A tradition for many families during the holidays is to drive through the neighborhoods to see the lights and Christmas themes.
Many believe that the Johnson family of Spring Branch has had one of the biggest and most popular showrooms in decades.
The family of the colorful holiday tradition, seen by hundreds of people each year, decided to close the event after complaints about traffic in their neighborhood.
The Johnsons have lived on Quincannon Lane for 28 years.
Neighbors told ABC 13 that the family usually starts decorating in August, and all the trees on their grounds are already colorfully illuminated.
This year their candy theme was replaced with a Grinch, and a large sign said “How The Grinch stole their holiday display.”
“That’s funny. It’s hilarious!” say the Voges have lived on the streets for 21 years.
Linda Voges finds the Grinch theme funny now, but is sad that the Johnsons’ nearly 30-year holiday tradition won’t happen this year.
“I’m sad for the neighborhood and for the community itself because they love it. Especially the kids. The kids really enjoyed it,” her husband Ken said.
The Johnsons confirmed to ABC13 that it stopped showing the annual holiday that went viral last year during the pandemic, mainly due to major traffic concerns.
Linda said, “There’s been a significant amount of traffic since people post pictures and videos of this whole screen. Then they post it on Facebook and Instagram.” Linda said last year’s show was one of the largest ever, attracting more than 800 people on Christmas Day alone.
To help control traffic, the Johnsons hired law enforcement after concerns about the growing number of cars driving through the neighborhood.
According to the Spring Shadows Civic Association Facebook page, the Homeowners Association, the Johnson family and law enforcement tried to come up with a plan earlier this year to reduce traffic. That’s when the Johnsons decided to cancel this year’s event, the association said.
Ken said, “Inconvenience. Yes, maybe, but how’s the season.”
It is assumed that many people in the Houston area will still pass through the neighborhood without knowing why the screens won’t come on.
The Voges say they hope it somehow returns this year.
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