While in New York, the Rockefeller Center has propped up its 72-foot tall tree, filled with LED lights and a well-designed Swarovski crystal star, one home in Colorado has made itself known to the town as its own spectacle.
With hundreds of hours of work put into it, tens of thousands of lights covering the entirety of the house—it is known around town as the gingerbread house that lights up the night.
Just before it lights up, a crowd gathers outside Walter Hazard’s house, counting down to the brief moments before the lights get switched on, as an official kickoff of Christmas.
Hazard started this display eight or nine years ago, with a few strands of lights, and through the years it has evolved into a full-fledged spectacle.
“You literally use thousands of staples, like six or seven thousand staples,” Hazard says.
His wife says that the display is “too much, it’s too much every year.”
“It’s never too much for me,” Hazard said.
While the display is astonishing, so is the electricity bill for this light spectacle. Hazard says that it costs three to four times more than normal use. Despite that, Hazard says that the look on people’s faces when they see the display is worth every penny.
“It’s always been about the kids. It’s my gift to them.”