Christmas Reflections: A Hometown Tradition

Christmas lights in DeFuniak Springs Florida

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Perhaps it’s a prerequisite for military spouses to hate their hometown and talk trash about it every chance they get…but not me!

I think my hometown is cute as can be. We make a trip home at least twice a year.

Sure, small towns have their drawbacks, but they are heavy on charm, which I adore. And DeFuniak Springs is no exception, especially at Christmastime!

(Also, it’s important to note that I claim 2 hometowns: Paxton and DeFuniak. I went to school at Paxton and spent most of my time there, but my parents and extended family are from DeFuniak and it’s where you work and shop if you live out in the woods between the two like I did growing up.)

Little girl playing in Christmas Reflections light display.

Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs


Christmas Reflections is a huge Christmas light display in Chipley Park. (Note: locals have never in their life said ‘Chipley Park’, it’s the “lake yard”.)

Going to see the lights at the lake yard has been a tradition in my family since I was a kid. And now I get to take my own kids to see them.

Keeping holiday traditions is difficult for military families. We aren’t always able to go to the same places or even be with the same people year after year. So, it’s special to me that I’m able to do this with my girls. (You can find 25 Christmas traditions for military families here.)

Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs, FL
(I love white lights!)


Christmas Reflections light up the lake every year starting the day after Thanksgiving and don’t stop until New Year’s Eve.

The lights are on every night from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, with the last car being allowed through at 9:00.

Kids posing in the Christmas lights in DeFuniak Springs.
(The kids love taking pictures in the lights!)
Christmas lights in DeFuniak Springs
(That’s not my kid, he just wouldn’t move and I was impatient.)


You can view the lights from your car as you drive around the lake or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Or you can walk, which is what we normally do.

Lake DeFuniak is one of only two naturally occurring, perfectly round spring-fed lakes in the entire world. And it is exactly one mile in circumference.

So, every year we get our jackets and our walking shoes on to take a stroll around the lake to see the lights.

One reason we prefer walking is that we can stop and take pictures along the way!

Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs, FL
(One of my favorite houses on the lake.)

The Christmas Reflections display gets bigger and better every year. They re-use the displays and characters from the previous displays, but they add something new to it every year. And we always love trying to spot new additions.

According to the 2022 announcement, more than 10 MILLION Christmas lights were used and were reflecting off of the lake all season long!

We’ll be strolling through Christmas Reflections again this year and we can’t wait! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend that you check it out too!

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