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Bryan Severance
Bryan Severance
Posts: 0
8/7/2014 7:59:13 PM
Hello!

I am developing a show based in the Palm Beach, FL area and surrounding counties - on competing holiday lighting companies! Looking for big characters and companies who design over the top christmas displays for private residences and commercial jobs.

If this is you or anyone comes to mind - please email me ASAP at bryan@originalmedia.com
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
Posts: 37
1/17/2014 2:07:58 PM
An innovative product that hides Christmas lights under eves in the off-season has just met their Kickstarter goal.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/230945839/evedrop-the-quickest-way-to-hang-your-lights?ref=category
Taylor Lewis
Taylor Lewis
Posts: 1
1/2/2014 6:43:03 AM
I started with a lights and sounds of Christmas box when I was about 12-13. I started with light-o-rama when I was 16. It can be done but the best piece of advise for whenever you do decide to get into it is to try to know someone with a large amount of experience that you will be able to go to when you have troubles. Light-o-rama can have varying degrees of difficulty depending on how extravagant you want to make everything and it all gets quite expensive pretty quickly. I can't make the recommendation that you jump into it this early in life but depending on your computer abilities and support structure it could be done in the coming years. I'd probably suggest some of their videos, the trial software to practice the program, and maybe a jump starter class before spending any money though.
William Bottomley
William Bottomley
Posts: 39
1/1/2014 2:57:05 PM
Do you have video of your display? I complied a list of vendors holding contests. Try entering... you might win.

Just another courtesy to help the community.
Kristina Hauser
Kristina Hauser
Posts: 2
12/26/2013 10:39:43 PM
We are now casting for SEASON 2! Please email us right away -

christmasshowcasting@gmail.com or call 818-934-4312
Darlene Pino
Darlene Pino
Posts: 3
12/25/2013 6:44:33 AM
trevor houdeshell wrote:
I'm in Alpharetta and any tips on makeing arches and makeing a awesome sick nasty light show



For the arches, I'd recommend CCR or CCB. We started out with LEDs and wound them tightly around the pole, making 8 segments on each pole. We quickly changed to the Cosmic Color Ribbons, and it is really Sick! very bright and easy to program. We just tied them on with cable ties. You can do the same with Cosmic Color bulbs if you want. Our arches are made of 10' pvc. We have 4 of them. Everything you do should be in 4, 8, 16, etc. as most music is 4:4 time. That will make your sequencing easier. We use LOR showtime controllers. If you want to learn a lot, study Richard Holdman's videos, and notice the slow fade out of his lights. A quick fade ends up looking like a flash. If you want an awesome show, pick a theme and go with it. As you can afford it, you can change themes from year to year. The LED light strings at Big Lots store are really bright, brighter than the professional ones we have bought, and they are really cheap, but you have to get them the moment they are put on the shelf or you will never get enought. The box say 120 lights. We use them on our Mega Fan and Mega tree. The first time we did it, we got neighbors from the next street over coming to see what it was. With the incandescent lights and regular LEDs, that neighbor didn't even know we were here. I thought that was interesting, since we had sooooo many lights! An awesome effect is having 3 or more light string colors on the same item, such as mini trees, mega tree, icicles on the house. The icicles get the appearance of the house "jumping" when it changes colors. An area where people can walk through the Lighted Arches display is a lot of fun for everyone. You can also build your own toddler train and take the little ones for a ride through your display for a big thrill. You can dress as Santa or an Elf and be the conductor. Study what theme parks do and you will get some great ideas. Just remember don't get cluttered with too much stuff that it is not longer pretty. I hope you had a great year this year and continue to do so in the future. Also, remember you can take time off any time you feel you need to, and just put a lighted sign outside that says, "We are still untangling lights, come back next year." That way the public will know you will do it again next year. If you want heavy traffic, be sure to tell the TV news, radio news, and newspaper. The newspaper usually prints a Christmas light tour of recommended places to go see. Interviews with the Morning Show on TV also helps get the word out. Some people collect for their favorite charity some don't. That is up to you. We have not done that. Just too tired after putting it all up, to do much else. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll try to answer them. Be sure to join Planet Christmas as there is tons of information there.
trevor houdeshell
trevor houdeshell
Posts: 2
12/24/2013 9:22:26 PM
I have a holiday brilliant but tons of controllers I've been doing shows for two years and I'm twelve would light I Rama be to hard for me
trevor houdeshell
trevor houdeshell
Posts: 2
12/24/2013 9:18:31 PM
I'm in Alpharetta and any tips on makeing arches and makeing a awesome sick nasty light show
William Bottomley
William Bottomley
Posts: 39
12/24/2013 7:43:46 PM
I've made a list of all pre-sale events taking place over the next few months here. If you see any I don't have listed, please send an email and I'll place it there.
Brad Hazard
Brad Hazard
Posts: 0
12/19/2013 3:33:13 PM
Brad Hazard
Brad Hazard
Posts: 0
12/19/2013 3:31:18 PM
How come my post shows a name of Shelley Carter. Thats not my name
Brad Hazard
Brad Hazard
Posts: 0
12/18/2013 7:43:17 PM
Where is the best place to buy wooden Christmas displays? Either with lights or without that you can just spotlight. Also, I've seen wooden display kits for sale. Do these kits come with only the cut out of the design, or does it have the design plus a how to on painting the exact picture that is shown on the display kit that your purchasing? Thank you for your help. Merry Christmas.
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
Posts: 37
12/14/2013 12:54:19 PM
Brian Hudson wrote:
Check out these hand crafted disney characters in Edgewood, KY. Each character is one of a kind and made by hand. Free hand at that! Drawn, cut out, and painted. It is absolutely amazing.

