Insane holiday lighting from all over


200,000 lights—by terren in Virginia (Flickr))

It wouldn’t be December if we didn’t have at least one post featuring bizarre lighting displays. This year, I found this site.

One example from the many, many over-the-top illumination scenes you’ll find is above. Thanks, Neatorama, for the link.

I am also wondering if concerns about energy costs and general sustainability have caused a dip in festive lighting this year. Anyone using solar holiday lights? How do they work? I am always afraid the gray winter sky wouldn’t provide enough charge for them.

Previous articleProgressive Food Movement Not Thrilled with Obama’s Agriculture Pick
Next articleNature is the Best Colorist
Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Everyone in my neighborhood is decorating for Christmas like it is the END OF THE WORLD. I’m going to have to put some pictures on the blog.

    Every time I drive by these two houses that are across the street from each other, they have tried (again) to one-up each other and have added more lights and more inflatables! AAACK!

    We just light our flamingos. Lights + Giant metal flamingos =enough tackiness

  2. I have a real problem with outdoor holiday lighting. It has extended beyond Christmas. We now have displays in my neighborhood for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter and the 4th of July. I’m no Scrooge, I cherish these holidays as much as the next, but it’s just not in the spirit of the seasonal celebrations to waste that much energy. If you want to give a ‘gift’ to your neighbors, then donate to the local food bank or volunteer or take your friends caroling–write a check to a local charity for the an amount equal to your increased energy bill. If its keeping up with and outdoing the Joneses, then shame on you.

  3. Fewer lighting expositions around here in the Albany region.

    One thought though on cutting back…there is a fine line between cutting back and putting small gardeners out of business. Think carefully where you intend to spend your dollars in 2009.

    If you are really serious about this locavore/save the earth stuff then support yor local nursery to the hilt. The boxes may have cheaper prices on edging and the usual accoutrments but their plants suck. Skip the edging and plant an extra tomato plant.

    The TROLL

  4. I have such mixed feelings about these. If we’re going to use electricity like that, it should definitely contribute to happiness – and I think lights like this can do that. But clean skies from less coal probably create more happiness…

    Our front yard faces north, and we do not get enough sun on the north side of our house to keep even little solar path lights lit in winter, unless we put the panel right along the curb.

  5. To be fair, I’m guessing that a lot of the displays on the site are LED-based. I have some battery-operated LEDs this year, cause we don’t have an outside outlet.

  6. I like seeing a few nice tastefully decorated night lit homes.
    It’s cheerful.
    But the grossly gaudy and garish over use is simply a statement of poor taste, mindless over consumption, and lack of regard for your adjoining neighbors who have to deal with hordes of gawkers who drive their stinky idling SUV’s into the neighborhood for a laugh at the ridiculous display of consumerism gone awry.

  7. Call me a Bible thumper but I wonder if the folks that create these huge displays remember what the real meaning of Christmas is? Jesus.

    My guess is that it’s been lost somewhere in their quest to show off.

    I like the suggestions of donating the money & time you would of spent on the lights to a food pantry.

    An additional suggestion would be to take the money you save on electricity and play Santa Claus to a few needy children. That’s what we did this year.

Comments are closed.