10 Amazing Holiday Light Displays


Every neighborhood in America has one: that house that takes the whole holiday decorating thing to a completely different level. Perhaps you’re the creative mastermind behind a crazy display of your own. If so, you’ll want to listen up. Our friends at Old Navy are giving away $10,000 to the creator of the most impressive holiday display that they can find. Beginning now, you’ve got 13 days to submit a photo of your holiday light decorations on Old Navy’s contest site. From December 16th through the 22nd, voters will pick their favorite of the bunch, and the grand prize winner (who gets $10,000), as well as two runners up (who score $2500 a piece!), will be announced on January 2nd. To help get you in the spirit, we’ve scoured the Internet for some of the most over-the-top holiday light displays out there. Whether or not you plan on decking out your own house, we think you’ll enjoy what we’ve found!

Well, this was inevitable. We think Psy would approve.

Last year a 16-year-old boy in Meridian, Idaho created what just might be the first ever dubstep holiday light display, setting it to Skrillex’s “First Of The Year (Equinox).” His dad helped.

This 2011 display was synced up to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” We’re sure that all of the neighbors who weren’t 12-year-old girls were absolutely thrilled.

Apparently for some people nothing says “Christmas time” quite like Slayer.

Or “Eye of the Tiger”…

Unless it’s LMFAO. “This was originally created for the AMAs, but you didn’t get to see a lot of it due to the way it was broadcast,” explains Kevin Judd of Riverside, CA. “I’ve received many requests to use this for a Christmas show, and I thought it would be a cool idea to add Santa Hats on the faces and place some Xmas trees on the lawn… and presto! ‘Sexy and I Know It’ Christmas-style, with a little Halloween thrown in. Not your typical standard Christmas song… but who wants standard?”

“This is my 5th year synchronizing Christmas lights to music,” writes Nick Reichman of Crystal Lake, IL. “I started with a small 8 channel display in 2007 and now moved up to 120 channels for the 2011 display. This display has about 9,000 lights.” The song? A cover of David Guetta’s “Without You.”

This Minnesota display synced to the Skyrim theme music is definitely the most epic of the bunch.

A show set to “Dueling Banjos.” Clever or disturbing? You tell us.

Finally, we’ll end with the Christmas light display to end all Christmas light displays, a show that has been drawing in huge crowds for over six years now. “After the owners decided to move to a new home in the country, the show was relocated to the Western Mall in Sioux Falls SD, where it lights up the night and peoples hearts by raising around $25,000 per year for the Make-A-Wish foundation of SD,” explains YouTube user SVO4Turbo. “It grants about five children’s wishes each and every year.”