Every night in December, a Christmas carnival is fired up in the center of Greenwood.
Elves take a ride on a spinning Ferris wheel, and snowflakes dance on the side of the house. Toy soldiers, light up polar bears and flaming candles illuminate an entire block.
A manger scene, facing the street, helps frame the solemn nature of the holidays compared with the craziness going on around it.
Paul Angelo has turned his corner lot on Greenwood’s Easton Point Drive into a must-see attraction for light lovers. He has strung lights on every surface of his home, nearly filled his yard with inflatable Santas and snowmen while also paying tribute to the religious reason for the holiday.
“I just like Christmas, everything about it — the lights, the feel of the holiday, the way the kids love it,” Angelo said. “People enjoy it.”
Angelo’s garage and attic are a storehouse of festive decor. Even with a large corner lot, he’s been unable to get all of his items out every Christmas, so he tries to rotate his items every year.
His big new item for this year was a 20-foot-tall hot-air balloon with Santa riding in the basket as his centerpiece. But high winds at the end of November tore a hole in it, so he had to revamp his plans on the fly.
Usually the one constant are the snowflakes that change color and twinkle on the side of his garage. Those are his favorites.
Angelo has lived in his Greenwood home for three years. Before that, he was on a more secluded road in Southport. Some passers-by found their way past his property.
That’s not the case now. Every car passing down Main Street can see his home and often divert through his neighborhood to gawk.
Despite the extra traffic, Angelo’s neighbors have been more than supportive about his fascination with Christmas. Some have provided items from their own collections that they no longer use.
His neighbor across the street loves the manger scene, so Angelo has it situated so she can sit at her front window and see its glow.
Residents from the neighborhood even have offered to help pay for the electrical bills during the season. But Angelo has turned them down every time.
“As long as they enjoy it, that’s why I do it,” he said.