I Heart Fresno: Griswold Hunting
December 7, 2010 § 1 Comment
Since I was a little girl I have loved Christmas lights. My parents were never really into putting up lights outside. They came up with a brilliant compromise. Every year my siblings and I would cram in the back of our 1989 Camry and ride around our neighborhood with our parents “Griswold Hunting”.
It was my Mom’s idea. We drove around our neighborhood aimlessly looking for whoever had the most outrageous Christmas displays we could find. We would pick our personal favorites and beg to go by them again and again on our way home from Christmas parties. Those memories are some of my fondest and they come to life every time I see twinkle lights.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve carried on the tradition. Three years ago one of my first dates with Andrew I talked him into going Griswold Hunting with me. We drove around the city hunting for Christmas lights and chatting. Here we are in phase one of our relationship.
I say all this to make you tear up and also to prove that I am an expert in finding the best amateur Christmas displays in Fresno.
In my quest I have found the creme de la creme. The piece de resistance. The mucho mucho awesomest one. You’re going to need to see this one for yourself to believe me. Pack in your friends, your kids, your loved ones and head down to 1189 N. Citadel Clovis, CA 93619 and check it out for yourself. At the end of Clovis’ Candy Cane Lane, this display is truly unique. The owners have purchased a radio station. Like a drive in theatre (if you’re old enough to remember those) you tune your radio in to their station and watch their house light up corresponding to music. I was unable to get any good footage, but I did find this on youtube that can give you an idea of what I’m talking about.
You seriously have to see it in person to really take it all in. They do shows every 15 minutes from dark until 10 pm. Go start a tradition.