Christmas 2014 - The Website

Posted by Tacky Holly - November 15th, 2014

Welcome Back!

We’re only a couple week away from the start of the 2014 Christmas season!
I just completed updating the Boat Parades, Light Shows, and Other Stuff pages for this year’s events.
A couple Light Shows are already open!

I’ll be updating the Tacky Displays information soon, so check back.

Are you getting excited? I am!

2013 Season - What Is Still On

Posted by Tacky Holly - January 4th, 2014

Here’s what’s still On that I know of….

On thru Jan 4
#13 2507 Fairview Drive, Alexandria, 22306 5:30-10pm
#47 6412 Joyce Road, Alexandria, 22310 10pm

On thru Jan 5
#3 8515 Innisfree Drive, Springfield, 22153
#9 6283 Wills Street, Alexandria, 22310
#22 13897 Ferrara Court, Chantilly, 20151 On 5:15-10PM
#30 5604 Hereford Court, Alexandria, 22315 - LAST SEASON FOR BIG DISPLAY
#34 5601 Hereford Court, Alexandria, 22315
#36 7815 Birnam Wood Dr, McLean, 22102 dusk-10:30p

On thru Jan 6 – LAST NIGHT for 2013 Season
#7 10203 Lawyers Road, Vienna, 22181 5:10 pm to 11:00 pm
#14 1601 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, 22308 5:00-10:20
#24 11610 Henderson Road, Clifton, 20124 5:30-11:30pm
#25 8209 Lorton Road, Lorton, 22079 5-10:30p
#26 9806 Sharon Court, Fairfax, 22032
#49 117 Hickory Circle SW, Vienna, VA 5:30 - 11:00
HM-BB 13530 Point Pleasant Drive, Chantilly, 20151 5:30-10PM
HM-DD 47807 Blockhouse Point Place, Sterling 5pm-11pm

Commercial Shows
Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights - Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia - January 5, 2014 5:30-10pm
The Garden of Lights - Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, Maryland - January 5, 2014 5:30-10pm
Bull Run Festival of Lights - 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia - January 5, 2014 5:30-10pm
Symphony of Lights - Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, Maryland - January 5, 2014 6-10:00pm
Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay 465 Lodge Dr, Wheeling, West Virginia - January 5, 2014 11:00pm
Festival of Lights and Carols Old Town Fairfax City - January 6, 2014, 5:00-11:00pm

Enjoy them while you can….

Website Improvements

Posted by Tacky Holly - December 18th, 2013

Last year I added the GREEN BACKGROUNDS to indicate whether a display is verified Lit or On.
Previously, you needed to check the Blog to see which were On.

This year I have added an indicator Animated to Music and station information for Animated Light displays.
This information is also included on the PRINT VERSION page.

For the Maryland displays, in addition to the new animation indication, I have added a PRINT THIS LIST button on the main page.

Hope this helps for those looking for animated light displays.

2013 Notoriety

Posted by Tacky Holly - December 14th, 2013

Dec. 03, 2013 Conducted telephone interview resulting in an article about the site in Northern Virginia Magazine-Online. Tim Regan writes a well researched article about the site. Thank you, Tim!

Light Status - Dec. 14, 2013

Posted by Tacky Holly - December 14th, 2013

I believe most of the displays are On.
There are a few I haven’t visited or heard from any Light Elves (you know who you are) if they are On.
Any display on the site without a green background means I don’t know the status for this display.
If you’re out and about and see one of these, drop me a message at and let me know so I can update the site.
I want to send out a big THANKS to all the Light Elves that have let me know the status of displays.
I could never get the sight up to date, without you all! THANK YOU!

Last night I visited National Harbor for the Friday 7pm fireworks show. AWESOME.
Then stayed until 8pm for the fountain show and snow. Did a little shopping in between.
Afterwards I got at hot donut at Krispy Kreme and visited #13 Fairview and finished up at #14 Colllingwood. I was one tired puppy when I got home…

I’ve got my company Christmas party tonight so won’t make it out to look at lights.
Hoping for good weather tomorrow night to get out for the lights.
HOWEVER, if it’s raining, many of the big display are OFF, so don’t bother….

Dog and cat eating Santa snacks

Light Status Dec. 12, 2013

Posted by Tacky Holly - December 12th, 2013

Just got home from viewing. Here’s the status…
In Virginia, we’ve lost a couple:

  • #40 Gage has moved and is now living at the family home, #13 Fairview. They are still putting up decorations and hope to be finished the middle of next week.
  • #38 -1925 Leonard Rd, Falls Church is gone for good. House is empty.
  • #37-1752 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church has nothing up.
  • #30-5604 Hereford Court, Alexandria told me this is his LAST YEAR decorating big.
  • #50-111 W Church Rd, Sterling will be dark this year but planning on returning next year

A few of the Honorable Mentions are not on and have been removed for now:

  • HM-Y: 14549B Lock Drive, Centreville is OFF for this year.
  • HM-G: 2345 Sandburg St, Dunn Loring has nothing up.
  • HM-CC: Melville, Centreville has moved to Woodbridge.

