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Venice Canals, Venice, California
This unassuming display is more extreme than it looks; Earl Layton of Houston, Texas, painstakingly built a 3D English village on his lawn! To enter his residence, which stands behind this life-sized facade, guests have to go through the doors of the "Christmas Village Inn" at the center of the display.
This Rheineck, Switzerland, home creates a striking generic display to accommodate all winter holidays. A star-patterned cap over a massive floodlight covers the exterior with sparklers in a creative way.
These side-by-side homes in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, are just a few of the neighborhood's brightly lit abodes. And the bikers out front? Part of a holiday light bike tour through parts of New York City.
Alek Komarnitsky recreates a version of this display every year. All of the figures and flashers are synced to software that allows you to manipulate the Lafayette, Colorado, display via the Web. Why? Through his over-the-top display, Komarnitsky hopes to motivate people to donate to the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research; both of his children have been diagnosed with the condition. Visit komar.org to get in on the fun.
Gary Slater's decorating tradition began in 1996 and continues to grow each year. The Livonia, Michigan, display—fondly known by neighborhood kids as "the house with a bazillion lights"—includes 32 mini trees, over 40,000 lights, and is synced to holiday music. For more information, visit bazillionlights.com
This house is part of an annual Christmas Lights Tour on the Isle of Wight in the UK.
This house in Fairlie Park, UK, proves that even without a lot of yard space, your lights can still be loud. It's an area tradition to decorate the homes for the holidays, and collect donations from visitors for charity.
The Maisie family in Alberta, Canada, decorates every year—and the display just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's version of this display has more lights in the yard and on the roof than ever before.
Dominic Luberto's home in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, causes quite a stir; especially among neighbors who don't care for this bright holiday display. Luberto's lights aren't without fans, though. Local news stations have covered and photographed the place for special holiday coverage. The yard featured everything from traditional snowmen to Winnie-the-Pooh figurines.