HGTV Celebrates Holiday-Decorating Obsession in 'Outrageous Holiday Houses'

Lance Bass takes viewers on a grand tour of over-the-top holiday decorations of some of the most obsessive of Christmas enthusiasts -- starting with the home HGTV's own Property Brother Drew Scott and his wife Linda, and featuring a tour of Lance's own festive home.

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Your Esteemed Host

Lance Bass and friend welcome you to HGTV's Outrageous Holiday Homes which offers a guided tour of the homes of some of the most dedicated and holiday-obsessed Christmas fans from across the country. Lance is pictured here at the entrance of his own home, decorated to the nines for the holidays. A full photo tour of Lance's home follows later.

Drew and Linda Go Festive

Drew and Linda got a little carried away with the Christmas giftwrap paper. A tour of Drew and Linda's over-the-top holiday decor follows as well.

Holiday Devotee Extraordinaire

Homeowner David Brown poses in front of his home in Louisville, Kentucky. Each year David’s three-story historic home becomes one of the city’s most spectacular holiday displays.

Blue Christmas

Lavish ornamentation and a blue color motif complement the traditional Victorian architecture and in the master bedroom of David Brown's Louisville home.

An Homage to Saint Nick

The parlor features a large-scale model of Santa’s sleigh. This is only one of the fifteen rooms within the home that gets lavishly decorated each year.

Holiday Cheer in Every Nook and Cranny

David's holiday decorations represent a lifetime of collecting and features thousands of items ranging from family heirloom pieces to flea-market and thrift-shop finds.

The Scott House, aka Drew and Linda's Holiday Bakery

Drew and Linda Scott are obsessed with festive foods. So why not turn their house into a Christmas-themed bakery for the holidays? In fact, the theme is in part a tribute to the home’s original owners, the family who founded Van De Kamp Bakeries which was headquartered in Los Angeles.

A Romantic Interlude

In the holiday bakery, Drew and Linda re-create a moment from the famous “spaghetti scene” in Disney classic Lady and the Tramp. Since there was no spaghetti handy, they improvise with a strand of cherry licorice.

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

The 3000-square-foot home in a historic neighborhood of LA is decorated inside and out in a theme that blends the delights of holiday baked treats with a celebration of holiday crafting and – most especially – gift-wrapping.

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

“We get a little holiday-obsessed,” says Drew Scott. "This sort of kicks everything off for the holiday spirit. Nothing can be just small and regular; We have to go a little bit overboard.”

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

“We went all out with decorations,” adds Linda, “We have our family coming here and we want to surprise them.” Linda repurposed living room bookshelves to create a tableau of miniature spaces depicting variety of holiday themes. The tiny-room wallpaper is made from giftwrap and the miniature hardwood flooring was handcrafted using paint-stir sticks.

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

The living room features a 12-foot Christmas tree and candy-cane wall covering.

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

My obsession with the holidays starts around February.
—Linda Scott

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

In Drew’s office, that serves during the holidays as Linda and Drew’s “giftwrap central”, nearly everything (except for the wrapping paper) is edible — and sweet.

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

On the holiday menu are cupcakes, carrot cake, pies, gigantic lollipops and a massive gingerbread house.

The Scott House — Los Angeles, California

Naughty or Nice? In the foyer, Santa’s mailbox contains Drew’s "naughty list."

Warm Holiday Wishes

"This is our first Christmas in this house together," says Drew, "and it means so much for us to have family here with us."

“We went all out with decorations,” adds Linda, “We have our family coming here and we want to surprise them.”

Christmas in Kentucky

Next stop: Lance Bass pays a visit to David Brown's lavishly decorated home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

Each year David Brown’s three-story Louisville home becomes one of the city’s most spectacular holiday attractions. During the Christmas season he conducts home tours, welcoming thousands of visitors.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

According to David, his obsession for the yuletide season began around the time he first learned to walk. But, as an adult, he’s taken his passion for the season to the next level. His home features 33 Christmas trees, 65,000 lights and more than 60,000 ornaments.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Parlor. In total, David’s collection of ornaments and decorations is representative of an archive that spans four generations of his family’s love for the holidays. The oldest ornament in his collection is more than a century old.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Dining Room. David hand-creates the garlands that adorn the home’s doorways, staircase, arches and mantels, adhering to his own custom take on Victorian style.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Dining Room. Preparations and decorating begin each year on September 1. David works on the project for 30 hours each week until the entire house is done.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Dining Room. Among the décor, visitors can find 104 Santas, 19 elves and 33 Christmas trees, with each tree decorated according to a specific theme. This year the number of tote-containers that contain all of the decorations numbered 741.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

Kitchen. The kitchen decorations are more casual, designed to create a welcoming space for cooking, baking and gathering with friends. Most of the ornaments are vintage pieces from David’s personal and childhood collection.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The master bedroom has a whimsical feel and features two full Christmas trees, each on a rotating stand. In fact, 28 of the decorated trees throughout the home are on rotating stands.

