Lighting Up the Season


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Gone are the days when a simple candle would serve as a family's Christmas light display. Today's displays include everything from inflatable cartoon decorations to complex illuminated animatronics and statues. A newly-launched website will help these displays garner the recognition they deserve.

Francene Pisano Dudziec launched locatethelights.com this year as a way to showcase both professional and family-designed light displays.

"My 5-year-old would ask me to take her to see the lights at Nay Aug Park in Scranton just about every night," Francene Pisano Dudziec, the site's founder recalled while explaining how she got the idea for her site. "After visiting the park, we would drive around to see other houses that we knew were decorated nearby. I started to wish there was a place to find out the location of other homes so I didn't have to keep driving past the same ones every other night."

Dudziec loves to be creative and looks forward to the holidays each year to demonstrate her artistic prowess.

"Being an artist, decorating and crafting have always been a passion for me," she said. "I enjoy setting a festive holiday mood throughout my house during the holidays. However, as with most families, finding time during this busy season is our biggest challenge. That's why we enjoy taking a stress break by driving around to visit and appreciate these beautifully-decorated homes."

Part of the allure of locatethelights.com is that by including family-created displays from across the country, various holiday traditions that people might not necessarily know about come to the forefront.

For example, one of the showcased displays on the site comes from the Louisiana Bayou and features a Beatles-inspired cajun animatronic band called "The Kringles" who perform with holiday hearthrob "Elfvis". Or, if more modern music is your thing, under the Georgia listings, an entire neighborhood outside of Atlanta is featured that showcases an animated Elton John singing "Step Into Christmas."

Dudziec explained that the more offbeat the display, the more likely it is to find a home at locatethelights.com.

"We target anyone who enjoys viewing extensive light displays during the holiday season and, of course, those home owners who spend the entire year building their displays," she said. "We've listed just about every submission and we'd like to keep the focus on homes that viewers would consider 'worth the drive' to visit."

To submit your holiday light display to locatethelights.com, email a photo, including address, city and county location and a brief story about how and why the display was created to lightingdirector@locatethelights.com. Gone are the days when a simple candle would serve as a family's Christmas light display. Today's displays include everything from inflatable cartoon decorations to complex illuminated animatronics and statues. A newly-launched website will help these displays garner the recognition they deserve.

Francene Pisano Dudziec launched locatethelights.com this year as a way to showcase both professional and family-designed light displays.

"My 5-year-old would ask me to take her to see the lights at Nay Aug Park in Scranton just about every night," Francene Pisano Dudziec, the site's founder recalled while explaining how she got the idea for her site. "After visiting the park, we would drive around to see other houses that we knew were decorated nearby. I started to wish there was a place to find out the location of other homes so I didn't have to keep driving past the same ones every other night."

Dudziec loves to be creative and looks forward to the holidays each year to demonstrate her artistic prowess.

"Being an artist, decorating and crafting have always been a passion for me," she said. "I enjoy setting a festive holiday mood throughout my house during the holidays. However, as with most families, finding time during this busy season is our biggest challenge. That's why we enjoy taking a stress break by driving around to visit and appreciate these beautifully-decorated homes."

Part of the allure of locatethelights.com is that by including family-created displays from across the country, various holiday traditions that people might not necessarily know about come to the forefront.

For example, one of the showcased displays on the site comes from the Louisiana Bayou and features a Beatles-inspired cajun animatronic band called "The Kringles" who perform with holiday heartthrob "Elfvis". Or, if more modern music is your thing, under the Georgia listings, an entire neighborhood outside of Atlanta is featured that showcases an animated Elton John singing "Step Into Christmas."

Dudziec explained that the more offbeat the display, the more likely it is to find a home at locatethelights.com.

"We target anyone who enjoys viewing extensive light displays during the holiday season and, of course, those home owners who spend the entire year building their displays," she said. "We've listed just about every submission and we'd like to keep the focus on homes that viewers would consider 'worth the drive' to visit."

To submit your holiday light display to locatethelights.com, email a photo, including address, city and county location and a brief story about how and why the display was created to lightingdirector@locatethelights.com.

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