Johnstown resident Harold Keller said he received a Santa-and-reindeer decoration as a birthday present more than 15 years ago.

Johnstown resident Harold Keller said he received a Santa-and-reindeer decoration as a birthday present more than 15 years ago.

It launched the beginning of what's now his gift to the community with more than 50,000 twinkling lights, a dozen inflatables and numerous animated characters.

"My birthday is in late November, and my mother-in-law, Jean Louise Smith, didn't know what to get me," Keller said.

"She started it and it has been growing over 15 years, probably longer."

The Christmas display can be viewed at 119 W. Maple St. near Adams Middle School and American Legion Post 254 from 5 to 11 p.m. every evening through Dec. 31.

In addition to a light show with holiday music, the display also features inflatables, such as Santas piloting the "Holly Copter," driving a tractor and sitting in an outhouse.

Visitors also will find other favorite characters, such as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snoopy and Woodstock, Spider-Man, Sesame Street's Big Bird and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

There's even a Ferris wheel, a snowman, a giraffe, a pig and a pink flamingo.

Keller, a senior information analyst for Mount Carmel Health System, said he most enjoys the dancing lights that are strung along arches over his driveway, the front of his residence and several trees.

"That's my favorite," he said. "We try to add something every year."

This year the addition is a tree created with about 500 purple Christmas lights for Keller's 4-year-old granddaughter, Bella Grace Estep, who loves the color purple.

"I want it to look nice for her," he said. "We also added 12,000 bulbs to a tree this year, because we thought it would look better."

He said a woman told him last year she used the light show as leverage to get her youngster to leave a baby sitter's home.

"She said, 'If you get ready, we'll go see the lights,' " Keller said.

When people travel to look at holiday lights, he said, they often turn a corner and one always is a must-see.

"This is that house," Keller said.

Keller said his wife, Sarah, enjoys looking at the lights, but she doesn't tolerate the cold.

"She fixes the chili," he said.

Their adult sons, Bob and Ben, and son-in-law, Adam Estep, helped set up this year's display over three weekends.

For the second year, a container sits in front of the display for donations to the Johnstown-Northridge Community Food Pantry.

Members of the American Legion Post 254 collect the contributions daily.

Pantry volunteer Becky Urdock said she is grateful for the generosity.

"We appreciate what they've done and what they're doing," she said. "The awareness level of people in this area is high enough that they think of others. People just have given, given and given."

Urdock said the pantry always has a need for peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit and such toiletry items as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Keller said he offered to provide the lights if the Legion members would pick up the food.

"They said it was worthwhile," he said. "We have people drive by every night."

Keller said he doesn't care about a higher utility bill caused by the display.

"We love the smiles we see on kids' faces," he said. "That's why we do it."