For 19 years, Charlie and Annette Gibbs have been delighting their neighbors on Palm Court in Arroyo Grande with their massive Christmas light display.
And for 19 consecutive years, the Gibbs have won awards from the city for their decorations. This year, they took first place for “most spirited” light display — their eighth blue ribbon (not to mention seven second place awards and four third place awards over the years).
This year, Charlie Gibbs began putting up his 3,000-light extravaganza before Halloween and finished on Dec. 9. The lights will stay up until Jan. 2 and the Nativity will remain until Jan. 6. Annette helped decorate the four revolving Christmas trees inside the house.
Since he started using energy-saving LED lights six years ago, Charlie Gibbs said, the monthly electric bills in December and January have never totaled more than $100.
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Gibbs said the real reward is seeing families stop in front of his house to admire their handiwork.
“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “I’m already planning for next year.”