Christmas light displays map guides to 21 Springfield area homes

Gladys T. Black

Clark Griswold set the exterior illumination bar pretty high more than 30 years ago in the classic movie “Christmas Vacation.”

But these days, it takes a lot more than a few big snarls of incandescent bulbs and a staple gun to get the neighbors’ attention.

Most of the folks in this year’s roundup of spectacular Christmas displays start in on them months in advance. 

As technology has evolved from incandescent bulbs to programmable LED pixels, the number of displays synchronized to music has increased. Others feature handmade decorations. And every single one is a display of creativity and ingenuity.

So grab a thermos of cocoa and some treats and check out this year’s collection of dazzling Christmas light displays.

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