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December 19, 2012

Lighting the way

Check out these area Christmas displays

Deck the halls, light the trees and hang ornaments on everything.

It’s that time of year again — time to ride around looking at Christmas lights. While Chattanooga, Tenn., has its share of well-known light displays, Whitfield and Murray counties have a few of their own.

We asked for input from our readers, who replied through Facebook, email and by phone. We included several of your suggestions and then we added a few of our ideas, too.

For families and others who are looking to get out to see the lights while staying close to home, here is a list, in no particular order, of places to go and what to expect when you get there. For a map of all the locations, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the various points to see more.

Brooker home

Pleasant Grove resident Jack Brooker has loved Christmas since he was a child. For more than 20 years, he’s shared that love of the holiday with anyone who wants to pass through his circular driveway to be awestruck by the thousands of lights he has on display.

There are lighted penguins, turtles, Disney characters, churches, Christmas trees, helicopters, backhoes, tractors, Santa Clauses, ballplayers, reindeer, gingerbread boys and Merry Christmas signs. New this year are a large American flag with two soldiers saluting it.

Unless there’s heavy rain, passersby are welcome to drive up to the Brooker home from 5:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m. every night.

To get there: From Dalton, head north on Glenwood Avenue. Continue on Cleveland Highway. After about six miles, turn right at Broadacre Road Northeast. The Brookers’ home is on the right.

Guess home

There’s no missing the home of David Guess. Drive anywhere within eyesight of 3385 Crider Road near Westside Elementary School, and you’ll know you’ve arrived.

Guess oversees the elaborate display of 10 acres of lights — many of them handmade —and has done so since about 1995. His brother-in-law, David Hall, does most of the work, he said. Before the lights went up at Guess’ home, his parents, Jack and Ruth Guess, had a similar display nearby since the early 1980s.

This year, Guess is inviting families to come by and look around then sit around a bonfire and drink hot chocolate when they’re finished. Many of his displays were handmade by welding rebar into the desired design or fashioning pipes into certain shapes. They hang from trees and on the sides of outbuildings or are stationed in his fields and are reflected off of a pond in the middle of the property.

The displays are open to onlookers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

To get there: From Dalton, take U.S. 41 North. Turn left onto Ronald Lane in Rocky Face and continue onto Ga. Highway 201. Turn left on Utility Road near Westside Elementary School, then take the first left onto Old Crider Road. Continue onto Crider Road.

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