‘Tis the season for “light looking” — that long-held, holiday pastime when families drive around to view houses and businesses decorated with Christmas lights, lawn ornaments and dazzling displays of holiday cheer.
Last year, the Merry and Bright social media poll conducted by Walton EMC revealed there’s no shortage of local places to get your holiday light fix.
“We love doing this for the community each year,” said Shane, who started decorating his lawn with inflatables as a way to entertain his daughters. “It’s a great feeling to know that people like it enough to say we’re their favorite holiday display.”
Begun in 2013, the yard display now encompasses a two-acre lot. It takes about four weeks of work to set up the display. On Thanksgiving evening, the Seabolt and McCurley families gather for an official “grand lighting” to begin another season of welcoming guests.
Visitors are invited to park and wander through the display for an up-close view while holiday tunes play. Visits with Santa, face painting, hot chocolate and more are also offered on select evenings.
In addition to individual carloads of visitors, Christmas on Dixie is a popular destination for church groups and senior citizen outings.
“We get a lot from Loganville, Sugar Hill, Lawrenceville,” Shane said. “It’s neat to know somebody’s driven an hour or more to come see what we have.”
Both young and old can find something to enjoy, said Sandy, recalling a 90-year-old woman who came to see Santa.
“It was the first time she had ever sat in Santa’s lap, so that was a big night for her,” she said.
Both Shane and Sandy admit there are nights when inclement weather and malfunctioning lights can test their good humor.
“But the next night we have a crowd and you get a thank you from every other person you walk by,” she said. “It motivates you to keep going because it makes a lot of people happy, and that makes you feel good.”
The neighbors said their own experiences of driving with family to look at holiday displays inspired them to create Christmas on Dixie.
“When I was a kid, my granddaddy would take the whole family every year,” said Shane. “Those are some childhood memories that I won’t forget.”
Christmas on Dixie is now open and free to see. Create some holiday memories by loading up the family and heading out to take a look at this sparkling, twinkling display.
WHERE: 2300 Dixie Highway (corner of Dixie Highway and Wilson Road), Madison
WHEN: Through Dec. 31
BEFORE YOU GO: Visit the Christmas on Dixie Facebook page to check hours and schedule of activities.
Top vote-getter as the best and brightest was Christmas on Dixie in Madison. Neighbors Shane Seabolt and Sandy McCurley, along with their families, are the masterminds behind the holiday spectacle that features thousands of twinkling lights, 150 holiday-themed inflatables and numerous lighted, wooden displays crafted by Sandy and her late mother.