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The Most Outrageous Christmas Light Displays of All Time

If you thought your Christmas lights looked impressive, think again after seeing these outrageous displays.

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Merry and (very) bright

Love them or hate them, every Christmas you’re bound to see some seriously over-the-top Christmas house lights that make you do a double take. Feast your eyes on some photos of our all-time favorites. And, hey, however you feel about them, you’ve got to admire the effort it must take to install them every year. (And be relieved you don’t live next to one.) These Christmas house lights are all around the world, but you can also check out the most festive Christmas town in every state.

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Candy Cane Lane

For nearly 40 years Candy Cane Lane, also known as Morse Drive, in Pacific Grove, California, near Monterey, has lit up the street with unique Christmas looks. This giant nutcracker is certainly outrageous but Candy Cane Lane has also had the Little Mermaid, Snoopy, Tweety Bird, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang from Sesame Street show up. For something beautiful but a little more toned down, these are the best small towns for Christmas lights.

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Light ride

Elsewhere on Candy Cane Lane, Adriana Leiss and her daughters dressed up their 1965 Chevy pickup truck. We especially like Rudolph on the roof. That car has been around as long as some of these fascinating vintage Christmas ads.

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Christmas pirates

Normally the only pirates you think about around the holidays are porch pirates, but this south London home features an inflatable ship complete with skeleton pirates. Check out these wacky Christmas inflatables that your neighbors might not like.

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Quite the choir

It’s not only choir singers that make this phalanx of illuminated figures. It’d be hard not to get a feeling that someone is watching you at this home in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. We wonder if they sing any of these top 20 Christmas songs of all time.

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Festival of lights

Over in London on Lower Morden Lane, Sylvia Queenborough has been dressing up her house for more than 20 years. Not only is she spreading Christmas cheer, she’s also donating the money she raises from visitors to a nearby hospice center. Pictured is David Clark’s house and it’s a wonder how he sleeps at night with all the lights outside. Find out what people eat for Christmas dinner in the U.K. and 18 other countries around the world.

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So Cal light show

This southern California home might not be the most outrageous holiday light display but the level of detail is wild. If you don’t start decorating for Christmas early, here’s how it can actually benefit you.

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Clifton Mill

The Clifton Mill display is outrageous in a good way. Outrageous because it boasts more than 3.5 million lights and even a 100-foot waterfall of lights. These are the old-fashioned Christmas towns you have to visit.

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Bright lights

These Christmas house lights outside of Dublin includes some inflatable decorations which don’t often look as good as this. Don’t miss these Christmas traditions from around the world.

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The Christmas House of the Vogt family in the village of Calle near Buecken, Northern Germany uses thousands of bulbs each year. Beginning on the first Saturday in Advent to New Year’s Eve, the Vogts light up their home, incorporate Christmas figures in the garden. Visitors come from all over to enjoy hot spiced wine and ride a merry-go-round. The electricity bill for December runs roughly 3,000 Euros to light the more than 500,000 lights. Get ready for Christmas with these tips for buying and taking care of your Christmas tree.

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Manila, Philippines

Businessman Alexander Cruz provided this dazzling display outside of Manila. The house uses LED lights and attracts even foreign tourists. If you’re considering using LED lights, here are some things you should know about them.

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It’s quite the entrance to home with this display in Vancouver. It’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit when taking a look at these Christmas house lights. And if there’s anything that fills you with more spirit than Christmas house lights, it’s adorable photos of Christmas-y pets.

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Gingerbread house

With a gingerbread man in the foreground of this Vancouver home, it’s hard not to get the impression that this home resembles a gingerbread house. Mix in some candy canes and it creates quite the picture. This a little too eye-popping for you? Check out these old-fashioned Christmas traditions we should bring back.

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Sleigh station

We know where Santa is stopping in Vancouver with these elegant Christmas house lights. A sleigh is certainly a nice touch to a beautiful setting. No matter how much or how little you decorate, make sure you’re avoiding these common holiday decorating mistakes.

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Santa’s workshop

When there’s an archway in the front yard it seems like someone is entering Santa’s workshop in this yard in Vancouver. It’s certainly a magic image. So are these 40 adorable vintage photos of kids meeting Santa.

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Far out festive fever

They do things a little different in Texas and that’s certainly true with these nautically themed Christmas house lights in Houston. The neon whales, jellyfish, and octopus create a scene surely you won’t see again during the holidays. Want to create your own eye-catching display? Here are some tips for creating an impressive light display without breaking the bank.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman