Mike Sesterhenn won the 2021 Holiday Lights Editor’s Choice award for the Northwest Suburb. His home is at 924 W. Oxford Court, Palatine.
Q: How long have you been decorating your house like this?
A: About 35 years old.
Q: What made you go all out for your decorations?
A: I love the lights and love to bring the holiday spirit to anyone who sees the house.
Q: How many hours does it take to install the screen?
A: About 35-40 hours.
Q: How many string lights are involved?
A: Approximately 20,000 individual lights, with more to come each year.
Q: How much does your electricity bill go up in December?
A: Almost double, or a bit less, since I started switching to LED lights last year.
Q: What do your neighbors think of your display?
A: They love it and are always amazed and grateful at how our cul-de-sac looks.