Birch Lane neighborhood light display provides COVID-safe Christmas activity

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 4:08 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The holiday spirit is strong this year at the home of Charlie and Cathy Young. For years the Young family have decorated their home with an elaborate Christmas lights display. This year the sparkling spectacle serves as a holiday activity for those looking for a socially distant way to absorb some Christmas cheer.

“We’ve always been into Christmas decorations. We’ve been collecting this stuff for 25 years, it’s how long we’ve been together,” said Charlie Young.

Young starts to put out Christmas lights mid-November and will they stay up until the first of the year.

“With the way things are in 2020 I think people deserve it - and if we put a smile on somebody’s face, that’s what we’re after,” said Charlie Young.

The display is a popular attraction for people looking to enjoy some Christmas magic from the warmth of their cars.

“Our grandchildren love it and so do our neighbors,” said Cathy Young.

“It’s a traffic jam out there from 6 to 8 p.m.,” said Charlie Young.

The decorations include lights, sounds, and moving mechanical parts.

“There’s a lot of prep that goes into it. I think I did it in about 2 weekends ‘cause we get all the lights working inside the house then we put them up. It’s tough if you take the tangled lights out in the cold and try and do something with them,” said Charlie Young.

“With the pandemic, we need some lights right now to cheer people up,” said Cathy Young.

The Young’s home is lit up daily from 4 to 10 p.m. at the corner of Birch Lane and Fairbanks Street.

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