There is an understanding around the Guerriero household that come Christmas time, the hair dyer and microwave — pretty much all appliances, really — are off limits after 5:30 p.m. There’s been one too many blown fuses.
Yes, the Guerriero’s home (on Tenaya Avenue, near Van Ness and Sierra) taxes the grid, what with its massive display of holiday lights and decorations.
“Every year we buy more and more,” says Mary Guerriero, who, along with her husband, Joe Guerriero, spends a month (or more) each year setting up the display, which is lit from 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Christmas Day.
Even once all the decor is up, there are still small tweaks to be made, Mary says.
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“I’m still doing it every day.”
The display has nine trees modeled after NYC’s famous Tavern on the Green and more than 20,000 lights, Mary says. That’s really just a rough estimate.
And it’s not just the exterior that gets a holiday makeover. While Mary’s husband is in charge outside the home, Mary does the interior decorating, which includes “multiple” Christmas trees. Note the quotation.
The Guerrieros aren’t the only Valley residents to go all-out around the holidays. Two area families had displays featured on the ABC competition show “Great Christmas Light Fight.” The Alexanders, whose home is at the end Christmas Tree Lane, won $50,000 on its episode of the show, which aired Monday, Dec. 15. The Canizales family will have their Sanger home featured on Monday, Dec. 22.
Here is a list of other Valley homes known for putting up light displays in the area.
Synchronized light displays
• 6047 N. Winchester, Fresno (home featured in attached video).
• 20 N. Lily Ave., Sanger, stonehavenwonderland.com (near Bethel and Church)
• 4282 W. Dayton Ave., Fresno (Shields and Blythe)
• 1150 E. Sierra Ave., Fresno (east of First Street)
• 4222 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno (near Ashlan and Maroa)
• 1189 Citadel Ave., Clovis, myclovischristmas.com (near Nees & Willow)
• 7118 E. Redlands Ave., Clovis (Dakota & Temperance)
• Vermont and Arroyo Avenues, Clovis (Shepard & Temperance)
•Christmas Tree Lane:
Fresno’s longest running holiday light tour. The two-mile stretch of Van Ness Avenue (from Shields to Shaw avenues) features more than 140 houses, 300-trees and literally millions of twinkling lights.
•Wawona Ranch Estates:
Better known as Cindy Lane (or Candy Cane Lane or Holiday Lane), this collection of displays keeps growing in popularity. Spanning several blocks of culs-de-sac just off Alluvial Avenue near Peach Avenue in Clovis, it may not get the publicity of Christmas Tree Lane, but in terms of flash, it may be more impressive.
This avenue of large, historic houses in south Fresno near downtown has some Christmas displays.