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  1. I didn’t want to have to re-invent the wheel

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    Franchise Partner Patrick Wallain was no stranger to entrepreneurship when he first learned about Shack Shine. He’d owned multiple businesses before, but got tired of trying to reinvent the wheel every time. When the pandemic stalled his special events company, he jumped on the opportunity to diversify his skillset. Enter Shack Shine and franchising…the rest, as they say, was history! 

    Read on to find out what Patrick had to say about owning a business, and why Shack Shine was the right choice for him.

    Q: What made you want to own a business?

    I’ve owned multiple businesses before, and I realized early on that I didn’t want to continue to reinvent the wheel. I wanted a system that I could execute on. When I found Shack Shine, I saw that it had great systems in place. 

    Q: Why now – what was it that made you take the leap? 

    Everything was sort of put into place by COVID-19. I own a special events company, which was greatly affected by the pandemic, so I needed to diversify what I did for a living. This opportunity to own a franchise presented itself at the right time in my life: I was ready to move into a new arena in my work. I knew that going from B2B to B2C was going to be a big change, and I was ready for it. 

    Q: In your opinion, what are the benefits of joining a franchise system? 

    The biggest benefit is the playbooks — they already have things that they can recommend to Franchise Partners, systems that have proven themselves to work. You sometimes have to tweak them a little, but in general the playbooks are a huge advantage.

    Q: Why Shack Shine, what made this the right fit? 

    The recurring revenue was a huge motivator. Plus, I was reassured by the fact that this wasn’t Brian’s first rodeo (since he’d already built and learned lessons from 1-800-GOT-JUNK?). The residential home services space is a fractured market, and I saw an opportunity to offer a holistic solution to home services that didn’t really exist yet. 

    Q: What are you most looking forward to about being a business owner?

    The best part of owning a business is the potential. When you own a business, the potential is open and completely dependent on what you put into it. You’re in control of your future. 

    Q: What are your passions / interests / hobbies – what makes you happiest and motivates you? 

    I am an outdoors guy: I love camping. I also really enjoy figuring out the intricacies of business and figuring out what works and what doesn’t, pulling the right levers. I’m an engineer by trade so solving problems is really fun for me. 

    Q: Tell us about your territory, what makes it unique? 

    The Phoenix territory is unique in that it’s a snowbird location. Lots of people are here in the winter, but the population contracts in the summer. During the detailing season it might be more difficult to find customers, but the holiday season is when we will really have the chance to grow. In the area, we’re seeing lots of people with disposable income and overall, the homes are more expensive — so people are motivated to take care of them. Plus, nowhere else will you do an exterior window job in 45 degrees!

    Thank you and congratulations on your business Patrick! 

    Find out more about our franchise opportunities here.

  2. Xmas Lights Installation: Helpful How-Tos from Our Industry Experts

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    With the holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to put up your Xmas lights! Every year, people across the country step out of their houses eager to deck the halls with a gorgeous Xmas light display before realizing what a massive undertaking installing Xmas lights can actually be.

    When you book an appointment for our Xmas lights installation service, we make your home the shiniest on the block without you having to lift a finger! There are plenty of advantages to booking our professional Xmas lights installation service, but our expertise easily ranks at the top. We wanted to share a few tips from our experts to help make sure your Christmas display is all it can be!

    Keep the Cords in Mind!

    Our commercial-grade Xmas light bulbs truly capture the spirit of Christmas! The cords on the other hand? Decidedly less so. When planning a light display, you will want to create a concrete plan beforehand to display as little of the cables as possible. When our friendly, uniformed technicians arrive to create a stunning display, we will already have a plan in place to ensure that your display is all Christmas, less cord!

    Test the Bulbs

    Fixing a bad bulb is far easier on the ground than when they are suspended on your home! That is why our friendly, uniformed technicians test all of your bulbs before they start hanging the lights to ensure that your bulbs are all at their brightest.

