Mr. Christmas is ready to light up the night
Following tradition, a spectacular light display will kick off the Christmas season in Roscoe on Thanksgiving evening, November 23, at precisely 5 p.m.
Luis Roldan, known as Mr. Christmas, has been lovingly creating a huge Christmas scene on his front yard at 5524 Hodges Way for several years. About eight years ago, Luis and his beloved wife Debbie started decorating for the holidays. Each year they did a little more.
In 2016, Debbie passed away. Before she died, she urged Luis to continue to create the holiday tradition. “She asked me to do it, for the children.”
So, every year, with occasional help from his grandchildren, he keeps his pledge to Debbie.
“I am almost 83 now. It’s getting a little more difficult to do it by myself.”
Luis begins brainstorming and making plans for the next season right after the display comes down for the year.
Then there are repairs to be made and hundreds of lights to be checked. His goal is to gradually have LED lights on all the decorations.
A mixture of whimsical characters, including Santa, his sleigh and eight reindeer, the nativity scene and angels cover the front and side lawn at his home.
It’s become a Thanksgiving evening tradition to begin the Christmas season with a drive by the home of Mr. Christmas as the lights go up and holiday music inaugurates the holiday season.
Can’t make the lighting event? The display will be lighting up the night until early January 2024. Families are invited to drive by and see the display throughout the holidays.
The impressive celebration of Christmas has become contagious in the Hodges Run neighborhood. Many homes in the subdivision are now joining in with their own displays.
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