way, Martinez 6 - 4630 Sheffield Drive, Evans 7 - 4082-4086 Flintrock Way, Martinez 8 - 3014 Willis Foreman Road, Augusta 9 - 4118 Markwalter Road, Hephzibah 10 - 2018 Ashley Drive, Augusta 11 - Martin Road, Augusta
End: Eighth Street Plaza at the Christmas tree.
HOLIDAY LIGHT TOUR DRIVING DIRECTIONS
Here are directions for the holiday light tour.
At the Riverwalk Christmas tree at the Eighth Street Plaza on Reynolds Street.
1: 9 TOWNSEND ST., Clearwater (FOUR BULBS) Head toward Fifth Street on Reynolds. Turn left on Fifth Street and cross the Savannah River bridge. Bear right and go under the Gordon Highway overpass. Merge into traffic on the Aiken-Augusta Highway. Go 3.7 miles (staying to the left when the road forks right at the top of the hill). At the fifth traffic light, just after you pass the Bi-Lo shopping center on right, turn RIGHT onto Belvedere Road. Drive .2 miles and turn RIGHT on Elm Street. Turn LEFT on Clearwater Street, and take the first RIGHT onto Townsend Street. Stop No. 1 is the fourth house on the RIGHT. Continue straight on Townsend; LEFT on Church Street; continue straight until you reach Belvedere Road. Turn LEFT on Belvedere Road. Return to the Aiken-Augusta Highway.
2: 319 SERPENTINE DRIVE (FOUR BULBS), AND 149 PIEDMONT, Belvedere (FOUR) Cross Aiken-Augusta Highway, going straight through the traffic light and continue on Belvedere Road, which becomes Belvedere-Clearwater Road. Drive 3.7 miles to the traffic light. Turn LEFT onto U.S. Highway 25. Drive .1 mile and turn LEFT on St. James Street, just before Bank of America. At the end of the street turn RIGHT on Lehigh Avenue; turn RIGHT on Haskell Road and take an immediate LEFT on Border Drive; drive .3 mile and turn RIGHT on Serpentine Drive. The first house on this tour stop is on the right, 319 Serpentine Dr. Serpentine is a dead-end street. There is a dirt area that can be used as a turnaround, but it's very bumpy and might be difficult for small cars. Use caution. After turning around, go back up Serpentine Drive and turn LEFT on Border; RIGHT on Haskell Road. Pass Lehigh Avenue. Take the next RIGHT. There is no road sign, but it is Palmetto. Turn RIGHT on Piedmont, the second house on this tour stop is on the left at 149 Piedmont. This road also dead-ends. Use caution turning around. After turning around, go back up Piedmont and turn LEFT on Palmetto. Turn LEFT on Haskell Road; RIGHT on Lehigh Avenue; LEFT on St. James and LEFT on U.S. Highway 25. (There is a turn lane in the middle of U.S. Highway 25.)
3: 1000 FAIRFIELD AVE., North Augusta (FIVE BULBS) Drive 2.2 miles on U.S. Highway 25, bearing right onto the business route when the highway splits just after Wal-mart. At the traffic light, turn RIGHT on Martintown Road. At the second traffic light, turn LEFT on West Avenue, (across from BP gas station.) Drive .4 mile, and turn RIGHT on Fairwood. Take first RIGHT on Highview, and turn LEFT on Fairfield Avenue. Stop No. 3 is at 1000 Fairfield Ave., and the house next door. In front of those homes, turn LEFT on Crestview Drive. Turn LEFT on Fairwood; Cross Lake Avenue at the stop sign; cross Highview Avenue and turn LEFT on West Avenue. Turn LEFT back on Martintown Road toward Interstate 20.
OPTIONAL LOOP: 1808 PARTRIDGE LANE (THREE BULBS) and 1824 ROBIN ROAD (THREE BULBS) Drive .3 mile on Martintown and turn RIGHT on Partridge Lane, just before Jim Bush Florist. The next house, 1808 Partridge Lane, is on the LEFT. Drive to the end of Partridge Lane and turn LEFT on Robin Road. The next house is 1824 Robin Road. Continue driving on Robin Road; turn LEFT on Bunting Drive; turn RIGHT on Martintown Road.
4: 3 BOLIN COURT, North Augusta (FOUR BULBS) At the intersection of Martintown and Bolin Road, turn RIGHT on Bolin Road; and LEFT on Bolin Court. Stop No. 4 is on the right, 3 Bolin Court. Turn around in the court at the end of the street. Return to Bolin Road and turn RIGHT. Turn RIGHT on Martintown Road and drive 1.7 miles to I-20 interchange. Take the I-20 West exit toward Atlanta.
