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Monroe’s best free Christmas light show gets brighter

November 25, 2018

MONROE, La. (AP) — Monroe’s best free Christmas light show will be even brighter this year.

“We like to add to it every year to keep it fresh,” Dr. Dan Holt said.

Holt and two helpers have spent more than a month adding thousands of lights and displays to his million-light extravaganza at his Chiropractic Day Resort on Lamy Lane.

“It’s a lot of work, but you can’t believe how much fun it is to see the children’s faces light up,” he said. “That makes it all worthwhile. It makes my heart happy.”

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It’s a free drive-through or walk-through festival of lights and displays. “It’s a gift to the community to celebrate all of the blessings the community has bestowed on me,” he said.

The display features Santas, movie characters, toy soldiers and countless other Christmas characters, but Holt said the nativity scene is the signature feature.

“We want to give the nativity the highest honor since that’s what Christmas is all about,” Holt said. “We feature it right on the deck of the waterfall.”

Holt’s light show covers two buildings, including one he bought just to ensure he could keep his nine-year tradition alive.

This year his signature addition will be adorning the tops of his palm trees with colored, blinking lights to set off the string of white lights on the trees’ trunks.

“It’s really eye-catching and makes the palm trees come alive,” he said.

Holt was inspired to begin his display by memories of Christmases past with his mother.

When Holt was a child, he and his mother would load up in the family car during the Christmas season and search for festive holiday light displays.

“My mother loved Christmas, so this is partly a way to honor her,” said Holt, whose Christmas decorations inside his clinic are almost as elaborate as those outside.

He hopes other families look forward to touring the tribute to his mom each year.

“We encourage people to take photos and spend as much time as they’d like enjoying it,” he said. “It make me smile.”

Holt said while he has security cameras in place, there are no guards.

“In all this time I’ve never really had any problems,” he said. “I think Christmas just brings out the goodness in people, a special spirit.”

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