    Plan for Power

    If you’ve spent an entire afternoon creating your gorgeous display, there is nothing more disheartening than not being able to connect to a power source. When installing Xmas lights, it is crucial to have a plan for where your lights are going to connect to a power source before committing to a design. Our Xmas light installation experts always plan ahead for where the lights are going to connect into your home and how to hide the extension so that it is as out of sight as possible.

    Our Xmas Lights Installation Service: Your Home Will Love You

    Want the light display you’ve always dreamed of? Be sure to contact us and book an appointment for our Xmas lights installation service! Our friendly, uniformed technicians put happiness into every detail of your light display to make your home the shiniest it has ever been. We never get tired of seeing a customer’s face upon revealing their professionally lit home for the first time! 

  3. Tools of the Trade: Gutter Cleaning Tools Our Pros Use to Make Your Gutters Flow Again

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    Gutter Cleaning Services

    When it comes to cleaning out gutters, our team has all the best gutter cleaning tools of the trade to make your home positively shiny every time! Our experienced gutter cleaning professionals can help keep your home safe and smiling by clearing out any build-up in your gutters that could potentially cause expensive water damage.

    Let’s take a quick look at some of the gutter cleaning tools our friendly, uniformed technicians use to make your gutters spotless. 

    We Love Ladders

    When our friendly, uniformed technicians arrive to clean out your gutters, we supply everything needed for the job—no more having to find or store a ladder! Our team will bring ladders to allow our gutter cleaning technicians to easily access your gutters and provide a deep clean.

    Gutter Scoops and Rags

    Our specialized gutter scoops are built to provide the deepest clean possible. Our friendly, uniformed technicians will make sure your gutters are spotless using a combination of our hands and our special gutter scoops. All removed debris is caught to ensure that when we finish with our one detailed visit, there is absolutely no mess left behind! 

    Gutter Vacuum Systems

    While we believe that cleaning gutters by hand is the best way to provide the deepest clean possible, for gutters that cannot be safely reached, we have our special gutter vacuum system. This system allows us to reach even the most difficult areas and provide them with the detailed deep cleaning that we pride ourselves on. When you book us for cleaning out your gutters, you can be sure that we will make every inch of your gutters positively shiny every time.

    Cleaning out Your Gutters with Shack Shine’s Friendly, Uniformed Technicians

    Shack Shine has got the gutter cleaning tools to make your gutters spotless without you having to lift a finger! With only one detailed visit, we will make your home smile like never before. Contact us today to have our friendly, uniformed technicians clean out your gutters!

  4. Let There Be Light! What to Expect With Our Professional Christmas Light Installation

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    Shack Shine Christmas light installation in Vancouver

    Christmas is almost here! Ready to light up your life with a stunning Christmas display?

    When you book an appointment for our professional Christmas light installation service, we truly bring the Christmas spirit to your home! You might be asking yourself, “what makes Christmas light installation ‘professional?’” With our professional Christmas light installation service, it is not just about putting up lights. Our friendly, uniformed technicians go the extra mile to ensure that your display delivers the Christmas cheer your home deserves! 

    Here’s what makes our professional Christmas light installation service the best on the block.

    We Provide Design Consultation

    We don’t just make your home shine—we make your home shine the way you have always dreamed of! Our experienced design consultants know exactly what it takes to make your home shine in a way that captures the Christmas spirit and perfectly suits your home. Have a specific vision in mind? Our design consultants love teaming up with our clients to help bring your vision to life. Let your imagination run wild—our friendly, uniformed technicians can make it a reality!

    We Provide the Best Bulbs in the Business—for You to Keep!

    When you sign up for our Christmas light service, we bring the bulbs to you! Not just any bulbs though, our Christmas lights are commercial-grade, custom cut bulbs that shine brighter and last longer than most store-bought lights. Not only are our bulbs some of the best in the business, but they are also yours to keep after the holidays and feature a two-year warranty! Think of them as an extra Christmas gift for booking with us. 

