Sarasota's unofficial Christmas Wonderland may have its final run this year.
The Grieff family on Center Ring Road, off of 59th Street, has filled their yard and garage full of Christmas lights, inflatables, figurines and more along a lighted path on their property since 1997. Before that, they displayed decorations at their former home in the Tellevast neighborhood.
However, this year has been a down year in attendance, as the family collects donations to offset the electricity bill, Neal Grieff said.
"I've been saying it for the last 20 years that I'm not going to do it again, but some how, some way, it ends up coming back," he said. "It's been a disappoinment as far as the amount of people coming this year."
He estimates the electric bill costs $15 to $20 a day.
"I've been doing this here since 1997 and not once has it covered the electric bill," he said, but usually that doesn't deter the family because they come close. But this year only a couple hundred folks have showed up.
The lights will be displayed through Dec. 31, he said.
"All we ask is keep peace with the neighbors and the way you enter is the way you leave," he said.
To visit the house, turn onto 59th Street off of Honroe Avenue, south of University Parkway, and turn left at the end of the street and continue all the way back to the light display.
If you think you have an awesome light display like the Grieff family, enter in Patch's Deck The House contest to win up to $500 applied to your electric bill and $100,000 for Sarasota County Schools.