Holiday Lights Contest: Editor's Choice for the Northwest suburbs
Mike Sesterhenn has won the 2021 Holiday Lights Editor's Choice award for the Northwest suburbs. His home is at 924 W. Oxford Court, Palatine.
Q: How long have you been decorating your house like this?
A: Approximately 35 years.
Q: What inspired you to go all out with your decorations?
A: I love lights and enjoy bringing holiday spirit to all that see the house.
Q: How many hours does it take to put up the display?
A: Approximately 35 to 40 hours.
Q: How many strings of lights are involved?
A: Approximately 20,000 individual lights, and more to come each year.
Q: How much does your electric bill spike in December?
A: Almost double, or a little less, because I started switching to LED lights last year.
Q: What do your neighbors think of your display?
A: They love it, and are always amazed and grateful on how it makes our cul-de-sac look.