Get the full list of houses on the official Richmond Tacky Lights Christmas tour!
Tacky Lights are a Richmond tradition.
It’s that time of year when houses all over town light up with over-the-top displays.
It’s gotten so big Richmond has been covered by CBS, NBC, NPR – you name it. The mayor has even called Richmond, Virginia “the tacky lights capital of the world.”
But if you’re looking for a little history, or even wondering, what is the Tacky Lights Tour? Here you go:
The Tacky Lights Tour started in 1985 when Richmond DJ Mad Dog Gottlieb booked a Winn bus and took Richmonders on a “tacky lights” tour of 10 to 12 houses.
The tour was a huge hit and the Richmond Times-Dispatch started compiling a list of Tacky Lights houses in 1989.
Initially, to get on the list, houses needed a minimum of 10,000 lights. Then it went up to 20,000 and 30,000. Now, houses must have a minimum of 40,000 lights to get on the list.
We contact each and every person on this list every year.
So now that you’ve got the list (see below), what do you do with it?
There is no one way to do the Tacky Lights.
You can do-it-yourself. Pick out a house on the Tacky Lights List below and drive over to check it out.
If you’d like someone else to do the driving, you can book a limo, a bus or even a trolley to take in the Tacky Lights. We’ve got all the details on those here.
But first, you need the Tacky Lights List. And we’ve got it right here.
Got a house to add to the list? The minimum is 40,000 lights. Please send the address, a photo and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch!
Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment, especially festivals and events for Richmond.com. She writes the weekly Top Five Weekend Events column.