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Robo Lights - Palm Springs, California

Since 1986, Kenny Irwin Jr. has built the sci-fi holiday spectacle which has turned into a year-round event viewable from the street, although it’s during the winter season that Robo Lights really comes to life with millions of lights and public access to the whole celebration.

There’s a post-apocalyptic scene with “nuclear elves” in the tennis court, and Santa’s sleigh, aka his “battle wagon,” is pulled by a team of 12 robotic reindeer, while nearby the wise men come laden with microwaves. One robot stands 50 feet tall, and others have microwaves embedded in their chests or other bits of found materials in this ever-growing alien landscape of outsider art.

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