Freeland Lights display becomes family tradition

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (12/06/17) - While we could still use some snow to set the scene, it is starting to look a lot like Christmas in Tittabawassee Township.

Thousands of festive lights are getting people in the holiday spirit.

The lights, which are perfectly timed to Christmas music, are part of the Freeland Lights display.

Gary Shepard started the display in his front yard back in 2005. In 2014 it had grown so much, Shepard moved it to the Tittabawassee Township Park, 9200 Midland Road.

At the park you'll find around 100,000 lights set up.

People who come to enjoy the show can watch from their car and listen to Shepard's low-powered FM radio staiton, 93.9.

And while it's free to enjoy, Shepard does collect donations.

Every penny collected goes to the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity.

When Shepard started taking donations in 2008 he collected $3,000 for charity.

In recent years, he surpassed $50,000.

Donation boxes are at the exits.

The shows start daily at 5:30 p.m. with the last show beginning at 10 p.m.

Each show lasts 12 minutes with a three minute break.

Freeland Lights ends Jan. 1.

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