Dunwoody will hold its “Holiday Lights” event for the second year in a row at Brook Run Park at 4770 N. Peachtree Road.

The Dunwoody City Council approved an $80,000 contract to Chitwood Studios for the installation of the lights at its Oct. 11 meeting. The lights display started last year, and this year will run from Dec. 1-27, according to a city spokesperson. 

According to Chitwood Studios’ proposal, this year’s lights displays will follow a theme of classic holiday movies, and the lights will be set up around different “sets.” The movies listed as inspiration for different lights displays in Chitwood Studios’ proposal include “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 

A rendering of the “A Christmas Story” set for the Holiday Lights display from city documents.

Because of the theme, the lights will cost more for the city than they did last year, said Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker. 

“We’re going to see more integrated theme-type construction done on the site, and some additional lighting with that additional cost,” Walker said. 

During the lights display, visitors can expect to see the Christmas tree lot from “A Christmas Story,” a scaled-down version of Clark Griswold’s house and Cousin Eddie’s RV from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 

Mayor Lynn Deutsch said eventually she wants to integrate the lights display with the tourism organization Discover Dunwoody’s “Holiday Haven,” which is a variety of holiday events throughout the city.  However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made that too difficult this year.

“There’s too much uncertainty to do it this year,” she said. “But eventually, I’d like Dunwoody to become the local destination for people from all over to come see different lights.” 

Sammie Purcell

Sammie Purcell is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers.