As reported in The Athens Banner-Herald, the No. 1 response was “Christmas in Dixie,” a large display at a home on the outskirts of Madison in Morgan County, but two places in Oconee County and one in Athens landed in the top five.
Located at 2300 Dixie Highway, “Christmas in Dixie” will continue to have lights on from 5:30-9 p.m. weeknights and until 10 p.m. on weekends, but on Christmas eve the lights stay on all night.
“We thought it was a good way to engage our Facebook followers. Some had asked us where can you see Christmas lights so we thought we’d try to compile and give the directions,” said Walton EMC Communications Director Greg Brooks.
“I hope it’s something we’ll do every year,” Brooks said, who also drove to the Madison home.
“They start like the day after Thanksgiving and they are there every night. It’s a big commitment,” Brooks said.
“We love doing this for the community each year,” Shane Seabolt, who started “Christmas in Dixie” for his daughters, told Walton EMC.
“It’s a great feeling to know that people like it enough to say we’re their favorite holiday display,” he said.
More than five years ago, the yard display grew to encompass a 2-acre lot and became a project between the Seabolt family and their neighbors, the McCurley family.
Seabolt said it takes almost six weeks to install the display, which includes thousands of lights and 150 inflatables.
The other four places selected by EMC Facebook followers were:
2. Nations Church, 8780 Macon Hwy., Athens. About 100,000 lights orchestrated to Christmas tunes are up through Dec. 31 from 6-10 p.m. nightly.
3. The Anderson Family Home, 1360 Cole Springs Rd., Bishop, is lighted from 6-11 p.m. For over 15 years the Andersons have filled their yard with an array of homemade displays. Guests are invited to roam the yard to see up close the displays from a manger to Santa’s workshop.
4. Chick-fil-A, 3637 Atlanta Highway, Athens from dark to 10 p.m. The 200,000 lights at the restaurant draw crowds nightly, owner Alex Clark told Walton. “Our desire was to design a destination place of rest, hope and light,” he said.
5. The Hornsby Family Home, 191 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle, is lighted through New Year’s Day from 5-8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight. Thousands of lights, animated displays, inflatables, a Christmas tree covered with more than 16,000 lights and a near-life size manger scene adorn the home of Michael and Carol Hornsby. Santa Claus visits for photos from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.
Since displays at homes everywhere are connected to power sources, Walton also provides residents information on safe decorating tips to avoid electrical hazards and fires during the holidays. See bit.ly/wemc_safe_decorating.
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