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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Neighborhood Raises the Bar in Christmas Decorations, Holiday Cheer

Neighborhood Raises the Bar in Christmas Decorations, Holiday Cheer

The holiday spirit runs deep within Ken Pharr. Besides the fact he celebrates his birthday on Dec. 23, Ken enjoys the holidays for so many reasons, including giving back to his community in a special way. For the past eight years, he’s been channeling his energy into creating the largest Christmas lights display in a North Texas neighborhood called Pharr’s Christmas Extravaganza.

“This is our gift to the community. We have been so blessed, and we love seeing all the smiling faces,” he said.

Ken takes Christmas decorations to a whole new level. With over 350,000 lights and 22 miles of electrical cord strung over 10 houses on Southern Pines Cove, crowds flock to the stunning walk-through display that runs nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. About 50,000 people visit the neighborhood every year to soak up all the festivities that are made possible by 50 volunteers and 2,000 hours of hard labor.

The twinkling lights are queued to holiday music that plays on radio station 95.9 FM. Christmas movies roll in the background. Local fire trucks make an appearance on Saturday nights and a real-life train gives rides around the exhibit in the evenings. Popcorn and hot chocolate are served up to those needing a little warmth in their bellies for the cold winter nights. The event is so highly anticipated all year, even Santa Claus takes time out of his busy weekends to come visit the children!

Everything is free and open to the public. However, donations of food, clothing and toys are accepted that will directly benefit Metrocrest Social Services. Last year’s Extravaganza saw 15,000 pounds of food, 600 toys, 100 bikes and $3,000 in donations given.

The exhibit is held at 14535 Southern Pines Cove, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. You can read more about this fantastic display at their website, and plan your own visit to make this the best holiday season ever!