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PHOTOS: Somerville Christmas Decorations

Somerville loves its holiday lights. A reminder about Patch's Deck Your House holiday contest, and don't forget Saturday's Illuminations Tour.

No one ever called Somerville shy when it comes to Christmas lights. Walk, bike or drive around the city, and you'll see some of the most creative and jaw-dropping holiday decorations in the Boston area.

This year, there are some fun ways to experience the city's festive appearance.

On Saturday, the is running its "Illuminations" trolley tour of lights in the city. The 45-minute tour starts at city hall, and there will also be coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, choral music, and crafts for children. .

If you're interested, you can also do the . The Somerville Bicycle Committee is hosting a bike tour, also on Saturday. It begins at 6:20 p.m. at .

If you can't make the trolley or bike tour, you can buy a map of the Illuminations Tour at in Ball Square or at in Davis Square.

Here at Patch, we're running a nationwide contest to find the best dressed house.
If you , you could win $500 toward your December electricity bill.

What's more, you could even win $100,000 for Somerville public schools.

Christian Waeber December 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I have uploaded images of some of the house in the Illumination tour on my Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cwaeber/
Ron Newman December 17, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Thanks! I'll be watching for these during tomorrow's bike tour. Where specifically is the Summer Street house? (The other streets you took pictures on are short, but Summer Street is very long)
Christian Waeber December 17, 2011 at 04:43 AM
Sorry, I got the street wrong. It was at School and Avon St.
Ron Newman December 17, 2011 at 04:47 AM
If so, I think that is former mayor Dorothy Kelly Gay's house.

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