Popular Christmas display already going up in east Wichita

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wichita, KS -- With Halloween just a week away, neighborhoods are filled with jack o' lanterns and graveyard scenes but in the 1100 block of north Lawrence court, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Halloween is only a few days away but one visit to a home on N. Lawrence court in east Wichita house and you might think your calendar is off.

"Christmas from here until Thanksgiving it's time to get it out. When the stores start setting it up typically we do too," Brad Short said.

Brad Short and Scott Lawrence don't have anything against Halloween, it's just at their house Christmas is king.

"This is the Christmas room. It's a 12 by 24 foot room that holds nothing but Christmas stuff.," Short said about a storage room in his home.

While their neighbors' porch is lined with pumpkins, their roof is already covered in lights. The reason for the holiday head start? They have 300 thousand lights to put up by Thanksgiving night.

"Compared to right now, there will be 10 times as much stuff out here. You won't be able to walk in the yard, there will be pathways to walk in and that will be about it," Short said.

Their home has become one of the largest and most popular Christmas lights display in Wichita. It takes about a month to put everything together and their hard work attracts a crowd at Christmas.

"Thousands. We can count the car loads on Christmas eve night and we have well over a thousand car loads come through one cul de sac," Short said.

The lights here on Lawrence lane officially open to the public Thanksgiving night and they will stay open to the public and free through Christmas.

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