See It to Believe It


Anne Dalton, Managing Editor

When it comes to holiday decorations, the Hill family takes it to the next level.  You may have passed the grand display of Christmas lights covering their house coordinating with carols while driving the backroads near Whitney.  

The Hill’s started the idea of a light show at their home back in 2012.  It originally started with approximately 10,000 lights. Since, they have added thousands more and each year have added something new to the display to make it different from the year before.

A variety of Christmas decorations include five shooting stars ranging from three to six feet tall attached to the chimney, three singing C9 light bulbs, one singing snowman, ninety snowfall lights, an oversized Merry Christmas sign, a thirty-foot tall mega tree, ten mini trees around the driveway, four leaping arches, and sixty-four strips of pixels that cover the house.  

This year’s display newly features the addition of pixels to their fence, four large Christmas packages as well as a Merry Christmas sign to the pool deck.  The display is composed of approximately 75,000 lights and about a mile worth of extension cords. All of the added decorations get people excited and ready for the season of giving.  

The family starts planning their “Hill Extreme Christmas” display in July, begins decorating in October, and switches on the lights on Thanksgiving Day.  The Hill’s start laying out everything and the music to go along with it. Songs such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and music from The Nutcracker were played this year. The summer is when all of the planning of the cabling is completed.  This time also includes figuring out where each light is strung and how it will connect to the house and plug to each controller.  Once the wiring is all figured out, each song is programmed to the beat of the music so that it coordinates with the flashing of the lights.  

Each year, the annual light up night for the house is on Thanksgiving give or take a few days to fix any minor bugs.  They welcome visitors from the end of November through the end of the year between 5:30-10:30 pm.

“I enjoy just seeing how many people stop by and tell us how much they appreciate and enjoy it,” said junior Ella Hill.

The show, which is made up of nine favorite holiday songs totaling around almost thirty minutes of music, can be tuned in to on the local radio station 88.1FM.  

Many locals look forward to seeing the show each year during the Christmas season.  Hundreds of people stop by and appreciate the brightness of the lights before their eyes.   “I love seeing so many people’s post of our house to social media platforms and always receiving positive feedback,” said Hill.

Be sure to stop by 111 Honor Roll Drive in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and tune in to the radio to get into the holiday spirit.