Friends, one of my favorite things to do during this time of the Season is drive around in the evening and check out the beautiful Holiday lights that are on display. I am sure that it is the same in your neck of the woods as it is in mine, many households and local businesses are lifting our spirits with creative displays of lights and other decorations. Although having said that, where I live it is the festive lights on display at the Downtown Square that are the most awe-inspiring. All thanks to the hard work of the Parks and Recreation employees who spend upwards of 3,300 hours to string up over 400,000 lights for everybody to enjoy. Obviously with the pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives though – a few safety precautions have been put into place this year. But I truly believe it does one good to be able to experience the display on a brisk Winter’s night – even if that means simply driving around the square to take in all the lights.
For many years we fans of the Star Wars franchise have been able to hang up ornaments for their favorite characters and vehicles thanks to Hallmark and the like. As well as proudly displaying various inflatable lawn ornaments – so that fellow Star Wars fanatics can be greeted by a festive Jabba the Hutt, Yoda, or even an impressive Imperial AT-AT to point out just a few.
There are others though that have definitely raised the bar on sharing not only their love of the season but for Star Wars. Case in point is Matt Johnson’s Holiday light display from 2017 – an ode to the Dark Side as it were – as well as marking the then upcoming release for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. I’ve found no information online on how many lights were used on this display, which was located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, but I’m willing to bet that coupled with the electronic music featuring the “Imperial March“, there were quite a few visitors stopping by to check it out!