FARGO — In years past, home holiday light displays were found via word of mouth or just randomly happening upon them while out for a drive.

This year, savvy sightseers are using social media to find the lights.

The Facebook page Christmas Lights of Fargo Moorhead allows people to post pictures and addresses of eye-catching homes. At least two local houses have Facebook pages dedicated to their Christmas light shows, telling viewers when and where they can catch the show — and even what will be playing that night.

A Christmas light display is seen Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3825 10th St N., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
A Christmas light display is seen Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3825 10th St N., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Another local Facebook page, Light Show of Osgood Fargo, posted a countdown last week to its display set to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a classic in the world of home Christmas light shows.

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Steven Lindquist, proprietor of Light Show of Osgood Fargo, at 4433 47th St. S., Fargo, says shows change every week. Trans-Siberian Orchestra started at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Earlier he had a program called Kids Favorites, set to tunes from “Frozen” and other popular youthful selections. On Christmas Day, he’ll set the presentation to more traditional holiday songs.

But a West Fargo display instead tends to set the mood with "faster, more exciting stuff," according to Jennifer Ebens, of Light Show on Parkway Lane, 1068 Parkway Lane.

She and her husband Chris, who designs the show, add new songs every year, and this year plugged in a dubstep take on “Carol of the Bells” by Capital Kings. She estimates there are 25 songs synched to the lights, with artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Bing Crosby and Alvin and the Chipmunks — and always some version of a song from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

Their show started five years ago with a single strand of lights on a low gutter.

“The next year it blew up,” she says. “My husband works in IT. He gets interested in something and really runs with it.”

Lindquist, an electrician with Moorhead Electric, has been doing light shows for three years, but his fascination with them goes back to his childhood, growing up in Wadena, Minn., and seeing one annual display.

“I remember thinking that’s what I want to do,” he says.

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He started with a single tree and has steadily added more elements over the years.

While Trans-Siberian Orchestra may be a staple, it’s not the one he’s most excited about.

“The first show is my favorite because everything works,” he says with a laugh.

So far this year, he’s had some pieces knocked over by strong winds and blew out a radio transmitter. He's currently running music on a backup tuned in to 97.3.

A Christmas light display is seen Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3202 Elm St. N, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
A Christmas light display is seen Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3202 Elm St. N, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Jennifer Ebens says the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made it harder to get lights this year as the products often come from China. She says they are waiting to get 60 spiral trees lit for next year.

Their shows started on Black Friday and run from 5:30-9:30 p.m., though sometimes she’ll look out to see people waiting around 5:15.

She says the neighbors don’t mind the extra traffic and have even suggested they keep the lights running later into the night.

Lindquist posts on his page that there is no parking on the west side of the street, the side his house is on. Despite some traffic issues, he says things have mostly gone well and that some people are taking advantage of the relatively nice weather to either walk or even sit on the boulevard and watch the shows.

Jennifer Ebens says she’ll sometimes wear a face mask and hand out candy to viewers.

“To watch the little kids’ faces light up is so great,” she says. “Sometimes people come back a couple of times a week to see the show.

If you go

What: Light Show of Osgood Fargo, 4433 47th St. S., Fargo,

When: 6-10 p.m. nightly, through Jan. 2

Where: 4433 47th St. S., Fargo

Info: tune radio to 97.3 FM for music

If you go

What: Light Show on Parkway Lane

When: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: 1068 Parkway Lane, West Fargo

Info: tune radio to 97.3 FM for music