’Tis the season for holiday cheer, decorated roofs, and lights—thousands upon thousands of lights.
The DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) features its share of formal holiday light displays as well as homes decorated in all manner (and volume) of Christmas cheer. We wanted to take gawking to the next level by sharing some of the best holiday-decorated roofs on private homes we’ve seen online in the areas outside of Maryland and D.C. These are our top seven picks, in no particular order:
Light and sound
Once, holiday light displays and decorated roofs were just about the number of lights you could string across your home, hoping it could be seen from space. Today, however, a stunning light display isn’t just about lights—it’s also music and synchronization. This 2016 display fantastically coordinates a show with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a truly multidimensional experience.
Sweet Caroline (ba, ba, ba!)
Why stop at syncing your lights to Christmas music when you can also coordinate them with popular songs, including Adele, The Weeknd, and Neil Diamond? Perhaps our favorite part of the video is the brief drum explosion from Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”.
The Force is strong with this display
This 2015-themed display will impress Star Wars geeks and casual fans alike. How cool is that—a show including a lightsaber battle? And mercifully, no Jar Jar Binks …
‘I dedicate this house to the Griswold family Christmas’
This holiday light display at a home in Utah is more than just lights—it features its own radio station! Spectators can stay warm in their car and watch the entire show, which clocked in at 24 minutes last winter. Any display that references National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a winner in our books (bonus points for Straight No Chaser’s 12 Days of Christmas).
What this Utah display lacks in choreography, it makes up in sheer volume—hundreds of plastic-molded snowmen, Santas, and other old-school outdoor holiday decorations. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland proves that decorated roofs and homes are all about the spectacle, and that low-tech spectacles can still be fun. Check out Frosty’s Facebook page for better views of the decorations collected by this homeowner over the years.
That’s a lot o’ lights, mate
It’s not unusual to find entire city blocks or neighborhoods where everyone decorates their home. This video of such a neighborhood is unique in that it’s not located in the United States but in Australia, in a suburb of Melbourne. People in short sleeves are the giveaway, and that’s fake snow on some of the lawns. Still, it’s good to see such holiday spirit in parts of the world where December is summer.
This decorated roof and home looks good from the ground but is even more stunning from the air. Coordinate 250,000 lights, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and a drone taking quality footage, and you just might get the most impressive holiday roof display we’ve ever seen.
Planning something elaborate for your holiday light display this season? Even if it is not set to music or doesn’t require a small loan to power, we would love to see the results! Post a picture in the comments or on our Facebook page. Happy holidays!