By Lisa Voyles/Chickasaw Journal
WOODLAND – Well over a million lights illuminate the town of Woodland every night during the holiday season.
Now in its third year of the festive display, the town has decorated to the nines for the delight of children and visitors to the town. The lights officially went on Nov. 25, but some displays were still being erected recently. Although the display is open to the public during the evening hours, common courtesy is requested for the townspeople.
“About 5 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m.,” are the hours of the display, according to Woodland Mayor Patti Watkins. “Some are on sensors and some are on timers but about 10:30 is when most of them go off.”
The town began the tradition when they received a donation of lighted displays from Woodland native and Amory resident, Dr. Clint Washington. Since then, they have added more lights, characters and displays each year.
The weather does affect the operation and beauty of some displays, however, and rainy conditions are not the best for viewing.
“When it’s raining, several of them go out and there’s nothing we can do until it stops,” Watkins said. “Come see them when the weather clears up. Clear nights are the best.”
Watkins also said to watch for signs if no one is available to guide them along the route.
“They need to go the right way or they’ll miss some of the displays,” Watkins said.
Visitors are encouraged to stop at the convenience store on the way out of town and set their radios to 94.5 FM to listen to a musical display about the Nativity.