Christmas Village Taking its Final Ride

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A holiday tradition in Central Arkansas will end this December. 

Families in North Little Rock and beyond have enjoyed it for more than a decade. 

Our reporter Price Mckeon talked with the couple behind it who said it is time to wind down their festive Christmas village that has brightened their community for years. 

Every time the Nannen's garage door opens the train inside gets one loop closer to its final ride. 

Bonnie Nannen said, "We had always said when we turned 80 we wouldn't be doing it anymore and father time is knocking on the door."

Richard and Bonnie Nannen showed us their Christmas Village in their garage. They said it started with just three pieces on a coffee table. 

Richard Nannen said, "we just have to hang it up. We just have to."

More than a decade ago the couple decided to dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and bring Christmas cheer to the neighborhood. 

Bonnie said, "It was totally my husband's idea."

Richard said, "Like she said I got my way."

13 years later the village now has water fountains and even its own Wal-Mart. 

Bonnie told us, "I like the school ground clear over to the far side and the little merry-go-round that's lit up with kids playing on it. That's my favorite  piece."

Five days a week for 2 hours a day every December hundreds of people drive up Crestwood Road in North Little Rock to check it out. 

"It's really a closer a relationship. That's why I'm going to have mixed emotions stopping," Richard told us. 

Richard and Bonnie said as much as they love their village and dressing up they do not plan to continue the tradition next year. 

Bonnie said, "And this year we have definitely confirmed this is the time to stop. It's getting harder each year."

The couple plans to retire their village December 23, 2017. 

Richard said, "Mixed emotion stopping because the young kids that come their kids that come and see it those are the ones that Im really going to miss."

The trains will be packed away but the couple said they plan to still decorate the lawn with lights. 

The couple said they will not lose their holiday cheer. 

The Nannens' Christmas Village is at their home on Crestwood Road in North Little Rock. It is open Wednesday through Sundays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. until December 23. 

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