North Raleigh block has become Christmas lights destination

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – One North Raleigh block has become a destination for holiday lights. The Raleigh Trolley, senior centers, and schools make road trips. Hundreds of cars line up to take in all in in the days leading up to Christmas. 

“We started doing it for our kids, then we started for the grandkids, and now in the last 15 years or so, it’s about all the neighbors here,” homeowner Jerry Heindel said.

Heindel is one of two homeowners on the Abbey Lane block to go all out.

It’s a winter wonderland, and everything Christmas is on display. Santa and Mrs. Claus sometimes make an appearance, welcoming people in. 

“It takes about a month of me working every day, since I’m retired, and our family coming every weekend,” Heindel said.

The Heindels started the day after Halloween. A group of high school students and neighbors also help out. 

“Every year we’ve just been buying a few more things until it got to be what it is today,” Heindel said.

As amazing as this home is, there’s another one that goes all out just down the road. 

“When I was growing up, I always liked to go see lights. So, definitely when I was able to support myself and support the getting my own lights, that’s really how I jumped into it,” homeowner Dean Tauton said.

Tauton has been decking out his home for the holidays for 40 years.

“It’s the season of light, and we like to brighten it up,” Tauton said.

There’s still time for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to come and check the lights out. They’ll be up through New Year’s Day.

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