Holiday Spectacular Taking off in the Wiregrass

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Around 8 years ago Maxine Chapell and her husband purchased 55 acres of land off Highway 84 in Wicksburg.

After a family illness the Chapell's decided against building a home there. Instead they transformed it into a family park.

Just two years into the project their holiday spectacular, is just that.

"There's not a whole lot to do around here where you can take your children and grandchildren," Maxine Chapell says. "And make sure they are not exposed to the things we don't want them exposed to. So we both had retired and took this property and turn it into a family park."

The park is open year-round. But the Holiday Spectacular, with more than 14 million lights, and endless things to see has become a popular event.

There is an animal adventure area, town of Bethlehem set-up, nearly 50 ft Christmas tree, and more.

When asking for reaction to the holiday park words "beautiful," "pretty," and "wow" came up most.

And the 55 acres is a family park for more than one reason.

"Everyone here is family," Chapell said. "All the workers are family, or related to family."

That means all electrical, design, and construction work on the massive project was done by family members alone.

Maxine Chapell and her husband thought some much of the idea of the park, that they invested all their retirement money into it.

She says more than $1 million has gone into the park so far. Chapell says you can't put a price tag on bringing joy to so many people.

"It is worthwhile to do it. It is very rewarding when someone stops at the ticket window and they look back there and see all those lights and there remark is, wow!"

The park is open until the end of December according to Chapell. Admission is $6 forages 7 to adults, $4 for ages 4, 5, and 6 and free for three and under. There is also a discount for military personnel.

For more info on Holiday Spectacular you can call 790-5112.

There are other parks open after Christmas as well.

Country Christmas at 212 Johnny Murphy Road in Dothan is open until the 26th. For more info call 791-7100.

Christmas City USA located at 4407 County Road 72 at Highway 51 in Ariton is open through the end of December. For more info call 762-2380.

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