In Maryland:

  • #6-5034 Durham Rd E, Columbia had nothing up on Dec. 7.
  • 1714 Spring Green Ave, Crofton is another son of #13 and decorates.

The weather has been a big problem for many decorators.
And remember, many big displays are OFF when it rains or is too windy.
And, Please, Please, Please stay out of the displays! (#1 Pet Peeve of Owners)
I’m still making the rounds so, more to come….

Tacky Lights on TV

Posted by Tacky Holly - December 7th, 2013

Set up the DVD/VCR/whatever…
Today the TV Christmas Light specials start at NOON!
Visit the OTHER STUFF page on the site to see what’s on today and tomorrow.
More to come…

Ready for the Start of a New Christmas Lights Season

Posted by Tacky Holly - December 1st, 2013

Votes and Rating for all displays has been reset.

Looking to add the Christmas Light TV programs to the OTHER STUFF page his week.
Here’s a cute idea:

Here We Go!

Posted by Tacky Holly - November 29th, 2013

The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the Christmas Lights season.
Going to try to make it to one of the light-ups tonight.
For those I have contact with, here’s what I’ve heard so far:

3.  8515 Innisfree Drive, Springfield

Nov 30, 5-10p, Don’t block driveways

7.  7723 Fisher Drive, Falls Church


9.  6283 Wills Street, Alexandria

Nov 29, dark-10p, -11p Fri/Sat

10.  6634 South Kings Highway, Alexandria

OFF for 2013

13.  2507 Fairview Drive, Alexandria

Coming soon

14.  1601 Collingwood Road, Alexandria

Dec 3, 5-10p, off for rain

19.  6226 Stonehunt Place, Clifton

Dec 7, 6-10p, off for rain

23.  4540 Orr Drive, Chantilly

OFF for 2013

24.  11610 Henderson Road, Clifton

Dec 7, 5:30-11p

25.  8209 Lorton Road, Lorton

Nov 30, 4:30-11:30p

26.  9806 Sharon Court, Fairfax

Dec 7, 4:30-10p, inflatable off if windy

28.  1072 Rocky Run Rd, McLean

OFF for 2013

29.  13915 Rock Brook Court, Clifton

OFF for 2013

35.  5406 Fremont St., Springfield

Dec. 7, 5:30-10:30p, -11p Fri/Sat

36.  7815 Birnam Wood Dr, McLean

6-10p, -12p Fri/Sat, off for rain, snow, high wind

44.  21244 Millwood Square , Potomac Falls

OFF for 2013

46.  7104 Idylwood Road, Falls Church


47.  6412 Joyce Road, Alexandria

Dec 1, 5-10p, -11p Fri/Sat, off for rain,wind

49.  117 Hickory Circle SW, Vienna

Dec 7, 6-10p, -11p Fri/Sat

Honorable Mentions

#BB.  13530 Point Pleasant Drive, Chantilly

Dec 7 5:30-8p , -10p Fri/Sat, Limited heavy rain

#DD.  47807 Blockhouse Point Place, Sterling

Dec 6, 5:30p

#II.  43034 Tippman place, Chantilly

Nov 29, 6:30-9:30p, -10p Fri/Sat, OFF for rain, sleet

#T.  7780 Tangier Dr, Springfield

Nov 30, 7pm 

Christmas 2013 is Getting Started

Posted by Tacky Holly - November 16th, 2013

I’m just beginning to hear word of who’s decorating again this year.
I’ll post a more complete list when I hear more.
Here’s the Bad News and the Good News so far…

The following displays will NOT be lit this year:

#23 - 4540 Orr Drive, Chantilly, VA
#28 - 1072 Rocky Run Rd, McLean, VA
#29 - 13915 Rock Brook Court, Clifton, VA
#44 - 21244 Millwood Square , Potomac Falls, VA

Two displays that are COMING BACK after a year or so off: (YEA!!!!)

#13 - 2507 Fairview Drive, Alexandria, VA
#14 - 1601 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA

And for those of us who are Jones-ing for Christmas Lights NOW

Commercial Shows that are Open (or opening very soon)

OPEN - Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights
OPEN - Winter Festival of Lights Oglebay, W. V.
Nov. 17 - Lights on the Bay
Nov. 20 - Bull Run Festival of Lights
Most of the rest will open on Nov. 29

I’ll let you know more about the displays as I get more information.
I’m gettin’ excited!

Tacky Holly

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