Holiday Lights Contest Editor's Choice Winner: Lake County

  • Brett Safron and his son Tyler at their home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove. He decorated with "A Christmas Story" movie theme and is collecting diapers to give to the Vernon Township food pantry. The Safrons are the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County.

    Brett Safron and his son Tyler at their home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove. He decorated with "A Christmas Story" movie theme and is collecting diapers to give to the Vernon Township food pantry. The Safrons are the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Brett Safron decorated in an "A Christmas Story" movie theme at his home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove. He has scenes from the movie playing on a large screen in the yard. Safron is collecting diapers to donate to the Vernon Township food pantry, and is the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County.

    Brett Safron decorated in an "A Christmas Story" movie theme at his home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove. He has scenes from the movie playing on a large screen in the yard. Safron is collecting diapers to donate to the Vernon Township food pantry, and is the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Brett Safron decorated his home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove in an "A Christmas Story" movie theme.

    Brett Safron decorated his home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove in an "A Christmas Story" movie theme. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Brett Safron and his son Tyler at their home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove. They are the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County.

    Brett Safron and his son Tyler at their home at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove. They are the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.comThe infamous leg lamp from "A Christmas Story" is featured in the decorations at Brett Safron's home in Buffalo Grove. He is the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.comThe infamous leg lamp from "A Christmas Story" is featured in the decorations at Brett Safron's home in Buffalo Grove. He is the Daily Herald Editor's Choice winner of the holiday lights contest for Lake County.

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 12/18/2020 8:49 AM

Brett Safron, who lives at 11 Copperwood Drive in Buffalo Grove, is the Editor's Choice winner for Lake County in the Daily Herald's annual holiday lights contest, presented by Treetime Christmas Creations of Lake Barrington.

Voting ran Dec. 10-14, with the grand prize winner receiving a $750 Treetime Christmas Creations gift card and a $20 gift certificate from Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment. Four Editor's Choice winners (representing DuPage County, the Fox Valley, Lake County and the Northwest suburbs) received a $25 Treetime Christmas Creations gift card and a $10 Ala Carte Entertainment gift certificate.

 

The Daily Herald asked Safron a few questions about his holiday decorations.

Q: How long have you been decorating your house like this?

Safron: Eight years.

Q: What inspired you to go all out with your decorations?

Safron: It's great to see the smiles as people drive by. I like to bring some joy to everyone who comes by.

Q: How many hours does it take to put up the display?

Safron: Four weekends of work. About 60 hours total.

Q: How many strings of lights are involved?

Safron: Real men don't count.

Q: How much does your electric bill spike in December?

Safron: It doubles.

Visit www.dailyherald.com to see the grand prize winner and the other Editor's Choice winners.

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