Residents deck homes, yards with lights

2012-12-16T00:00:00Z Residents deck homes, yards with lightsBy MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Here are some residential Christmas light displays around Billings:

South Side

Kristie and Chris Troup, 4516 Stone St.

Getting there: Drive down Calhoun Lane and turn east onto Stone Street.

A life-sized Santa stands at the front door and Mrs. Claus at the side door to welcome visitors to the Troups’ dazzling light display. Chris Troup covers his home with vertical strings of lights and packs the lawn with a multitude of Christmas characters, including an elf-sized working Ferris wheel. Lights arch over the driveway and sidewalk up to the front door.

Candy canes made from PVC pipe form a fence along the front yard and around the boulevard filled with Christmas figures. Troup has added new wooden cutouts of snowmen, Snoopy and Disney characters.

The Troups also collect toy donations for Child Protective Service.

Betty Norman, 4504 Stone St.

Getting there: Drive down Calhoun Lane and turn east onto Stone Street.

Norman’s son, Dewey Wilks, put up more than 25,000 lights that dance in time to music. Lighted arches frame the driveway with more lights on the house, tree and holiday figures. A large star shines from the rooftop. Santa will hand out candy on Christmas Eve, 6-9 p.m.

Justin Stidham, 4425 Mitchell St.

Getting there: Drive down Calhoun Lane and turn east onto Mitchell.

Every year, Stidham carries on a family tradition of setting his house ablaze with Christmas lights. Nearly 40,000 lights cross his house on parallel strings. He also fills his yard with more lights and Christmas figures.

 

Central Billings, West End

2127 Concord Drive.

Getting there: From Central Avenue, turn south onto Santa Fe Drive. Turn left at the first street, which is Concord Drive.

Called “Candy Canes on Concord,” this display features 10,000 computer-sequenced lights that flash to popular holiday and humorous songs. Dial your car radio to 107.9 FM to listen to the music. The program runs Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.

George and Maureen Jurovich, 2425 Granite Ave.

Getting there: From Rimrock Road, turn north on Arvin and turn west onto Granite.

George Jurovich made the 75 wooden cutout penguins, Santas, elves and snowmen in this display that covers his terraced yard against the Rims. A Santa stands tall on roof and another driving a sleigh flies in front of the house. Illuminated toy soldiers and nutcrackers guard the driveway. Flickering blue snowflakes decorate the front of the house and dripping icicle lights hang from the eaves.

Janne and Bill Hayden, 2237 Boulder Ave.

Getting there: Drive north on Rehberg Lane from Colton Boulevard. Boulder is the first street to the east.

The Haydens offer a zoo of lighted animals, including bears, moose, reindeer and dogs. Winnie the Pooh, Santa in a plane, trees, an igloo, wrapped presents join the menagerie.

John and Linda Clawson, 6114 Sam Snead Trail.

Getting there: From Grand Avenue turn north onto 62nd Street West (Molt Road) and right onto Sam Snead Trail.

Large tree in front yard, two fir trees and bushes are strung with lights. Eaves have icicle lights.

Moretto, Bush and Lahey families, 2525, 2531, 2537 Broadwater Ave.

Getting there: Turn west off 24th Street West onto Broadwater.

Three neighbors at 2525, 2531 and 2537 Broadwater all decorated their homes with extensive displays of lights, creating an island of cheer along the major street. The families are Mike and Karla Moretto, Ginger and Jason Bush and Harry and Karen Lahey. Eighteen-year-old Vincent Moretto and 13-year-old J.J. Bush helped their parents with putting up decorations.

Raidiger family, 2964 Canyon Drive.

Getting there: Drive along King Avenue West west of 24th Street West. Turn north onto 30th Street West and right onto Canyon Drive.

More than 20,000 lights make up this display. Two illuminated trees, one red, one green, can be seen two blocks away. Bright blue LED lights shine from bushes. Holiday figures, including Santa and Frosty the Snowman, greet visitors. The front deck is wrapped in red and green lights. Red lights trim the top of the house and side fences, making a path for lighted deer.

761 Discus Circle, near 36th Street West and King Avenue.

Getting there: From King Avenue West, turn right onto 36th Street West. Take first left onto Rosebud Drive and first left onto Coliseum Drive. Take first right onto Relay Drive and first right onto Discus Circle.

Strings of lights outline windows, eaves and lawn. Candy canes line the front walk. Lights decorate bushes and separate trees in the yard.

621 Coliseum Drive.

Getting there: From King Avenue West, turn north onto 36th Street West. Take first left onto Rosebud Drive and first right onto Coliseum Drive.

Lights dance to music around an inflatable polar bear, lighted deer and Christmas trees. Several neighboring homes have lights, too.

Doug and Nancy Voeller, 4605 N. Woodhaven Way.

Getting there: Take Grand Avenue to 48th Street West. Turn south on 48th. North Woodhaven is the fourth street to the east. Turn left on North Woodhaven and drive all the way to the end of the street. The Voellers’ house is the last house as the street turns right.

This is the 21st year that the Voellers have decorated their home for Christmas. The display of more than 20,000 lights illuminates scores of holiday characters that cover their large front, side and back yards.

Santa makes his annual rounds in a small plane. In the front lawn, Santa sits in his chair and turns his head and waves to visitors. The display also has a nativity scene, angels, elves, Frosty the Snowman, polar bears, Dr. Seuss reindeer and grazing deer and moose. Candy canes outline the yard. Several blowup Christmas characters round out the display. Every window has interior motion lights.

 

Heights

Jyal and Nicole Morrow, 806 Moon Valley Road.

Getting there: The Morrows’ home is across Alkali Creek Road from Alkali Creek School.

Lights on the Morrow home and yard are synchronized to music. Tune into 107.9 FM on a car radio to follow the music. Lights spell out “Ho, Ho, Ho” in large letters and stars shoot across the front fence. Blue icicle lights along the eaves and big stars flash on the roof. Multicolored arches and 20-foot tree made from lights follow the musical beat.

Mark and Tina Bolt, 948 Arrowhead Road.

Getting there: The Bolts live just west of the intersection of Senators Boulevard and Alkali Creek Road about 2 miles west of Airport Road, and about a quarter-mile west of Alkali Creek School.

The Bolts’ house is covered with red, white and green lights. Multicolored lights outline the yard, which is full of lighted trees, snowmen, Santas and a horse-drawn buggy in motion. Deer drink from a pond. A small Santa stands on top of the chimney. A large cross shines from a pole at one corner. At another corner is a house-like structure made of 1,600 lights where a path starts taking visitors through of the display.

Dominic Marnolejo, 2042 Willet Drive.

Getting there: Go north on Lake Elmo past Wicks. Turn left onto Kathy Lane and right onto Willet Drive.

Dominic Marnolejo, 14, was bitten by the holiday decorating bug when he was still in grade school. This year, he decorated his home with thousands of lights, several inflatable figures and illuminated arches over his driveway.

1226 Frost St.

Getting there: From Main Street, turn east onto Hilltop that becomes Yellowstone River Road. Turn left onto Hawthorne Lane. Take second left onto Hemingway Avenue. Take second left onto Frost Street.

Santa takes a hot bath on the lawn of this home. Strings of lights glow from the house and outline the yard.

Penninger family, 1632 Fantan St.

Getting there: From Main Street turn west onto Wicks Lane and turn right onto Fantan Street.

Icicle lights hang from the two story home’s eaves and around the garage door. Lights shine from bushes and several holiday figures on the lawn.

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