Although many holiday events have been canceled this year due to coronavirus precautions, “going to see Christmas lights” is one outing local families can still enjoy.
And in downtown Corinth, the options are endless.
From the twinkling lights adorning trees and buildings along Fillmore to the dancing, colorful light displays at homes, Corinth is well on its way to becoming a Christmas destination.
“That’s still the plan as we add new things each year that hopefully keeps people coming back to downtown to see the beauty,” said Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent. “We make changes and add new things every year and this year we pretty much stayed on top of downtown buildings adding more lights.”
Main Street along with help from area businesses, the Board of Mayor and Alderman, the Board of Supervisors and the Corinth Fire Department installed an additional 3,500 lights this year. They also made changes on the lawn of the Alcorn County Courthouse and at the CARE Garden.
A new display can be found this year on East Waldron at the corner of Polk.
Coca-Cola Bottling of Corinth has installed a Christmas display that when tuned to 88.7 comes to life.
“We’ve been discussing doing something fun on our campus at Christmastime for a couple of years,” said Ken Williams. “This summer we decided it was time … Perhaps this adds some Christmas cheer to the community in a year that’s been so challenging.”
Williams credits the help of Philip Verdung and Andrew McLemore for helping make the display happen.
“We hope folks will really enjoy hearing the mix of traditional Christmas music, old Coke Commercials and a special rendition of Jingle Bells by two local musicians,” he added.
A few blocks away is a returning favorite at the Frazier home, but before getting there don’t miss another stately home decorated with lights and synced to holiday music at the corner of East Linden and Jackson Street.
The Frazier’s home on East Fourth Street is celebrating their third year and may be the town’s crown-jewel of holiday light displays.
“This is one of the best displays we’ve had,” said Tammi Frazier. “We have added all new lights including new pixel lights that have the capability to produce any color in a single bulb. Multiply that times 20,000 lights and it makes a huge impact.”
Tammi’s husband – Dr. Randy – is responsible for all the programing of the show and ensures everything happens at the right time.
“The addition of the ‘little house’ is his newest idea, and is used to show images,” she said. “I like it because it can literally be anything we want it to be.”
The Frazier’s daughter – Erin Montgomery – took over the job of making the house come to life. As a graphic designer, she was able to use computer mapping to animate the images on the house.
Returning this year is a food drive for the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter managed by the Frazier’s youngest son, Cooper. A collection bin is located near the street for those wishing to drop off an item.
The show runs from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on the weekends. The 20-minute show also dances to Christmas music heard when tuned on a car radio.
“We receive a blessing every year knowing so many have added our show into their Christmas family memories and traditions,” said Tammi. “We all need something to feel ‘normal’ this year.”
As a courtesy, those viewing the display should turn off their vehicle’s headlights. Also to help with traffic, those not viewing the display should avoid Fourth Street from Webster to Taylor. The show is also less busy during the week, so locals may want to wait until then.