Last year didn’t feel right and two years ago was … two whole years ago, which the pandemic sometimes makes feel like 20 years ago. 

But the bright, flashing, blown-up, meticulously constructed holiday décor is back, adorning front yards all over Northern California. Much of it was there even before Thanksgiving, a good indicator the spirit is back for 2021.

Californians love showing off holiday flair, and we’d like to help. Enjoy these initial highlights from the Tri-Valley area and, as we know the lights will stay up well past this weekend, please feel free to send your own examples to

Happy holidays!   

The Dourov Christmas light display at the family’s home in Livermore

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