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Images from the Daily Herald's Holiday Lights Contest

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  • Bruce Mitroff, of 1919 Gladstone Drive in Wheaton, made all of his decorations, including a 24-foot gingerbread man, a 30-foot champagne bottle and 16-foot candy canes.

      Bruce Mitroff, of 1919 Gladstone Drive in Wheaton, made all of his decorations, including a 24-foot gingerbread man, a 30-foot champagne bottle and 16-foot candy canes.

  • A nighttime shot of the Mitroff display at of 1919 Gladstone Drive in Wheaton.

      A nighttime shot of the Mitroff display at of 1919 Gladstone Drive in Wheaton.

  • Tim Herzog has a lovely display at 23 N. Durham Lane in Round Lake.

      Tim Herzog has a lovely display at 23 N. Durham Lane in Round Lake.

  • Dale Rohrbach has created a candy land at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

      Dale Rohrbach has created a candy land at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

  • Illuminated reindeer graze in Jon Schaus' yard at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

      Illuminated reindeer graze in Jon Schaus' yard at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

  • Santa and a reindeer welcome visitors to William Bach's home at 225 Enfield Lane in Grayslake.

      Santa and a reindeer welcome visitors to William Bach's home at 225 Enfield Lane in Grayslake.

  • Mickey and Minnie are also part of the display at the Schaus home at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

      Mickey and Minnie are also part of the display at the Schaus home at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

  • Candy canes point the way way to the Christoffel home at 1622 N. Clarence Ave. in Arlington Heights

      Candy canes point the way way to the Christoffel home at 1622 N. Clarence Ave. in Arlington Heights

  • A dog rides in a sleigh pulled by a team of horses at Joan Rasmus and Joyce Wadas' home at 1000 Manor Drive in Streamwood.

      A dog rides in a sleigh pulled by a team of horses at Joan Rasmus and Joyce Wadas' home at 1000 Manor Drive in Streamwood.

  • Brian Hurley's display at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin uses 8,350 lights.

      Brian Hurley's display at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin uses 8,350 lights.

  • Snow helps set the mood at the Zochowski home at 133 Tefft Ave. in Elgin.

      Snow helps set the mood at the Zochowski home at 133 Tefft Ave. in Elgin.

  • Follow toy soldiers up the driveway at the Wikell home at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

      Follow toy soldiers up the driveway at the Wikell home at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

  • The Hurley display at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin also features a 20-minute laser light show on the garage door.

      The Hurley display at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin also features a 20-minute laser light show on the garage door.

  • Bryan Ackerlund, 23, has been decorating for Christmas each year since he was a little boy. Here's his display this year at 707 Teal Court in Schaumburg.

      Bryan Ackerlund, 23, has been decorating for Christmas each year since he was a little boy. Here's his display this year at 707 Teal Court in Schaumburg.

  • Ed Moon of 635 Cherrywood Dr. in Wheeling has a simple wish for the holidays: peace on Earth.

      Ed Moon of 635 Cherrywood Dr. in Wheeling has a simple wish for the holidays: peace on Earth.

  • An animated Santa greets guests at the Hurley home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

      An animated Santa greets guests at the Hurley home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

  • Dale Rohrbach's yard is full of characters at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

      Dale Rohrbach's yard is full of characters at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

  • The Herzog home at 23 N. Durham Lane in Round Lake.

      The Herzog home at 23 N. Durham Lane in Round Lake.

  • Eric Swets' home at 516 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca casts a warm holiday glow.

      Eric Swets' home at 516 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca casts a warm holiday glow.

  • Ron and Joanne Sarnecke pulled out all the stops at 493 N. Columbine Ave. in Lombard.

      Ron and Joanne Sarnecke pulled out all the stops at 493 N. Columbine Ave. in Lombard.

  • William Bach's home at 225 Enfield Lane in Grayslake.

      William Bach's home at 225 Enfield Lane in Grayslake.

  • Garran and Julie Sparks of 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia encourage visitors to get out of their cars and walk along the 300-foot path. Most of the lights are in the rear yard so you canīt see them from your car.

