PHELAN – A holiday tradition for many in the High Desert has been desecrated by unappreciative attendees, the owners of the home hosting the Mistletoe Light Show shared Sunday morning. “Thank you to the people who threw their trash and [expletive] diapers up and down the street, after all, one can never get enough exercise cleaning up after other people.”
Hundreds head over each and every year to the Mistletoe Light Show, which is a yearly tradition for High Desert residents. The Rothwell family, who owns the beautiful Phelan home each year works hard to begin decorating in the late summer months to provide a beautiful light show for all who attend. In addition, this year a shed had to be built for the Santa room since the old one was changed to a room for their father who is suffering from Dementia.
The lights can be seen from blocks away as you approach the extravagant lighting display at Phelan home located at 2478 Sierra Rd. The light show opened the day following Thanksgiving and runs through December 25, 2017. Families come out at absolutely no charge Sunday-Thursdays 6-8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. weather permitting to enjoy the many different themed Christmas lighting displays spread over the 2-acre area.
Vehicles and those entering by foot are allowed into the circular driveway to enjoy the thousands of lights. Donations are accepted near the exit and those funds go to several charities. A train ride that takes riders slowly through the area is also available for a small charge. Santa is there on selected days but is not prescheduled far in advance, so those wanting to see Santa should follow the Mistletoe Light Show Facebook page for updates. “Santa has been going through serious health issues so we cannot guarantee Santa will be available on all weekends but we will post to let everyone know when he will be here,” said a Rothwell family representative. “All we ask is that you please do not bring children to sit on Santa’s lap that have any illness, even a cold.” A train also is sometimes available to take you through the light show for a small fee.
This is a private home and the Rothwell family is generously opening up the exterior of their home to the public. Visitors should be aware that there is no public restroom on the premises. Visitors are reminded to respect the property by staying only on the concrete, not touching the lights. In order to keep the light show going for years to come, those who attend should not litter on the property or on neighboring properties. “This is why we can’t have nice things here,” said a Victorville resident who attends yearly with her children. “Keep it up and they will become too exhausted with the lack of appreciation, to continue doing this for everyone.”
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