At least one of two of the perennial favorites on Richmond’s Tacky Light Tour could go dark next year after the death of the Phifer family’s matriarch, Rose Phifer, earlier this year. The sad news comes from her son, Bobby Phifer, who lives next door to his childhood residence and covers the adjacent structures with thousands upon thousands of lights every year–and has so for decades.
NBC12 has the whole story:
A Christmas tradition in Richmond continues this year, but it could stop once the holiday is over.
People in Richmond are always amazed by the dazzling lights and holiday display at two homes on Asbury Court in Richmond.
The display began 43 years ago by Rose Phifer and her husband.
“I found a shoebox in the shed completely wrapped with masking tape. It was in the shed we weren’t supposed to be playing in,” said Bobby Phifer, Rose Phifer’s son. “We found the box and had to open it and found Christmas lights. We strung those lights around the shed for two weeks before dad caught us. It became Christmas time, I convinced dad to pull them out and put them around the door and window, and from that year on its been nonstop.”
The display has earned recognition among people in the area and has grown even larger and more beautiful over the last four decades, specifically 12 years ago when Bobby Phifer moved next door to his parents.