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150,000 Christmas lights illuminate Franklin Street

The Columbian
Published: December 10, 2022, 5:09am

NORTHWEST — This year, Jim Mains and his crew of two have hung more than 150,000 Christmas lights on Franklin Street.

Ten homes and the newly added Our Lady of Lourdes church comprise Christmas on Franklin Street, located at 46th and Franklin. The centerpiece display is at 4616 N.W. Franklin St.

Packing away one of the largest Halloween displays in the county and replacing it with a massive Christmas experience happens with the help of Mains’ goddaughters Grace and Lucy Sherman, who are 21-year-old Clark College students.

The Sherman twins started helping with both Halloween and Christmas decorating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is worth the hard work, watching families and cars drive by each night and watching children’s faces smile with joy looking at all the decorations,” Lucy Sherman said.

“This year, we are excited to offer live entertainment on our street,” Jim Mains said. “We have scheduled carolers, Santa Claus and our popular snowfall over Franklin Street.”

Boy Scouts will be selling hot cocoa and treats on weekends during the month of December.

At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, there will be a blessing of the Nativities featuring the Rev. Leonardo Pestaño from Our Lady of Lourdes. Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Clark County Sheriff-elect John Horch will read the Christmas Story, followed by a candlelight walk to each Nativity display on Franklin Street.

For a complete schedule of events, follow the Facebook page at FB.com/HolidaysOnFranklin.