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Photos have been taken every year since 2000. Videos are made less frequenty.

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Current Year: 2016

 

2016 Picture

Aerial View

Additional Photos Coming Soon

2016 featured a similiar layout to the 2016 design, but with the removal of old landscaping against the building, there was significanly more space to build out the "forest" of lights! In addition, we expanded backwards into the high grass field, cutting out 1,600 square feet of space for our new walk-through maze of lights!

The big "new feature" of the year is the maze! With over 350 feet of walking path (that's more than a football field!), those who dare to enter will hopefully find their way out!

Roughly 93,000 lights, or over 74% of the display, was LED this year.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~127,000

Amps Drawn: ~170

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 228 Channels

Breakers Thrown: None yet... *pop!*

Set-up Time: 17 Days

 


A look back at previous displays...

Jump to: 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

1996


1996 Picture

VHS Screen Capture

It all began over the Christmas of 1996. I'd seen Chevy Chase's "Christmas Vacation' for about the 80th time, and my parents and I had just returned home from our annual drive to Richmond to take the Tacky Light Tour of all the houses in the west end decked out in lights. I was 12 years old. And I decided I wanted my own tacky light display.

I started with 6 or 7 old 100-light strands that were left over and unused from the family Christmas tree. The platform: the waterfront side of the house. I did the balcony & door, living room window, and some really cruddy looking stuff on the deck railing. With Dad's assistance (he's lent a hand every year), I ventured onto the roof and outlined it with a set of lights in motion, and used 2 sets of C7 lights to attempt to spell out "NOEL". I was one happy 12 year old.

Mom and Dad were just as excited I was. They probably thought it was going to be a one year thing.

Boy were they wrong.

 

Location: My House

Lights: 700ish

Amps Drawn: 2

Control Device: Plug, Unplug

Control Channels: 2 Plugs

Breakers Thrown: 1 or 2?

Set-up Time: 4-6 Hours

1997


2014 Picture

VHS Screen Capture

In 1997 the display grew to approximately 1,300 lights, as I actually did all of the roofline this time, and lights draped all of the windows on the waterfront side of the house.

Location: My House

Lights: ~1,300

Amps Drawn: 4

Control Device: Plug, Unplug

Control Channels: 2 Plugs

Breakers Thrown: 2 or 3...

Set-up Time: 6-8 Hours

1998


1998 Picture

No photos available (none may have been taken.)

The 1998 display wasn't all that different than the 1997 display, it was just brighter. I thickened up the lights everywhere they were before, and added a few specialty sets to various locations. But overall, it was laid out pretty much the same as before.

Location: My House

Lights: ~2,500

Amps Drawn: 7

Control Device: Inside Switch

Control Channels: 1 Switch

Breakers Thrown: 2 or 3...

Set-up Time: 6-8 Hours

1999


1999 Picture

No photos available (none may have been taken.)

In 1999, the display approached 5,000 lights, and for the first time, I used things other than the house to hang lights from. The dogwood tree (see 2003), tree house, and an old 12-foot skiff with a piece of PVC stuck in the middle for a mast became props for the display.

Location: My House

Lights: ~5,000

Amps Drawn: 15

Control Device: Inside Switch

Control Channels: 1 Switch

Breakers Thrown: 4 or 5...

Set-up Time: 2 days

2000


2000 Picture

View from the yard

Additional Photos

By the 2000 season, my family had come to love my displays as much as I did - You can really tell this when you start getting Christmas lights for your birthday.

There was also a wedding held in our yard that summer, and the family friend who held the wedding gave me the more than 5,000 white lights used to decorate it. The final total for the display was 12,568 lights.

This was the first year that I made paths all throughout the yard, and even down onto the dock. The bushes on the bank overlooking the creek were lit up, as well as pretty much everything else I could get an extension cord to.

Location: My House

Lights: 12568

Amps Drawn: 40

Control Device: Plug, Unplug

Control Channels: 3 Plugs

Breakers Thrown: 25-30?

Set-up Time: 4 Days

2001


2001 Picture

View from across the creek

Additional Photos

2001 was an expansion of the 2000 display. Nearly everything was done the same with minor exception.

There were additions. The display changed the pine tree on the hill to a virtual 12ft pvc tree (the pine tree grew too much to do without a cherry picker...) A waterfall of lights was added coming down beside it. Pine trees in the woods to the west were illuminated with tree wrap, and other things were added in the woods to help eliminate the "dark spots" that were there. The dogwood had more lights than ever - 1200. Lights were added all over, the path was extended around the side of the house and towards the front, and an entrance was made by the arbor being illuminated in whites.

By this point, if you were to take all the strands of lights and extension cords used in this display, they'd stretch for over 2 miles.

Location: My House

Lights: 17,656

Amps Drawn: ~60

Control Device: Plug, Unplug

Control Channels: 4 Plugs

Breakers Thrown: 50-60?

Set-up Time: 5 Days

2002

 

2002 Picture

The first year at the office!

