Maryville family shows off dueling Christmas light displays

Maryville family shows off dueling Christmas light displays


6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - 'Tis the season to be jolly, to cover your house with lights, and play Christmas music.

For more than 25 years, the Barnettes have gone all out when it comes to decorating their home for Christmas.

"We started doing it for the grandkids, and then we've just kept doing it, and everybody expects us to have them up, because we see people out in town, 'we're looking forward to your lights this Christmas!'" said Carroll Barnette.

It takes a week to a week and a half just to get everything up and running, and they get some help from their daughter who lives down the street.

"We try to change things around a little bit each year. A lot of it's the same," Barnette added.

Considering how close their homes are, light-seers are getting two shows within just a few blocks.

Daughter Jan has even more lights than her parents.

"We have a special storage building we bought for it a year ago full of nothing but Christmas," explained Jan Rosner.

This year's addition was a large tree with lights synchronized to music.

People driving through the neighborhood say they have a hard time picking a favorite.

"There seems to be quite a few here in Blount County, just driving through and our local newspaper's advertised some of them and so a lot of them, I don't know how it averages out with recent years, but a lot of them seem to be going all out this year and it looks really good," said Jeff Caylor.

The families say their neighbors don't mind the extra traffic.

"We have the most awesome neighbors here. They love it, and they're here almost every night," explained Rosner.

Both couples say they leave the lights up for about a week after Christmas.

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