5: 3592 MARLBORO WAY, Martinez (FOUR BULBS) Take Exit 200 off I-20 onto Riverwatch Parkway. Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp. At the second major intersection with a traffic light, turn RIGHT on Furys Ferry Road. Drive .6 mile and turn RIGHT on Marlboro Street. Turn LEFT at the stop sign and continue on Marlboro Street. Stop No. 5 is the corner of Marlboro Street and Marlboro Way. The two houses face each other. Turn LEFT onto Marlboro Way; LEFT on Parliament Road; LEFT on Furys Ferry. Cross Riverwatch Parkway and go to Washington Road.
6: 4628 and 4630 SHEFFIELD DRIVE, Evans (FOUR BULBS); 4626 OXFORD DRIVE (THREE BULBS) From Furys Ferry, turn RIGHT on Washington Road and head west. Drive 5 miles and turn LEFT on North Belair Road. At next traffic light, turn RIGHT on Hereford Farm Road; Drive 1.2 miles to traffic light and turn RIGHT on Gibbs Road. Turn RIGHT on Sheffield Drive in front of West Acres Baptist Church. Two neighbors at 4628 and 4630 Sheffield Drive are the first homes on stop No. 6. Continue going straight on Sheffield until it dead ends at Oxford Drive; turn RIGHT on Oxford. The next house is at the end of the street on the left, 4626 Oxford Drive. Turn around in the court and backtrack on Oxford. Take the next RIGHT on Nottingham Drive and RIGHT again on Hereford Farm Road toward Gibbs. Turn LEFT at the traffic light on Cox Road. Drive .8 mile back to North Belair Road. Turn LEFT at the next traffic light on Columbia Road.
7: 4082-4086 FLINTROCK WAY, Martinez (FIVE BULBS) From the corner of Belair and Columbia Road, drive 2 miles on Columbia to the traffic light at Flowing Wells Road; turn RIGHT on Flowing Wells. Go a few blocks and watch for the arrow of lights on the left. Turn LEFT on Flintrock Way. Stop No. 7 is Flintrock Way, where nearly 20 houses are decorated with lights. Follow Flintrock Way to Fairfax Street; turn LEFT on Fairfax; turn LEFT at the stop sign on Old Trail Road. Go to the traffic light and turn LEFT back onto Flowing Wells Road. Go straight on Flowing Wells through the traffic lights. Flowing Wells turns into Wheeler Road. Drive about 2 miles and take the Interstate 520 East exit to get on Bobby Jones Expressway.
8: 3014 WILLIS FOREMAN ROAD, Augusta (FIVE BULBS) From Bobby Jones Expressway, take Exit 5A to Deans Bridge Road (U.S. Highway 1 South). Drive 5.3 miles, passing the Fort Gordon exit. Turn LEFT on Willis Foreman Road at the Crown gas station. Stop No. 8 is about 1 mile on the RIGHT, 3014 Willis Foreman Road. Drive 5.1 miles on Willis Foreman Road to Peach Orchard Road. (You will cross Windsor Spring Road before intersecting with Peach Orchard.) Turn LEFT on Peach Orchard and get into the far right lane. Drive .3 mile and turn RIGHT on Brown Road.
9: 4118 MARKWALTER ROAD, Hephzibah (FOUR BULBS) You will pass several light displays on Brown Road as you drive 3.3 miles, then turn LEFT on Markwalter Road. Drive slowly: There's a sharp curve up ahead. Stop No. 9 is on the right, 4118 Markwalter Road. Continue on Markwalter until it ends and turn LEFT on Old Waynesboro Road. Drive 2.6 miles to the traffic light at Mike Padgett Highway; turn LEFT on Mike Padgett. Drive 1.3 miles to Phinizy Road.
10: 2018 ASHLEY DRIVE, Augusta (FIVE BULBS) Going north on Mike Padgett Highway, turn LEFT at the traffic light onto Phinizy Road. At the next traffic light, turn RIGHT on Peach Orchard Road and get into the far left-hand lane. At the next traffic light, turn LEFT on Rosier Road. At the first LEFT, turn on Greiner Drive and make an immediate RIGHT on Ashley Drive. Stop No. 10 is 2018 Ashley Drive. Turn RIGHT on Boone; RIGHT on Rosier Road; LEFT on Peach Orchard Road.
11: MARTIN ROAD, Augusta (FOUR BULBS) Going north on Peach Orchard (toward downtown Augusta) cross Lumpkin Road at the traffic light. At the next traffic light, turn LEFT off Peach Orchard onto Harold, between Sun Trust Bank and Kong Wah restaurant. Harold dead-ends into Circular Drive. Turn LEFT on Circular Drive and take an immediate RIGHT on Martin Road.
Stop No. 11 is on the right.
Follow Martin Road to the intersection of Martin and Ivey Road. Do a U-turn and return back down Martin Road. Turn LEFT on Circular; RIGHT on Harold; LEFT on Peach Orchard Road.
Follow Peach Orchard Road until it merges with Gordon Highway. Drive 5.3 miles to Broad Street exit. Turn LEFT on Reynolds and return to the Eighth Street Plaza.