Walla Walla's Finest Christmas Light Display


There’s no chance Santa is missing Chris Long’s house at 379 Wallula Road. Each year since 2011, Chris has transformed his house into a canvas for massive and elaborate Christmas light displays.

The displays have steadily grown. He starts his creations a few months in advance (take down goes a lot quicker, he says). His computer controls the strands of LED lights, which strobe and twinkle to the beat of Christmas music.

If you pull up in front of his home, you can tune in to 99.5 FM to hear the songs from Trans Siberian Orchestra, Brenda Lee, Mannheim Steamroller, and others. The signal only travels about three houses away. Visions of Clark Griswold's electric meter may come to mind, but the advent of LEDs has changed that. Still, there's a lot of wattage going to this cottage. Chris said his monthly electric bill is about $300 higher in December.

If you’re not feeling Christmasy yet, pay this house a visit, and it’ll fix your wagon. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself parked for longer than you expect, though. The spectacle stops traffic. It’s captivating, and it’ll turn you into a little kid again. Chris, a Touchet High School teacher, said he does it because he loves the magic of Christmas. Thanks for sharing the magic with us, Mr. Long!

LifestyleBrelynn Hess