DENHAM SPRINGS, LA - An attraction in Denham Springs, starting as a family tradition, has drawn hundreds every year for 51 years.
Jeremy Messenger says he worked with his father and grandfather to create a modern day winter wonderland, and has been for as long as he can remember.
"In kindergarten I was helping setting up displays and I would help with running the ropes. If I could walk, they were putting me to work," said Messenger.
He says the attraction started off when his father and seven of his uncles built a nativity scene in 1964. Since then, they have added quite a bit. A merry-go-round, gingerbread factory, and a candy cane factory. They even added characters both the young and old can recognize, like Barney the Dinosaur among others.
The display has grown so big you have to park your car at a local park down the street.
Among those who look forward to visiting every year is Amy Carmona.
"My little one is special needs and loves Christmas," says Amy. "She just loves to see all the Christmas songs and all of things that they have here."
Last year when the family's old house went up for sale, they thought it'd be the end of their community celebration. That was not to be, as they kept their tradition alive at their new location.
"The kids smiles it's what it's all about," Messenger says. "It's the best part of what we do for the community."
The Messenger family will have the display running every night on Prince Charles Street in Denham Springs until the day after Christmas from 6 to 8 p.m.
The display is located 9481 Prince Charles Street, which is located off of Eden Church Road across from PARDS North Park.