The event began about 38 years ago. Bob Findlay, who developed the neighborhood in the 1970s, decided to have a Christmas decorating contest to bring attention to the new area in what used to be swampland.
Themes such as “Redneck Santa,” “Department Store Window” and “101 Dalmatians” are all favorites at the annual Christmas lights in the Lake Interlochen neighborhood display in Arlington. Eager visitors form a long line of traffic, sometimes waiting for hours, for a chance to tour the area by car.
The annual Interlochen holiday lights display runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Christmas in west-central Arlington.