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Master Bedroom

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Master Bedroom

The Brown House — Louisville, Kentucky

The Guest Bedroom. For the trees in the bedrooms, David prefers the solid, non-blinking type of white lights, feeling that the subtle glow, particularly at night, provides a warm ambiance and highlights the colors of the ornaments.

The Farmer House — Alexandria, Virginia

Kurt Farmer’s father started a family tradition of over-the-top outdoor decorating some 40 years ago, and Kurt has kept up the tradition in a big way.

The Farmer House — Alexandria, Virginia

The outdoor holiday display is so massive it can be seen from passenger jets at altitudes of 20,000 feet.

The Farmer House — Alexandria, Virginia

More than 4000 visitors come every year to marvel at the holiday display.

The Farmer House — Alexandria, Virginia

Kurt Farmer worked with the utility company to upgrade the electrical supply to his house to accommodate all the lights. His power bill typically quadruples in the month of December.

The Farmer House — Alexandria, Virginia

Neighbors nearby have, on occasion, notified the fire department, mistaking the glow of the multitude of lights for a house fire.

The Houghton House — Dallas, Texas

Designer Jennifer Houghton is an unabashed holiday obsessive and decorates her 12,000-foot Dallas home for each major holiday. Of the 11 Christmas trees in her home, Jennifer’s the 12-foot-tall “Land of Sweets” tree in the family room is her favorite. It features her ever-growing collection of sweet-delectable themed ornaments that she has been accumulatin for years. It took three people working for three days to fully decorate this one tree. “It does take a while,” she says, “but it is so worth it when it’s done.”

The Houghton House — Dallas, Texas

During the Christmas season her home features 80,000 lights, 11 Christmas trees, 200 yards of ribbon and more than 10,000 ornaments.

The Houghton House — Dallas, Texas

Jennifer begins her Christmas decorating activities the day after Halloween each year, and spends the next three weeks, working 10-hour days, to create her festive fantasyland.

The Houghton House — Dallas, Texas

Jennifer uses nearly 400 storage crates to store away her Christmas decorations after the holiday is over. Her home has a separate room built specifically to store only decorations.

The Koziar House – Bernville, Pennsylvania

More than 70 years ago, William Koziar first turned his family’s home on his 300-acre dairy farm into an impressive holiday display.

The Koziar House – Bernville, Pennsylvania

The Koziar family has continued the tradition, which has grown to grand scale over succeeding decades, eventually decorating the dairy’s barns, outbuildings and even the chicken coops.

The Koziar House – Bernville, Pennsylvania

The full display now extends over all 300 acres of the farm, features more than 40 decorated buildings and attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Cars line up for more than a mile to visit what is now termed the Koziar Christmas Village, which has been voted one of the top holiday displays in the world.

The Koziar House – Bernville, Pennsylvania

More than a million bulbs and a total five electrical transformers illuminate the Koziar farm creating an amazing spectacle of light. Preparations for the display begin each year in September

The Koziar House – Bernville, Pennsylvania

The Koziars serve up more than 15,000 gallons of hot chocolate to the thousands of guest visitors each year.

Christmas With Mr. Bass

Lance offers up some of the “holiday dream puffs” — one of his sister’s holiday creations.

The Bass House

The exterior of Lance Bass's home features a relatively modest display of simple white lights adorning the trees and iron gate. Inside things get more colorful.

The Bass House

The Living Room. Though not as extreme or over-the-top as some of the super-obsessed holiday enthusiasts featured in Outrageous Holiday Homes, Lance's own home does show leanings toward extravagant decor. Following is a visual sampling from Lance's home.

The Bass House

The Living Room. Wreaths made from glass ball ornaments are featured as wall decor and a focal piece above the mantel.

The Bass House

The Living Room. Green garland with white lights highlight framed artwork, window frames and doorways.

The Bass House

The Living Room

The Bass House

Living Room, Detail.
My favorite thing about decorating for Christmas is the warm glow that shines from everything. Nothing makes the spirit of Christmas come alive more than sparkling Christmas lights.
—Lance Bass

The Bass House

Living Room, Detail. A vintage TV displays a holiday image depicting Santa's sleigh in flight above a town skyline.

The Bass House

Living Room. Lance went with a white Christmas tree with multicolored ornaments.

The Bass House

Living Room, Detail

The Bass House

Exterior. The pool deck gets a festive treatment with oversized Nutcracker style figurines and yet another crosseyed reindeer.

The Bass House

Dining Room. Lance sets a lavish holiday table, this one outfitted in dishware, linens and decor of red, gold and green. A polar bear and penguin in a top-hat stand by to assist in serving.

The Bass House

Dining Room, Detail

The Bass House

Dining Room, Detail

The Bass House

Dining Room, Detail

A Family Affair

Relative newlyweds Drew and Linda eagerly await the arrival of family and guests, celebrating the holiday season in their new home.

Holidays Encapsulated

I love all the shine, the glitter and sharing my home with people. The best part is when you can come together and unite with your friends and your family. That’s what the holiday season should be.
— David Brown

Outrageous Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Some may call it an obsession. Some may call it crazy. We call it incredible.
—Lance Bass

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