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  • GET OUT! Light displays brighten holiday season

  • There’s just something about Christmas lights that brings out the smiles in young and old, and Stark County has no shortage of stellar displays.

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  • There’s just something about Christmas lights that brings out the smiles in young and old, and Stark County has no shortage of stellar displays.
    We’re talking blockbuster displays that incorporate enough lights to give Fourth of July fireworks a run for their money. As if that weren’t enough to make the season bright, several of the homeowners spread the joy even farther by collecting donations for area food banks and children’s charities.
    Round up the kids, fill up the gas tank and hit the road to see some of the biggest and best the area has to offer.
    Christmas on Crownpoint
    More than 35,000 lights flash and twinkle from 7 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 29 at the home of the Forchione family, 3459 Crownpoint St. NW, Perry Township.
    Created in 2009, the display has changed and grown every year. This year, the display flickers with two light shows, one in which visitors can meet “Snowy” and see all of his favorite Christmas memories, and a Disney show where viewers can see images of children who have been helped by Wishes Can Happen, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
    Of special note is the story of Nate Baker, a Perry High School student who had his wish granted by the organization. Baker died last week from a rare form of cancer. Visitors are invited to contribute monetary donations for Wishes Can Happen and nonperishable food items for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
    Sixth Annual Lights on Cyprus Drive
    Drive to 2220 Cyprus Drive SE in Massillon to see more than 22,000 lights decorating two homes dancing to music broadcast on 88.5 FM. The 60-minute shows, now in their sixth year, light up from 5:30 to 11 p.m. nightly. Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted for Operation Outreach. So far this year, more than 700 pounds of food has been collected.
    Holiday in the Park
    Festive characters come to life through animated holiday light displays that stretch the length of Stadium Park in Canton. Display hours are 6 to 11 p.m. every day through mid-January.
    The Hockenberry home
    More than 65,000 lights dance and jump to music from dusk to 10 p.m. weekdays and dusk until 11 p.m. weekends at 919 Seventh St. NE in North Canton. Donations are accepted for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Akron Children’s Hospital.
    North Canton Christmas
    A dazzling display of some 65,000 lights shines from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3556 Franham St. NW in Plain Township. Tune to 93.5 FM to get the full effect. For more information, visit www.tackylighttour.com/christmas_lights/tour.aspx?decorationId=1469.
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    A vivid display of more than 36,000 lights beckons next to the Fire Station on E. Main Street. Visitors can see the display and hear it on 102.7 FM from 6 to 10 p.m. every day through New Year’s Eve. The show will be canceled in the case of rain. For more information, visit www.christmasinbrewster.com.
    Jacob Street Lights in Navarre
    A show of 12,000 lights is on display, and broadcast on 103.7 FM, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30 through 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at 279 Jacob St. NE. For more details, visit http://jacobstreetlights.webs.com.

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