Holiday Lights Contest: Editor's Choice in DuPage County

  • Dan Wagner and his family in their yard at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton. They are the 2021 Daily Herald Holiday Lights Editor's Choice award winner for DuPage County.

      Dan Wagner and his family in their yard at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton. They are the 2021 Daily Herald Holiday Lights Editor's Choice award winner for DuPage County. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Dan Wagner's yard is filled with decorations, including these four lighted trees, ornaments, and four Santa Clauses at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton.

      Dan Wagner's yard is filled with decorations, including these four lighted trees, ornaments, and four Santa Clauses at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • A tree in Dan Wagner's yard is lit up from top to bottom with giant inflatable ornaments, strings of LED lights, and dripping LED icicles hanging from the branches.

      A tree in Dan Wagner's yard is lit up from top to bottom with giant inflatable ornaments, strings of LED lights, and dripping LED icicles hanging from the branches. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Four inflatable penguins frolic on snowballs, illuminated by swirling blue lights, in Dan Wagner's holiday display at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton.

      Four inflatable penguins frolic on snowballs, illuminated by swirling blue lights, in Dan Wagner's holiday display at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • It takes Dan Wagner about 30 hours to put up the holiday lights and decorations throughout his yard at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton. His display includes 18,000 individual lights, 23 separate lighted effects, 22 blowups and 19 lighted ground displays.

      It takes Dan Wagner about 30 hours to put up the holiday lights and decorations throughout his yard at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton. His display includes 18,000 individual lights, 23 separate lighted effects, 22 blowups and 19 lighted ground displays. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted12/22/2021 5:30 AM

Daniel Wagner is the 2021 Daily Herald Editor's Choice Holiday Lights winner for DuPage County. His home is at 1926 Hampton Drive in Wheaton.

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

 

A: Christmastime is all about the kids, so having triplets, plus one, it was natural for us to celebrate all of the holidays.

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

A: Life gets really busy and decorating acts as a kind of sign post to have us all stop and remember to celebrate the blessings we have.

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

A: 30 hours

Q: How many strings of lights are involved?

A: 18,000 individual lights, 23 separate lighted effects, 22 blowups, 19 lighted ground displays

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

A: Since the vast majority of lights are LED, our electric bill is only $200 more a month.

Q: What do your neighbors think of your display?

A: Our neighborhood has seen more families move in with smaller children. And every time a neighbor thanks us or mentions that our display means so much to their kids, it causes us to go and buy more decorations.

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