Tacky Light Tour


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With Thanksgiving over and Christmas approaching fast, it’s time for the best houses to start stringing up their lights and begin preparing for the annual Tacky Light Tour. Each tour is usually three to four hours long, depending on the size of the group and the locations.
Every year, students look forward to attending the tour, as it can become the highlight of one’s winter break. Junior Abigail Huneycutt is no exception to this tradition.
“I loved the Tacky Light Tour. The houses were definitely tacky, and there were so many Christmas decorations. I’m very surprised that people could get into their houses. Most people decorated their trees with as many Christmas lights as physically possible and threw them all over the trees, which looked very clustered. However, the finishing look was astonishing; it was very pretty,” Huneycutt said.
Since the Tacky Light Tour is such a popular holiday festivity, news about the event quickly spreads around the Richmond community. Junior Anina Kotian enjoys going out in mid-December and getting a chance to witness the spectacular light show that is put on.
“Last year, I got to see some really nicely decorated houses like the ones on Marbury Terrace and Pennsylvania Avenue. Somebody told me that the house on Pennsylvania Avenue featured a live Grinch, so I really wanted to go see it. Unfortunately, I missed it. I will be going back this year, so hopefully I get to see the Grinch this time around,” Kotian said.
Local competitions are always hosted to see which house has the craziest lights and decorations. Companies and news outlets like USA Today and ABC host friendly competitions every year. It’s important not to forget about the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s infamous list of the best houses to visit during the tour.
ABC hosted a light competition last year called “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” A house located in Glen Allen that belonged to Al and Esther Thompson won the grand prize of $50,000. Their house had over 170,000 lights and 1,237 homemade decorations.
In addition, a local house in Henrico that belongs to the Phifer family will be featured on ABC’s competition this year. The Phifer family occupies two houses on Asbury Court that are a very popular stop on the tour because they use almost one million lights. Their episode will be aired on ABC December 11 at 8 p.m.
As the holidays approach, more and more families will start to decorate their houses and welcome people to witness the light show. This year could be an interesting turn of events with who wins first place in ABC’s contest, as more houses will have more lights and Christmas decorations.

Tacky Light Tour