Vote for Midlothian family to win national best lights contest, by Wed. at midnight

Posted at 3:54 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-16 23:56:10-05

CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- A local family's holiday lights display is featured in a national contest sponsored by USA TODAY and Inside Edition.

Hunter Bottoms said that in 1995 he and his father Buck started the tradition of decorating their Midlothian, Va. home for the holidays. The display features more than 178,000 lights (15,000 added in 2014), 34 inflatables, 42 blow molds, 50 strobe lights, three snow machines and a fog machine.

"The thing I love most is getting to spend more time with family, we start in September every year to get all 170,000 lights up by Thanksgiving, so we all get to spend a lot of time together which is really nice!," Hunter said.

A large part of the yard is synchronized to music with a radio station.

PHOTO: Courtesy Hunter Bottoms

Hunter said that he entered the contest after spotting a link on Facebook, and that he just found out they had been selected as a finalist.

The contest closes Wednesday Dec. 17 at 11:59 p.m. and you can enter a drawing for $1,500 or $1,000 gift card just for voting.

The winner will get a $5,000 gift card.

CLICK HERE to vote for Hunter.

If you want to stop by the lovely lights display, visit 14309 Long Hill Road in Midlothian. The lights come down on January 1, 2015.

To see more holiday events and check out the other holiday lights displays around the metro area, click here.