Christmas lights twinkle in the small town of Windsor, NC, at Christmastime
Folks from everywhere flock to this tiny eastern North Carolina town to see the spectacular display of lights, some almost swoon. Herman and Therman Hoggard, two of the Hoggard triplets, decorate all year long so folks of all ages can enjoy this wonderland. There is also Sherman, and he helps when he can.
The loom of many lights is visible from half a mile away. Driving on business U.S. 17 north just at the edge of town, behind the Duck-Thru station you will see cars lined up – so this is it. They turn off their headlights and slowly make their way into this magic place, driving under lighted arches, past sleighs with Santas, elves and nativities, cut-out figures of tin soldiers and all kinds of characters. One special angel is for Therman's teenage daughter who died in a car crash 16 years ago. Music plays as you drive through. Videos are posted on YouTube about this fun event.
Each year the Hoggards add new decorations. They leave most of them up all year — no one has room to store all these things. And their December electricity bill often tops $5,000 – they pay it gladly – there is a box for donations.
'tis said that this is one of the largest private Christmas light displays in the country – easy to believe with over 450,000 lights!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Event: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning the day after Thanksgiving through January 1st
Phone: 252-794-4277 (Bertie County Chamber of Commerce)
Business U.S. 17 north of Windsor
Windsor, North Carolina 27983
116 miles east of Raleigh, NC
90 miles south of Norfolk, VA
23 miles south of Edenton, NC
82 miles west of Manteo, NC (Outer Banks)
23 miles north of Big Mill Bed & Breakfast in Williamston, NC
WHERE TO STAY:
** Members, North Carolina Bed & Breakfast & Inns