On some blocks, competition between neighbors gets fierce when it comes to holiday lights. If you want to go all out this year but don't know where to start, check out these displays for inspiration and tips, then call your professional handyman for help with execution.

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Strings of lights blanket this home, while the yard serves as a well-decorated space for illuminated candy canes, wreathes and trees, as well as Santa and his reindeer. If you do decide to decorate on a grand scale, budget for a higher-than-usual electricity bill for the month. Photo credit by Mandy_Jansen on flickr.

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This homeowner also went all out. From left to right, passersby see Frosty the snowman, a gingerbread man complete with house, Santa and his elves, baby Jesus and his parents, and toys from The Nutcracker. A carnival theme also runs through the display, proving that the decorator has wide open taste when it comes to shopping for yard displays. Photo credit by iriskh on flickr.

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The oversized Christmas lights at the above house make a nice border. When checking out other displays for inspiration, you often can find features you like without embracing the entire look. Note them for your professional handyman. Photo credit by iriskh on flickr.

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When choosing an illuminated Santa - or 10 - be sure to plug in any contenders before making a purchase. Lit up, this Santa has a look of concerned surprise, an odd expression for the holiday season, don't you think? Photo credit by Mandy_Jansen on flickr.

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If you don't find a Santa you like the look of, consider turning the front of your house into his face as this homeowner did. It will add whimsy to the block amidst all of the more traditional holiday lighting displays. Photo credit by Malingering on flickr.

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While all of the above lighting examples would make Clark Griswold jealous, this one might be a little over-the-top. You can go all out and still present a put-together display. This one gets a bit jumbled and it's a bit difficult to discover the charming elements, much less appreciate them amidst all the clutter. Photo credit by vincentq on flickr.

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Holiday characters, whether religious or folktale, might not be your thing, and that's okay. You can create an impressive and understated light display by simply draping your landscaping in lights of complementary colors, such as shown here. Or you can even opt for white lights to create a winter wonderland. Photo credit by Loren Sztajer on flickr.

This roundup features seven different stunning displays set to music! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bps7xfc4eE Another holiday lights display set to music, and this one benefits the Make a Wish Foundation! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2GQBv0DIws This family opens its property for visitors, and corporate sponsors help with the electricity bill each year. The homeowners start in August, so keep that in mind when scaling your holiday display. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o3Q14Hnjuo Pretty awesome, isn't it? Now that you are thoroughly inspired, start putting together your plan. Once you have a list of ideas, your professional handyman can take it from there. Or feel free to do everything but the execution - designing, shopping, etc. - and leave the rest to the professionals. Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service now online.