Holiday Lights Brighten So. Fla. Homes

Every year, Mark Messingschlager, of 1131 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, installs more than 150,000 lights -- from the roof to the trees. Candy canes and and carousels welcome visitors
holidayhomes1 Every year, Mark Messingschlager, of 1131 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, installs more than 150,000 lights -- from the roof to the trees. Candy canes and and carousels welcome visitors
Adrian Terrero, of 831 NW 208 Circle in Pembroke Pines, said it took him and his grandfather 9 hours to put up all the decorations
holidayhomes2 Adrian Terrero, of 831 NW 208 Circle in Pembroke Pines, said it took him and his grandfather 9 hours to put up all the decorations
Kayla Alvarez, of 3401 Acapulco Drive in Miramar, said it takes her grandparents three weeks to set up the lights and reindeer. The light show begins at 6:30 p.m. each night
holidayhomes3 Kayla Alvarez, of 3401 Acapulco Drive in Miramar, said it takes her grandparents three weeks to set up the lights and reindeer. The light show begins at 6:30 p.m. each night
Cindy Fittante, of 4115 NW 70th Way, Coral Springs, takes a whole month to set up the 25,000 lights, 13 fully decorated trees and three animated boxes. The main event is found in their garage where thirty animations are set up including a six-foot singing Santa and singing polar bear.
holidayhomes4 Cindy Fittante, of 4115 NW 70th Way, Coral Springs, takes a whole month to set up the 25,000 lights, 13 fully decorated trees and three animated boxes. The main event is found in their garage where thirty animations are set up including a six-foot singing Santa and singing polar bear.
Tim and Angela Lublin of 11102 NW 11th Terrace in Coral Springs say they love to share the joy of the season with more than 1,000 lights.
holidayhomes5 Tim and Angela Lublin of 11102 NW 11th Terrace in Coral Springs say they love to share the joy of the season with more than 1,000 lights.
Randy Knoepfle of 10837 NW 9th Manor in Coral Springs takes a one-week vacation from work to set up his display that features a full-size Santa and sleigh hanging from a tree.
holidayhomes6 Randy Knoepfle of 10837 NW 9th Manor in Coral Springs takes a one-week vacation from work to set up his display that features a full-size Santa and sleigh hanging from a tree.
Lisa Sumby, of 20360 NW 4th Street in Pembroke Pines, said she has 65,000 lights covering the roof trees and yard. She displays 30 handmade figures including Disney, Charlie Brown, Frosty and Pooh Bear.
holidayhomes7 Lisa Sumby, of 20360 NW 4th Street in Pembroke Pines, said she has 65,000 lights covering the roof trees and yard. She displays 30 handmade figures including Disney, Charlie Brown, Frosty and Pooh Bear.
Homeowners at 10660 NW 2nd St. in Sunrise use 38,000 lights controlled by a computer with displays dancing to holiday songs.
holidaylights8 Homeowners at 10660 NW 2nd St. in Sunrise use 38,000 lights controlled by a computer with displays dancing to holiday songs.
For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
holidaylights9 For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
holidaylights10 For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
holidaylights11 For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
holidaylights12 For years, the Mankes family at 19421 NE 18th Place in Miami have decorated their home a Hanukah display takes over the household – inside and out.
Mary Ellin Santiago of 1300 El Rado Street in Coral Gables said she has visitors coming by at all hours admiring her lights display.
holidaylights13 Mary Ellin Santiago of 1300 El Rado Street in Coral Gables said she has visitors coming by at all hours admiring her lights display.
Mary Ellin Santiago of 1300 El Rado Street in Coral Gables said she has visitors coming by at all hours admiring her lights display.
holidaylights14 Mary Ellin Santiago of 1300 El Rado Street in Coral Gables said she has visitors coming by at all hours admiring her lights display.

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