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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:49 am

For free and festive light displays Ahwatukee Foothills residents don’t have to go too far. Many residents have decorated their homes with lights and inflatables to bring in the holiday spirit.

Chuck and Patty Henry, at 15244 S. 36th Place, have 25,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music. Visitors can turn their radio to 106.7 FM to watch the show from their cars. There’s also a snowman who blows “snow” on the weekends during “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow.”

In all the Henrys say their show lasts about 30 minutes and loops continuously from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly.

The Santa Train will be running once again this year at the home of Frank and Diane Polimene, 541 E. Mountain Sky Ave. This is the 34th year the Polimenes have set up their display. Each year the home is decorated with thousands of LED lights, a train carrying candy canes for the kids, and some new automated displays. This year’s new item is a mouse that pops out of a box and recites “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”

The Polimenes do not accept donations for themselves to keep their tradition going, but any donations they receive is matched and sent to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“I think it’s going to be a big year for us,” Frank said. “I gave away 13,000 candy canes last year and matched $250 in donations to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. After only two weeks this year I have given away over 7,000 so far and collected almost $200 for the charity.”

For more information on the Santa Train, visit

Another Ahwatukee Foothills resident, Doug Maldonado, said his home at 16806 S. 24th Place will be covered in holiday inflatables for visitors to see. It’s a tradition he started in Queens, N.Y., and brought to the Valley when he moved here.

“People tell me it’s crazy how much stuff I have, and I say this is cut back from what I used to have,” Maldonado said. “We’re building it up every year. It’s just fun.”

Eleanor Marsh, owner of While You’r Away Services, has decorated the outside of her home, 4802 E. Paiute Street, to match her business. She has her home decked out in pink Christmas lights and pink trees, the color she uses for her business, and then one side of her yard has penguins and snowmen while the other has dogs and cats.

“I have fun every year,” Marsh said. “I love Christmas.”

Andrew Harmsen, who lives at 4201 E. Rockledge Road, said his light display is one to visit as well. He decorates the outside every year for Christmas.

A well known display at 4813 E. Pearce Road will not be up this year. Frank Kostyun posted on his website,, that 2011 was the last year for their display in Ahwatukee Foothills. The next time the lights are back it will be in central Scottsdale.

Check on for a list of holiday light displays in the Ahwatukee Foothills area. To add your home to the list, email

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