Here's another long one but with great payoffs. Anywhere north of Elizabeth Avenue, Bethlehem, head north on Linden Street. For beautiful homes and elegant lights, turn left on Barnsdale and explore that neighborhood, including 835 Wafford. Then return to Linden, turn left and take what becomes 191 north out of Bethlehem. Turn left on Hanoverville Road for nice displays culminating in the giant figures on your right at 4656. Then turn around, go back to 191 and head north again. Bear left onto 946 and turn right when you connect with 248/Bath Pike. On your right, you'll find Santa in an outhouse and a lit tree on a truck driven by the Grinch, all in the parking lot for Martin's Power Sweeping, 2857 Bath Pike.
Continue on 248 to Main Street, Nazareth, turn left, and enjoy the Nativity at the circle as you turn right onto Center and then left on Broad. Leave town on what will turn into Bushkill Center Road, and after you pass Bushkill Elementary School and Belfast Road bear right onto Miller. Pull into the parking area on your right so you have time to absorb everything you're seeing at 198 Firehouse Lane, synchronized to 107.7 FM and the biggest of the area's musical displays. Drive along Firehouse Road on the side of the display to see more attractions and creator Jason Reph's collection box for the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.
Continue north on Miller to Route 512 and turn left. When you cross back over Bushkill Center, look for Clearfield, where you'll turn left. Make a right at Cherry Court to see the snowflakes on the roof and windows outlined in red and green at 201 Cherry Court. Roll your window down so you can hear the music timed to the beautiful flashing lights.
Go back up Clearfield to 512 and turn left. When you hit the light at 946, make a left and then another quick left onto Johnson Road. The great display at 615 Johnson includes a waterfall tree.
Return to 946 and turn right. Make sure you turn right where 946 hits 987 and becomes Mountain View Drive. You'll eventually see a big display on your right at 3190 Mountain View. You'll pass a Delps 3 sign and pass Horseshoe Road before you make a left onto Mink Road. Go to the top of the hill, tune in 90.7 FM and turn right onto Buckskin Lane, where you'll see another giant musical display at 3363. My carload of judges wanted to stay here forever. The creators are collecting for Toys for Tots and the children's hospital, so bring something along to support them.
Return to 946, turn left, then left again on Teal, just past the DELPS 2 sign. Make the second right at Wood, follow to the circle and park so you can get the full effect of the amazing Enchanted Holiday Disney display at 914 Wood, truly a 16 on a 10-point scale. Walk around to see all the Disney princesses — the prince is new — and into the backyard to see the playhouse, the new Disney water tower and Mow Mater. The Van Blargans here have been collecting for Second Harvest Food Bank for years; please deposit some food in their box out front.
Back to 946, turn left and then left at the Blue Mountain Drive light. After you pass Wood, make your next right onto Cedar and get ready for my favorite musical display, 4260 Cedar Drive, on your right. You'll want to park, tune in 103.3 and listen to the whole three-song loop at what they call Blue Mountain Lights.
Continue on Cedar until you hit 248, turn right, then left back onto 946/Mountain View and follow it into Walnutport and through Slatington before heading out of town on 873. As you're going down the hill, turn right on Friedens Road and take that to the magical Christmas Lane, where you'll turn right and drive under the unique glowing stars. Roll your window down to hear the music and enjoy the decorations all along here before turning around and returning to 873, where you'll turn right.
Bear left onto Old Post Road, pass Laurys Road and turn right on Wagonwheel Drive, bearing right to see 5314 and other nice houses. Turn right on Kendall, right on S. Hoffman, left on Laurys Road and get back on 873 south, taking care at this tricky intersection. As you hit 309, look to your right for a nice display at 4820 Route 309 — can you see the angel? — then head south. Just past Kernsville Road and before Orefield Middle School, turn right on Sieger Drive. Bear right to see the big display at 2822 Thompson St.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun