A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT TO MY AWESOME COUSIN LACEY!
We would love to improve the responsiveness of the camera, but we are limited by the speed of our internet connection. 2017 brings the third year in a row that both ACS Alaska(800-808-8083) and AC Wireless/AlasConnect(907-459-4902) have ignored our requests for more bandwidth.
In 2010, Ken and Rebecca-Ellen connected their Christmas tree lights to the internet and encouraged visitors from around the world to turn them on and off. The setup has evolved every year.
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if you see us outside. Part of the reason we do this is knowing that
thousands millions of people around the world getting a glimpse of our lights!
Here's our archived media coverage .
Some of the popular frequently asked questions include:
Q: "I want to throw money at you. This is awesome."
A: If you'd like to help us offset some of our costs, we would certainly appreciate it!
Q: "It's too bright, I can't see the lights!"
A: We don't complain about sunlight in Alaska. Try back later.
Q: "How in the heck do you make this happen?"
A: We live fairly close to North Pole. (Really, look it up...) Santa is moving into the digital age, and I'm helping him with some experimental electronic magic.
Q: "What does this look like from outside your house?"
A: We filmed this from our driveway. We (thankfully) can't see the lights when we're inside.
Q: "This thing is broken. I can't see anything!"
A: Internet Explorer is the worst web browser ever created. Use Firefox or Chrome.
Q: "Isn't it super cold in Fairbanks?"
A: Funny you should ask. Currently it is *F at our house, and *F at the Fairbanks International Airport. (And yes, it should be about -20*F this time of year. It's not. This is a problem. Climate Change is real, no matter what El Cheeto Loco says.)
If you're from Canadia, you can convert that by subtracting 32 hockey sticks and multiplying by 5/9th of a maple leaf.
If you're from Jolly Ole England, subtract 32 cups of tea and multiply by 5/9th of a crumpet?
If you're from Down Under, I dunno what you people do; Subtract 32 things that try to kill you every single day and multiply by 5/9th of a cane toad?
Q: "Why does it take so long for the lights to turn off and on when I click the links?"
A: Santa is mad at you because you were bad this year. If it takes more than 5 seconds, try again.
Q: "I'm in Fairbanks, where can I come see this?"
A: Because that's not creepy? It's actually much more entertaining over the internet. If you don't already know where we live, it'd be kinda weird for you to just show up and sit in our driveway. Please don't be that guy.
Q: "HEY, I SAW YOU GUYS!!!"
A: That's not a question, but that's cool. Turn the lights on and off and we'll wave. Sometimes.
Q: "This is really nerdy."
A: Again, not a question. But yes, this is really nerdy. You still enjoyed it!