Texas-sized creativity: a family goes all-out with 450,000 Christmas lights

People are always striving to keep up with the Joneses, and Christmas lights are no exception. Home light displays have been getting bigger and snazzier by the year. Energy efficient LED lights are better than ever, and they are computer controlled. With a little creativity, the possibilities are amazing!

This escalating Christmas time arms race even inspired a reality television competition: “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” now in its fifth season.

One of the 2014 “Light Fight” winners was Fred Loya and his family. These residents of El Paso, Texas created a display with over 400,000 lights, and they threw in a Santa’s village for good measure. Even better, they donated their prize money to local charities!

2017 marks the 13th year the Loya family has put on a Christmas light display. They haven’t been resting on their laurels, either: this year’s extravaganza involves over 450,000 lights.

According to Javier Arriano, one of the engineers who helped with the display, “It takes all year to set up.” He estimates that 15 to 20 people are needed to get the job done. Once the show is going, dozens more are required to manage everything, not least the thousands of people who come to see the display — they expect a whopping 60,000 this season.

As you’ll see in the video we’ve posted for you below, the lights are synchronized to music: Vivaldi, Justin Bieber, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mariah Carey, some traditional carols, and more. These lights don’t just flicker. Thanks to computer control, they truly dance and create spectacular visual effects. The fence out front is transformed into a ribbon of moving lights, and there’s even a virtual piano keyboard.

Dazzled by the Loya family’s incredible Christmas lights? Let’s hear from you in the comment section below. Be sure to like and share: you might inspire someone to take their decorating up a level!