liFE & artS, Hol­i­day lights:

Neigh­bor­hoods de­light in magic of pat­terned dis­plays, gi­ant fig­ures.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By DaleRoe­droe@states­man.com

Learn se­crets for dis­plays that de­light

We asked read­ers to send us plugs (get it?) for their hol­i­day light dis­plays. Here are a cou­ple of non-Grinches out­side of Austin whose elec­tric bills grow three sizes each De­cem­ber: Bryan Karp 1329 Anna Court, Cedar Park, www.an­na­court.com

How many years have you had this dis­play? The neigh­bors of Anna Court have been do­ing this dis­play since 2005.

What’s your fa­vorite fea­ture? My fa­vorite fea­ture is the Christ­mas tree in the mid­dle of our cul-de-sac.

What’s new this year? We added sev­eral new pat­terns this year in­clud­ing the Grinch, Jack Frost, a few new San­tas and we added sev­eral thou­sand lights to our huge oak. And our huge Christ­mas tree now boasts more than 4,000 lights.

What’s your best dec­o­ra­tion shop­ping tip? Buy your lights on­line at the end of this sea­son when re­tail­ers are try­ing to get rid of their stock, and in­di­vidu- ally wrap your ici­cle lights for eas­ier hang­ing and test­ing next year.

What do your neigh­bors say? “What are we go­ing to do next year to raise more aware­ness for our cul-de-sac and how do we drive to col­lect more toys for Blue Santa?” (Karp and his neigh­bors use the dis­play as a ve­hi­cle to help the char­ity).

How would you de­scribe your dis­play? Our dis­play is cen­tered on our mag­nif­i­cent Christ­mas tree and co­or­di­nated by our six con­sec­u­tive houses to bring in the Christ­mas spirit.

In the end we are look­ing to bring Christ­mas spirit to the com­mu­nity and bring aware­ness to Cedar Park’s Blue Santa pro­gram. Kather­ine Duff 23 Me­an­der­ing Way, Round Rock, www.face­book.com/ TheHal­loweenHouse

How many years have you had this dis­play? We have done a Snoopy­themed dis­play for four years. We started do­ing a light show to hol­i­day mu­sic last year. This year, we added Grinch and “The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas” yard scenes.

What’s your fa­vorite fea­ture? The light show and the Peanuts gang snow­men. I also love the Grinch and Max, maybe more ac­tu­ally.

What’s new this year? New songs were added to the light show. They are songs from many of the kids’ Christ­mas shows and even a very small seg­ment from a Carly Rae Jepsen song — the teens seem to like it. We added all sorts of won­der­ful yard art.

What’s your best dec­o­ra­tion shop­ping tip? EBay.

What do your neigh­bors say? Ev­ery­one seems to en­joy it. We really gauge whether peo­ple like it by the com­ments I hear from the lit­tle kids in the pass­ing cars and the school bus of kids rid­ing home who scream out as they drive by.

How would you de­scribe your dis­play? It’s more than the Christ­mas lights — it’s the fun hol­i­day mu­sic, the clas­sic Christ­mas characters and the ex­ten­sion of the themes in the yard to the in­side of the house.

CONTRIBUTED BY BRYAN KARP

Part of the hol­i­day light dis­play of Bryan Karp, Anna Court, Cedar Park.

Part of the hol­i­day light dis­play of Bryan Karp, Anna Court, Cedar Park.

Kather­ine Duff, 23 Me­an­der­ing Way, Round Rock, dec­o­rates her house for both Hal­loween and Christ­mas.

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