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Crazy and Cool Christmas Lights

Crazy and Cool Christmas Lights - It's become an annual tradition for our family to check out the Zilker Park Trail of Lights and the fantastic neighborhood displays. Well, this year, due to budgetary constraints, there was no Trail of Lights, which was a bummer, though they did still have the Zilker Park Tree. However, the neighborhood displays were better than ever. The mild weather makes it even easier to enjoy the Christmas decorations. While last year we shivered and walked briskly past the displays, this year we were able to stroll through the neighborhoods in a much more relaxed manner, chatting with neighbors and really enjoying the visual spectacles.

Two in particular are not to be missed - the Rhodes Family Christmas Display and the Chinati Court "Twas the Night Before Christmas" display, both in Cedar Park. The Rhodes family, every year, puts up an amazing synchronized light display at 2410 Sharon Drive. There is a 70,000 light waterfall feeding a stream and pond, 19 trees wrapped in light and a 45 foot arch over the driveway. Every year Mr. Rhodes adds features to the display. He broadcasts Christmas music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra - you can tune in to 95.9 to hear the music while sitting in your car. However, I would recommend parking down the street, walking to the display and enjoying it up close.

Crazy and Cool Christmas Lights

The Rhodes family collects money every year for the Cedar Park food bank - last year they collected over $2000. So, after enjoying the spectacular lights and the synchronized light/music show, go ahead and drop a few bucks into the collection bucket. This year with the recession the need is greater than ever.

The other display I absolutely love is the in the cul-de-sac off of Sunchase in Cedar Park, Chinati Court, behind Milburn Park. There are 12 homes in the cul-de-sac, and each one takes part in a display that is based on the poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Crazy and Cool Christmas Lights

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