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Massive front-yard Christmas display lights up Adams St.

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 4, 2012 11:20 AM

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The Christmas display at 392 Adams St.

As residents throughout Dorchester decorate their homes for the holidays, one father and son are going above and beyond to create a Christmas spectacle that's impossible to miss.

With more than 20,000 lights on display, plus a number of hand-built additions and even a remote controlled train, Nguyen has created a display at 392 Adams St. that often slows down passing cars.

What started as just a few strands of lights seven years ago has developed into an all-out Christmas show on the front yard, with light up Santas, reindeer, and lights strung up throughout. The awesome display also generates an electric bill that goes up to $500 month during the holidays.

Hoa Nguyen and his father, Trong Nguyen, have been decorating adding a few more lights and a new display every year.

“I just want to bring joy and happiness to my neighbors,” said Hoa Nguyen, as translated by his daughter Caitlin Nguyen.

A native of Vietnam, Hoa Nguyen moved to this country in 1995 and to Dorchester 2004.

“I think it’s a lot of fun, and every part of the display is my favorite,” added Nguyen, a devout Catholic.

Neighbors seem to like the show.

“I think it’s beautiful,” Jacki Thomas said as she admired the hand-built manger. “I wouldn’t want to have the electric bill, but I think it’s gorgeous.”

Taking close to five months to complete, Nguyen said he has been out almost every weekend preparing the ldisplay of Christmas spirit.

As Nguyen and his father worked on the lights Friday night, children peered over the fence and parents snapped their pictures.

“This is just amazing,” said Cathy Cuddy, an area resident who stopped by with her husband and grandson.

“This is definitely one of the best displays in the area,” said the 23-year resident. “It just brings out the spirit, it lifts you up and gives you something positive.”

Even with the air growing chilly Friday night, Nguyen was busy adding the finishing touches.

“He’s never done,” said Caitlin Nguyen. “He says he still has to add a few more lights.”


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Hoa Nguyen working on his remote controlled train.

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