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Email your submission(s) with photos to:

Or snail-mail them to:
California Christmas Lights
c/o Utkaduck Design
PO Box 1112, Livermore, CA 94551-1112


1. Read the Privacy Statement before you submit your house.

2. Include your name, the full street address, city, state, zip code, county of the house or property displayed.

3. Include a detailed description about the display - what the display is about (elements, themes, # of lights, etc) - hours of operation, date the display opens this season and date the display closes.

4. Note the following special features:

  • Synchronized Light Show (yes/no)
  • FM Broadcast (yes/no, and if yes - frequency of broadcast)
  • If you have a website devoted to the display, include the URL
  • If you have a Facebook page devoted to the display, include the URL
  • Links to any videos that you have (YouTube)
  • Do you have aerial drone footage? If so, include the URL (YouTube) to that video as well
  • Have any newspapers published articles about your display?  Include URLs if so
  • Virtual Santa (yes/no)

5. Don't forget to send us the digital photos !! Submissions without photos will NOT be considered.  


Your PROPER SUBMISSION (photos, description, address / contact information, etc) is the first and ONLY impression I will have of your display and WILL make all the difference in the world about your display making it onto the site or simply being deleted WITHOUT reply.


1.Photos MUST be least 1280 pixels wide - nothing smaller will be accepted or acknowledged.

2. Your submission should include 3-6 photos including 'overall display', different angles and close-ups of various features.

3. All photos MUST be taken in Landscape mode.

4. DO NOT send blurry photos, or photos taken in complete darkness, unless a time exposure is used. 

5. Each photo MUST be under 4 megs in file size.

6. No more than 10 megs total per email - you MUST send multiple emails spaced a couple of minutes apart so the servers between you and me don't get bogged down.

7. Do NOT send photos embedded in email, send all photos only as attachments.


1. Do NOT send videos to me! If you want your video to be added to your listing, post it to YouTube and send me the link.

GREAT PHOTOS: This is an example of a GREAT photo as well as this one.

HINTS: The "Best" photos are taken at dusk - before its completely dark. Always use a tripod. Use the self timer to eliminate camera shake. Do not use the flash. Try several different shutter or timing modes.

PHOTO TIPS: How to take better night photos or Night time photography tips

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