Lights will twinkle welcome to public
An estimated 150,000 lights - Christmas colors of green, red, blue and gold – will twinkle a welcome to hundreds of visitors near the home of Perry Nettles, off U.S. 278 near the Fish Creek Bridge in Polk County.
The switch will be clicked on Thursday ( Thanksgiving Day) to continue a tradition Nettles began 32 years ago as a 16 year old while living at the home of his parents, Jean and Pierce Nettles. The lights will continue to shine until the beginning of a new year (2015).
People are invited to see the drive- through display seven days a week from 6 to 11 p.m. Visitors are asked to use the entrance at 2540 Cedartown Highway.
Santa will be a special guest on Thanksgiving night only. The tour is free.
This year, lights will form a lighted welcome as visitors enter the drive to begin a tour into a wonderland of the holiday season.
Near the entrance will be a 25-foot tree, which now has lights that use less electricity.
One of his largest building projects was design and erection of an eight- sided gazebo, which is outlined in lights. He added a Christmas tree and horses so that it became a miniature carousal or merry-go-round.
Families with children and grandchildren can see displays that include a manger scene, choir singers, storybook characters, the carousal, Santa, animated subjects such as a dragon or frog leaping from a lighted pond, candy cane lane, snow globes and more.
Nettles said he has always been interested in Christmas and decorating. However, this idea was expanded when he saw the joy it brought others.
“It is my way of giving back during the season of peace and goodwill,” he said. “I will continue to keep the tradition as long as I can so that others can enjoy my gift to the community.”