    One Detailed Visit 

    When you book our Christmas light service, we get it right the first time, every time. You won’t have to worry about making time in your schedule for a follow-up appointment to finish the job; one detailed visit is all it takes to make your home shine. Simply relax and enjoy your day; we will take care of the rest!

    Professional Christmas Light Installation with Shack Shine: Your Home Will Love You

    With our experienced design consultants, commercial-grade lights, and one detailed visit guarantee, our Christmas light service is sure to make your home positively shine, every time. Contact us to book your appointment before the holidays. Your home will love you for it!

  5. How Our Professional Gutter Cleaning Service Makes Your Gutters Shine

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    Too old to believe in magic? One look at your gutters after our professional gutter cleaning service will make you a believer! 😀

    Just because our gutter cleaning services are magic doesn’t mean there is a trick involved! When it comes to gutter cleaning, the only secret is the hard work our experienced technicians put in to ensure your home is positively shiny in just one detailed visit. If you can’t remember the last time you had your gutters cleaned, be sure to give our technicians a call! A clogged gutter can easily damage your home, roof, and gutters. It can even welcome all sorts of critters to call your gutters their home!

    Here are three reasons why Shack Shine’s gutter cleaning service is the best on the block.

    Professional Training

    It might not be wizarding school per say, but every one of our friendly, uniformed technicians are professionally trained in the magical arts of making your home smile! Between a full training course and detailed in-field training, when our team is hired to clean out gutters, you can be sure you are getting a true, bonafide gutter cleaning expert.

    One Detailed Visit Is All It Takes

    When you book a gutter cleaning appointment with Shack Shine, there are no return or follow up visits to finish a job—we make your home shine with just one detailed visit, every time. It’s that level of consistency that makes our gutter cleaning services special. We do the job once, and we do it right—no tricks here, simply passion and dedication to our craft. 

    We Care About What We Do

    In everything from our uniforms to our shiny vans (which are always shiny) and our one detailed visit guarantee, we want to show the world just how much we care about what we do. Your home is important to you, and making your home look its best is important to us. There is no special trick to cleaning out gutters, but we take pride in our work and making your home smile. When you hire us for your gutter cleaning, we always bring the magic.

    Gutter Cleaning with Shack Shine: Positively Shiny Every Time

    Is your home in need of gutter cleaning? Our friendly, uniformed technicians are expertly trained to ensure that your home and gutters are positively shiny every time. One detailed visit is all it takes to have your home positively smiling. Contact us to book an appointment for our professional gutter cleaning today!

  6. After running operations for someone else, he was ready to make it on his own

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    Doug Wootten

    Meet Doug Wootten. He spent the last 8 years running operations for a business in which he wasn’t the owner. But when that company was sold, Doug realized he didn’t want to run somebody else’s business anymore. It was time to write his own story. Here’s what he had to say about life as a Franchise Partner with Shack Shine. 

    Q: What made you want to own a business?

    Before becoming a Franchise Partner, I was managing the operations of an accounting firm. But it wasn’t my business. Although I’d started the firm with the owner from scratch and built it over 8 years, I didn’t have any ownership in it. So when he sold the business at the end of 2019, I realized it was time to run my own business. I didn’t want to run someone else’s business anymore.

    Q: Why now – what was it that made you take the leap?

    I have a lot of experience managing people. While running the accounting firm I enjoyed being in all the aspects of the business. The more responsibility I took on, the more I realized how much I enjoyed running the show. I thought to myself, “Why shouldn’t I run my own business?” I really didn’t feel confined to the accounting industry, and felt like I could take my skills anywhere. When the company was sold, that ended up becoming the trigger. It wasn’t even something I was considering until the company was sold, but that’s when I realized I was ready to build something for myself…in a way, I feel like the decision was sort of thrust upon me. 

     Q: In your opinion, what are the benefits of joining a franchise system? 

    Without a doubt, having a company with brand recognition. In general, the franchise model has some brand recognition right away. Not only that, but the fact that I’m given a blueprint of how to run and market a business in which I have no background in. I know how to manage and hire people, and that’s what’s important. With all the processes already in place, it meant I could be up and running quicker. 

