Winter wonderlands

Christmas displays light up holiday season

NEW MARKET — Although Joe and Linda Whetzel might not have the same string of cars lining Woods Chapel Road to view their Christmas lights as in previous years, the New Market couple sure haven’t stopped trying.

Joe Whetzel, 72, said they used to have “thousands and thousands” of lights illuminating their yard at 765 Woods Chapel Road in New Market, but health issues have limited the immensity of their display in recent years.

Despite the downsizing, the Whetzels’ lit-up decorations remain some of the area’s brightest.

Light-up silhouettes of snowmen, snowflakes and reindeer dot the field in front of their home, while a sign proclaims “Merry Christmas” and a cartoon Snoopy rings a bell. Visitors can also listen to Christmas songs playing from a speaker near the road.

In Edinburg, Donnie and Debbie Cummins’ Christmas display has led some drivers to stop in the middle of the road just to view all the lights.

Their home at 1477 Stoney Creek Road is fronted by a yard full of light-up angels, reindeer, snowmen and other seasonal characters.

The couple adds new decorations each year, Debbie Cummins said, and their oldest one, a light-up Santa Claus that’s been repainted a few times, is at least 25 years old.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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