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Dueling decor brings holiday joy to Orlando neighborhood

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Nicole Darden Creston
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WMFE
The Bells and Boyds of Orlando's Dover Shores community square off each year, upping the artistic ante of their holiday light displays.

If you’ve ever wondered whether holiday decorations can rise to the level of an art form, the Orlando neighborhood of Dover Shores will tell you the answer is YES. Two families across from each other have been upping the artistic ante every year, and this one is no exception.

The Bells are known for their giant inflatables, while the Byrds have a moving light display programmed to dance to holiday music pumping from hidden speakers.

In this rebroadcast, we hear from the Bells and the Byrds about their artistic tradition…that they say is mostly for Central Florida kids…with a tiny dash of friendly rivalry thrown in.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy. When local issues have received international attention, Nicole has reported worldwide for TV news outlets such as CNN, HLN, ABC, Fox News Channel, and BBC News 24.<br><br>When she’s off duty, Nicole can often be found performing with one of Central Florida’s many theatre companies, or taking in local arts, culture and music.
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