Henrico family prepares for annual ‘Tacky Light Tour’

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Central Virginia homeowners are gearing up for the annual tacky light tour which features some of the areas most impressive displays.

8News got a sneak peek at one family’s light display that’s been a crowd favorite for decades.

The Phifer’s have been decorating over the top for Christmas for 42 years. So, for Asbury Court in Henrico, it starts to look like Christmas as early as September 1st.


“A lot of people think that’s early but you got to remember we’re doing two homes not just one,” Bobby Phifer. said.

The Phifer’s spend most of the year looking for new decorations at thrift shops and flea markets, but good luck trying to find out how many decorations they already own.

fd588b3ef15e430eb158b9b38b9ab0bd“We really have no clue I don’t have time to count,” Phifer said. “So if anybody wants to count please come and count and let me know.”

Bobby Phifer lives next door to his mother who started the tradition and says it’s never been about how many lights they have.

Even though the light display adds an extra $1,500 on their electricity bill, the Phifer’s have never asked for guests to pay. They even give out free hot chocolate to those who visit.

“It’s a joy to see you can do something for people who really don’t have the money to go other places around that charge,” Phifer said.


He calls the display a labor of love and said he’s just thankful to be a part of a community’s Christmas tradition.

“So to me it’s like we’re doing a little public service for people who come by and have a good time,” Phifer said. “We’ve never seen anybody sad or upset here.”

The lights will be on until New Year’s Day.

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