Bath Family Vies For Top Spot In Christmas Lighting Contest

Hot Springs, VA – A lights display in Bath County is one of 48 entries in a Christmas lights contest sponsored by TV station WDBJ-7 in Roanoke Virginia. Bath County student Jordan Ford and his family decorate their home each Christmas in a big way and this year it’s one of the entries in the “Light Up Your Hometown” contest.

The Ford Family’s display features over half a million lights, a 25 foot Santa, a 20 foot light animated Christmas tree, a Polar Pathway and more. The Ford’s call their creation Christmas Forest.

In the WDBJ contest, the home that receives the most votes for the best light display will be featured on WDBJ-TV channel 7 on Thursday December 22.

To see all the entries and to vote, go to the website and click on contests and events. Voting ends on Tuesday December 20th at noon.

Christmas Forest is open December 19th through the 23rd for walk in visitors from 6 to 9pm. And it’s open Christmas Eve for drive through visitors from 5 until 9.

For more information about the Ford family’s Christmas Forest, you can visit their website at There you can see more dates for visitors through the end of the year.

Christmas Forest is located at 97 Grandview Road in Hot Springs.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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