Check out this map of Rapid City’s best Christmas lights

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Tour de Lights was created six years ago by Seth Malott, the owner of Century 21 ClearView Realty. It was an idea he came up with to keep track of his family’s favorite decorated homes during the holidays.

“Back in 2016, my wife and I were looking for Christmas lights. Didn’t know where to start, where to go. We had a newborn at that time, so time was of the essence. We didn’t have a lot of time to try to navigate all these different neighborhoods. So we came up with the idea of writing down addresses of homes that we liked, and what we did was to just put it on a piece of paper.”

When the list of homes got too long, Malott created the Tour de Lights website.  This website now gives everyone an easy opportunity to enjoy all the amazing homes on display.

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With three young boys, Malott has some advice if you are wanting to make the tour. “My recommendation is if you’re planning on looking at Christmas lights, you get some hot chocolate and some Christmas music, and then you want to make sure you have the Google Maps app. Make sure you have your location turned on and it makes it a lot easier to find these homes.” If you haven’t already downloaded the Google Maps app, you can do so here:
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As for his own house, Malott has decorated but says he does not feel worthy to be part of the tour. “I don’t want to disappoint anyone if they drive by my house,” says Malott amusingly.

Malott said he hopes that you enjoy the tour as much as his family does and he encourages everyone to spread the word. “If you enjoy the tour, please share. We just want to get the word out and spread that Christmas cheer.”

See the map by clicking or tapping the image below:

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Do you know of a house that deserves to be on the Tour de Lights? You can access the map or nominate a home at nc1.tv/lights. For more information about Seth Malott or Century21 ClearView Realty, visit Seth’s Facebook page here.

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