    Q: Why Shack Shine, what made this the right fit? 

    I did look at a few different businesses and types of businesses, as well as one in which I would have different roles. I was able to compare and decided what role I wanted first. Once I decided that, it was about looking at franchises where the business model worked — my gut told me that a business like Shack Shine is going to do great in Virginia. Another reason was the history of O2E brands and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, which made me confident that they know what they’re doing. They’ve had the chance to work out all the bumps along the way, and now the systems and processes have been refined. As well, I think there’s the perfect combination of having that experience but also being a fairly new brand. That’s something that really excites me, because I’m thrilled to be bringing a new brand here to show this city what we can do. I want to take this brand from one that nobody has ever heard of, to make it a household name in Richmond.

    Doug Wootten

    Q: What are you most looking forward to about being a business owner?

    Just the pride that’s going to go along with a successful company, not only financially but in terms of reputation. I want Shack Shine to be the best company at what we do here in Richmond. People are going to talk, and I want to hear them saying, “If you want the best, go to Shack Shine.” I also want it to be an awesome place to work!

    Q: What are your passions / interests / hobbies – what makes you happiest and motivates you? 

    I’m an outdoorsy person, so I enjoy riding bikes and kayaking, and love getting out on the river. My two kids are also a huge part of my life. I’m a guitarist, it was a big passion of mine when I was younger, but I don’t have as much time for it these days. 

    Q: Tell us about your territory, what makes it unique? 

    I love my territory. There are plenty of homes that are in neighbourhoods that are 30-40 years old, well established neighbourhoods with lots of trees — meaning lots of gutter cleaning and mildew! My two territories are on the North and South sides of the river that runs through the city of Richmond, Virginia.

    Q: How has the virtual element of the process been – the fact you haven’t been able to visit the Junktion etc.? 

    It definitely has been challenging. It’s tough doing everything on Zoom, because during training I didn’t get to meet anyone face to face. That being said, I got what I needed — it’s just that I missed the human connection. But it was nice doing the virtual onboarding process together with the other Franchise Partners, we all felt like we were on the same boat. Everyone was asking questions and really engaged, which was really great to see. 

    Thank you and congratulations on your business Doug! 

    Find out more about our franchise opportunities here.

  7. We chose Shack Shine because they put people first

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    One has always dreamed of being their own boss, the other had never considered it until now. While father and son duo Fred and Ian Shirley hadn’t initially considered franchising, they recognized that the home services industry is currently booming. And when they came across Shack Shine and fell in love with the corporate culture, these partners decided to join forces to build something for themselves. 

    Q: What made you want to own a business?

    Fred: I’ve worked in the oil industry for the past 40 years — but in recent times I’ve felt that the future in the industry didn’t look very promising. In fact, it’s the worst I’ve seen in my life. That’s why I decided to start something new. 

    Ian: I knew I always wanted to be my own boss. I didn’t enjoy working for big companies — doing all the work but seeing none of the fruits of my labour. I decided it was time to take control of that part of my life. 

    Q: Why now – what was it that made you take the leap? 

    Fred: Ten years ago, I wasn’t even thinking about having my own company. My life has always been geophysics, and that’s what I knew. I honestly didn’t really think about not doing this until things got to a point where I didn’t think there was much of a future in it. 

    Ian: I was looking for jobs because I got laid off, and that’s when I was approached by a franchise broker. I knew I always wanted to own my own business but didn’t really consider franchising. But when the broker approached me, I fell in love with the Shack Shine brand and decided to go for it. 

    Q: In your opinion, what are the benefits of joining a franchise system? 

    Fred: For me, it’s really been about the other franchise partners. Everyone helps everyone — it’s not about competition but about helping each other out. It came down to the support: not just from corporate side but from the franchise partners themselves as well. 

    Ian: I’ve never owned a business, so I don’t know the first thing about starting one — from writing a business plan, to running operations, to everything in between. Where you benefit from joining a franchise is that kind of stuff is written out for you. You are handed a formula that works, and all you have to do is follow it. I really do feel that this is a great way for a first time business owner to get into entrepreneurship. 

