The tackier, the better!
Published: October 27, 2023
Do you remember riding along with your parents looking for holiday lights? These fond memories are captured in the Wacky Tacky Light Tour. Fresh Air Family curates what they call, “the best of the worst” light shows for your family to enjoy. Best of all, you only have to take a seat on the bus to enjoy this treasured holiday tradition. The homes include Christmas decorations and a Hanukkah house.
The tackier, the better, as you pass by thousands of lights. Gravity-defying displays. Blow-ups with enough hot air for a local election! Dress up, and gather your friends/family/colleagues/club to join you on the season’s best joy ride.
On the nights of Dec. 12, 14, 19, and 21, luxury tour buses will leave from Pepper Place every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 for a two-hour tour. You can purchase individual tickets or reserve an entire bus for your family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, or club.
This is all for a good cause: this past summer, this fundraiser for Fresh Air Family provided nearly $50,000 in financial aid to summer campers who could not have otherwise attended Gross Out Camp, an award-winning science camp.
The tour, which bills itself as the anti-Norman Rockwell event, features homes that go over the top to decorate for the holidays. The tour includes the Hanukkah House, Dueling Neighbors, Star Wars Christmas, Saddle Up Santa, the Minions, and Cactus Christmas. The tour is curated to light up the night with fun and festivity.
“I personally curate the route. My standards are low, and hard to meet,” says Verna Gates, the original wacky tackier, and Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Air Family.
The event begins at Pepper Place. The mid-point is Soho Social, where we can refresh ourselves and our drinks. required. Prices are $48 for tickets and prices vary for private buses as we have sizes ranging from 13-passenger to 35-passenger. Email Events@FreshAirFamily.org for more information.