Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tacky Lights Tour

A BIG Richmond tradition is the Tacky Lights Tour. 50+ homes have been decorated with 40,000+ lights, multiple inflatables, homemade displays, and some even set to music. The whole thing is very well coordinated through the newspaper, tourism industry, and businesses - you can even pay to take a guided tour by bus or limo. It's a big deal. We ventured out last night on our first self-guided tour. I chose an area of town and created a map to go from one home to another. If you want our map, let me know. If you come visit, we'll take you on a tour to the best ones we have found.

It was unbelievable!! Last night, we only made it to 12 houses. I'm working on our next area to cover. I have about 20 still on my list from our side of town that I want to go to. Here are a few of our favorites.
Do you notice what is in the upper right window (bottom left pic)? Awesome! If you don't know what that is go watch A Christmas Story (It's like the 4th of July!!). Their next door neighbor had the little "Ditto" sign. One of my other favorites was the house with a lake in the backyard. Great reflection.

We have a video of one house's lights, which were set to music being broadcast from their own FM transmitter. I can't get my video to load, but here is a video from the tacky tour list (our video was better, oh well). I'm amazed at how much these people put into their displays.


  1. Hello! Could you have told me about this last week so I could have brought the kids up with Mike to come and see it!?!? Maybe I need to bring them up this week sometime before we leave.

  2. If you get a chance there is a place up in Pennsylvania near York called Christmas village. Some guy started decorating his farm and it kept getting bigger and bigger each year. It was pretty spectacular when we visited when we lived in Maryland in the late 80's.

  3. I went to Christmas Village on my mission! This is pretty cool. Richmond seems like quite the jolly place to live!