http://www.tackylighttour.com/christmas_lights/tour.aspx?decorationid=1561


We agree. Bet the kids love the Disney characters! We'd love to hear how you did it in our "How To Do It Yourself" forum!
Brian Hudson
Brian Hudson
Posts: 1
12/12/2013 7:43:14 PM
Check out these hand crafted disney characters in Edgewood, KY. Each character is one of a kind and made by hand. Free hand at that! Drawn, cut out, and painted. It is absolutely amazing.

http://www.tackylighttour.com/christmas_lights/tour.aspx?decorationid=1561
crystal seibert
crystal seibert
Posts: 0
12/10/2013 5:37:13 PM
hillary zody
hillary zody
Posts: 1
11/21/2013 9:24:23 PM
Christmas Lights, Etc one of the largest online retailers ofChristmas lights, artificial Christmas trees, outdoor decorations and decor isthrilled to announce its 2013 Christmas Photo Contest.

Participants will compete for a chance to win one of over$5,000 in prizes, including the grand prize of a $2,500 Christmas Lights, Etcshopping spree. Contestants can enter one of two categories; Best ExteriorChristmas House or Best Indoor Christmas Tree. To enter, simply visit thecompany’s Contest Page and upload a picture of a decorated house exterior or decorated tree.Prizes will be awarded weekly beginning on November 29th, with the grandprize(s) announcement taking place on January 2nd.

Judging will be based upon the number of votes received aswell as the degree of creativity and originality used in displays. The companyencourages participation as explained by Sales Director, Mike Streb “Christmasis such a beautiful time of year, and we are pleased to be able to provide aforum for people to share some of the magic they have created.
Multiple prizes will be awarded throughout the season asoutlined below, entries will be accepted beginning November 25th. All areencouraged to participate for a chance to light up Christmas with a shoppingspree courtesy of Christmas Lights, Etc.
● Weekly Prize of $100 Christmas Lights, Etc ShoppingSpree - entries are due by 11:59 a.m. the day before:
○ 11/29/13, 12/06/13, 12/13/13, 12/20/13, 12/27/13,12/31/13
● Grand Prizes Christmas Lights, Etc Shopping Spree -entries are due by 11:50 a.m. on 12/31/13:
○ Grand Prize: Best Overall - $2,500
○ Best Exterior Christmas House - $1,500
○ Best Indoor Christmas Tree - $500
Josh Letourneau
Josh Letourneau
Posts: 0
11/20/2013 9:49:42 PM
any one selling blowmolds or wireframes?
catrina marsh
catrina marsh
Posts: 2
9/5/2013 1:36:35 AM
Hi!

My name is Kristina Hauser, and I'm a casting director on a new show for ABC, "Lights, Camera, Christmas." You may have already heard about it.

I'm looking for families in VA that might be interested in applying for our show! This is a family-friendly Christmas Decorating competition with a cash prize at the end for the winner!

Please email me today or call if you are interested. I can give you more details!

Thanks,
Kristina Hauser
Casting Director
ABC Television
818-934-4312
christmasshowcasting@gmail.com
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
Posts: 37
9/4/2013 2:10:56 AM
ABC contacted Tacky Light Tour on September 3, 2013 with the attached information. If you are interested in being on TV or know someone who is please contact ChristmasShowCasting@gmail.com

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A Tacky Light Tour is a trip made with family and friends from one home or business insanely decorated for Christmas to another usually made in a passenger car, but sometimes taken in limousines, vans and tour buses. Traditionally, displays with more than 10,000 Christmas lights qualify to be included among the very best Christmas displays found on the Tacky Light Tour.

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