For Fresh Air Family, the holiday season is never properly celebrated until you’ve driven around town seeking some of the most elaborately decorated homes.
The annual Wacky Tacky Light Tour fundraiser will be held on Dec. 9-12, raising funds for the organization’s award-winning Gross Out Camp.
Camp will include a little something extra this year, as FAF introduces a new partnership with Fair Haven Independent Living.
“One of our goals is intergenerational activities and we believe both the kids and the seniors will enjoy learning together,” said Liz Prosch, vice president of quality and mission integration, Methodist Homes.
Student campers will join senior residents at Fair Haven each camp day for activities such as nature crafts and ice cream making. Senior volunteers will also help campers with daily activities such as fishing and journaling.
According to FAF Executive Director Verna Gates, last year’s light tour raised enough money to help 214 underserved children attend Gross Out Camp for free.
“I personally curate the route and my standards are really low, and hard to meet,” said Gates.
The two-hour tour will feature some of the “best of the worst” light displays that Birmingham has to offer, including local favorites such as “Dueling Neighbors,” the Hanukkah House, “Singing Trees,” “Santa’s Trailer Park,” “Giant Mooning Santa,” “Toomer’s Corner in Lights,” “Grandma being run over by a reindeer” and “nothing says Christmas like Darth Vader.”
Buses will be leaving every ten minutes from a new location this year, Golden Age Wine in Mountain Brook, and will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Fair Haven will serve as a mid-point stop on the tour, and will serve refreshments.
To purchase tickets, visit WackyTacky.org.
– Emily Williams