For the past 25 years, they’ve been collecting Department 56 Christmas village pieces, buying several new additions each Christmas season.
At first the Watts displayed their village on their dining room table. When the collection outgrew it, they added a plywood addition, and eventually moved it to a custom-built plywood platform. They’re now on their second custom platform, which offers even more space for the 90 buildings in their collection today.
“We have a barber shop, police and fire stations, restaurants, cabins, houses and even a Harley Davidson store,” Jean said, “not to mention all the people and streetlights.”
The village also includes a carousel that plays music and a train that moves through town.
Richard, who co-owns Watts Automotive in American Fork with his son, is as excited about his outdoor light display as he is about his impressive village. The 95,000 lights on the Watt’s home draw plenty of visitors to their driveway. The village draws visitors to their door.
“Anyone is welcome to knock on our door and come check it out,” Jean says. “All we’ll ask is that you take off your shoes.”
And prepare to be in awe.
851 W. 2800 North Pleasant Grove, UT 84062