How to Have the Best Christmas Light Display in Town

Written by: Trinity Krouse and Kristen Kahler

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  • 1st Place: Out of all the houses, this one had the best use of using geometry to create clean lines on the house and used a good color palette. They took time and placed everything with care including the three wreathes. This house was located on Myer street off of 155th. This whole neighborhood had great lights, so check it out if you want to see some good ones.

  • 2nd Place: This house has a nice range of all decorations. It is well lit overall and gives off nice Christmas spirit.

  • 3rd Place: This house is off of Pin Oak Drive, and has one of the coolest features we saw all night. There is a Santa projection in the window that adds a wow factor.

  • 4th Place: This house has a lot of fun character decorations, but it is missing a clear theme. If everything was tied in a little more, this house could have gone to the top.

  • 5th Place: This house has the wrapped trees, the lined rooftop, the projection, and a cute Christmas tree. If the driveway was lined or the yard had more decor, this could have been our winner.

  • Runner Up: This was taken in the bear lakes neighborhood. It's really colorful and has fun lights wrapped around the trees.

  • Runner Up: While this house had several types of statues, it only had projections as lights. It is located by 158th and Metro.

  • Honorable Mention: This house had a good feel and catches your eye with the snowman. It is also located by 158th and Metro.

  • Honorable Mention: This house was nicely decorated and made the list because of the spinning light that projected on the ceiling inside the house. This house is in Cedar Lake. The most houses with lights are in Cedar Lake.

  • Honorable Mention: This house is also in Cedar Lakes. The small christmas tree forest was very nice and had a good wow factor, but there were no other lights or color to the house.

  • Honorable Mention: Also in Cedar Lakes, this house had cool snowman statues, but the rest of the yard had decorations without lights on them.

  • Honorable Mention: This house has a very nicely decorated yard, but there were no lights on the roof which are key to a nice Christmas display.

  • Honorable Mention: The yard decorations of this house were really nice. The overall display would have been better if the driveway was lined and if there was a more solidified theme.

  • Honorable Mention: This house had a twist on The Nightmare Before Christmas with the spooky looking trees. Would have been better if it had more yard decorations or characters like reindeer.

  • Honorable Mention: This tree really blew us away. It flashed different colors and patterns, which really caught our eye. If this house had just a couple more strands of lights around the house, it would have been a serious contender.

  • Honorable Mention: This display had a nice Christmas theme. Most have either a winter blue and white theme, or a red and green theme. This house does a nice job of combining the two.

  • Honorable Mention: This house has a lot going for it. It has a really pretty theme, a lot of lights, and some reindeer. The only thing it's missing is a wow factor.

  • Honorable Mention: This house has the combination of the lined driveway, wrapped trees, and wreaths.

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Saturday, Dec. 8, the news team searched Basehor to rank the best Christmas lights in town. After driving searching for hours, the top five houses with the most creative and appealing lights were chosen with several runner-ups and honorable mentions. Below is a list of how to perfectly decorate your house for Christmas, and these were the qualities the highest ranking houses possessed.

1. Cohesive

Having a good theme is vital when decorating a house. If the type and color of lights ties into other aspects of the display, like animals or characters, then it is overall a better picture. A lot of themes revolve around Santa or snowmen. A really good theme is an overall winter theme with a similarity in color scheme among the individual decorations.

2. Volume of lights

Volume is important when decorating your house because you need to be able to see the decorations in the dark. The best looking houses have lights spread out with lots of coverage. Your house will be more flashy if there are a lot of lights and the lights are covering all important parts of the house.

3. Geometry (lines, spacing between lights)

One thing that is appealing to the eye is geometry in how lights are arranged. When there are bigger bulbs, the lights are spaced further apart. This has a classier look. Lining the driveway in lights, as well as lining the roof, and other aspects of the house is a nice touch. This gives the overall appearance an organized, simplistic, but thematic look.

4. Projections that match lights

We discovered houses look better when most of the house or yard is covered in lights. Projections allow a lot of coverage, and are very easy to put up and take down. Most projections move, which draws the eye to that house. If the projections match the theme and other lights, it makes the display is top-notch.

5. Bonus decorations (reindeer)

One of the best ways to go above and beyond the normal decorations is to add statues and figurines. The most classic being the metal Reindeer with lights on the structures. Other statues that will look good in your yard are santas, snowmen, penguins and candy canes.

6. Wow factor (Santa in window, moving parts, giant tree)

To really have the best decorations, a wow factor is needed to make people pay attention to your house above all others. Some of the wow factors we saw in town were moving parts, giant or oversized decorations or projections in windows of santa. These are only a few ideas of what you could put into your yard to add personality.

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