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More than a million Christmas lights fill four acres in Marion County, Ky.

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The lights will stay up until the first of the year. The lights will stay up until the first of the year.
The lights in Loretto, Ky., are 3,600 miles from the North Pole but the displays feel right at home. The lights in Loretto, Ky., are 3,600 miles from the North Pole but the displays feel right at home.
The display includes somewhere to get fresh popcorn and a picture with Santa. The display includes somewhere to get fresh popcorn and a picture with Santa.

MARION COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a Christmas light display attracting thousands every year. There are more than a million lights over four acres.

It's known as Ruley's Santa Land. The winter wonderland in Loretto, Kentucky, is just south of Nelson County on Stringtown Road.

"I think they look pretty cool," said one kid.

"The lights are so pretty," said another.

The location is 3,600 miles from the North Pole but the displays feel right at home. The four acre lot is full of trains, trees, Santas and sleighs.

"When I moved here and bought this place I started out with 300 lights," said retired dairy farmer Paul Ruley.

He and his wife Darnell are dedicated to their Christmas creation.

"I never dreamed it,” said Paul. “I thought maybe fill the yard up, but now four acres and who knows where I'll end up if I keep my health."

It takes the family 18 weeks to put together and about two months to tear down. They say they do it for the kids.

"They just hug you and kiss you and thank you and their eyes have tears," said Darnell.

"I like Jesus because that was his birthday, and I love Christmas," said one young visitor.

"I like it all, I'm gonna come here every year," added a friend.

The Ruleys have been collecting displays for more than 40 years. A manger set was one of their first. Now, they have more than 250 and as you can imagine the electric bill is not cheap.

"It runs around $3,200 last year,” said Paul. “We've blown a big transformer over there, and KU had to come down one night and replace that transformer and had to put in a bigger transformer and so far it's holding us up now.

The decorative display is free but donations are accepted. You can even get your picture with Santa and enjoy fresh popcorn and hot chocolate.

"There's so many lights it's better than making a trip to Louisville and we can see it in our hometown," said one mother.

The Ruleys say they have no plans to slow down.

"This makes me want to buy more," said Paul.

"That's our problem," said Darnell, "we're addicted to it."

The display will stay up until the first of the year.

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