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Kingwood houses flaunt festive spirit with lights, decorations

December 20, 2018

Landee Hoffman’s house in Kingwood has been a venue for Christmas decorations for nearly 30 years now.

The former air traffic controller said the tradition began when his across-the-street neighbor, the late John Bruton, started a “street-wide-competition type of deal” around 1988. Hoffman also cited his grandkids as a reason to annually employ his skills, revealing that their tastes will decide what gets included in the display.

“I never did a lot of things until I started having grandkids — with the first grandchild I had one thing, the second another, and another, and another,” he said. “It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.”

Last weekend, as Hoffman’s daughter Elizabeth Chesser remembered, passersby formed a line of cars hugging the cul-de-sac in front of the house at 1906 Thousand Pines Drive to witness the lights, music, projected snowflakes, inflatables and a LED-powered U.S. flag.

The latter, situated behind Santa Claus, is Hoffman’s favorite.

“Dad turned into Clark Griswold,” Chesser said, likening Hoffman to the “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” character. “It’s been such a cool thing to see the evolution of the yard all these years.”

She also pointed out that Hoffman’s house won the “Santa’s Favorite” title in the Trailwood Village subdivision from the Kingwood Civic Club, organizer of this year’s Holiday Decorating Contest.

Hoffman had already worked out what will be added to the house next Christmas — an inflatable “25-feet long” airplane to be hung between two trees in his front yard. He thought it would be a great callback to his pre-retirement days.

“I’m covered up on the ground so I got to start moving up into the trees,” he said.

The complete list of winners of the Kingwood Civic Club’s Holiday Decorating Contest, sorted by subdivisions, are below. Visitors are welcome to cruise by and enjoy the lights.

“I think the main thing we noticed this year was that so many houses that had been flooded last year are now occupied again, and that many of them had their decorations up again this year,” said Steve Noack, the club’s treasurer, in an email. “It was really nice to see them back, since that’s such a great sign of how Kingwood has bounced back in the last year.”

Bear Branch Village

Best Traditional: 2918 Forest Laurel Drive

Best Religious: 2507 Riverlawn Drive

Best Lights: 3222 Cedar Knolls Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 3306 Riverlawn Drive

Best Doorway: 3310 Riverlawn Drive

Best Block Spirit: Little Bear Drive

Elm Grove Village

Best Traditional: 5446 Fern Park Drive

Best Religious: 5434 Fern Park Drive

Best Lights: 3211 Glenn Springs Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 3027 Brookdale Drive

Best Doorway: 3535 Pickwick Park

Best Block Spirit: Clear Ridge Drive

Fosters Mill Village

Best Traditional: 5303 Timber Shade Drive

Best Religious: 2332 Vine Creek Drive

Best Lights: 2302 Glenburn Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 2118 Forest Garden Drive

Best Doorway: 4711 Breezy Point Drive

Best Block Spirit: Golden Pond Drive

Greentree Village

Best Traditional: 3815 Ash Glade Court

Best Religious: 3427 Lake Shade Court

Best Lights: 3707 Rock Springs Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 3207 Cedar Village Drive

Best Doorway: 3010 Knoll Manor Drive

Best Block Spirit: Windy Woods Court

Hunters Ridge Village

Best Traditional: 2515 Brookdale Drive

Best Religious: 2646 Hidden Garden Drive

Best Lights: 3422 Park Point Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 3602 Woodbridge Drive

Best Doorway: 2610 Hidden Garden Drive

Best Block Spirit: 3900 block of Garden Lake Drive

Kings Crossing

Best Traditional: 4522 Elmstone Court

Best Religious: 4426 Vandermere Court

Best Lights: 4423 Walham Court

Santa’s Favorite: 4206 Buckeye Creek Rd

Best Doorway: 4407 Vandermere Court

Kings Forest

Best Traditional: 2907 Trail Lodge

Best Religious: 2707 Kings Forest Drive

Best Lights: 2807 Laurel Garden Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 2503 Kings Forest Drive

Best Doorway: 2306 Woods Estates Drive

Best Block Spirit: Oak Forks Drive

Kings Point #1/The Reserve

Best Traditional: 2706 Town Grove Court

Best Religious: 2503 Deer Mountain Court

Best Lights: 2707 Mountain Green Trail

Santa’s Favorite: 2827 Mountain Green Trail

Best Doorway: 2730 Whispering Fern Court

Kings Point #2/Royal Shores

Best Traditional: 5606 Garden Point Court

Best Religious: 5403 Regal Landing Drive

Best Lights: 6003 Graystone Bluffs Court

Santa’s Favorite: 1114 Royal Shores Circle

Best Doorway: 5614 Rushing River Drive

Best Block Spirit: Royal Shores Lane

Kings River #1

Best Traditional: 7410 Passing Pine Court

Best Religious: 20618 Delta Wood Trail

Best Lights: 19727 Sage Tree Trail

Santa’s Favorite: 7422 Passing Pine Court

Best Doorway: 7626 Water Wood Trail

Best Block Spirit: Water Wood Trail

Kings River #2

Best Traditional: 20418 Umber Oak Court

Best Religious: 6322 Waterpoint Court

Best Lights: 20810 Waterpoint Trail

Santa’s Favorite: 6823 Amber Ash Court

Best Doorway: 20706 Waterpoint Trail

Best Block Spirit: Pacific Crest Court

Kingwood Glen

Best Traditional: 19409 Dee Oaks Drive

Best Religious: 19402 Dee Oaks Drive

Best Lights: 19329 Kristen Pine Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 19318 Kristen Pine Drive

