The cedar on Caribou Trail.

Lake Highlands insiders already know about the beautiful Twelve Days of Christmas display on Timberhollow Circle, but have you seen the giant cedar on Caribou Trail festooned with thousands of colorful lights?

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Joan and Alan Walne, who’ve lived in the home for 35 years, say they first lit the tree last year to add a little sparkle to the holidays. This year they used even more lights, installing 10,800 total bulbs. The effort required two men and a cherry picker working for two days. When it was time to hire a crew, the Walnes knew just who to call. Alan is a former chairman of the board of the State Fair of Texas, and Joan chaired the Dallas Park Board. They called Gordon Lights, the crew that keeps Fair Park twinkling.

When you’re ready to load your family into the car and see the lights of Lake Highlands, be sure to check out the many lighted trees fanning out from Caribou Trail and Church Road. Last year we shared John Henton’s effort to encourage his neighbors to build the trees in their yards, and this year even more homeowners are joining in – especially with colored lights. You’ll find instructions for building the trees below.

Alan and Joan Walne with their grandchildren.

It took two men and a cherry picker two days to install 9,250 lights.

Instructions for John Henton’s trees.