A few years ago, a video of an Ohio house with its Christmas light display synced to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra went viral on the Internet.
Millions of people watched it, but millions more saw it when Miller Lite used the light display in a holiday commercial.
Home video of the light display at 1150 E. Sierra Ave. in Fresno
Needless to say, many a proud light-displaying home owner saw this and said, "I want to do that, too." They have. A simple YouTube search proves it.
In the central San Joaquin Valley, a handful of houses have synchronized their Christmas lights to music.
At each house, the lights dance and flash to a collection of holiday tunes selected and programmed by the home owners. Usually, each show lasts four or five songs.
Light-gawkers tune their car stereos into each home's specified radio station -- they use low-power radio transmitters -- then enjoy the show from their cars.
You can create your own self-guided tour. Here's where you need to go:
-- 1150 E. Sierra Ave., Fresno (east of First Street)
-- 1189 Citadel Ave., Clovis, myclovischristmas.com. (near Nees and Willow)
-- 6047 N. Winchester Ave., Fresno (near Bullard and Maroa)
-- 4222 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno (near Ashlan and Maroa)
More Christmas light adventures
As the days wane before Christmas, more people will surely be getting into the holiday spirit.
Not all use music; there are still plenty of the tried-and-true light displays. Here are a few:
Christmas Tree Lane: Duh! It's a Fresno landmark and a local tradition. The famed lane -- on Van Ness Boulevard between Shaw and Shields -- is open through Christmas night, 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays.
Cindy Lane: Clovis' Cindy Lane doesn't get as much attention as Christmas Tree Lane and isn't as organized -- it's not even officially called Cindy Lane -- but it still is one heck of a light display. It's in the Wawona Estates at Peach and Alluvial and is great for walking or hopping on the horse-drawn carriage. Just bundle up.
Candy Cane Lane: It's hardly what it once was -- in fact, the city recently cut off its funding -- but Clovis' other popular Christmas light destination might still interest the people who want to see everything. It's in the neighborhood bounded by Sunnyside, Stanford, Beverly and Purvis avenues
Candlelight Christmas: Another longtime destination has scaled back, but still has the lights on. Candlelight Christmas, on Fresno's historic Huntington Boulevard, still has decorations between Cedar Avenue and First Street.
Zoo Lights: Chaffee Zoo's annual Zoo Lights display brings together two things it's hard to dislike -- animals and Christmas lights. It runs 5-8 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. The event offers pictures with Santa, live entertainment, cookies and hot chocolate. Tickets for nonmembers cost $5 and $3 (for kids 2-11). Tickets for members cost $4 and $2. Kids 1 and younger are free.
Holiday Fun in the Tower: The final installment of Holiday Fun in the Tower -- the Tower District's light display and Christmas celebration -- is Saturday night. It includes lights strung across Olive Avenue, carolers frolicking around the neighborhood, pedicab rides and a chance to meet Santa outside the Tower Theatre. It's free and starts at 6 p.m.
Christmas Village Collection: Something a little different -- The Visalia Marriott, 300 S. Court St., has a display of one local resident's Christmas Village Collection. It's a display that has been eight years in the making for Kraig Couture. The display is lit 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily in the hotel's lobby.