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Home shines bright on Alisos St. in Santa Barbara

Son hopes dad sees the Christmas lights from heaven
415 North Pole
Tracy Lehr / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-Adriana Rey Dovgin said her son Mateo wants to make sure his father can see the lights from heaven.

She is talking about the Christmas lights on their 415 N. Alisos St. home on Santa Barbara's Eastside.

Dovgin and his friends call it "The 415 North Pole."

The lights cover almost every inch of the two-story home.

"My dad started this 18 years ago. I was only a few months old, it started off with the SpongeBob inflatable that we have and it has grown ever since. He passed away in 2011, he had Leukemia, cancer."

Nathaniel Dovgin died in 2011 at the age of 34.

The lights could have gone out.

"My mom decorated for a couple of years and as soon as I was able to climb up a ladder and get on the roof, I took over."

Childhood friends Isaiah Gil and Diego Buenrostro are always there to help.

They recently added a photo of his late aunt to his father's tribute tree by the front door.

The lights bring back fond memories of how much they both loved Christmas.

"I remember that we were on the trolley route, we would all come out here and wave."

The Holiday Trolley takes people all over Santa Barbara to see holiday lights.

Dovgin and his friends are inviting neighbor and visitors to come and wave with them this year.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas they can also come and visit Santa under the wreath and the Grinch under a canopy of lights.

The giant wreath was found discarded on the side of a road and still lights up.

They believe Nate Dovgin would have loved the diversity of the blow up decorations and the new snow machine that makes soap suds look like snowflakes.

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Tracy Lehr

Tracy Lehr is a reporter and the weekend anchor of NewsChannel 3-12. To learn more about Tracy, click here

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