How It All Got Started
Once upon a time, Matt Burgess was planning his annual tour of insanely decorated homes that go completely over the top with Christmas lights. Realizing
this was before the advent of TackyLightTour.com and all the conveniences it provides, he spoke with friends and searched through newspapers looking
for the addresses of the biggest and best homes in Richmond. Oh, he was able to get a few addresses but had to buy a map at the local convenience
store to plot out his trip across town. It wasn't easy keeping up with all the turns and street name, and it took several attempts to organize
the directions for the shortest trip possible. It was the exhaustive efforts required from all these steps that led to the creation of TackyLightTour.com.
Matt dreamed of an online mapping system that would turn the complexity of traditional mapping into a fun, interactive process. Several months later
TackyLightTour.com was officially released to the public on November 25, 2005. Users across the world quickly found it and registered by the hundreds
posting over 50,000 page views within the first month online. Now, you are here using the ever evolving guide to the absolute best decorated homes in America the World!
For a look at the life of TackyLightTour.com, please see our Timeline.
TackyLightTour.com was originally created to provide Richmonders with an easy and interactive tool for planning their own Tacky Light Tour in Richmond, Virginia.
Like the itch most Christmas decorators get after their first year, TackyLightTour.com attempts to meet and exceed expectations each year with an improved set of tools for families
and friends to enjoy the hard work of their decorative neighbors.
Our hope is Christmas will bring your family and friends closer together as we go over-the-top in celebrating the birth of Jesus, and we hope TackyLightTour.com becomes a part of your annual tradition as you visit us each year with anticipation
of an over-the-top website similar to the homes listed here!