The winter wonderland that costs a Peckville family $1,500 to power up for 45 days started with a childhood obsession.

Brothers Matt and Jeff Harhut have fond memories of taking rides with their dad to look at all of the Christmas lights. The blow mold decorations — plastic figurines that light up from the inside — especially captured their imagination.

By 1996, the brothers had collected about 25 blow molds. These days, they boast about 2,200 of the decorations and well over 150,000 Christmas lights to transform their yards in the 1100 block of Marion Street into a colorful expression of

holiday cheer.

The Harhut family starts preparing their elaborate display around the middle of September. It takes exactly 10 weeks of hard work to completely set up the display and another three weeks to take down when the holidays are over. They’ll power up the display at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and keep it lit every night until Jan. 8.

Most of these blow molds were produced in the 1960s, when these kinds of decorations were the most popular.

“There were about 35 to 40 companies that made blow molds and each one of them had their own unique designs,” Jeff Harhut said.

There are now only a handful of companies that still manufacture blow molds; most are imported from China. Walmart, Big Lots, Lowes, Home Depot and similar stores often receive these imports, but they are snapped up quickly. This scarcity turned blow molds of all shapes and sizes into expensive collector’s items.

“Luckily for us, we already obtained plenty of blow molds when they were cheap,” Matt Harhut said. “Now it’s hard to get any new ones.”

The scarcity fuels the Harhuts’ hunger for new pieces to add to their elaborate display. They have traveled to Virginia, Ohio, New York and Michigan just to add new pieces to their collection. One time, they purchased a collection of Three Stooges blow molds at an auction for $1,500.

‘You’re always trying to look for that Holy Grail,” Jeff Harhut said. “Hunting them is just as fun as showing them off.”

Jeff Harhut’s favorite blow molds are the ones they have obtained from local municipalities, including ones that once decorated the streets of Jessup and Duryea. Matt Harhut has a soft spot for the forest of blow molds in their display, as well as their 62-piece blow mold choir.

With that many blow molds, people may wonder where they store all of them. They spend the off season in a pole barn Matt Harhut built in Peckville. Through his job at Mariotti Building Products, Matt Harhut has collected plenty of large, compressible cardboard boxes in which to store the decorations. The brothers stack the boxes as high and efficiently as possible.

Their hard work has even landed them on TV. They competed in Season 5 of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2017 and in the show’s all-stars contest in 2018. The brothers said the fame put the display on the map and introduced them to others with the same commitment to holiday decorations, some of whom even stop by every year to see their display.

“We’re lucky we have such great neighbors,” Jeff Harhut said. “The weekends can get really busy.”

Back by popular demand this year: the Seek and Find game, where visitors are challenged to spot specific blow molds as they walk through the elaborate, eye-popping display. Looking toward the future, the Harhuts said they plan to keep doing their best to expand their collection and keep the experience fun for their visitors.

“Our goal is to get bigger and better every year,” Matt Harhut said.

For more information about the eye-popping display, visit the Peckville Christmas House Facebook page.