RICHMOND (WRIC)—Christmas may be over, but one of Central Virginia's most popular holiday traditions, the Tacky Lights Tour, lingers on for one more week.
For 34 years, the Phifer family has turned its side-by-side Henrico County homes into a massive winter wonderland.
"This is our tradition," Bobby Phifer said. "This is the one thing [at] Christmas we do for tradition in Richmond. Just the joy you give everybody—it's a nice feeling."
More than one million lights cover the Phifer's property. Each year the display grows bigger and bigger, and so do the crowds. The Phifer home is one of more than 55 residences in Central Virginia that are part of the Tacky Lights Tour.
People fill buses, limousines and cars, looking to see some of the best holiday light displays in the region. ABC 8 News checked in with several local limo companies, and nearly all were booked solid through the New Year.
When Santa visited Tacky Lights Tour homes on Christmas Eve, he probably had to fight some traffic; the Tacky Lights Tour has gotten so popular that on any given night during the holiday season, thousands of people come by to take a look.
"This past Friday night, there was so many people in our driveway, you coulda walked on top of the people in the driveway," Phifer said. "We estimated about 2,000 or 3,000 people on foot, easy, out here. Counting the cars, probably an hour and a half backed up."
Phifer says he's had visitors from all over the world visit his home.
"Every year they add something more on. It's kind of exciting to be a part of," said passerby Christine Owens.
Young tour-goer Spencer Carter said, "My best part? The little house that has like all the lights. There's like no spots missing, except kinda the ground."
It's not too late to see many of the displays on the Tacky Lights Tour; they'll be up until New Year's Day.
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