Winchester lights up for Christmas
Clark and Ellen Griswold have nothing on Bryan Aulisio and his wife, Amanda.
They’ve done more than deck the halls with boughs of holly and jingle bells. They have turned their two-storey historical house at 202 Boone Ave. into a winter wonderland with a multitude of colored lights, columns wrapped in greenery, a lighted plastic Santa Claus with a sleigh and reindeer made of white lights, a Yule tree made of blue lights with a white star, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and a lighted sign instructing passersby to tune in to their own FM short distance radio station, 88.5.
“We decorate all out, and we’ve got it synced to music,” Bryan said. “It’s a labor of love.”
All around Winchester and Clark County, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as residents and businesses begin to decorate for the holidays.
The decorations range from old mansions subtly decorated with wreaths and ribbons and candles in the windows to over-the-top displays of lighted inflatable snowmen and Santas.
James Smith, 628 Reims Court, has his front yard filled with lighted displays of children’s story characters, including Charlie Brown’s Snoopy and Woodstock. Because he’s a grandfather, he said, it has to be all kids’ stuff.
At one old house on Boone Avenue, there are penguins on the rooftop.
At a modern suburban style home on Graves Street, there’s a lighted Nativity.
At another house on Fitch Avenue, large colored, lighted letters spell out a single word: JOY.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Winchester’s Christmas Parade was canceled this year, but city officials are inviting families, businesses, churches and schools to decorate in a big way for this year’s Christmas Festival, which will be a driving tour beginning this Saturday, Dec. 5.
The Christmas tree on the courthouse square will be lighted, and Santa will be touring around town and in the county on a fire truck beginning around 6 p.m.
There will be maps of the sites of the tour available Friday at Winchester City Hall and the Clark County Courthouse. A printable map and list of addresses is also available at https://www.winchestersun.com/2020/12/03/christmas-festival-2020-route-map.