    Q: Why Shack Shine, what made this the right fit? 

    Fred: The brand just felt like something I understood more than the other franchises. I think one of the biggest advantages was the corporate support, it really made Shack Shine stand out. Another reason was that the house detailing industry seems to be more COVID resistant: you’re in and out quickly, it’s all outdoors, you’re socially distanced, and of course, people are thinking a lot more about their homes nowadays. It just made a lot of sense to me.

    Ian: Shack Shine prioritizes their people, and that’s a big part of their culture. With other franchises, I just didn’t feel like it was all about the people. Plus, the others didn’t really commit to brand image the way Shack Shine does. They didn’t have a creative team, for example, to create a branded ad campaign — you’d have to do all that stuff yourself.

    Q: What are you most looking forward to about being a business owner?

    Fred: Not sure — this is so new to me! It’s really hard to know what to expect. There will be a lot of work to it, so at the end of the day I’m just hoping we can do a good job to get things growing.

    Ian: I like the challenge of it! It’s really motivating know that the work and effort you put into this will directly affect how successful it becomes. There’s a direct correlation, and I like that a lot. I also like the idea that every day is going to be different…really glad I won’t be working in another cubicle!

    Q: What are your passions / interests / hobbies – what makes you happiest and motivates you? 

    Fred: One of my favourites is cycling with my sons. Ian and I have done the MS 150 every year except for the last two due to COVID. I also enjoy yoga and cooking.

    Ian: Travelling, snowboarding, and golfing are bigs ones for me. I’m also a big nerd and love playing video games. Last but not least, I love cycling with my dad — we’ve done MS 150 together eleven times in total.

    Q: Tell us about your territory, what makes it unique? 

    Fred: That was another reason why we went with Shack Shine. We are the first franchise here in Houston, so we could pick whichever territory we wanted. We picked North Houston, which includes the Woodlands and Summerwood, plus all along the west coast of Lake Houston. It’s a great area — lots of really nice homes there — and we were even able to modify the territory a little to pick up a piece that I was interested in. 

    Ian: Houston is one of the largest urban sprawls in the U.S. The city is enormous, so our territory is pretty big. Everybody has a lot of space, so even the cheaper houses are relatively big compared to other parts of the country. It’s kind of a challenge, what with all the travelling, but it means having a wide array of demographics. Houston really is a huge melting pot.

    Q: How has the virtual element of the process been – the fact you haven’t been able to visit the Junktion etc.? 

    Fred: Actually, I’m fine with using Zoom! It’s something that I’m very used to, and honestly kind of prefer it. 

    Ian: It’s been challenging for me, but that’s mainly because I’m mostly a hands-on learner. What I like about the virtual onboarding is that I can still remain full-time employed while I train. That kind of flexibility has been really great.

    Thank you and congratulations on your business Ian and Fred! 

    Find out more about our franchise opportunities here.

  8. For this serial entrepreneur, the move to Shack Shine couldn’t have happened at a better time

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    Meet Jeremy Zeyl, the latest Franchise Partner to join the Shack Shine family. When the pandemic nearly killed his music business, Jeremy realized it was time to make the change to home services. Read on to find out why this father of two jumped on the opportunity to franchise with Shack Shine.

    Q: Hi, Jeremy. First off — what made you want to own a business?

    JZ: I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur — I’ve run my own business in one shape or another for the past 15 years. It started after university when I began by running a home services franchise. Then, I launched a music business, and actually had a 15 year live music career. After that I founded and started a composting business that diverted organics from landfills to organic vegetable farms. After I sold that business, I saw an opportunity in the area of pressure washing and exterior home cleaning. I thought about starting my own business once again, but when I discovered the branding and systems for Shack Shine, I decided I wanted the support rather than having to do it on my own.

    Q: Why now – what was it that made you take the leap? 

