There’s no better harbinger of the holiday season than that one house in the neighborhood that’s so into the Christmas spirit, you can spot it from a mile away. Seriously: these are the houses you can point out from Google Earth’s SantaCam, or whatever — they’re here, they’re cheerful, and they’re making everyone who passes by ooh and ahh over their electric bills. Across America, you can plan your own Tacky Light Tour to bask in the literal glow of hundreds of icicle lights, inflatables, plastic snowmen and more. See 16 of our favorites after the jump! — Jillian Capewell
False Advertising 1 of 16This house may be wishing a silent night to all who see it — but we can hear the whirring of the generators from here.
Photo Credit: Flickr user coredesatchikai
Going Broke 2 of 16According to the site where we found this photo, the owner of this house in the UK has had to pay nearly 700GBP for his electric bill during Christmastime — but donations have allowed him to cover the bill and donate thousands to charities. Now that's Christmas spirit!
When Does the Madness End? 3 of 16Perhaps the better (scarier) question is: do we even want it to?
Photo Source: Flickr user raisemyvoice
Theres a House in There … Right? 4 of 16Just like Santa, if you believe it is, it's real.
Photo Source: Socyberty
My Eyes! 5 of 16So this is what hell looks like for the Grinch.
Photo Source: MadSilence
Built-in GPS 6 of 16With a house like this, you'll never lose it again.
Photo Source: LA Times
For the Apartment Dweller 7 of 16If you don't have a building to throw lights across, a car will do just fine — but where to plug everything in?
Photo Source: You and Your Decor
The Amazing Technicolor House 8 of 16And you thought rainbows only came out when it was sunny.
Photo source: Kitchen Decorating Ideas 4 U
All-Weather Weather 9 of 16No snow? This house gives off almost the same effect as a blizzard — just squint.
Photo source: Small Rooms
When You Run Out of Christmas Stuff 10 of 16Can somebody tell us how a skeleton Homer Simpson ended up here?
Photo Source: DJ Mick
Guiding Light 11 of 16We don't think this is the star the three wise men followed ...
Photo source: Flickr user trevordickerson
Peace on Earth 12 of 16… But no peace for neighbors.
Photo source: DJ Mick
Reindeer Crossing 13 of 16Caution, indeed.
Photo Source: Flickr user Peterbaldes
I Spy … Shapes! 14 of 16Fun for all ages!
Photo source: Flickr user erinwilliamson
A Little Less Garish at Dusk 15 of 16… We said a little.
Photo source: Flickr user derwood_duck
Minor Renovations 16 of 16Bummed out that your lawn doesn't look as lush during the winter? Try this fix: cover it with lights.
Photo Source: Flickr user vladdythephotogeek