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Lights of the Fountain Valley

 

Last updated 12/10/2020 at 2:52pm

Karin Hill

One of the News staff's picks for holiday lights viewing is on Quinlan Court, near the Security Post Office.

With so many restrictions on activities and gatherings this year, a lot of residents are finding themselves going all-out with their holiday decorations. Driving around in a warm vehicle to see the lights is a go-to tradition for many families anyway, but apparently even more so this year since alternatives are limited.

Each year the Fountain Valley News features some of the best and brightest (literally) light displays and home decorations around the area for our readers to enjoy. We will include a larger collection of those photos in next week's issue.

This week, we talked to a few people and businesses who know a thing or two about decorating, and we have some tips for finding must-see sights in your area.

One of the more well-known resources for locating Christmas lights is Timberline Landscaping's annual Christmas Lights Guide, which can be found online at: https://www.timberlinelandscaping.com/colorado-springs-christmas-lights-guide/

This is the Colorado Springs company's eighth year producing it. Residents are invited to submit their address for display on the interactive map, which also includes notations of displays installed by Timberline, which ones have a computerized or musical light show, and hot cocoa and coffee shops along the way.

"It was created because we love Christmas lights and saw that our community didn't have a great resource that was easy to use to tour lights," said Timberline Landscaping's Stephanie Early. "We wanted to spread joy, and this year in particular this will provide families something festive and fun that they can do safely. We currently have close to 150 properties on the map and are receiving new submissions each day."

As of press time, there are at least 25 properties in the Fountain, Security and Widefield areas included on the map, and the number grows daily.

Mesa Ridge Apartments, 7765 Pitcher Point off Sneffels Street, is an example of a property in this area where Timberline has installed lights.

Some other large commercial landmarks Timberline takes care include Manitou Springs and First Presbyterian Church at 102 S. Tejon. Their personal property work is concentrated near the Broadmoor.

Another resource for finding displays is the Holiday Cheer Map on the Nextdoor App. Nextdoor is an online community where only residents of specific neighborhoods can connect and share information relevant to their community. Residents can add their address to the Cheer Map, and users can search for displays in their immediate neighborhood or the greater surrounding area. There are dozens of homes listed on this year's map for the Fountain Valley already.

One of those neighbors who posted to the map is Elizabeth Eagle, who said she welcomes passersby day or night, as her home in Fountain's Heritage subdivision is designed to be festive "with or without daylight."

In addition to spreading holiday cheer with the décor, Eagle is collecting items to help the less fortunate. She requests that people stopping by to check out the lights at 1155 Ancestra Drive also drop off adult size warm clothing, blankets, hats, scarfs, gloves, coats and food for the homeless for her charity, Dare to Care Inc. Large sizes are most needed, as well as food that does not require a can opener.

"Canned Chef Boyardee products and anything with a pop top will be greatly appreciated," she said. "Any chips, food bars, cereal, crackers, etc., will be distributed to the homeless on the street and through More Than a Meal. Please drop off any donations in my driveway or on my porch. There is a greater need than ever before because of coronavirus."

Eagle may be known to some as "Jingles the Happy Elf," who makes appearances at holiday events such as the Fountain Tree Lighting and the local Walmart to spread holiday cheer. She works with other charities such as God's Pantry, The Salvation Army and More Than a Meal helping to distribute food and clothing.

Another Fountain resident, Amybeth Griswold, went so far as to pay for an advertisement announcing her family's plan to hand out candy canes, ornaments, plush animals and stockings at their home, 7135 Killington St., the evenings of Dec. 20-21 in an effort to spread holiday cheer in this unusally difficult year. They'll be out 6-7:30 p.m. both days.

She invites the public to come by to view the lights and get some of those goodies, and she encourages safety measures to prevent the spread of illness. Donations are welcome but not necessary, she said.

For more updates on holiday displays, follow us on Facebook or http://www.epcan.com, and check back in next week's issue.

Submitted photo

Elizabeth Eagle, left, also known as Jingles the Happy Elf, can be found around the Fountain Valley spreading holiday cheer throughout the season.

Note: It’s that time of year again! Do you have a home or business that’s really decked out for the holidays? We want you to send us your favorite holiday lights pictures so we can share them with our readers! Email [email protected] with a photo and address to be considered for inclusion in next week’s issue!

 

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