Holiday Light Displays in South Carolina, New York and Florida

This year for the holidays, I was fortunate to spend a week in South Carolina, Florida and finally ended up back in New York. During my trip, I noticed a lot of houses were decorated for Christmas. Growing up, my parents and I would take rides around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Sometimes I’d drink hot chocolate in the back of the car while watching the lights. Plus, we always picked our favorite house. This year, I decided to take some time to tour the light displays in all the areas I visited.

Viewing South Carolina Lights in My Wheelchair

While in South Carolina, I went around three different communities and looked at the Christmas lights. The temperature was in the low 60s at night, so I made some hot chocolate, threw on a hoodie and drove my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair with iLevel® around the neighborhoods. This was my first time not being in a car when viewing Christmas lights. I stopped at one house for so long, the homeowner came outside and talked to me. He wondered why I was sitting there in my power wheelchair. He was really nice and let me take some pictures with his crazy light displays.

Touring the Holiday Lights in Florida

christmas tree with decorations during nighttime
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While I was down in Florida, a cold front went through, so I could not take my motorized wheelchair around to see the lights because it was too cold for me. So, I drove around in my vehicle instead. I noticed more houses were decorated with lights than South Carolina. Plus, the communities and town centers were really decked out for the holidays too. I also saw a lot of people who had their golf carts decorated. In Florida, it’s almost a competition in these neighborhoods to see who has the most Christmas stuff or who can outdo their neighbor. I saw one house with lights around the windows and a snowman statue on their lawn, then the house next door had a projector with lights flashing, music playing and the house was so bright you could probably see it from an airplane in the sky.

Viewing Christmas Lights in New York

When I got back to New York, it was around 35 degrees at night, I couldn’t drive around in my motorized wheelchair. So, I drove around in my vehicle and toured the lights. It was sad because I noticed not many houses were decorated. Part of me hopes that more people put up lights. I thought it was interesting the difference in communities for Christmas in different areas.

Happy holidays!

About Josh McDermott: Josh is a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. He is a public speaker and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Josh lives in New York and loves to travel. Click here to learn more about Josh.

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