PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - All is merry, and this year in Arcadia, all is bright, again.
“Like they say in Christmas Vacation, we have 250,000 twinkling lights!” said Lee Sepanek, otherwise known as “Christmas Lee.”
“We saw candy canes, palm trees lit up, lots of bears and reindeer,” said 7-year-old Ana Kafadar.
“I’m so happy to see it back again. The kids have been asking for weeks and weeks, ‘When can we go to the Christmas house? When can we go to the Christmas house?'” said her mom, Sara Kafadar.
But last year, the house was dark for the first time in 30 years. The City of Phoenix told Christmas Lee he couldn’t sell hot cocoa to help offset the electric cost.
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“After they said I couldn’t sell it, I said, 'Well, I’ll give it away,' and they said, 'You can’t do that either,'” said Sepanek.
So no lights, no cocoa, nothing. But this year, the City told Christmas Lee he could accept hot cocoa donations. So the light switch was flipped back on, with everything you could imagine.
“Let’s call it the state fair in miniature,” said Sepanek about a window in his garage.
“An alligator and a frog. It’s the zoo part, yes!” Sepanek said about part of his front lawn.
He’s happy to do it. The months of work is worth it to see the smiles on every person old and young. Just don't ask him one question.
“How many hours goes into this whole setup total?” asked reporter Briana Whitney.
“You know, I don’t want to think about that,” laughed Sepanek. “It would scare me.”
The light display will be up through New Year’s Day.