      Garran and Julie Sparks of 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia encourage visitors to get out of their cars and walk along the 300-foot path. Most of the lights are in the rear yard so you canīt see them from your car.

  • Jon Schaus' home at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

      Jon Schaus' home at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

  • Brett, Shaun, Daryl and Daniel O'Leary created this display at 347 Carey Court inBloomingdale.

      Brett, Shaun, Daryl and Daniel O'Leary created this display at 347 Carey Court inBloomingdale.

  • The Christoffel home at 1622 N. Clarence Ave in Arlington Heights.

      The Christoffel home at 1622 N. Clarence Ave in Arlington Heights.

  • The Rohrbach home at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

      The Rohrbach home at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

  • Brian and Laura Koehler's extensive display at 529 Hingham Lane in Schaumburg.

      Brian and Laura Koehler's extensive display at 529 Hingham Lane in Schaumburg.

  • Snowmen stand sentry at the Rohrbach home at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St Charles.

      Snowmen stand sentry at the Rohrbach home at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St Charles.

  • Bryan Ackerlund of 707 Teal Court in Schaumburg says it's his passion to design and build. Each year he adds more to his display.

      Bryan Ackerlund of 707 Teal Court in Schaumburg says it's his passion to design and build. Each year he adds more to his display.

  • It's truly a Winter wonderland at Marianne and Doug Winter's home at 1521 Dun Lo Drive in Arlington Heights.

      It's truly a Winter wonderland at Marianne and Doug Winter's home at 1521 Dun Lo Drive in Arlington Heights.

  • David and Debra Frank's home at 395 Bianco Dr. Elk Grove

      David and Debra Frank's home at 395 Bianco Dr. Elk Grove

  • Joan Rasmus and Joyce Wadas' home at 1000 Manor Drive in Streamwood.

      Joan Rasmus and Joyce Wadas' home at 1000 Manor Drive in Streamwood.

  • At Charlie Suhling's home at 4285 Crabtree Court in Gurnee, the display is run by a computer and the lights are synced to music.

      At Charlie Suhling's home at 4285 Crabtree Court in Gurnee, the display is run by a computer and the lights are synced to music.

  • The lights stretch far and wide at Lisa Beckwith's home at 26W254 Wiesbrook Road in Wheaton.

      The lights stretch far and wide at Lisa Beckwith's home at 26W254 Wiesbrook Road in Wheaton.

  • Dennis and Diane O'Neil create a fantastic display year after year at 1385 Bedford Road in Hoffman Estates.

      Dennis and Diane O'Neil create a fantastic display year after year at 1385 Bedford Road in Hoffman Estates.

  • Garran Sparks has been doing a display at 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia since 1996.

      Garran Sparks has been doing a display at 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia since 1996.

  • Brian Hurley of 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin has a forest of 30 Christmas trees.

      Brian Hurley of 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin has a forest of 30 Christmas trees.

  • The O'Neil home at 1385 Bedford Road in Hoffman Estates.

      The O'Neil home at 1385 Bedford Road in Hoffman Estates.

  • Tom Cramer's home at 409 Morgan Lane in Fox River Grove.

      Tom Cramer's home at 409 Morgan Lane in Fox River Grove.

  • Dale Rohrbach's home at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

      Dale Rohrbach's home at 1818 Chandler Ave. in St. Charles.

  • Tim Herzog's home at 23 N. Durham Lane in Round Lake.

      Tim Herzog's home at 23 N. Durham Lane in Round Lake.

  • Bryan Ackerlund's home at 707 Teal Court in Schaumburg.

      Bryan Ackerlund's home at 707 Teal Court in Schaumburg.

  • Last year's winner, Nick Miele of 1199 Meadow Drive Batavia, has an animated display that consists of over 25,000 lights. Tune your car radio to 960-AM to hear the holiday songs that are synchronized with the lights.

      Last year's winner, Nick Miele of 1199 Meadow Drive Batavia, has an animated display that consists of over 25,000 lights. Tune your car radio to 960-AM to hear the holiday songs that are synchronized with the lights.

