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Holiday Lights On Chestnut Drive


By now many of you probably have put up your holiday lights outside of your home, and you most likely spent a few hours tackling the annual chore.

But, for one brother and sister on Chestnut Drive in Bismarck, they've been busy since September getting ready for this years holiday lights show.

If you drive along Chestnut Drive in Bismarck, it's not hard to spot out where Greg and Gigi Wilz live.

"We started out with just a few lights and it wasn't moving to music and it didn't have computer shows, it was just static lights, and it's grown to this," Gigi Wilz said.

"The first year or two a real hard competition, to the point where we were actually sneaking out after they were in their house for the evening and putting something else up and waiting to see what we put up the next day," Greg Wilz said.

Now they've grown to setting up tens of thousands of lights every year, plus there's even music to go along with the festive lights.

"We doubled in size for a number of years, but it's so big now, this past year I think we added somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 lights," Gigi Wilz said.

"Once we got turned on to the computerizing the show and lights then it became more collaboration because we run them off of one computer and the same music," Greg Wilz said.

They might say it's a collaborative effort, but they still try to out-do each other.

"I think I'm going to win the competition this year," Gigi Wilz said.

"Just so you know I do survey the cars when they come by and ask them which side they like best, and it's about 2 to 1 my side right now, so it's yeah I think we're going to win again this year," Greg Wilz said.

If you're planning on coming out to see the lights, it won't cost you a dime, it's just your Christmas gifts from the Wilz.

"This is our Christmas gift to anyone who wants to come check it out," Gigi Wilz said.

"We love lights and we love making people smile and happy, so there's the game," Greg Wilz said.

If you plan to come out and see the lights they're on every night through the end of the year.

The brother and sister live right across the street from each other on Chestnut Drive in Bismarck.

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