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The Doyle Family's
The Doyle FamilyWonderful World
of Lights
Christmas Display

74 West Palmetto Road
Lake Worth, Florida. 33467
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December 1st thru December 29th.

Sunday thru Thursday: 6pm - 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 6pm - 11pm

"Serving the Electrician needs of Palm Beach County"

 

The Doyle Family's Wonderful World of Lights Christmas Display

Come & walk thru one of South Florida’s largest & most impressive Christmas displays with over 1,000,000 lights that are operated by 6 computerized master controllers producing a new light show very 12 minutes.

There are many other things to see like the miniature Ferris Wheels & Merry Go Round. Also come & watch it snow from our 3 large snow machines. Don’t forget to see our village that has over 200 houses.

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Lit up for the season

By Nicole Janok, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 25, 2005

Every inch of the Doyles' suburban Lake Worth home is covered in lights. A pathway guides hundreds of nightly visitors through a maze of illuminated Santas, angels, snowmen and Christmas trees that wrap around the home.

Known as "Lights for Leukemia," the home beams with more than 300,000 tiny beacons from 6 to 10 p.m. each night in December. It features a doll-size Ferris wheel and carousel in the yard, a miniature Christmas village in the garage, a train set on the back patio and a genuine Disney trolley parked in the driveway.Each weekend, the trolley brings a neighbor dressed as Santa to greet visitors.

The Christmas paradise is complete with two snowblowers that sprinkle artificial flakes from the rooftop onto the children playing below.

"I've never seen so many lights," 11-year-old David Perera said. Perera and his brother, Nicholas, 9, and sister, Madeyln, 4, came from West Palm Beach to marvel at the display. The over-the-top presentation is a twinkling expression of holiday joy in a practically hidden 25-year-old community that bonds together every year. The neighborhood of about 750 middle-class homes on streets named for Ohio cities and tropical plants holds an annual holiday party, lighting contest and golf-cart parade. They know each other's names, their stories and, of course, their Christmas displays. For the Doyles, it all began 18 years ago in Royal Palm Beach, where retired electrical contractor Jack Doyle and his wife Gwen once lived. About five years ago, Doyle combined his efforts with those of his son, Bryan, at his home in Florida Gardens. Their display honors Bryan's 6-year-old daughter Jessica, who has battled Leukemia since she was a toddler. Although Jessica is now a healthy kindergartner, the Doyles continue to collect unwrapped toys and money from visitors and pass along the donations to needy families and local charities. They've donated to the Children's Hope and Kids' Sanctuary and the pediatric oncology support team at St. Mary's Medical Center, where Jessica visited after her chemotherapy treatments. Last year, Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances turned off the lights after the warehouse that holds every fixture and figurine was damaged. "It was just so bad," Jack Doyle said. "We'd never get all of it repaired... and we didn't want to do just half." The blackout disappointed some of the loyal visitors they've encountered over the years. Ben Phillips of Lantana said he and his family drove down every street of Florida Gardens last year searching for the Doyles' home. When he realized there was no display, he knocked on their door to find out what happened. Bryan Doyle assured him the display would return this year. "Sure enough, it's better than ever," Phillips said. With new additions each year, Jack Doyle estimates the display is worth $75,000. It takes another $6,000 to $7,000 each year for maintenance, storage, setup and removal. Owners of Jack's Electric, Bryan and Jack keep the cost down by building and wiring the displays themselves. "If I wasn't an electrical contractor, it would be very, very difficult to do it ... and the cost would be so great," Jack Doyle said.

Despite the hard work and cost, the Doyles have no plans to stop. "You get older and it gets harder, but how do you stop?" Jack Doyle said. "How do you stop people who are so dedicated to coming to see you?" The Doyles aren't the only family in Florida Gardens visitors come to see during the holidays. Each street in the neighborhood south of Lake Worth Road and just east of Florida's Turnpike is illuminated with houses competing in the annual lighting contest. The Doyles and two other families decline to participate in the contest, taking honorable mention to encourage other homeowners to participate. One of those neighbors, a few streets south of the Doyles, on Rubbertree Drive, is Scott Parsons. He built seven arches that stretch across to his neighbors' yards. Every towering queen palm tree, shrub and bush in his yard is laced with lights, and a wooden nativity scene is illuminated in the front yard. Although he's always enjoyed decorating his home, Parsons said his true inspiration is neighbor Les Garmier, who lives on Springdale Road. "He's father Christmas," Parsons said. "Three or four weeks ago, I saw him out there on a 30-foot ladder. He's 88 years old!" Les and Audrey Garmier spend six hours every night in December welcoming motorists through their semicircle driveway to admire the display that takes nearly a month to build. They are the third household that takes honorable mention in the contest. Each night, the couple hands out their 1,800 candy canes to the children who pass through. They mark down each visitor on a legal-size notepad.  "We usually get around 3,000 people," 84-year-old Audrey Garmier said.  The Garmier display features "Bobo the Tiger" chasing Teddy bears up a tree, a lighted toll gate, singing angels, a gingerbread house and a penguin display. "I make it all myself, all out of junk," Les Garmier said. This year, Hurricane Wilma forced the Garmiers to change the display after strong winds lifted most of their queen palms.

But that didn't stop them from continuing their 15-year tradition. "We do it for the kids, because they love it," Audrey Garmier said. "They love to come to the Christmas house."