    JZ: A couple of different factors. Number one: I’ve operated a live music business for a number of years, meaning I had to be on the road either by myself or with my family. In the last two years, I performed more than 188 shows in a period of 14 months — and I have two kids, Isaiah and Kiara (11 and 7). In the last year or so, I’ve been looking for something that didn’t involve as much travel. Number 2: COVID-19 killed my music business. When it happened, I started falling back into my other skills — carpentry, building fences and decks — while researching and thinking about my next move. To be honest, I am thrilled by the lifestyle change of not having to travel as much nowadays.

    Q: In your opinion, what are the benefits of joining a franchise system? 

    JZ: I can see the benefits already, particularly in the area of branding support. I’ve started my own businesses before, and it’s really refreshing to come into it with half the business already taken care of. Of course, you do pay for it in the form of royalties — but for me it’s a no-brainer. If I were to start this type of house detailing service on my own, it would have taken me 5-10 years to get to where it could even compete with something like this. The branding and the systems, including the sales centre, the team, and the coaching — you just can’t beat that. Now, I can be confident in starting a business despite no background in window cleaning or Christmas lights. You don’t have to be an expert in the field anymore, because they provide you with the training and support that you need to be successful.

    Q: Why Shack Shine, what made this the right fit? 

    JZ: This business is the right fit because of the home services element. I’m a homeowner myself, so I get it when people take a lot of pride in their home space. I’ve actually toyed with the idea of becoming a realtor in another life…I just like talking about homes! Shack Shine appealed to me in particular because of how nimble and quick its services are. I want to help serve customers but I like being in and out in less than a day. 

    Q: What are you most looking forward to about being a business owner?

    JZ: Meeting and building the team that I’m going to hire. At the end of the day, it’s all about people! The success of this franchise and my business is going to be based on the people that I can hire, so that’s the first thing that I’m thinking about. 

    Q: What are your passions / interests / hobbies – what makes you happiest and motivates you? 

    JZ: I’m very entrepreneurial, I love starting something from scratch and seeing it grow. I love music as well — I studied it at university and became a professional songwriter. I’ve toured across Canada and into Europe. And I love my kids. 

    Q: Tell us about your territory, what makes it unique? 

    JZ: My territory covers Brampton and North Peel. I actually don’t live in my territory, so I had to take some time to learn about it.  It’s a unique area — half of it is a very highly populated urban area (Brampton), whereas the Northern part is mostly farms and larger estates. I look forward to learning more about what that territory is like in the coming year!

    Q: How has the virtual element of the process been – the fact you haven’t been able to visit the Junktion etc.? 

    JZ: I love it. I don’t feel as if I’m missing anything. Of course when you’re in person there’s always more you can get on a relationship building level. But the process — particularly with Jeremy Ennis — has been incredibly rewarding. For me, it’s the right move: I’ll be conducting all my interviews via Zoom. It just makes sense, on both a cost and efficiency level. 

    Thank you and congratulations on your business Jeremy! 

    Find out more about our franchise opportunities here.

  9. This holiday season, we’ve gotten bigger and brighter

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    If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been full of surprises. So when requests for Christmas light installments started flooding in as early as October this year, we were totally shocked! 

    Shack Shine has just lit up CNBC

    In fact, the massive surge in early inquiries was so noteworthy that one of our Shack Shine Franchise Partners, Kevin Young from New Jersey, was featured on CNBC this past week. Since October, Franchise Partners like Kevin have been working tirelessly to bring brightness, cheer, and the magic of the holidays during these uncertain times. As he puts it, “we’re definitely seeing a demand to be bigger and brighter this year!”

    In past years, it was unheard to see requests come in so early. But this isn’t your typical year — 2020 has proven to be challenging, but the ritual of changing your space and decorating over the holiday season has brought a semblance of normalcy to many. Franchise Partners like Kevin saw an opportunity to make spirits brighter (literally!) and the results of his hard work (and many others) are lighting up households across North America. 

