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Holiday Lights Bring Joy to SRPMIC Neighborhood

The Carrasco family have gotten into the holiday spirit for the last 15 years by lighting up their yard with decorations and lights.

The holiday spirit is strong with the Carrasco family.

For 15 years, Aaron and Renee Carrasco have brought joy to the Canalside Neighborhood in the form of a massive holiday light and inflatables display that includes multiple string lights synchronized with Christmas music, 20 inflatables ranging from Santa to a holiday penguin and snowmen, a projector image of Santa, and a Nativity scene.

The Carrasco family lives just east of Salt River Elementary School in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, near Center Street and Camelback Road.

“We see a lot of people drive by, and they love it,” Aaron said. “They’re happy, and that makes us happy.”

The display doesn’t happen overnight. It takes the entire Carrasco family—Aaron, Renee, Ricky and Elisabeth—about four weeks to set up. The hardest part is placing the lights on the roof, Aaron said. The family starts setting up before Thanksgiving, not long after taking down a similar-sized Halloween-themed display. The Halloween display was also a hit, so much so that Salt River Police Department officers purposely stopped by to give kudos, Renee said.

Next year’s display might be even bigger. A giant inflatable, the kind that sits level to two-story homes, and possibly a snow machine might be in the works for future years.

A jump in the family’s electric bills this time of year is expected, but “worth it, because people are happy,” Aaron said.

The display began with simple string lights and grew into the extravaganza it is now thanks to the Carrasco family’s love of Christmastime and bringing joy to visitors and passersby.

“We were happy to just have that little string of lights in the front, and then it started to gradually [become larger],” Renee said.