The lights have been standing out at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland for a decade. It is a sight to behold. Thousands of Christmas lights illuminate Smokies Stadium in Kodak.
Show manager James Johnson spends the rest of his year building the designs.
“Eight months out of the 12 in a year. As soon as this is shut down we’ll go back and start more,” he said. “We basically just draw everything on the floor, take the raw metal, bend everything, do all the welding, and then we just install all the lights and stuff.”
When the holiday season rolls around, they take about a month to set it all up before the cars start rolling through.
A parking lot becomes Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland.
“People coming through thanking you all the time, it’s nice,” Johnson said.
Cars drive a mile and a half route where the lights are synchronized to music played over the radio.
“They’re amazed,” Johnson said.
For the past 10 years it has been a true holiday tradition for many in East Tennessee.
It is open through January 6. For pricing and hours visit http://shadrackchristmas.com/sevierville/