One man's joy of spreading Christmas cheer by inviting the public to “window peek” at his lighted Christmas village display continues this year through the efforts of his family.
One man’s joy of spreading Christmas cheer by inviting the public to “window peek” at his lighted Christmas village display continues this year through the efforts of his family. Bob Gipe began the tradition of sharing his lighted village 25 years ago and it became a community highlight of each holiday season thereafter. It was Gipe’s desire to share his display with the community. That desire was fulfilled by his family last year after his passing in late October. The tradition is being carried on this year, although in a new and expanded location. The village has been moved to the home of Gipe’s daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and David Baker, out Missouri Route 190. Gipe began his Christmas display in 1993 with just seven villages and a train. He set up the display in his living room and invited the public to “window peek” during the holiday season. Through the years, the village expanded to more than 120 villages completely filling his living room and even expanding into his garage. Community interest in the village also expanded and crowds of people would stop by and view the display during the holidays. Gipe’s family members have been busy preparing for the display at the new location and its opening at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving night. To reach the display, travel for seven miles and turn right on Route A. The Christmas Village will be at the first house on the right side of the road. As in the past, the Christmas Village will welcome visitors from 5 until 10 p.m. each evening through New Year’s Eve. “Please join us this year as we strive to honor Bob’s memory with a continuation of the Christmas Village that he loved and enjoyed so much,” family members stated. To see the village in progress, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BobsChristmasVillage.