Bishop Hills Annual Light Show is back

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Bishop Hills will once again host its annual light show to help spread the holiday cheer.

The exhibition will be open to the public from December 3 to 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every evening.

According to Mayor Betty Benham, most of the residents of the village are involved in decorating their homes for the public to see, including new residents.

“It’s just something that we enjoy, and it’s a tradition that has been passed down,” she said. “Often families come out, they have limousines and buses with church members … what they tell us, what we need, or if they liked it, or what we can do to improve it. It’s just a wonderful time. “

The Bishop Hills neighborhood continues its tradition of Christmas lights until December 26.

The Amarillo tradition is organized by members of the Downtown Lions Club and Bishop Hills community.

According to Robert Taylor, secretary of the Downtown Lions Club, funds raised at the Bishop Hills event are donated to several organizations, including Texas Lions Camp, a camp for children with special needs; the Lions High Plains Eyewear Program, which provides eyewear for school-aged children; the Leader Dog Program, which offers guide dogs for the visually impaired; and assistance dog and companion dog programs.

Bishop Hills lights up the night for their annual Drive Through Christmas Light neighborhood shows.[Neil Starkey / For the Amarillo Globe-News]

Taylor said that due to the pandemic over the past two years, the Downtown Lions Club had not been able to host its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser, making Bishop light Hills the main source of income for the club.

“I hope we have as big a crowd as last year. I know we had more last year due to COVID, and we hope people will continue to support the Lions Club, ”said Donna Johnson, chair of the Bishop Hills Christmas Committee.

The Bishop Hills neighborhood continues its tradition of Christmas lights until December 26.

According to the mayor, around 100 residents of the village will participate this year, hoping to carry on the tradition and gain visitors every year.

“We try to beat our record of people coming to us every year,” Benham said. “We appreciate them and are just delighted that it’s Christmas time again to help the Lions Club with their donations and help us with our lighting.”

Bishop Hills lights up the night for their annual Drive Through Christmas Light neighborhood shows.[Neil Starkey / For the Amarillo Globe-News]

“I’m sure sometimes our electric bill can go up by a hundred dollars during this time, but we like to do it and it’s for people who like to go out, it’s a tradition,” Benham added. “I’m sure to go. Over 50 years Bishop Hills has had its lights, and it’s only thanks to those who support us and love going out.”

Santa Claus will also be present at the end of the visit to distribute candy to the children.

Those who attend the Driving Light Show are encouraged to pick up their old glasses and donate them to the Lions Club as well as make a donation to the club and Bishop Hills.

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