See the Christmas display of more than 600,000 lights from the Guinness World Record-setting upstate New York home


Lagrangeville, NY – When it comes to Christmas lights, Clark Griswold has nothing on a family’s nearly 700,000 light bulbs in upstate New York.

The Gay family of the Hudson Valley proudly hold the Guinness World Record for most lights on residential property. The family won the title in 2014 when they installed 601,736 lights around their home. And they broke their own record in their year by installing a dazzling 686,526 lights on their property.

The hundreds of thousands of lights – installed in the family backyard in Lagrangeville – are synchronized with the music and appear in a rainbow of ever-changing colors. They include illuminated reindeer and Christmas trees, twinkling stars, and trees dripping with colorful icicles.

The ERDAJT holiday light display is free and open to the public from now until December 28.

The show’s premiere dates back to 1995, the year Gay’s daughter Emily was born, and the happy parents turned on 600 lights to celebrate, according to the family’s website. As the couple’s children grew and got involved, the show grew too – eventually becoming the record-breaking attraction that lights up dark December nights this year.

“The display has become a reflection of the children and it wouldn’t exist without them,” Les Gays wrote on their website. “It was a great adventure together and we had so much fun doing it. “

In addition to spreading holiday cheer, the ERDAJT Holiday Light Display raises money for charity. The Union Vale Fire Department is the primary beneficiary.

Tim Gay told The Times Union that the family expects the show to raise $ 500,000 this season.

The driving display at 8 Patrick Drive in Lagrangeville begins at 4:45 p.m. daily. It ends at 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the ERDAJT website for a nightly music program and sponsored charities.

Nearly 700,000 lights make up the Christmas light exhibit holding the Guinness World Record in December 2021 at the Gay family’s home in the Hudson Valley in Lagrangeville, NY Photo courtesy of Dan Gay

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