Emily Buckley, editor in chief

Oliver and Cassie Hoopes and their children Hannah, Hayden, Rylan, Ainslee, and Paxton, and their dog Max (featured on this issue’s cover), have made a tradition of over-the-top Christmas lights. They decorate their Nibley home, that some fondly call “the Griswold house,” with more than 125,000 lights each year. Oliver says he loves creating something that will share their family’s love for Christmas with the community

ANDREA ROYLANCE, senior loan officer at Intercap Lending, says she hosts an event each year to show her appreciation to the realtors she works with and the community as a whole. “In the past we have done a movie night, but this year it wasn’t feasible because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

She still wanted to host an event and wanted to find a way to include more people than ever.

“As we brainstormed, the idea of a holiday home light tour came to me,” Andrea said. “I was so excited about it right from the start.”

The Holiday Home Light Tour, which will be held December 16-19, will feature 15 of the best-decorated houses in Cache Valley. The community will be the judges to select a grand prize-winning house to win $500 (and bragging rights!).

Entries from people who would like to have their homes considered for the tour are being accepted now through December 5. After that date the top 15 houses will be selected.

If you would like to be a judge for the light tour, you can purchase a $10-per-car ticket, which will include a voting card and map, plus a goodie bag for the first 100 people who pick up their cards. Tickets can be purchased online at intercaplending.com/ holiday-home-light-tour. Judging packets can be picked up at the Logan Intercap Lending office, located at 339 Main Street, Suite 220, beginning December 14.

Intercap and its co-sponsors have covered all of the costs for the event, so all ticket sales can be used to support their

Janet and Kevin Reeves’ Cliffside home is a favorite for holiday decor. Follow the Cache Valley Christmas Lights page on Facebook to find more festive homes.

charity partner, Santa’s Soldiers.

“We are thrilled that all money collected from ticket sales will go to support local military families,” Andrea said.

Santa’s Soldiers was started five years ago by Nancy Davis Buckway at Achievement Realty. The organization works with the director of family services at the Logan Armory to find local military families, with at least one deployed parent, who could use extra support and love during the holiday season.

The Logan Armory provides Santa’s Soldiers with a list of things each family needs and wants, and then people are able to donate anonymously to support those families.

Throughout 2020, many families have felt disappointment as events and traditions have had to be canceled due to health and safety concerns.

“It was important to us to plan an event that wouldn’t need to be canceled,” Andrea said. “We wanted something families could count on and that would be safe for everyone involved. We feel like this is just the right thing for this year, and for many years to come. People can stay warm and cozy in their cars, go see the amazing homes, and enjoy the holiday spirit that these people are sharing.

Holiday Playlist

Below is a compilation of some of our family’s favorite holiday tunes to listen to as we drive around Cache Valley looking at lights. It is one of our favorite holiday traditions! Create your playlist on Apple Music, Spotify, or your favorite music source, buckle up, bring along a cup of hot cocoa to sip, and sing along. It’s the perfect recipe for a cheery memory.

Let it Be Christmas by Alan Jackson
Carol of the Bells by John Williams
We Need a Little Christmas by Glee Cast
Up on the Housetop by Gene Autry
Happy Holidays by Andy Williams
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
by Michael Bublé
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
by Brenda Lee
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
by Dean Martin
Jingle Bells by Barbara Streisand
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
by Jackson 5
Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry
A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
by Lindsey Stirling
My Favorite Things by Kelly Clarkston
O Holy Night by Céline Dion
Do You Hear What I Hear
by Whitney Houston
Believe by Josh Groban
Winter Wonderland by Tony Bennett
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
by Judy Garland

Sponsors for the Holiday Home Light Tour include:
Intercap Lending, Cache Valley Women’s Council of Realtors, Achievement Realty, Rapture Audio, Logan Insurance Agency, Elevate Home Warranty, Cache Valley Lawn King, Mold Busters, and Carlson Home Inspections