Lights fill Phoenix neighborhood on Christmas Eve

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- For some folks, Christmas Eve is a church night. For others, it's presents and hot cocoa. And in the Phoenix Moon Valley neighborhood, it's a festive parade of lights which counts as one of the best neighborhood light shows in the Valley.

The homeowners association lines every street in the neighborhood with luminaries, and nearly every home is decked with twinkling lights – some with miles of lights even synced to music.

“This is my favorite day of the entire year, more so even than Christmas tomorrow,” said one Christmas light looker.

For many people, it’s become tradition to bundle up, pile onto a flatbed trailer and tour the neighborhood singing and yelling "Merry Christmas" to people sitting around bonfires in their driveways.

It seems like every new block has its own unique twist on the holiday. On one street there’s a house named Candy Cane Lane which people can walk through.

“We give out candy canes every single night in December,” said the Candy Cane Lane Crew, made up of seven kids who decorate grandpa and grandma’s house every year. “The best part is getting the reactions from the kids. We have everything from 'Happy Thanksgiving' to 'Trick or Treat' or 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy Valentine’s Day.' It's so cute."

There’s even one house with people dressed up like Santa dancing on the lawn and rooftop.

The luminaries are only out for Christmas Eve, but a lot of the houses keep the displays up until after the new year.