Over-the-Top Christmas Lights: How Much is Too Much?

Ryan Owens reports on neighbors who go a little too far with their decorations.
2:14 | 12/21/12

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Getting ready for new year's eve out there. That's right. Now, to the out-of-control We love to look at the wild displays every year. But what if you live next door to one of them? Abc's ryan owens joins us from plano, texas,aith look at some of the displays and the neighborly anger they can stir up. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, elizabeth. Not only are we all still alive. I've got christmas lights this early in the morning. Take a look at this. Everybody loves the beautiful christmas display. But here's a question for you. What if you had to look at this every, single day for a month solid? Would that try your holiday patience? 'Tis the season to love thy neighbor. Except, perhaps, when thy neighbor puts up this. ♪ for years this synchronized show of more than 200,000 lights in el paso, texas, has drawn the ire of neighbors. Every christmas, they complain to the cops about the spotlights, the traffic, the parking. It's basically turned our neighborhood into a side show. Tremendous traffic. Our whole neighborhood is being held hostage dg christmastime. Reporter: Near atlaa, neighbors are so mad about this display of inflatable characters around a mansion, they whipped out their cell phones to record traffic accidents. Cars stop here. It's a traffic nightmare. Reporter: You're only hearing that neighbor's voice because he didn't want to appear on camera, so no one would accuse him of being -- well, you know. These light displays are causing such traffic jams in major cities, sometimes the best way to see them is from the air. So, we caught a ride with our dallas affiliate, wfaa, to look at the lights. And more importantly, look at those taillights. How would you like to live in that neighborhood? In southern california, they may be able to escape the snow. But they can't get away from these lights. More than 60,000 of them. Plus, music, lazars and a fog machine. All in the middle of an orange county neighborhood. Every light is doing its own thing. They're all choreographed to do different things. I'm sorry if they don't like it. I guess they're not in the christmas spirit. Look at that. How do you take all that down? I have absolutely no idea.

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