‘Mr. Christmas’ Works His Lighting Magic
Doug Harris takes Christmas very seriously-seriously fun! In fact his wife Linda calls him Mr. Christmas. Although a full-grown adult Doug admits that he’s still a boy inside when it comes to the holiday season. He says he has always loved Christmas-especially the lighted decorations. It’s no surprise then that for roughly eight years he’s put countless hours into a yearly Christmas lights display at his home on Gamble Run Road.
Complete with a variety of lights and decorations, Mr. Christmas also plays holiday music outside which he says neighbors surprisingly enjoy. Although he doesn’t have an exact count of how many decorations he has on the property, the display changes and grows every season with the addition of a new twinkled delight every year. His festive hobby takes about four months to design and construct, and the Christmas creation stays up until just after the first of the new year.
When it comes to lights, Mr. Christmas declares, “The more, the merrier!” The same expression applies to visitors. To visit the Harris’ sparkling home, (traveling south) turn right onto Paden Fork Road from state Route 180 and make a left onto Gamble Run Road.
The house sits on the left side up a small hill. It would seem close to impossible to miss its twinkling lights against the snowy mountain canvas. Like many back roads, it can be a bit slick in places, but the site is well worth the drive. Seven days a week the house is lit at dusk and dimmed at 9 p.m.