    There’s never been a better time 

    We’ve seen exponential growth in home services over the past six months, and as we look towards 2021, the industry is ripe with opportunity. If you or someone you know is interested in taking the leap into business ownership, franchising with Shack Shine may be your ticket into entrepreneurship. 

    From all of us at Shack Shine, happy holidays!

  10. Best Christmas Light Displays in the US and CA

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    At Shack Shine, Christmas lights are our favorite part of the Holidays! Who doesn’t love a nice cruise down their neighborhood with a cup of hot cocoa while taking in all the different ideas and designs that others came up with? We know we do. 

    Our top priorities are to make your life easier and to make you fall in love with your home all over again. Whether you need our cleaning services or help with your lights, we go the extra mile and get it done right. 

    Shack Shine is proud to serve a wide range of customers in both the United States and Canada, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite places to see Christmas lights in both countries. We hope you enjoy, and we also hope you get the chance to visit some of these destinations in the future! 

    United States

    Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a drive-through only Christmas light experience that boasts a total of more than 3 million individual lights. Drivers are welcome to pack up their cars with friends and family drive slowly through the 2.5-mile course — hopefully with some hot cocoa! Locals warn it gets colder than you might think. Admission is by vehicle, so the more you can pack up your car the better. 

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    Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park — Austin, Texas

    With a general local affinity for the arts and a slogan like “Keep Austin Weird,” it may come as no surprise to you that this city doesn’t mess around when it comes to their Christmas lights. The Austin Trail of Lights is Austin’s biggest holiday tradition and the second largest of any single event in the city at all. In addition to the impressive light displays, Austin’s other specialties make appearances — from music to food to technology.  

    ZooLights Smithsonian’s National Zoo — Washington, D.C.

    The Smithsonian’s ZooLights experience is an event that’s open to the public and brings thousands of visitors each year. Hundreds of thousands of lights span across the zoo for an unforgettable sight, and there are also other events like live shows and interactive exhibits. Food and drink are available at this event. 

    Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens — Los Angeles, California

    Going to the Descanso Gardens in LA is an amazing experience any time of the year, as this expanse of land is covered by the rare natural beauty of the specialized botanical collections. The light display they set up for the holidays, though, is truly something that needs to be seen to be believed, and many locals will tell you this is the best place to see Christmas lights. The Enchanted Forest of Light delivers stunning, interactive displays to visitors that attract thousands each year. 

     

    Canada

    Calvacade of Lights — Toronto, Ontario

    Every year the city of Toronto hosts the Calvacade of Lights — an event that officially marks the beginning of the holiday season there. During the event, they light up the 50-foot Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square, followed by music, skating, and fireworks. This tradition started in 1967 and has since transformed into a month-long celebration.

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    Winter Festival of Lights — Niagara Falls, Ontario

    As far as scenic views go, it’s difficult to compete with Niagara Falls featuring a holiday-themed light spectacle. An 8km path takes visitors through Niagara parks, the Dufferin Islands, and surrounding areas while they get to see attractions like the Zimmerman Fountain, Skylon Tower, wildlife displays, fireworks, and more. The Winter Festival of Lights sees over a million visitors every single year. 

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    Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden — Vancouver, British Columbia

    Like the Forest of Light at the Descanso Gardens, the VanDusen Garden is a visually stunning experience regardless of what time of the year you go — which makes the opportunity to see it during the holiday festivities something really exciting. On top of the beautiful landscape sits a picturesque winter wonderland that the whole family will want to visit every year. 

    Christmas Lights Across Canada

    christmas lights across canada

    Need a Hand With Your Christmas Lights This Year?

    Admittedly, it’s going to take some dedication to compete with our contenders — but hey, we’re not doubting your creativity! Hopefully, a look at some of these world-renowned Christmas light displays will help you find inspiration to dazzle your neighbors with a display of your own.

    That’s where we come in! In addition to our full-service outside cleaning, we can also take care of Christmas light installations — whatever that looks like for you. We’ll have a full team with all the necessary equipment and experience ready to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Get a quote for your Christmas light installation today!