Anderson County couple's annual Christmas display lights up neighborhood

Posted at 6:42 PM, Dec 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 08:25:17-05

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thanksgiving weekend usually marks the unofficial start of the Christmas season, but for one Anderson County couple, their preparations started the day after Halloween.

When the sun goes down in the Henderson’s quiet neighborhood in Lawrenceburg, their house on Douglas Circle comes alive.

"From 2012, I just added a little bit every year, and this year was a big challenge for me,” said Martin Henderson.

For the past eight years, Martin and his wife Paula have been entertaining neighbors with their elaborate Christmas display, which now includes up to 30,000 lights. Every year the crowds get bigger, and the ideas get more innovative.

With the system they have in place, the couple won't get any noise complaints either. Martin Henderson bought a transmitter some years back, and neighbors can sit in their cars and turn on the radio to a station to hear the music that corresponds with the light show.

"We know what channel it is, so we turn it on a little bit up the road and then drive up to it. And I mean, we'll sit here until the kids are antsy and ready to go,” said neighbor Brieanna Robinson.

Sometimes, visitors will even leave a note. The Hendersons have held onto one post-it note left on their door three years ago. The anonymous person wrote "we are newlyweds and just wanted you to know that seeing your beautiful Christmas lights just became on of our traditions."

"If I could bring a little joy and happiness to someone, then I feel like I've done my part, just a little bit,” said Paula Henderson.

You can see their light display through Christmas at 1229 Douglas Circle in Lawrenceburg.