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Holiday light display ending after more than 15 years

A holiday light display in Leelanau County is ending after more than 15 years.

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- During the holiday season many people decorate not only the inside of their homes, but also the outside with lights and decorations.

Mike Siler has been putting up a light display in his yard for more than fifteen years at 10401 East Carter Rd in Traverse City.

Siler says the process of putting up the display starts in October.

Siler says it's been a lot of work and this will be the last year for the display.

However, he's enjoyed seeing the smiles on people's faces.

"When I watch the little kids get out of the parents car, some of them just scream so loud because they're just so excited to see the lights and everything," said Siler.

It all started with a nativity scene, but now the display has everything from snowmen, to reindeer, to lit up trees.

Neighbors and visitors alike say the display has brought smiles to their faces.

"It's fun, it's exciting. I know my family, my kids really enjoy it. It just makes for an exciting thing this time of year. It makes the holidays real happy," said Nick Hall, a neighbor.

"It's pretty awesome. It looks like this guy took a long time preparing for this and he did a great job, there's just so much going on it's nuts," said Michael Hubbell a visitor to the display.

Siler says while he will miss all of the visitors he won't miss the work that goes into the display.

"I will not miss the work. It's a non-stop project at night. Every night you must come out and make sure everything's on and working and inevitably something doesn't work every night so you gotta stay on top of it," said Siler.

He says he'll decorate his porch next year with a Santa Claus, a tree, and other lights.

People like Hubbell who have been able to see the display say they're grateful.

"It just brings everybody together, shows the holiday spirit keeps everybody out having fun, instead of in your house, you know this time of year, when it's really cold so it's something to do and it's fun," said Hubbell.

The light display will be up through New Year's Eve.

On January 1st, Siler says his family will come and decide which decorations and lights they want from the yard.

On January 2nd, he says the community members will be able to come to the yard and see what lights and decorations they might want.

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