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Christmas by the Highway in Granite Shoals

Christmas by the Highway in Granite Shoals opens Dec. 4. Courtesy photo

The holidays kick off in Granite Shoals the day after Thanksgiving. The switch is flipped for Christmas by the Highway at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. The display is now in its 18th year.

The lights at night shine big and bright at the corner of H.A. Barnett Drive and RR 1431 from 5-11:30 p.m. every evening through Jan. 2. As a gift to the children of Granite Shoals, Christmas by the Highway also lights up from 6-7:30 a.m. as students make their way to school.

The display is free, although a donation box will be set up for those who want to help pay for this and subsequent years.

Ten new displays debut this year, five of which are animated. More than 100 displays are placed in a circle, which has been widened by an additional 30 feet this year, making it easy to stroll through and enjoy. Christmas by the Highway has 20 total animated displays.

Visitors are asked to social distance and wear a face covering while walking around the display. Also, Christmas by the Highway is a tobacco-free zone because of the number of hay bales situated around the circle for sitting.

The Granite Shoals Beautification Advisory Group puts up the display each year, starting in September to assemble the many different figures.

“We do it because we love doing it,” advisory group member Merilyn Nations said. “There’s plenty of community pride. It’s something that brings us together.”

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