For two winter nights each year the Stafford Park neighborhood in Rock Hill, South Carolina blocks off their streets and set-ups to greet guests. Tonight was the first night that the neighborhood turned off their inside lights and on their yard lights for the people in Rock Hill to come in and see.
Over 110 homes in the neighborhood decorated their homes, trees, and yards with lights, inflatables and music. They close off one entrance to the neighbor hood and as you enter the road is subdivided with residents handing out paper, pencils and candy-canes. The paper and pencil are for the visitors to cast votes on which two houses the visitors like best.
The prize is just bragging rights but that seems just fine as people just out all out. There are cones with arrows set up so that you can't change routes and people are asked to turn just their parking lights on and drive through the neighborhood.
One of the first houses has lights that twinkle and dance to the music that is playing on the outside speakers of the house. There was another house that used a light that made it appear that snow was falling on the house. Other houses had lights wound around the trees, wrapped across bushes. There was a live Santa Clause in a full size sleigh on one street followed by a live manger scene on one of the last streets. On the corner a 5 piece jazz pipes group was playing on the front porch of a house that wraps around the corner.
Up and down all the streets along the curves are luminaries in white bags lit to help guide cars through the neighborhood. Next door to the live manger scene is an antique Thunderbird with a Santa Claus sitting in the driver's seat. Below the Santa Claus are keystone pavers that have tea-light candles lit on each ledge.
At the end of the neighborhood as you leave the subdivision there are more residents taking up your voting cards as well as having toy boxes for "Toys for Happiness." Stafford Park will hosts their guests on Friday and Saturday night (December 11th & 12th) from 6:30-10:00 P.M.
In Rock Hill "Toys for Happiness" is part of the United Way of York County
. The drive for for "Toys for Happiness" is a partnership with WRHI, and Interstate 107. This is the 24th annual drive. There are a number of other options to donate for "Toys for Happiness" as well between now and December 23rd.
For more information you can also check out the "Toys for Happiness"