Christmas Lights Brighten The Season – Brevard, NC


Last updated 12/16/2020 at 7:41pm

The Cermak family on the Greenville Highway are getting in the festive spirit. (Times photo by Matt McGregor)

As a child, Zack Cermak loved riding with his family during the Christmas season to look at Christmas lights.

Now an adult with his own family, he wants to provide that same experience for others with his colorfully lit home off 69 Greenville Highway in Brevard.

Cermak grew up in Brevard and has lived for five years at the currently brightly lit location – guarded by Frosty the Snowman and Santa himself – with Cermak's family: wife, Kayla; son, Alden; and daughter, Maggie.

He begins stringing lights at the beginning of November, so that it doesn't become a massive, one-day chore, he said.

To get into the spirit, he puts on Christmas music, while Alden comes out to assist him.

Alden, however, has taken issue with the gigantic inflatable Frosty and keeps his distance.

It's not Griswold level, however, Cermak insists, in reference to the 1989 Christmas classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," so it's hopeful that he won't be causing any city-wide power outages, as what happened in the movie, when protagonist Clark Griswold's home was covered in 25,000 bulbs that could be seen from space. Cermak prefers symmetry, he said, using "nice, clean lines," though he added that he enjoys all styles of Christmas home decorations.

"It's just something I like to do to put myself and others in the Christmas spirit," he said.


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