People are driving in from hours away to view a beautiful Christmas display tucked away in the countryside of North West REC territory, and it is called Christmas Acres, located at 18481 Impala Ave Le Mars, IA. Christmas Acres opens the weekend before thanksgiving and stays open through December 31st. Visitors can drive or walk-through Christmas Acres any night from 5-10pm to see the extravagant light display.
At the age of 10 Rob Scheitler began hanging Christmas lights with his dad on their family farm. This joy for spreading Christmas cheer through lighted displays grew, when 24 years ago Rob moved up to their current location and started hanging Christmas lights. His dad brought up his displays and over the years they have received many donations of lights and decorations from people in the community.
Christmas Acres is now the largest outdoor county Christmas display in the tri-state area. There are an estimated 200,000 lights, 37 trees, 57 bushes, 800 blow molds, 52 old street pole decorations, and 164 lighted sculptures with music playing from 15 different speakers in the display that covers around 3 acres of land. With so much in their display, they started decorating in August this year.
This year they are setting records for not only attendance, but for donations as well. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night Rob along with family, friends, and volunteers hand out candy canes and run a bake shop with hundreds of delicious treats. So far, their season total is over $38,000 raised for the Christian Needs Center, far surpassing the roughly $18,000 they raised last year. Starting in 2012 they started taking donations from all the people wanting to help pay their electric bill, but instead of keeping it, they have been donating all the money they take-in to the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars, IA. This money is then used to buy food and clothes to help so many people in their times of need.
Rob, his family, and the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars want to thank everyone who has come out to visit Christmas Acres and donated to help fill a wonderful need in the community, especially in this hard year with everything surrounding the COVID pandemic.
For more info about Christmas Acres call 712-541-0577
18481 Impala Ave Le Mars, IA 51031