The “must-see” Minneapolis Christmas Light Display


Those of you lucky enough to catch the 2006 Holiday Light Show of the Year at 32nd St E and 41st Ave S are in luck.

Troy Lykken’s Christmas-lights-set-to-music house is back this year — and it’s better than ever. With 40,000 LED lights wrapping his little home in Minneapolis and two songs (yes, including Trans Siberian Orchestra) rotating on 97.9 FM, you have at least one time-killer to escape the family this holiday season.

Jason DeRusha posted this video on his videoblog, including an interview with across-the-street neighbor Aaron Landry talking about what it’s like to live near the holiday spectacle (also says it’s a great place to park and make-out, fyi).

Better yet, Landry’s quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal talking about his newfound exhibitionism opportunities.

Aaron Landry, an Internet technology manager in Minneapolis, won’t be putting up any holiday decorations either. The reason isn’t just environmentally driven: His whole house glows anyway as a result of his neighbors lights, he says.

The display across the street includes 17 trees and thousands of lights that blink in sync to Christmas tunes and songs by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. Limousines and buses will often linger on the street. But Mr. Landry wasn’t used to the lack of privacy.

“A couple of times I was changing, and then I saw four people parked in front of my house, and I thought, ‘Oh I should probably close the shade,’” he says.

Here’s some footage from WCCO and of course, YouTube:

If you do make it out to the display this year, be sure to wave hello to Aaron as he sits in his PJ’s watchin’ TV across the street. Also, making-out is optional.

2 Comments so far

  1. Leif Pettersen (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 10:25 am

    So me and my main squeeze are walking back to the car after enjoying a delicious Leif Burger at the Chatterbox last night and we turn the corner on 24th Avenue and 35th street and among the neighborhood’s copious Christmas-themed decorated homes is this place with a floodlit bunch of oversized dinosaur cutouts bolted to the front of the house. We were a little rush due to the cold, so the significance of this didn’t occur to us until we were driving away. That was the neighborhood’s sarcastic Atheist house.


  2. Erica M (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    sarcastic Atheist house – Heh! I love it.

    Last year I wasn’t a hundred percent sure which corner I was looking for, but I knew what general vicinity to head to, so I flipped to the prescribed radio station and drove the grid until it came in. Worked like a charm.



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