Additional Photos

15,568 Lights & 1.6 miles of wire - This was my first venture into "Public View" as I went out into town and decked out my family's office. It was a great success - everything was on light sensors so they came on by themselves at dusk and turned off by themselves too!

Oh, and I wouldn't have blown that many breakers in 2002 if I had figured out sooner that one of the circuits I was plugged into was the same as the well pump... it was a really strange coincidence that 1/3 of the display would go out if someone flushed the toilet...

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: 15,568

Amps Drawn: ~60

Control Device: Photo-sensors

Control Channels: 3 Photo-sensors

Breakers Thrown: 35-40?

Set-up Time: 5 Days

2003


2003 Picture

It was only one tree... but it was bright!

2003 marked the first year I was away from home at college. Being in Atlanta, 10 hours from home, really put a damper on being able to do a Christmas light display. So I told my parents, and they rightfully concurred, that I should just take the year off.

One night, around the 18th or 19th or so of December, they went out to eat and make a Wal-Mart run. I was left at home. Their mistake. I got bored.

I went into the basement, pulled out 3,000 lights and a couple of blowmolds, ran an extension cord and lit the heck out of the dogwood tree in the back yard. It was absolutely awesome.

Location: My House

Lights: ~3,000

Amps Drawn: ~10

Control Device: Indoor Switch

Control Channels: 1 Switch

Breakers Thrown: 1

Set-up Time: 3 Hours

2004


2004 Picture

View from Route 33

Additional Photos

In 2004, I returned to Virginia for college, and my light display returned to town - this time with over 32,500 lights!

The most noticable additions were in the field. First, the display stretched the entire length of the field, with a dozen PVC trees creating the first "forest" of lights. The other major addition was the 20' Megatree, which itself boasted more than 3,000 lights. The boat was returned to it's pond of lights, and a "river" of lights was added to flow into it. Numerous figures, a lighted arch, and a lightup train were added as well.

This was also the first year we had to "borrow" power from next door. J&W Seafood, as they have in each year since, let us run a cord over to a 20amp outlet to help us power the display.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~32,500

Amps Drawn: ~90

Control Device: Photo-sensors

Control Channels: 5 Photo-sensors

Breakers Thrown: Several dozen

Set-up Time: 7 Days

2005

 

2005 Picture

View from the Parking Lot

Additional Photos

While 2005 was meant to be the biggest display Deltaville had ever seen, with computer controlled animation and music, and almost 50,000 lights, time limits and a few other setbacks caused that plan to be postponed... However, 24,000 lights did make it up!

A design not unlike 2004, but quite semetrical, the field featured the 20' green mega tree, flanked on either side by 4- 10' trees and a 5' tree on either side, for a total of 11 PVC-pipe trees in all. The see-saw, frosty in the arch, penguins, and boat all came back for '05, as did the basic design for the building, with lights on the roof, bushes, and columns.

Despite the computer control for the entire display not coming to fruition, a successful test of Nat King Cole's "Happiest Christmas Tree" was sequenced, and displayed for one night on the Mega Tree.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~24,000

Amps Drawn: ~65

Control Device: Photo-sensors

Control Channels: 4 Photo-sensors

Breakers Thrown: A few dozen

Set-up Time: 6 Days

2006


2006 Picture

No lights!?!?!?!?

OH NO!

2006 was a sad year for the display. Due to college/job/misc. time constraints, there was no display of any kind for the first time since I started doing displays in 1996. It was a sad sight seeing a dark office during Chistmas.... Everywhere I went in town, I was asked why the lights were not up!

I made sure 2007 wouldn't suffer the same fate...

Location: My Imagination

Lights: Millions

Amps Drawn: None

Control Device: My Mind

Control Channels: Wireless

Breakers Thrown: None! (A dream)

Set-up Time: Instantaneous (A real dream)

2007


2007 Picture

View from the field

Additional Photos

I was back in action2007, and to make up for the lack of a display on '06, expansion was nuts! We had new outdoor circuits wired into the office, and again ran a 20 amp line from J&W just to power the more than 52,000 lights!

The forest was bigger than ever, with 15 individual PVC trees. In addition to the 20' Mega Tree, a pair of 15' semi-mega tree's were added to set apart from the mass of 10' trees.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~52,000

Amps Drawn: ~170

Control Device: Mechanical Timers

Control Channels: 12 Timers

Breakers Thrown: 20ish?

Set-up Time: 8 Days

2008


2008 Picture

View from J&W

Additional Photos

2008 was a slight expansion and reconfiguration of the 2007 display. With more "trees" in the "forest" than ever before, the display looked amazing! One notable addition was the "Ice Cube" in the pond of lights - it was supposed to be an iceberg, but ended up not being nearly large enough to earn that name.

The look was a semetrical arc, and to this day, remains my favorite "forest" layout of all of my displays, animated or not.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~55,000

Amps Drawn: ~180

Control Device: Mechanical Timers

Control Channels: 12 Timers

Breakers Thrown: A dozen or so..

