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Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
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12/18/2014 3:56:37 AM
USA Today is trying to find the best Christmas lights in the United States at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-private-lights-display/
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
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12/10/2014 1:45:54 PM
Target.com has 9x Philips 25-Ct Warm White LED Smooth G40 Globe String Christmas Lights on sale for $60.27 when you follow the directions below. Shipping is free. Thanks Slickdeals

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  • trevor houdeshell
    trevor houdeshell
    Posts: 3
    12/7/2014 5:17:28 PM
    Chris Shane
    Chris Shane
    Posts: 2
    11/20/2014 10:30:20 PM
    On for the whole month of December. Over 250,000 lights all over town. Lights dance to music transmitted to your car. One of the largest live Christmas Tees in the state. Numerous luminaries and inflatables. Just a mile away from the Essex Steam Train and its ride with Santa.
    Jonathan Tanzman
    Jonathan Tanzman
    Posts: 1
    11/4/2014 5:53:41 PM
    The Casting Firm and a major network are looking for men and women who embody the spirit of Santa Claus to compete for a massive cash prize on a brand new Christmas competition series.

    SEEKING ALL TYPES OF SANTAS!

    Whether you are a single mom who plays Santa for her kids or you' re rocking a flowing white beard all year long- this show is for you!

    Project SynopsisDo you have what it takes to be the ultimate Santa Claus? If so, get ready to jingle your bells and practice your "HO HO HO" because you could win the best present this holiday season.... A BIG CASH PRIZE plus the chance to be Santa Claus on a charitable adventure.


    Email us at tanzman.casting@gmail.com
    Alan DeVoe
    Alan DeVoe
    Posts: 1
    10/25/2014 4:47:20 AM
    Tacky Light Tour wrote:
    An article called Merry Christmas! A New Government Rule Says Your Holiday Lights May Soon Be Illegal… was just published online.

    What do you think about this news from Pete Kasperowicz at TheBlaze?

    Are you discouraged, worried or more excited than ever to put up your Christmas lights?


    From what I have heard, they want to ban ALL non UL Listed lighting that comes from places like China because they are either not safe or (the biggest thing) the wire is TOO thin!
    edited by Alan DeVoe on 10/25/2014
    Tacky Light Tour
    Tacky Light Tour
    Posts: 40
    10/16/2014 5:59:31 PM
    An article called Merry Christmas! A New Government Rule Says Your Holiday Lights May Soon Be Illegal… was just published online.

    What do you think about this news from Pete Kasperowicz at TheBlaze?

    Are you discouraged, worried or more excited than ever to put up your Christmas lights?
    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: 40
    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: 3
    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: 3
    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.

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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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