On Hamilton Street heading toward downtown Allentown, admire the PPL building and then turn right on 17th Street and right again at Fairview to see the old favorite at Fairview and St. Cloud.
Get back to 15th Street, turn left and continue to Tilghman, where you'll turn left. Past 20th, make a right on St. Elmo and look for 834 N. St. Elmo on your left. Turn left into the alley to admire the backyard, then right, left on Greenleaf, right on 22nd and left on Congress (next street after Highland) to see 2234. Turn left on 23rd and follow to 716 N. 23rd on your right. Then turn right on Tilghman and the next right on Berks to check out 716 N. Berks.
There are nice houses all along Tilghman, so I would return there and head west. Turn right on 26th and bear right onto Whitehall to cross under Route 22. Look to your right for 1245 Whitehall; the backyard is great.
Turn left on Columbia and follow almost to the end to Main, where you'll turn right. Where it hits Russell, turn right, then right again at Broad as you enjoy 2730 Russell. Nice lights all along Broad as you return to Columbia. Turn left and take Ott up to Walbert and turn right. Turn left at the Whitehall Avenue light, left on Focht and right on Greenwalds Avenue to see 2040. It received more nominations than anyplace this year.
Continue on Greenwalds to Pirma, turn right and go down the hill to the intersection with Mauch Chunk. Turn right and then make a quick left onto Scherersville. When you hit the T at Mickley, turn left. You'll like the island of displays on your right and the house at 754 on your left.
Turn right onto 145/MacArthur Road and turn left at Fairmont, across from the Home Depot. At the second stop sign, turn right to see 243 Sixth. Turn left on Florida, cross over Fifth and make your first left on Oakwood for 404. Turn right on Laurel to see the backyard. Then turn right on Crest and right on Florida to return to Fairmont.
Turn right on 145, past the malls again and turn right on Lehigh. At the first light, turn left onto Front, then watch for 3402 on your right. When the road splits in Coplay, bear left onto S. Third. After that turns into N. Third, look to your left for 42, just past the American Club. It has a lot packed into a small space.
Go left on Chestnut, right on Eighth and continue straight until you hit Columbia. Turn left and return to 145.
If you're feeling ambitious at this point and hungry for 10-star displays, head north on 145. Right after you cross the Treichlers Bridge, turn right at the light and then immediate left onto Long Lane. I loved the display at 553, which you'll see awhile up on your left.
Keep going on Long Lane and you'll hit Maple Drive, where you'll bear left. Stay on that to 946 near Walnutport, go through Slatington and see Christmas Lane as you head back toward Allentown on 873. Or bear right onto Hickory from Maple, turn right on 946 and head east to see Cinderella's Castle. Both are on the Double-Cheeseburger tour.
BILL WHITE'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR 2008