Take Mauch Chunk Road north from Allentown. You'll pass Presidential Drive and Gallagher Road before turning right on Linden and right on Elmhurst for a beautiful display at 1727. Continue north on Mauch Chunk into Ironton. Bear right onto Hill, then stay left and turn right onto Lenmar. As I wrote in a recent column, this probably is the last year for the display at 4320 Lenmar, and creator Tom Brown has pulled out all the stops. It's breathtaking.
Go around the block and turn left when you hit Hill, because I know you're curious what that forest of white lights is all about. You'll discover a long driveway at 4149 Hill lined with lit trees; pretty cool.
Go back to Mauch Chunk, turn right and then right on Old Post/329 (a left will take you to 873 and Christmas Lane, if you're so inclined.) After you pass Levans, start looking to your right for Quarry, where you'll make a right. Take your first right at Briarwood and quick left on Black Forest Drive for a stellar display at 2130.
Back to 329, turn right and continue into Northampton. Turn right on Canal Street -- just before you hit Main Street -- and check out the gazebo on your right and house on the left. Keep going to the end of the road, bearing left under the railroad tunnel and onto Main Street, where you can check out the beautiful borough tree and turn right. You'll see a nice display at 520 Main on your right; then turn left on Fourth Street, lined with nice houses including 435 on your left.
At Howertown, turn left. Make a right at Ninth for a nice block, then go up Howertown to 10th, turn right and gasp at 612 E. 10th. If you look closely, you'll find homages to weatherman Ed Hanna and someone less distinguished.
Head back down Howertown toward Catasauqua. Across from the golf course, turn right on Palomino to see 740 and 720, turn left on Culver and left on Willow. Back at Howertown, turn right again. There are great homes all along this road.
Turn right at the Blue Monkey onto Grove and follow to the end for the annual Keglovits family extravaganza to your right, left and around the corner on Fourth. I always make note of the Statue of Liberty -- newly restored -- at 1110 Washington, but there's lots more. Turn left on Fourth and left again on Buttonwood, where the baby Jesus will wave at you from the window at 428. Turn left on Fifth and make a sharp left on Cypress to see 417.
Then head down and cruise up and down Third and Second streets -- see if you can find the kid with his tongue stuck to the flagpole -- and elsewhere around the borough, which is really done up for its decorating contest. I made special note of 1115 Third and 1121 Second.
Continue down Howertown and before you hit Race Street, bear left onto Second to see 13 Second. Then you can make a right to head into Whitehall and pick up midway through the Yocco's Cheese Dog tour.
BILL WHITE'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR 2008