Editor’s note: Hoping to be blinded by the holiday lights this year? During the past several Decembers, we have introduced our readers to the residents behind some of the biggest and brightest holiday yard displays in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. This year, we revisit some of our favorites from past years. (File photos.)
4142 Randall Court, NW, Buckhead
Dr. John H. Giesler says he may not set up quite as many inflatables in his yard this year as he has in years past, but his light show on Randall Court will continue. “It’s Christmas,” he said.
452 Grenock Circle, NE, Sandy Springs
Greg Talbott says his annual holiday show features 22,000 lights, inflatables and plastic yard decorations. “Tell everybody to look for the glow in the sky,” he said.
Why does he put it up year after year? “I just enjoy it,” he said. “The kids enjoy it. … I guess you could call it a labor of love.”
5431 Trowbridge Drive and the Redfield subdivision, Dunwoody
In past years, Alison Norris’ annual lakeside light show on Trowbridge Drive has attracted so many gawkers that at times she couldn’t even get down her driveway. Norris says she may dim her holiday display a bit this year, but says she still plans to decorate her yard and house.
901 Winall Down Road, Brookhaven
Will Dr. Gary Gropper return his annual display of inflatables this year? “Is it the holidays?” he says.
Gropper fills his yard at the corner of Winall Down and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads with 150 inflatables that in the past have included anything from snowmen to Santa Claus to the leg lamp from the movie “A Christmas Story.” This year he plans to add a new acquisition – a huge Mr. Potato Head with a bushy mustache that looks very much like its owner’s.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some true Hall of Fame holiday light displays, check out the Redfields subdivision in Dunwoody. The neighborhood holds a competition each year for the best-decorated homes. Neighbors vote on the displays on the Sunday before Christmas and give out awards in categories such as “best door” or “kids’ choice.” If someone takes the top prize three times, they are enshrined in the Redfield lights Hall of Fame.