Best Doorway: 19303 Timber Tree Court

Best Block Spirit: Kelly Oaks Court / Kristen Park Drive

Kingwood Greens

Best Traditional: 7 New Greens Court

Best Religious: 51 Greens Edge Court

Best Lights: 2 New Greens Court

Santa’s Favorite: 7 Links Court

Best Doorway: 2234 Kings Trail

Best Block Spirit: Greens Edge Court

Kingwood Lakes

Best Traditional: 2302 Lake Gardens Drive

Best Religious: 8 Kings Creek Drive

Best Lights: 2443 Lake Village Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 2427 Pine Bend Drive

Best Doorway: 2418 Oak Bank Drive

Best Block Spirit: Lake Crescent Drive

Kingwood Place

Best Traditional: 2103 Masters Way Court

Best Religious: 2018 Blossom Creek Drive

Best Lights: 2219 Blossom Creek Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 1819 Ridgeway Trail

Best Doorway: 2721 Trail Water Court

Mills Branch Village

Best Traditional: 3210 Echo Mountain Drive

Best Religious: 3308 Kings Mountain Drive

Best Lights: 3219 Leafy Pine Court

Santa’s Favorite: 3602 Purple Meadow Lane

Best Doorway: 4302 Scenic Valley Drive

Best Block Spirit: Echo Falls Drive / Scenic Valley Drive

North Kingwood Forest

Best Traditional: 3222 Same Way

Best Religious: 3110 This Way

Best Lights: 5602 That Way

Santa’s Favorite: 5707 Which Way

Best Doorway: 4217 Same Way

North Woodland Hills Village

Best Traditional: 2079 Aspen Glen

Best Religious: 2042 Middle Creek Drive

Best Lights: 2211 Vista Manor Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 2234 Middle Creek Drive

Best Doorway: 2106 Covewood Drive

Oakhurst #1

Best Traditional: 25438 Ramrock Drive

Best Religious: 20740 Laura Lee Lane

Best Lights: 25503 Brentmoor Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 21001 Ramrock Court

Best Doorway: 20747 Kenswick Park Drive

Best Block Spirit: 24529-25437 Ramrock Drive (Nativity Theme)

Oakhurst #2

Best Traditional: 25007 Stillhouse Springs

Best Religious: 20714 Belvon Valley Drive

Best Lights: 24547 Yorktown Heights

Santa’s Favorite: 20724 Sweet Glen Drive

Best Doorway: 20686 Lavone Drive

Oakhurst #3

Best Traditional: 21398 Russell Chase Drive

Best Religious: 24475 Hanson Springs Drive

Best Lights: 21322 Avett Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 24507 German Oak Drive

Best Doorway: 20641 Eaglewood Forest Drive

Best Block Spirit: Avett Meadow Lane

Riverchase/Riverbend

Best Traditional: 2311 Timberbrook Trail

Best Religious: 6222 Riverchase Trail

Best Lights: 2323 Crimson Valley Court

Santa’s Favorite: 2102 Riverway Oak Court

Best Doorway: 6010 Riverchase Trail

Best Block Spirit: 2100 Block of Prim Water Court

Royal Brook Village

Best Traditional: 3330 Lockridge Harbor Lane

Best Religious: 6035 Granite Shadow Lane

Best Lights: 5807 Fairway Shores Lane

Santa’s Favorite: 6039 Granite Shadow Lane

Best Doorway: 6223 Emerald Bay Point Lane

Best Block Spirit: Vineyard Creek

Sand Creek Village

Best Traditional: 5202 Sycamore Villas Drive

Best Religious: 4007 Aspen Mountain Trail

Best Lights: 5323 Blue Creek Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 5419 Sycamore Creek

Best Doorway: 2707 Highland Fern Court

Best Block Spirit: Mulberry Grove Drive

Sherwood Trails Village

Best Traditional: 2311 Meandering Trail

Best Religious: 2306 Mast Court

Best Lights: 2631 Sherwood Hollow

Santa’s Favorite: 4115 Sweet Gum Trail

Best Doorway: 3902 Sweet Gum Trail

Best Block Spirit: 2300 block of Meandering Trail

South Woodland Hills Village

Best Traditional: 2111 Wilderness Point Drive

Best Religious: 2207 Riverlawn Drive

Best Lights: 2222 Riverlawn Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 3515 Evergreen Glade Drive

Best Doorway: 3603 Evergreen Glade Drive

Best Block Spirit: Lakehaven Drive

Trailwood Village

Best Traditional: 1906 Laurel Hill Drive

Best Religious: 1903 Grove Lake Drive

Best Lights: 2219 Laurel Hill Drive

Santa’s Favorite: 1906 Thousand Pines Drive

Best Doorway: 1915 Grove Lake Drive

Best Block Spirit: 1900 block of Forest Manor Drive

Woodridge Forest Village

Best Traditional: 22824 Windward Meadow

Best Lights: 22647 Triangle Ridge

Santa’s Favorite: 25216 Forest Ledge

Best Doorway: 4536 Argonne Woods Drive

Best Block Spirit: Triangle Ridge Drive

Woodspring Forest Village

Best Traditional: 2803 Sandberry Drive

Best Religious: 4602 Woodspring Glen Lane

Best Lights: 4705 Foster Hill Court

Santa’s Favorite: 4731 Pin Oak Creek Lane

Best Doorway: 2705 Foster Hill Drive

Best Block Spirit: Crichton Court

Woodstream Village

Best Traditional: 4713 Autumn Alcove Court

Best Religious: 3102 Junegrass Court

Best Lights: 4603 Redwood Grove Court

Santa’s Favorite: 4603 Redwood Grove Court

Best Doorway: 3327 Fair Falls Drive

Best Block Spirit: Heather Lane Court

nguyen.le@chron.com

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