Chotovice, a small village near Litomyšl, has become a unlikely Christmas attraction over the past two decades thanks to the decorative efforts of one man.
Every year, Václav Trunec adorns his home with an impressive number of Christmas lights that draws in crowds from the across the Czech Republic.
This year, he has outdone himself with an additional 9,000 lights- – and attracted the attention of international media.
According to Reuters, Trunec has set a record this year with his display of 55,274 light bulbs and LED diodes, Christmas light strings that reach an estimated 27 kilometers in length.
The news agency posted video of Trunec’s sparkling display to their ‘Top News’ Twitter feed this morning:
Czech home sparkles under more than 50,000 festive lights pic.twitter.com/Xwh1Qwa9BC
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 20, 2018
While Trunec was inspired by the impressive displays seen in the US – and, perhaps, movies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – his decorations avoid American depictions of Christmas and stick to Czech roots.
Instead of Santa being pulled by reindeer, for example, the Chotovice display features Baby Jesus (Ježíšek) and horses.
“Why I did start with this?” Trunec told Reuters.
“I was inspired by the American films, but I didn’t take their decoration but stayed faithful to the (traditions of) the Czech Republic. That’s why you will not find any Santa, reindeer, or flashing stars here.”
If you’d like to visit the Chotovice display, which is about two hours east of Prague outside of Litomyšl, you can see the house light up every day from 16:30 – 22:00 through January 6.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help out with the estimated 13,000 crown electricity bill.
If you can’t make it out to Chotovice, you can also see the nightly display online via a live camera feed.