Take a drive, enjoy the lights others are putting up

The holiday lights are shining.

To add a site to the list of lights and decorations that we're compiling, e-mail the details to Jennifer Becknell at or call 329-4077. We need the address and name, a short description, when lights are on and directions, if necessary.

Following is a list of what we've heard about:

• Jimmy Coral-Bell and Danny Gardner, 250 W. Rambo Road, Rock Hill, heading toward Chester, have more than 20,000 lights trimming the house, including a carousel and full-size manger scene. Look for the "Merry Christmas" shining from the house roof. They lights are on 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

• The Travis Acres neighborhood on Rock Castle Drive off S.C. 324 just outside York, behind the Wal-Mart store, has many homes that are decorated. The home at 769 Rock Castle Drive has an airboat decked in lights with Santa Claus riding in it as if it were a sleigh. Reindeer can be seen at the front of the sleigh. Other homes in the neighborhood have lights, a train, a big snowman, seals, bears and other decorations. The lights are usually on from around 6 to 9:30 p.m. nightly.

• The Stafford Park neighborhood in Rock Hill, located off Hollis Lakes Road, behind the U.S. Post Office on Ebenezer Road, is decorated.

• The Blackwell family -- Joe, Terry and Cammie -- three homes at 4901, 4897 and 4883 Billy Wilson Road near Rock Hill, have a display of about 175,000 holiday lights. There are manger scenes, deer, Santas, snowmen, penguins and just about anything else you can imagine. Drive west on S.C. 5 from Rock Hill toward York; Billy Wilson Road is about a quarter-mile past the China Garden Convenience Store on the left. Just look to the left; you can't miss the lights.

• A home at the corner of Hollis Lakes Road, S.C. 901 and Olewoods Drive in Rock Hill is decked out to the nines in lights and festive decorations. There's a Nativity scene, lighted Santas, snowmen, reindeer, angels, a gingerbread house, stars atop the roof and much more. From Ebenezer Road, turn at the U.S. Post Office onto Hollis Lakes Road and cross S.C. 901. The home is on the left, facing Olewoods Drive. Both the front and back yards are decorated.

• Eddie and Linda Brakefield have done it again. They have a sled, a church, manger scene, ferris wheel, train and thousands of lights strung around their home on S.C. 161, betweem Newport and York. The home is at 5462 Old York Road, on the left as you're going toward York. The lights are usually on from around 6 to 10 p.m.

• The town of Tega Cay hosted a residential Christmas lights contest. Come out and see who earned bragging rights.