With the Winter Solstice upon us, brighter evenings are on the way. But if you need more light in your life right away, there’s only one place to go — 2642 NE Holmes Road in Lincoln City.
This is where “Christmas Lites Guy” Steve Prewitt and longtime collaborator Marc McPherson have, for an 18th year running, transformed Prewitt’s driveway into the biggest light show in town.
Visitors can watch the show from the comfort of their car, accompanied by Christmas music courtesy of Prewitt’s on-site radio station at 106.5 FM. But McPherson recommends people get out of the vehicle and stroll around the grounds if the weather is co-operative to better appreciate the detail in each of the models.
Venturing out on foot also gives guests the chance to drop by Santa’s workshop, aka: the garage, which Prewitt and McPherson have transformed into a grotto straight out of a winter wonderland, decked out with 5,000 fairy lights. Santa will be making special appearances at the workshop from 5 to 9 pm on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 23 and 24, listening to Christmas wishes and sending each kid home with a candy cane. Parents are also invited to bring their camera or phone to snap a souvenir photo of their kids with Santa.
With more than 50,000 bulbs, Prewitt’s festive show gobbles up huge amounts of electricity — even with increased use of LEDs, which now make up about 65 percent of the display.
But, despite the cost of staging such a extravaganza, Prewitt will not accept a cent from anyone who comes to view it. Each year, all donations received from visitors go to a worthy cause, with this year’s beneficiary being the Lincoln City food Pantry @ Coast Vineyard Church.