Outrageous Holiday Light Displays
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Half of the fun of the holidays is taking a drive around town to see all the holiday lights. Nowadays, however, you can see the best of the decorations through this novel thing called the Internet. We've rounded up the most outrageous houses from YouTube.
This Music Box Rocks
How's this for a Christmas tradition? For three years the Noe family in Crooks, S.D., turned their house into a visual music box on behalf of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, with funding from various sponsors. From 2007 to 2009, more than $73,000 was raised for the charity from the light display on their personal home. That's true music to Santa's ears.
Are space aliens, led by the voice of Elvis, attacking baby Jesus? No, that’s just a 100-foot beam from this home’s personal North Star, which sits atop a glowing 60-foot Christmas tree. Approximately 250,000 lights and more than 500 computer channels make this visual representation of the birth of the Savior one we’ll never forget.
Hot Licks for Cold Nights
The video game Guitar Hero is pretty awesome, but this home cranks it up to 11 with their version: Christmas Light Hero. Watch as this young boy solos his way into holiday high-score greatness as he plays along with "Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson.
Drum Roll, Please
Talk about spreading Christmas cheer. Neighbors in Murrieta, Calif., synchronized their home Christmas lights to "Little Drummer Boy" to create a street-wide light show. More than 45,000 lights, 130 extension chords, 17 wireless controllers, and 13 houses were used for this festive display. If you’re dreading each home’s electricity bill, the choice to use LED lights kept their additional expenses to no more than $10 a month!
You're a Mean One
This home in Montgomery, Texas, used 416 channels of the computer program Light-O-Rama to create an illuminated retelling of the story of the Grinch. It’s a bit hard to see in the dark, but there is actually a Grinch that shines each time the narrator sings.
— Rebecca Bohanan, Babble
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