The Brightside: Local man transforms yard into winter wonderland
PITTSVILLE, Md. – In Pittsville, one man is doing what he can to spread Christmas cheer.
Curtis Davis has transformed his front yard into a winter wonderland and he did it simply to spread joy.
Davis said, “I’m turning more into Santa every day.”
Davis’ homemade winter wonderland involves a lot of lights, and a whole lot of inflatables.
Davis said, “Inflatables, anything from a small to a large inflatable to old style vintage blow molds.”
Just looking at the display, you can tell there are an impressive amount of pieces, but the actual number?
Davis said, “I’d say probably 260.”
If that number isn’t enough to impress you, some of the decorations were actually handmade by Curtis.
Davis said, “Frozen happened to be coming out this year. Didn’t even know that at all, and then I actually made an Ana and Elsa and Sven, cut them out of ply wood and then hand painted them. They’re my prized pieces this year.”
Curtis has only been at this for two years now.
“It’s been fun,” he said.
Curtis says this all started because of a few special family members of his.
Davis said, “I had the idea of doing something for my nieces as I have four of them.”
Curtis originally started with a small display, but was inspired to go all out after learning that another couple in Pittsville, known for their festive Christmas display, decided to hang up their Santa hats.
Davis said, “I found out that they stopped in 2017.”
Curtis says he actually got advice from that couple on how to make his display one to remember.
“You start with your big pieces and then you try to start figuring out your pathway then you start filling in all the little spots around it,” he said.
This year, Curtis says he started decorating in the summer. He began with a blue and white tunnel on July 4th.
Davis said, “I figured well if I have it lit up at night, they’ll think its 4th of July lights.”
The real decorating began a few months later.
Davis said, “I officially started about a week before Labor Day.”
This years display is about twice the size as last years, and to make things even better, Curtis has launched a new service where kids can write a letter to Santa Claus and then Santa will write them back.
Davis said, “If they drop it in the Santa Box, he will mail one back.”
The best part about all of this? Curtis does all of this hard work out of the kindness of his own heart.
Davis said, “I don’t have any kids so me seeing joy in other kids it, you know it’s all I can ask for.”
People can donate to Curtis to help him with electrical bills if they’d like to, but Curtis doesn’t expect anything. Seeing the joy of kids and their parents walking through his yard and enjoying his hard work is enough payment for him.
If you want to visit this winter wonderland, the lights will be on on both Saturday and Sunday in November from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
In December, the lights will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the three weeks leading up to Christmas.
The full schedule is as follows:
11/30 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
12/1 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
12/6 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Santa 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
12/7 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Santa 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
12/8 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
12/13 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
12/14 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
12/15 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
12/20 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Santa 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
12/21 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Santa 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
12/22 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
12/23 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
12/24 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
On Christmas Eve, Curtis will be there with a Santa Tracker so kids can see where ol’ Saint Nick is.
This winter wonderland is located at 6515 Morris Rd. If you want to get in touch with Curtis, you can reach him at his Facebook page: The Winter Wonderland on Morris Rd.