Man creates light display for all of Dubuque
DUBUQUE – Everyone is getting into the holiday spirit: buying gifts, singing carols and hanging up lights. There is one house that is above all else when it comes to Christmas lights, however.
Veteran Christmas decorator Richard Nueses has been setting up intricate light displays outside of his house on the corner of Primrose and Kane ever since his family moved in – which was 35 years ago!
“We’ve done Christmas like this every year,” he says.
Being in business for that long means he’s accumulated quite the collection of santas, snowmen and ornaments.
He explains, “every year we invest about $1,000 into it…it kind of accumulates quite a bit.”
With an estimated 18,000 to 22,000 lights in the yard, he says he still has plenty more to put up before the season is over.
10 year old neighbor Lily Tschiggfrie? says she appreciates the practicality of the light display.
“It’s nice to have a neighbor ’cause when we come home and it’s dark out we don’t have to put on our porch lights.” Although, she says her family isn’t interested in competing with them.
“This year we’re gonna put, ‘I can’t compete with that,’ and we’re gonna put an arrow to the other to their house and we’re gonna put a few Christmas lights up.”
Snow or shine, Nueses says Dubuquers can count on seeing his light display every year.
“I mean it’s every Christmas we do this. Rain, snow, sleet, cold – it makes no difference. It always goes up.”