Christmas decorations – Part Deux
By Jim Bucher
Depending on when you’re reading my column in the Dayton City Paper, let me cover all the bases – If you’re reading it before Christmas, well, by all means, have a Merry Christmas. If you’re checking it out after Christmas, I hope you had a good one. If you peep it out later in the week, then, by all means, have a Happy New Year.
OK, that’s out of the way. Now, the matter at hand.
If you checked out my column last week, you know that I put out an APB (All Points Bulletin) looking for the really cool outdoor Christmas decorations around the Miami Valley. As usual, my loyal readers have delivered, but first let’s list the biggies.
Clifton Mill, outside of Yellow Springs, is a winter wonderland with almost 4 million lights, miniature village, covered bridge light show, Santa museum and awesome hot chocolate. They are open nightly through Wednesday, Jan. 1, so you have plenty of time to experience this one-of-a-kind wondrous, joyous Christmas display.
Woodland Lights in Washington Township is another spectacular lighting display complete with live reindeer. Oh, and Santa, too.
Whispering Christmas in Eaton is another must-see. This annual display is a drive-thru experience, but you can exit your vehicle, walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds up close and personal. It runs through Tuesday, Dec. 31.
And now – drum roll, please – thanks to all of you for keeping your eyes peeled for some of the BEST homegrown holiday displays.
(A disclaimer though: This is by no means a complete list, and if you know of one I missed, please feel free to share using the contact information on this page.)
Molly spotted a cool one: “Buch, in Miamisburg off of King Richard Road. Every house is lit up beautifully and strung together! It’s my kid’s favorite to go see.”
Holly wrote, “On Whipp, in Centerville, across from Fairhaven Church. They do it every year. Best one around town, every night from 6 – 9 p.m. Merry Christmas, Buch!”
Merry Christmas to you too, Holly. What a cool name for Yule time.
The Whipp Road house has some fans.
“It also has music that goes along with lights. Look for station number on a sign in their yard,” said Kevin.
Karen added, “The aforementioned house on Whipp is fun. Also, on Christmas Eve, David’s Cemetery (Far Hills and West David Road) sets out thousands of luminaries throughout the cemetery. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful scenes you will ever experience. Not morbid at all – an amazing journey of lights.”
Next, Sue had a hot spot to check out. “My neighbor on Olde Haley in Centerville. He does his house so beautifully every year. Turn off Yankee onto Silverlake and make the first left. You will see their home straight away. It’s our neighborhood Clifton Mill.”
If you’re a fan of the movie “A Christmas Story,” you’ll love Pauletta’s place.
“Hey Buch, come to Tipp City. We have the house, [built in] 1920, leg lamp in the window and wood crate on the front porch. Just like the actual home they used in Cleveland. And the Red Rider BB gun by appointment. We’re located on South Third Street, off of Main Street. Look for the lights.” Pauletta explained.
Bryan has been out and about.
“Check out the Kroc Center, (on Keowee Street, which is also viewable from I-75) Miami Valley Hospital (main entrance) and a couple of houses/yards along Alex-Bell near Mad River Road (near the ‘windmill house’).”
And speaking of the Mad River Road area … Lynn, take it from here.
“On Alex Bell Road between McEwen and Mad River, on the north side of the road, there is a huge house with a grove of blue spruce trees that are decorated in purple/pink/blue. They have decorated these trees for a number of years. The trees are so big and tall they have to use a cherry picker to hang the lights.”
I’ve experienced this one Lynn, and yes, a cherry picker has been spotted.
Finally, truth in disclosure here, since I do radio commercials for him, but John Stafford from Stafford Jewelers decorates his place – a sight to see. He’s on State Route 725 in front of the Dayton Mall, across from Sears Automotive.
Whew! Again, I’m sure there are plenty more out there, but this is a good start. Thanks to all who shared their favorites.
So, from the “Buch On The Beat” staff – which is basically me – I wish you a joyous Christmas!
Well, that is of course if you’re reading this before Christmas, then I hope it was a good one, now, if you’re reading it after Christmas … Oh for crying out loud, see above.
P.S. Make sure you check out our Dec. 31 Dayton City Paper issue where I present “Buch’s 2014 Predictions.” Of course, please read them with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Enjoy!