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Christmas lights in Creswell bring a sense of normalcy during the pandemic

Ryan Hoffstot said his property has about 30,000 lights and 300 figures. Overall it took Hoffstot about 70 plus hours to set up his display.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 5:11 AM

CRESWELL, Ore.-- It's Christmas time in Creswell, and one house is shining bright with holiday lights at the end of a year that seemed so dark.

Ryan Hoffstot owns a house off Camas Swale Road, on the westside of town. He said his property has about 30,000 lights and 300 figures. Overall, it took Hoffstot about 70 plus hours to set up his display.

"My dad started putting lights up when I was a kid," Hoffstot said. "He always had a big display every year and I always loved helping him when I was a kid. My dad passed away in 2008 and I didn’t put them up for a couple of years. In 2010 I put them up again for the first time.”

He said this year, more people have shown up in the last week to look at this house than all of the last holiday season.

"I think it’s because they have nothing else to do and people want to come out and have something to smile about,” Hoffstot said.

People from all over the county come by to see lights flickering off a waterfall, or blow up Santa Clause, towering 20 feet into the air. Daneen Wolf and her family drove down from Eugene and said it's nice to feel a sense of normalcy during a year that hasn't been so normal.

“I think during the pandemic everybody is looking for a little Christmas spirit," Wolf said.

She also said it's a safe holiday activity to do during a pandemic.

"Going around seeing Christmas lights, there’s no harm in that," Wold said "You’re in your car and you’re safe."

For Hoffstot, he's happy he can spread some Christmas cheer, even if it's socially distant.

"Making people smile and the happiness seeing little kids yelling out the window, this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen, it makes the 70 hours' worth it," Hoffstot said.

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