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8720 River Road

8720 River Road

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Address: 8720 River Rd. Richmond, VA 23229

Details: The Whitlocks having been doing their Christmas Lights display at their home on River Road in Richmond, Virginia, for over 20 years.

What started as a simple project to give the yardman work for Christmas has grown into a drive-thru display very popular on the “Tacky Light” tour featuring over 250,000 lights with a life-sized nativity, winter wonderlands, a gingerbread playground, 12 Days of Christmas, blow-ups, farm animals and wildlife, water scenes, snow fights, snowmen, bears, penguins, a birthday cake and of course, Santa, his reindeer and elves.

And, don’t miss some of the hidden gems like Spiderman climbing at the roofline, live Santa in the window, or the eagle soaring through the trees.

The Whitlocks like to call it “tastefully tacky.” See if you can spot what is new this for this year!

The Whitlock’s youngest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 14. She is married now and her husband also has T1D. In 2013, they started a text to donate and a secure cash collection box to collect donations for JDRF at the end of the drive through the lights. Since then they have collected over $30,000 for JDRF and hope to reach another $5,000 this year.

The Whitlocks invite the community to come by and enjoy the lights, celebrate the Christmas season, and support JDRF.

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