How to Outdo Clark Griswold

Sorry, Clark. I do believe you've been outdone by Pete Basala in Hammond, Indiana.
For more than 20 years, Pete has decorated his Northwest Indiana home for the Holiday season.
This was our first time visiting the massive display that has lights and inflatables galore! In fact, the display is so large that a few of Pete's neighbors allow him to use their front yards.
Upon driving up to the Basala's home it became apparent that this was not one of those displays you simply drive past slowly. If you really want to get the full experience you should park and take a stroll through Peteyville.
Doll Baby kept running from one area to the next excited to check out each Christmas treasure. She shrieked in pure delight when she spotted Santa!

After checking out Peteyville, we headed back to our car and listened to the display narration on 88.5 FM. It was filled with facts ranging from their weekly electric costs to the amount of amps from their dedicated power feed. 

Here's a short video I took as we drove off to head back home. Take a gander!

If you're up for a road trip or are in the area be sure to check out Peteyville.


For a Christmas tree, Chuck Norris simply roundhouse kicks down a redwood and carries it home!*



  1. Fun, colorful and festive post for OWT ~ thanks, carol, xxx

  2. Wow, I can imagine what his electric bill looks like. It is festive and I am sure a big attraction. Thanks for sharing the video. Have a happy week!

  3. Tis the season to be merry and light shows sure make me happy. Did you watch the christmas fight light show on tv last night? That was enjoyable and I sure hope they do it again next year.

    1. I missed the show. I'll have to look for it on on demand. Sounds awesome!

  4. It's amazing to me that someone - not a big corporation - puts up so many lights!

  5. I.Can't.Even.
    It must take him the whole year to set that kind of display up. or does he just leave all the lights attached and let the air out of the inflatable. I can only imagine the storage shed required - LOL. But what an impressive sight. I don't think I'd be too happy if one of my neighbours went All In this much. ha

  6. OMG! That must be amazing to see in real life.. I wish I lived closer!

  7. Incredible -- this is definitely a guy who loves Christmas. We used to always drive our kids around on Christmas eve to see the lights, since they weren't going to sleep anyway, it was fun and tired them out. (Course we still had to play Santa after they finally did conk out, but that's why you have kids when you're young. This old great-grandmother sure couldn't do that now). Thanks for sharing this fabulous display. I can imagine how excited kids would be. So would I really!

  8. WOW - that is beyond impressive. We need someone to do that around here.