Last year things got violent over Richard Viselli’s Christmas light display. The Claremont, California man has a passion for exhuberant displays each Christmas on his home and last year took it to a new level by broadcasting music via a low frequency FM transmitter to synchronize his “show” to festive tunes. Things will be a little less merry for Viselli this year after agreeing with the city to ditch the music and tone down the lights.
If the compromise hadn’t been reached Viselli might have had to conform to aÂ proposed “entertainment” ordinance that wouldÂ have required a city permit and perhaps paid policing of the site during each night of the Christmas season when the lights would have been on.
â€œIt cut my heart out,â€ Mr. Viselli later said. â€œItâ€™s my passion, but I have to live with it. I am happy that I get to at least keep my lights with no restrictions.â€
The council did agree to allow Mr. Viselli to display a limitless amount of Christmas lights and urged him to continue compromising with his neighbors.
Despite the agreement to tone down the show, Mr. Viselli promises his Christmas display will still be impressive. His goal is to have up to 45,000 lights at his house and also plans to decorate 5 neighboring homes â€œto their fullest.â€
â€œIâ€™m just looking to add some Christmas spirit to this neighborhood,â€ Mr. Viselli said.