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All is merry and bright

Twinkling trees. Roof eaves shimmering with light. Brightly lit manger scenes that try to capture that special night 2,010 years ago. Some people like to go all out for Christmas by putting up bright lights and displays for everyone to see. This ...

Christmas lights
Lowell Anderson | Echo Press Dennis Sprenger's yard at 514 North Park Street in Alexandria includes a variety of festive decorations - Santa Claus, toy soldiers, wise men on camels, a manger scene, a Christmas star and more.

Twinkling trees. Roof eaves shimmering with light. Brightly lit manger scenes that try to capture that special night 2,010 years ago.

Some people like to go all out for Christmas by putting up bright lights and displays for everyone to see.

This story will list just a few of them.

The Echo Press asked readers to submit their choices for the best displays in the Douglas County area. Here they are:

  • The home of Jim and Carol Steidl at 401 Victoria Avenue in Carlos. They worked all fall to get their Christmas lights up to cover their entire yard. "Looks great - check it out," said a reader.
  • The John Mayer residence at 3550 Betsy Ross Road (the northwest corner of Lake Ida). The display includes 54 lawn ornaments, which occupy the entire front yard. The lights are usually on between 5 and 9 p.m.
  • The Shirley Kluver home at 2112 Hazel Hill Road SE, Alexandria (the south end of Lake Victoria, across the road from the public access dock). There are lots of decorations and icicle lights, children carolers, angels, a Christmas star and a collage of lights.
  • The display at the Dennis Sprenger residence at 514 North Park Street, Alexandria features an impressive array of bright lights.
  • The Gary and Cindy Lund residence at 2603 Le Homme Dieu View NE, Alexandria. "We love the blue lights in the holiday decorations," said a reader. "The new LED lights seem much brighter."
  • Carol Meyer at 508 Irving Street has a decorative display that includes candy canes, reindeer and a nativity.
  • A house along 11th Avenue West near Lincoln Elementary School is nicely decorated with white icicle lights, multi-colored lights and a manger scene.
  • Homes on Ash Street near 15th Avenue in Alexandria continue to get appreciative remarks from readers for their festive displays. Tara and Michael Gimbel's yard at 1502 Ash Street features a lighted ice castle.
  • The Mark Lukes residence at 9386 State Highway 29 North (next to Anderson Outpost) is ablaze with lights and includes a manger and several large inflatable decorations.
  • Although it's by a business, not a residence, a reader wanted to mention how pretty the lighted trees look along South Broadway by Fat Daddy's and Broadway Ballroom. The lights are artfully arranged on the trees to give them that special holiday look.
Related Topics: CHRISTMAS
Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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