  • This year's winners are Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis of 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove Village.

      This year's winners are Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis of 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove Village.

  • The Kyprianidis home at 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove Village has more than 20,000 holiday lights on display.

      The Kyprianidis home at 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove Village has more than 20,000 holiday lights on display.

  • Brian Hurley's home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

      Brian Hurley's home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

  • Tom Cramer's home at 409 Morgan Lane in Fox River Grove.

      Tom Cramer's home at 409 Morgan Lane in Fox River Grove.

  • An aerial view of the Ransdell home at 795 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle.

      An aerial view of the Ransdell home at 795 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle.

  • Brian Hurley's home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

      Brian Hurley's home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

  • Marianne and Doug Winter's home at 1521 Dun Lo Drive in Arlington Heights

      Marianne and Doug Winter's home at 1521 Dun Lo Drive in Arlington Heights

  • Joan Rasmus and Joyce Wadas' home at 1000 Manor Dr. in Streamwood.

      Joan Rasmus and Joyce Wadas' home at 1000 Manor Dr. in Streamwood.

  • Jon Schaus' home at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

      Jon Schaus' home at 510 N. Arlington Heights Road in Itasca.

  • Dennis and Janice Ransdell's home at 795 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle.

      Dennis and Janice Ransdell's home at 795 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle.

  • Chris Lindelof's home at 380 Crestwood Road in Wood Dale.

      Chris Lindelof's home at 380 Crestwood Road in Wood Dale.

  • Garran and Julie Sparks' home at of 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia.

      Garran and Julie Sparks' home at of 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia.

  • All along the path at Garran and Julie Sparks' home at 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia are inflatable and animated characters.

      All along the path at Garran and Julie Sparks' home at 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia are inflatable and animated characters.

  • 21,125 lights cover all four sides and the roof of the Ransdell home at 795 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle.

      21,125 lights cover all four sides and the roof of the Ransdell home at 795 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle.

  • The Mickley family home at 2049 Tiffany Drive in Schaumburg.

      The Mickley family home at 2049 Tiffany Drive in Schaumburg.

  • Adam Germann's lights at 4968 Prairie Oak Road in Gurnee blink to music.

      Adam Germann's lights at 4968 Prairie Oak Road in Gurnee blink to music.

  • Frank and Phyllis Schneider's home at 21579 Mockingbird Court in Kildeer.

      Frank and Phyllis Schneider's home at 21579 Mockingbird Court in Kildeer.

  • Christina Pawlak's home at 27 Samoset Lane in Schaumburg.

      Christina Pawlak's home at 27 Samoset Lane in Schaumburg.

  • Brian Hurley's home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

      Brian Hurley's home at 582 Wexford Drive in Elgin.

  • Garran and Julie Sparks of 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia have added a donation box for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry so admirers can donate nonperishable food products or new toys for the needy.

      Garran and Julie Sparks of 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia have added a donation box for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry so admirers can donate nonperishable food products or new toys for the needy.

  • Mike and Pam Arnold's home at 106 Monroe St. in Elgin.

      Mike and Pam Arnold's home at 106 Monroe St. in Elgin.

  • Milt Wikell's home at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

      Milt Wikell's home at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

  • David Schmidt's home at 991 North Apple Tree Court in Palatine.

      David Schmidt's home at 991 North Apple Tree Court in Palatine.

  • Milt Wikell's home at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

      Milt Wikell's home at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

  • Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis are the winners of the 2010 Daily Herald holiday lights contest. Their home is at 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove.

       Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis are the winners of the 2010 Daily Herald holiday lights contest. Their home is at 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis are the winners of the 2010 Daily Herald holiday lights contest. Their home is at 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove. This humorous "ditto" with an arrow sign is at the house of Robin and Binu Joseph next door.

       Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis are the winners of the 2010 Daily Herald holiday lights contest. Their home is at 1495 Morgan Drive in Elk Grove. This humorous "ditto" with an arrow sign is at the house of Robin and Binu Joseph next door.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 

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