GREENWOOD, SC – Barry Holley started putting out Christmas lights for his grandchildren to enjoy 13 years ago. Though his grandchildren are now grown, Holley and his wife, Pat, continue decorating their house with tens of thousands of lights for the entire community to enjoy.
If you have ever driven through the Roman Acres subdivision during the Christmas season, you almost certainly have seen Holley’s house at 106 Roman Circle lighting up the entire neighborhood.
“We have between 50,000 and 60,000 lights on the outside,” Holley said of his colorful yard. “We have about another 10,000 inside. My wife puts a tree in every room along with all her other decorations.”
The Holley Christmas Extravaganza runs the power bill up about $120 for the month that the lights are on, Holley said, but he is glad to do it for other families to enjoy it.
“The more people that come to look at it the better,” Holley said. “My grandchildren are all grown, but the whole family comes out to help when they can. It’s good for families to take their children to look at Christmas lights during the Christmas season.”
Holley starts putting his lights out about three weeks before Thanksgiving. He turns them on Thanksgiving weekend and continues lighting them up until New Year’s Day. The lights are run on six dedicated circuits in his home. He has outlets throughout his yard and under the dormers on his house so he does not have to use extension cords.
You can drive by the house any time after dark and before Holley and his wife go to bed. Holley said that as many as 15 cars will be stopped at his house at any given time to look at the lights. The address is 106 Roman Circle in Roman Acres, a neighborhood located off of Deadfall Road near Northside Middle School.