Virginia family wins USA Today Christmas light grand prize

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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — The Bottoms family has won the USA TODAY Christmas light competition. As the winner, the Midlothian family will receive the  $5,000 grand prize.

Hunter Bottoms said that in 1995 he and his father Buck started the tradition of decorating their Midlothian home for the holidays. The display features more than 178,000 lights (15,000 added in 2014), 34 inflatables, 42 blow molds, 50 strobe lights, three snow machines and a fog machine.

“The thing I love most is getting to spend more time with family, we start in September every year to get all 170,000 lights up by Thanksgiving, so we all get to spend a lot of time together which is really nice!” Bottoms said earlier this month.