When Mervin Whipple turned on the lights, people came by the thousands. He turned his Killingly home into a Christmas Wonderland, with lights and animations, and became known as Connecticut's Mr. Christmas.
Through the years, he added new animations and more lights.
When he closed the display on New Year's Day 2003, Whipple had approximately 112,000 lights and nearly 350 animations.
Whipple said he stopped putting up the lights because it was hard to find volunteers to maintain it, and he could no longer afford the $19,000 electric bill.