Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Fayette's Christmas at the Park Holiday Display Opens Thursday

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Fayette's Christmas at the Park Holiday Display Opens Thursday

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Fayette's Christmas at the Park will open today, offering visitors a mile-long drive-through tour of holiday lights and displays.

"Christmas is my favorite time of year," said Doris Brasher, originator of Christmas at the Park.

The idea for Christmas at the Park stemmed from a trip to Callaway Gardens in Georgia in 2007 after Brasher and her husband, John, retired.

"Every tree had a light on it," Brasher said. "It was unbelievable. I thought, 'If they can do that much, I can do a little bit'."

Brasher said she began with 15 wooden scenes. After 25 years, the display became too large for the couple to manage from their home and moved to Guthrie Smith Park with help from the city.

"The first year we put at the park what we had at our home," Brasher said. "We made $6,000 and took that and bought animated scenes. …

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