Welcome to Norton's Winter Wonderland
The display for 2018 has begun operation!!!
Thanks for stopping by our website! We started the 2018 display on November 2nd with putting up the house lights out front. We discovered that some of our ice cycle lights bit the dust, and so we opted to replace them with newer LED warm white mini-lights. They look great - brighter and of course, less power consumption! We finished the roof lights on the 4th, got the big corner lot candy canes up, and new ropes for the yard are now in place. Progress pictures are on the main page.
We finished this year in time to begin operation on DECEMBER 1ST, 2018! This is the earliest we have been ready to run the display in years! The weather turned out great (rain was forecast early in the week for Saturday, but it never materialized).
Here are highlights from last year's display.
We launched our 2017 display as planned on December 4th, and its last day of operation was December 27th. On December 28th, our crew (consisting of our two sons, and granddaughter, Hannah) come over and helped Pam and I dismantle the display. As of that evening, our front yard was bare, and only the roof and tree needed to be un-decorated.
It was our most successful run in the 48 years we have been sharing the display! We had tons of visitors come by to check it out - thanks in part to the great news coverage by the LA Times interview. We added some new items this year - wood characters, new lighted candles and candy canes, a cool Mickey Mouse animated lamp-post on the train station, new sound system for the holiday music, new twinkle globes at the top of the two tall tent poles, and other items. Our two new neighbors who moved in during the fall also up decorations, and other homes came to life with their decorations. The block looked great! Only a few homes did not have any decorations.
We only lost one night (12/20) when we were unable to run due to a brief rain shower.
We enjoy sharing a bit of history on this website.
Our 2016 display opened on December 3rd, and its last night of operation was December 27th. It was dismantled put back into its various storage areas in less than 3 days - a new Guinness record for us! We hope you had an opportunity to enjoy it.
In 2016, we had one of the most rain-free holiday periods in recent memory. I think we lost only three nights out of the 24 the display was up! Thanks to help from our sons and grandson, we were able to open the 2016 display on December 3rd - two days before our scheduled opening night! We had one of our most trouble-free runs in 2016! Considering all of the mechanical parts that make this display operate, that was really significant!!
Our opening night for 2015 was as scheduled - December 5th! The weather was great, and we had close to a thousand visitors during the course of the 3 1/2 hour run! The display ran as planned through December 27, 2015. It is now off and being dismantled until the 2016 Christmas Season arrives.
Our neighbor, Keith LaPrath who has the beautiful Winter Snowland display, was up and running as well in 2015. With both of our displays in full operation, it was treat for folks to visit our block. The webcams were active as well, but are now off.
Keith took 2016 off, and is not decorating for 2017. Hopefully, he will be showing off his great display in 2018. It is really cool when both displays are operating on our block!
We started early for 2015 - our first item was been put out on display for Halloween (to support a scary animated spider!) - the two 20' bright-red tent poles that support the tent lights and Snoopy's Bi-plane! They went up in mid-October! W0w - an early start for 2015. Actually, the tent poles do double-duty. They support a HUGE animated spider that we put up for Halloween (along with other decorations). The ice cycles went up in October as well. We have pictures of the construction of our 2015 display. We will include pictures of our completed display on the website. The webcams are now running so folks can follow the action regardless of where they live. Of course - there is no substitute for seeing it in person! If you missed it this year, well - 2015's display is just a few days away!!
We love sharing the history of the display. The story of our 2014 (as well as all prior displays) are on the website. 2014 was a great year for running - very little rain.
Our display for 2013 was exciting! We only lost 2 nights of running due to rain! That was a record as far as I can remember. By contract, in 2011, it seemed like we are off more than we were on due to rain!. Images and videos of the 2013 display are included in this website.
We hope that when you do come to visit the display, that you allow time to park the car and spend some time strolling by the displays. There is a lot of detail and animation that will be missed if you just do a drive-by. Also - we have webcams set up so you can call your family or friends on your cell phone, give them our website address, and they will be able to see and hear you LIVE as you wish them a Merry Christmas from Burbank! Please take a moment to sign our guest log, too! We love hearing from our visitors! Finally, next to the podium is Santa's mail box for your children to drop off their letters to Santa. Santa picks up his mail every night at midnight!
If parking on the street is a challenge, you can usually park on Clark Street or Verdugo Avenue, or on Florence Street just north of Clark Street and walk a short distance to the display.
A word about weather - we cannot operate the display if rain is expected (or actually falling), or in very high winds (as we have experienced occasionally in the past). So - if you are going to be traveling some distance to see the displays on Florence or elsewhere in Burbank, please check the weather forecast before heading out to Burbank. The webcams are always on when the display is operational. That is a good way to tell if the display is running - check the web cam!
Also - remember that the operating hours are 6-9 PM. We do run a bit longer on Friday and Saturday nights (typically to 9:15-9:30). We stick to this schedule as a courtesy to our neighbors. One neighbor has school-age children and the display totally lights up the inside of their house! Another neighbor rises very early in the morning for work. We must respect their need for peace and quiet (meaning no bright lights and music!) on weekdays and weekends.
We have had visitors in the past drive some distance to view the display - arriving here at 10 PM or later! Sorry folks - once the computer shuts it down, we cannot turn it back on without a lot of work to manually bypass the system. So - please - leave your home or work early enough to allow sufficient time to park the car and stroll by our display and the other displays on the block. It is worth the trip to Burbank!
Click on the ENTER SITE button below to access the main page with the hyperlinks to other pages on this site to enjoy pictures, videos and information about the history of the display.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Nortons!