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Neighborhoods celebrate Christmas with lights

Neighborhoods celebrate Christmas with lights

Several Billings neighborhoods welcome holiday visitors with themed displays or special lighting events:

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Mariposa Lane marks 50th year of luminaria honoring boy

Mariposa Lane marks 50th year of luminaria honoring boy

Fifty Christmas Eves ago, 12-year-old Bobby Switzer set out luminaria along Mariposa Lane near his house.

December 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Bobby Switzer with his family.

Bobby Switzer with his family.

Bobby Switzer, on the left, sits with his family a week before the 12-year-old was killed on his bicycle in 1962. The picture includes his father, Frank; sisters Julie and Christine; mother, Marge; and brother, Scott.

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Bobby Switzer was killed on his bicycle Dec. 5, 1962.

Bobby Switzer was killed on his bicycle Dec. 5, 1962.

This photo of Bobby Switzer was taken several years before he put out luminaria at his Mariposa Lane home. After he was killed in bicycle accident in 1962, children in his neighborhood set out luminaria in his memory, a tradition that has continued since.

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Marge McFarlane holds a luminaria on Mariposa Lane

Marge McFarlane holds a luminaria on Mariposa Lane

Marge McFarlane holds a luminaria on Mariposa Lane, near where her 12-year-old son, Bobby Switzer, was killed on his bicycle in 1962. The neighborhood still lights luminaria along the street every Christmas in memory of the boy.

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Neighborhoods celebrate with special displays

Neighborhoods celebrate with special displays

Several Billings neighborhoods welcome holiday visitors with themed displays or special lighting events:

December 18, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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