MapMuse today announced the release of its 2011 data update to the Christmas Light Displays locator, a map-based web platform that's designed to give homeowners and other holiday decorators the chance to show off their holiday lights to thousands of internet visitors.
“There are so many people out there with truly fantastic light displays,” says Michael Pilon, owner of MapMuse. “Why should their hard work go unnoticed by everyone but their neighbors?”
Boasting a rapidly growing, mostly crowdsourced database of over 800 homes and other venues—including public light shows and festivals—the map allows holiday decorators to geotag their displays, as well as upload links, photos, contact details, and helpful background information. iPhone users can also download a free mobile version of the Christmas Light Displays locator from the App store.
MapMuse, an internet and app development company based out of Reston, Virginia, has a long history of creating seasonal maps for the general public. As the winter holiday season rolls around each year, they launch data updates to around a dozen Christmas-themed locator web maps, ranging from Mall Santas to Sleigh Rides to Pie Shops. “We do our best to get accurate data for each business or event,” says Pilon. “Nobody wants to bring their kid to Mall Santa only to find out his run at the mall ended two weeks ago.” The same can be said for new submissions to the Christmas Light Displays locator, which are a vetted for authenticity and accuracy before going live on the map (although the onus is on the decorators to update details about their old displays). Users are also encouraged to suggest corrections and additions to pre-existing listings, as well as submit reviews and additional photos.
The Christmas Light Displays map can be accessed at http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/xmas-displays. A link to other Christmas-themed maps is available on the same page. iPhone and iPod Touch owners can also download the free Christmas Light Displays locator app to find links to other seasonal apps, including the Winter Fun Locator (a map of sledding, skating, and skiing venues across the country).
For more information about MapMuse, please visit their homepage at http://www.mapmuse.com.