MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville-Baldwin County may not have a white Christmas this year though temperatures are just starting to drop. Many families have dressed up their homes and yards with lights, garlands, Christmas trees and Santa Claus to keep the holiday season in full swing for passersby to enjoy.
Richard and Sandra Phillips are presenting their annual holiday lights display at the training school for reindeers, otherwise well-known as the Reindeer Flight School.
“This year is the biggest it has ever been. It probably won’t get any bigger than this because we’re maxed out on receptacles,” Richard said. “We’ve expanded into our neighbor’s [Debbie Campbell] backyard, and she’s been an elf. Our other neighbor, Bruce Henderson, has also been an elf.”
Featuring 38,000 lights, visitors can take pleasure in displays of Santa Claus, the nutcracker, miniature Nativity scenes, an oversized candy cane, star and snowflake, flying reindeer, polar bears and cartoon characters.
“We also have scenes from ‘A Christmas Story,’ ducks playing instruments, a choir of mice, angels, different sized sleighs, and a new train set. We have 28 trees with a minimum of 300 to 400 lights. We have a hidden unicorn and a crashed deer that visitors can hunt for too,” Richard said. “We go to yard sales and purchase items and we get lots of donations; I’m running out of storage space. Folks have been kind enough to donate stuff over the last couple of years. Whatever we don’t use, I always find a home for it for somebody else.”
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Santa welcomes all holiday aficionados through Friday, Dec. 28 at the Reindeer Flight School. The Reindeer Flight School is closed during inclement weather.
“It’s family-oriented, and if you love Christmas, then you have to come out and have a good time. Kids are so innocent and coming by here builds their imagination and we just love to see their joy,” Richard said. “No matter how old you are, when you pull up to the driveway, you automatically turn back to 3 years old.”