Guy Spends $55,000 To Deck Out His House With 100,000 Christmas Lights And Bring People Joy

He spent 300 hours setting up the lights.

Dusting off ornament boxes and untangling piles of string lights is a big part of getting into the holiday spirit for some families. But decorating the outside of their homes can help other people start to feel festive, too. Something about seeing lights hanging from rooftops, giant wreaths hanging on front doors, and even giant inflatable jolly characters gets us excited for Christmas time. 


Twenty-four-year-old Sami Hajjar knows this feeling well. For the past 12 years, he's taken pride in going all out with his Christmas decorations. Last year, he displayed 15,000 lights outside his Montreal home and filled his lawn with twinkling blue reindeers and trees. But it was his inflatable nutcracker and many, many inflatables Minions from the Despicable Me movies that really made the display pop. 

This year, Hajjar decided to step things up a notch. He went from 15,000 Christmas lights to 1000,000. According to the Montreal Gazette, he spent 50 hours planning the display, 300 hours setting it up, and $50,000 for all the materials. His theme this year is Disney's Frozen and includes 30 inflatable Olafs, the snowman from the film, as well as a Queen Elsa up on his balcony. 

If all that wasn't impressive enough, he also learned to synchronize his lights to music. He took a three-day course at the annual Christmas Expo to learn and enlist the help of experts at the Lite-O-Rama company. Hajjar then spent 40 hours tweaking the code to get it perfect. 

Hajjar told the Montreal Gazette that he hopes to one day make it onto The Great Christmas Light Fight, an ABC television reality competition show that showcases elaborate holiday home displays created by families. The winner is presented with a $50,000 prize. Hajjar hopes to be the second home outside of the U.S. featured on the show and plans to apply next year. 

Whether or not he ends up on the show, Hajjar has helped bring so many families joy with the effort he puts into his displays. He created a Facebook event to reveal his display this year and between 1,000 and 1,500 people waited outside the home to see it, according to the Montreal Gazette. Many people are sharing photos of the display on Instagram and even tagging "Sami Hajjar's Christmas Display" as the location."

"Obviously it's fun because it's my hobby, but people also get happy because of it," he told BuzzFeed

"It's really fun to see the reaction of the people. For me, every year has to be something different or it's boring. I have to have something new," he told the Montreal Gazette

We can't wait to see what he comes up with next year. 


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