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Here’s how much it costs to power the iconic ‘Christmas Vacation’ lights in your state

It adds up quickly.


Austin Powell


Posted on Dec 8, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 10:33 am CDT

Every year I make it a point to rewatch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s a near-perfect winter classic that hilariously captures the stress and joy of the holidays and all that they entail: in-laws, last-minute shopping, end-of-year bonuses, and of course, Christmas lights.

We can all relate to Clark Griswold’s struggle to light up his house, but have you ever thought about what such a feat would actually cost? Stately crunched the numbers to find out. 

Looking at the average price per kilowatt per hour, then factoring in 25,000 light bulbs running five hours a day for the 31 days of December, the real estate site figured out the cost of Griswold’s iconic display for each state—and it makes a pretty convincing case for a long-term investment in LED lights. 

Predictably, it costs the most in Alaska and Hawaii, $65 and $85, respectably, but the level of variation between the states is surprising. Suffice to say, it’s going to cost you considerably more if you live on the East Coast. 

Check out the full breakdown on Estately

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2016, 7:30 am CST