Richmond Tacky Light Tours – West End Route

By Ben Mercer

December 3, 2014

Fa la la! Black Car Richmond is pleased to offer Richmond tacky light tours in the West End. The most notorious and colorful option of all the tacky light tours, Richmond's West End is chock full of residents who are committed to bringing blinking, sensory stimulating Christmas lights to each Christmas season. Here is a run-down of the route, with some information about each stop along the way.

Richmond Tacky Light Tours - The West End

In no particular order, here are some of the West End wonders. We offer the best in Richmond limousine service for each stop on the West End Tacky Light Tour.

9604 & 9606 Asbury Court - The Phifer Houses


Bobby and Bobbie Phifer and Bobby's mother, who lives next door, have the East Coast's biggest private holiday light display. Their grand illumination was on November 27th of this year, and the display is better than ever. This year, the Phifer's have posted two signs at each house for a seek and find game that will have a Facebook component. They also provide baked goods sometimes, and hot chocolate most of the time. How's that for holiday spirit?

9213 Holbrook Drive - The Bishop House

James Bishop isn't messing around. His home is a collection of Christmas theme parks, with sections of themed light displays sure to please admirers of any age. This is a house you must absolutely get out of the car to explore. Walk around and check out the Santaland section, a Charlie Brown Christmas, the nativity, and more.

6421 Fitzhugh Avenue - The Martin House


Featuring over 75,000 white and multi-colored lights, the Martin's have made the list of must-stops for five years running. Their plan is to light 'em up the first week of December, and they'll keep the lights on until 10PM or 11PM until Christmas Eve, when they will burn all night.

10120 Idlebrook Drive - The Riddick House

Formerly residents of 6307 Millhiser Avenue, the Riddick's have moved their amazing Christmas display to Idlebrook drive and it's bigger and better than ever. From inflatables to dancing lights, the Riddicks do it up right. As a bonus, Santa will be there most Sunday nights at 6PM to distribute candy canes.

2300 Wistar Court - The Hudak House

Frank Hudak not only gives us a brightly lit home to admire, we can admire his lighted "Mr. Christmas" suit as well. For forty years, Hudak has pleased Richmond with 40,000 watts of lights that total miles and miles of wiring. As a side note, Mr. Hudak will be grand marshall in the Christmas Parade this year. Hudak raises money for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, so in addition to being a creator of holiday cheer for Richmond residents, he is also a philanthropist.

9625 Peppertree Drive - The Fire Truck House

The Grinch is there. So are firefighters putting out a fire situation for Santa. Add a garden train and a bona fide fire truck and you've got a fantastic tacky light experience. On some evenings, the family at Peppertree passes out stickers and fire helmets to lucky kids.

8720 River Road - The Whitlock House


2013 saw the addition of synchronized lights and music to the Whitlock's impressive display. Who knows what they will add this year? The Whitlocks are raising money for JDRF, an organization that is committed to the research of type 1 diabetes. JDRF changed its name from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund because not only juveniles suffer from the disease.

2334 Thousand Oaks Drive - The Preissner House

Stars and a sleigh, and 60,000 lights to light your way. That's what you'll find at the Preissner house right off Skipwith Road. Near Wistar Court, this stop is a delightful addition to the West End Tacky Light Tour.

9215 Venetian Way - The Thedieck House

The best way to see this house that boasts over 80,000 lights is from Maybuery Drive. That way you can see the reflection of the lights on the water in this lovely West End neighborhood. The Thediecks change their display from year to year, so you never know what you're going to see until you get there.

2503 Pine Grove Drive - The Siceloff House

Inflatables galore, more than thirty thousand lights, AND a huge Shrek will amaze this season starting December 7th. If you book a weekend tour, you may have a chance to meet Santa!

Contact Black Car Richmond today to book a tacky light tour to remember with our premiere Richmond limousine service.

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