Set-up Time: 9 Days

2009


2009 Picture

View from J&W

Additional Photos

After 2005's aborted computer control attempt, 2009 was a successful implementation of syncronized Christmas Lights! The display featured 144 channels of computer control! Four years after my first test of synchronized lights, we finally had an animated display!

The display featured 71,000 lights and was designed in the theme of years past, but was executed at whole new level. While most of the features remained similar, the middle section of the display, consisting of the 20' Mega Tree, two 10' trees, 8 mini-trees, and 2 brand new light arches, was controlled by 144 channels of computer control. Each of these trees feature red, blue, green, and white lights on separate channels so that they can change colors, and the mega tree is controlled by 64 individual channels so that it can chase, spin, fade, mix, and do all sorts of crazy effects! The 10' wide arches feature 12 channels each, and jumped back and forth magically. The mega tree alone has over 13,000 lights!

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~71,000

Amps Drawn: ~190

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 154 Channels

Breakers Thrown: A couple dozen

Set-up Time: 15 Days

2010


2010 Picture

View from across the street

Additional Photos

2010 featured over 73,000 lights in a redesigned, yet similar display from 2009. Some additions of features to the animated show make their debut, and a thicker and redesigned static forest populated about 10% more of the field than 2009.

The 2010 display also marked the first significant use of LED lights in the display - the 3,000 lights on the roof and some of the bushes were switched from standard mini lights to LED mini lights. (Though I'd be lying if I told you I was doing it because of "going green", the real motivator was I was out of power and couldn't add more lights without replacing some standard lights with the low-power LED's!)

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~73,000

Amps Drawn: ~190

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 194 Channels

Breakers Thrown: A few...

Set-up Time: 11 Days

2011


2011 Picture

View from the parking lot

Additional Photos

More than 77,000 lights were in the 2011 display. The layout, a departure from past setups, stretched straight across the 100' wide field in a symmetrical setup, with a half-dozen trees on either side of the 5-tree "show" setup.

The usual suspects returned, including the boat, frosty & his arch, and several other familiar characters. A "Dog Village" sprouted up, building on a small scene first used in 2010. The "Ice Cube" of 2008 returned in the form of a "Glacier", complete with a bear and tree atop it.

The animated display featured the same elements as 2010, including the 14,000 light, 23' Mega Tree, 2 rebuilt lighted arches, two 5,000 light 10' trees, two 1,600 light 5' trees, and 8 700 light 2' "mini trees".

The 2011 display also marked the second year of significant use of LED lights in the display - Nearly 10,000 lights were energy-saving LED's, including many of the bushes, most of the "snow lights", and most of the "water lights". I'd continue to be lying if I told you I was doing it because of "going green", the real motivator was I was out of power and couldn't add more lights without replacing some standard lights with the low-power LED's!)

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~77,000

Amps Drawn: ~180

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 194 Channels

Breakers Thrown: A couple...

Set-up Time: 13 Days

2012


2012 Picture

View from the field

Additional Photos

2012 expanded the display to over 82,000 lights, and featured expansion of most of the scenes that populate the display each year. The display was reconfigured into an arc in the field, to allow more trees and scenes to be set up.

More and more LED's continued to be implemented, this time, in the range of over 15,000 lights(approximatly 20% of the display).

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~82,000

Amps Drawn: ~180

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 194 Channels

Breakers Thrown: 1 or 2?

Set-up Time: 12 Days

2013


2013 Picture

View from the roof

Additonal Photos

In 2013, the display cracked the 90,000 light mark, and also brought in several new firsts in a completely redesigned display.

The first and most noticable change was the layout of the animated show - The animated area was brought out into the middle of the field, and a walking path around it allowed viewers to circle the entire "show", while, being surrounded by the static lights behind them. Also, the Mega Tree was converted to LED color lights, saving a ton of power, and making it brighter than ever.

Roughly 28,000 lights, or over 30% of the display, was LED this year.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~92,000

Amps Drawn: ~180

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 194 Channels

Breakers Thrown: 1 or 2?

Set-up Time: 12 Days

2014


2013 Picture

View from the roof

Additonal Photos

In 2014, the display cracked the 100,000 light barrier, and expanded its physical footprint by over 50%!

Converting the more than 15,000 lights on the color changing 10' trees to LED allowed the expansion of the walking path back behind the display. New scenes, including "Fred Bear's Tree Lot" and the 20' tall walk-in Mega Tree were built to really engage walkers in the new space.

Roughly 56,000 lights, or over 55% of the display, was LED this year.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~103,000

Amps Drawn: ~180

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 194 Channels

Breakers Thrown: Only a couple...

Set-up Time: 20 Days

2015


2013 Picture

View from the roof

Additonal Photos

In 2015, the display expanded to over 113,000 lights, and introduced our first interactive feature: The controllable walk-in-tree!

Roughly 68,000 lights, or over 60% of the display, was LED this year.

Location: Mason Realty

Lights: ~113,000

Amps Drawn: ~160

Control Device: Computer

Control Channels: 226 Channels

Breakers Thrown: There was some rain...

Set-up Time: 16 Days