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Holiday light display shines bright

David and Theresa Carroll’s lights are a bright spot of the holiday season. The twinkle of 15,000 multi-colored lights could almost blind Santa. David is unsure about the exact number of lights. The last tally came to 20,000, but that was before he switched to LED.

Installation takes around 100 hours. David’s not counting. For 23 years running, he and his wife have put on the holiday light show, mostly to entertain children. 

The Carrolls give candy canes to kids, collect donations for charities and warm hearts at every turn. Their display spreads good tidings in the form of Santas, snowmen, stars, bears, penguins and candy canes, not to mention a Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and a nativity scene.

Two neighbors have followed suit, creating their own light displays. The Carroll’s holiday light show runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, 6 – 11 p.m., weather permitting, on Briar Circle near Normandale Boulevard.