Anderson’s North Pole is opening tonight in Woodbridge, for its 10th year as one of the top neighborhood holiday light displays.
Thousands of lights are spread out on 5 acres of land on 15615 Bushey Drive, off of Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge. The drive-through light display is free of charge. The display can be seen from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night, weather permitting.
According to Teresa Anderson, along with her husband, in-laws, and the help of a few special elves – Anderson’s North Pole began as a friendly family competition. Mike Sr., Mike Jr., Teresa and Sandy Anderson, along with Adam Faltinowski are the driving forces for the display, that help with setting up, preparing supplies and directing traffic.
“It actually kind of started off as a competition between the two brothers – my husband, and my brother-in-law…my whole family loves Christmas…and now we go hog-wild,” said Anderson.
The Andersons start decorating on November 1 every year, and begin the display on December 1 every year, according to Anderson.
Families waiting to see the display are handed candy canes, and can see classic characters like the Grinch, Santa, and Mrs. Claus lining the street, said Anderson.
Anderson’s North Pole has more than 4,500 cars pass through each year, but they are committed to not charging for the light display.
“This is really for the community. We do it for the kids. We don’t charge for it. A lot of people in this area can’t afford to take their kids [to see a paid light display]…so for us it’s free for the community,” said Anderson.