Posted by lemonjelly on:
The house to see is at 1209 E. Quinientos St, near Soledad.
The SB trolleys come by at night, filled with happy people shouting "Merry Christmas!" as they pass by.
My friends and I have now made it a tradition to bundle up, pack a thermos of hot spiced cider and walk from Haley down to Carpinteria St, zigzagging through the neighborhood looking at the lights. Often, owners or their friends are lingering outside and amicable to receiving a few compliments.
Much of the lower Eastside is lit up, and it's a pity that many people opt to drive by Quinientos rather than walking through more of the neighborhood. The above home in the photo is the insane crazy not-to-be-missed one, but dozens of other homes have their own qualities of specialness, whether it's the house that feels so perfectly gingerbread that you want to eat it, or the home with the flashing lights overlooking an ornate nativity shrine, or there's a jovial man named Jose that welcomes you into the yard and invites you to come back for hot posole.
Yeah, go Eastside!!