Holiday Christmas Light Extravaganza 2012

North Cape May, NJ – Just on the other side of the Cape May Canal, two sisters stand in a front yard and plot this year’s holiday decorations. When the post hole digger comes out, you know this will not be  your ordinary strand of colored lights.

Tracey and Carollee Schick, along with Carrollee’s son Hunter,  spend two weeks every year setting up their holiday decorations.  When they finally turn on the lights, it’s a show stopper.

Thousands of lights twinkle and dozens upon dozens of holiday figures glow.  Christmas music plays softly in the background.  An automatic snow machine scatters snow flurries. Every possible Christmas character is on the lawn, including many versions of Santa, his reindeer, toy soldiers, countless candy canes, teddy bears,  even a running railroad.

What you don’t see are the yards and yards of electric cables – all underground – that power the massive display. The front yard even has its own circuit breaker.

The holiday display draws crowds of local onlookers every year. They drive down quiet Petticoat Creek Lane to gawk at the over the top scene. Many bring kids and it’s those kids who motivate Tracey to put on a bigger and bigger show each year.

The casino worker spends about $800 a month on electricity to power the holiday light show.  She doesn’t mind. It’s something I want to do, she says.

Tracey and Carollee remember big Christmas get togethers at that very house when they were young.   Their parents really loved Christmas.  Tracey says she and her sister are just continuing the family tradition of doing the holidays in a big way.

The lights are on each evening until about 9PM, weather permitting.  Everyone is welcome to view the lights from the street.  They ask that you please not walk on the lawn. Their home is at 692 Petticoat Creek Lane, just off Shunpike, north of the Cape May Canal.

You’ll leave smiling.

About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.