You need to drive through Somerville right now.
You need to do this because it has transformed—like it does every year—into a luminous, enchanted, too-good-to-be true Christmas forest.
Rainbows of string lights, blow-up Santas, Nativity scenes, and reindeers are lighting up Prichard Avenue as we speak.
About 10 blockbuster homes—plus dozens of other eager neighbors—impress revelers annually, according to Somerville Arts Council’s Cultural Director, Rachel Strutt. Expect Preston Road, Otis Street, and Robinson Road (there’s one house known as the “House of the Floating Santa Head’’) to be packed with holiday decorations.
It’s a “Keeping Up With The Joneses’’ situation—it’s infectious. Portuguese, Azorean, and Italian families are typically most active with the elaborate designs, says Strutt.
Each year, the Somerville Arts Council plans The Illuminations Tour, a trolley ride through the streets beaming with luminous displays—there are separate routes for East and West Somerville. For a solo tour, grab a map at Blue Cloud Gallery or Magpie.
The trolley jaunt through Somerville is in its 19th year and is still one of the city’s most popular events — roughly 1,000 residents do it annually.
We recommend you check it out, too. Somerville goes all out.