As a child, I have fond memories of my parents taking detours on the way home just so we can see the holiday light displays on peoples’ lawn.

xmas light castle house

A fellow resident in our town has garnered local fame (or infamy) for his holiday light display. This year, his display consists of approximately 500,000 lights, a 650-lb 23-ft diameter crown, multitudes of inflatable characters (santa, snowmen, penguins, a Tigger, etc), and a whopping electric bill (upwards of $3,000/month).

Whether you like it or not, it’s definitely a remuddling feat for the record books. According to a local newspaper article describing the work on the “crowning achievement”:

crown pic from Boston Globe
pic from Boston Globe

[The owner] started building the crown in August, soaking two-by-fours in the 42-foot swimming pool behind his house and then bending them around the cul-de-sac in his driveway.

He and a cousin then covered the planks in plastic, painted it gold, and attached wreaths, light-up snowflakes, and huge ornaments. Light-covered balls 2 1/2 feet in diameter sit atop each of the six points of the crown, which is attached to the house with several black and red ropes. The whole process took 46 days.

And, by the way, he displays a GIANT heart around Valentines Day.