Every year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch puts together the Tacky Lights List of over-the-top holiday displays around town.

Houses must have at least 40,000 lights. Translation: We’re talking extra-bright, eye-popping displays.

New this year, we put together a list of “suggested routes” by neighborhood. Go to Richmond.com to see the routes and load them into your Google Maps.

West End

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The Phifer home is one of the best-known tacky-lights houses in the area. Just follow the trail of buses and limos which have been visiting the Phifer home for 40 years for Tacky Lights.

Glen Allen & Lakeside


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The Morton home will have a lighted trail that people can explore.  You'll see all kinds of lights and trees, as well as Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the Grinch and his dog Max, Frosty, a ferris wheel and seesaw. 

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This Chesterfield home has 50,000 lights, all controlled by Lightarama and set to music. Expect a set list of songs from "Frozen," the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and holiday classics like "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."

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Mechanicsville/Highland Springs

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At Kiwi Lane, you'll see approximately 50,000 lights with inflatables, blow molds, a nativity scene, a tunnel of lights and animated light displays.

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The Stevesons’ home features more than 70,000 lights. The Winter Wonderland theme features 15 animated deer, 17 blow ups, and 13 other animated figures, which included a igloo, polar bears, seal, and penguins. They hope to light up Thanksgiving and remain lit through New Year’s Eve.


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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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