Lights and 'Lectric
- For years, white lights were the signature of Overly's Country Christmas®. Colored lights were used sparingly, for accent only. In 2013, LEDs were introduced and the use of more colored lights could be seen throughout Christmas Village.
- The average home uses 11,000 kilowatt hours per year. During Overly’s operating season, the Walkway Castle and Canopy of Lights could light 21 homes for a year. Henny Hemlock, the Talking Christmas Tree, could light 15 homes for a year. Overall, the display draws enough electricity to light a small community of homes with every single light and electrical appliance turned on at the same time.
- The electricity used during our season could turn on 150,000 100 watt light bulbs – all at the same time.
- Christmas Village and the light display features roughly 1 million+ lights. If all the strands of lights were put end-to-end, it would stretch to Mars! (That’s Mars, PA).
- Over 4 miles of audio cable are put down each year to connect all the speakers to a central sound system.
- It takes up to 45 volunteers on some nights to run the display and Christmas Village.
- Overly’s Country Christmas® has more than 600 volunteers committed throughout the year to carry on the tradition Harry Overly created more than half a century ago.
- Every display viewed at Overly’s Country Christmas® is conceived, designed and constructed on site, usually by volunteers. Art clubs, school groups and individuals contribute their ideas and talent each year.
- 7,595 feet (that's over 1.5 miles) of fencing guide visitors through the lights and around Christmas Village. This fence, which is one of the simplest displays at Overly’s Country Christmas®, is the most time consuming to erect. The fence was rebuilt in 2011 by volunteers from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 354 and has more than 16,000 LED lights.
- 85 bows and swags surround the display. These bows were initially built by the students at the Central Westmoreland Vo-Tech School and are illuminated with 6,600 C7 bulbs.
- The gigantic snowman was designed and fabricated in 2014 by the American Welders Society Student Chapter at the Westmoreland County Community College Technology Center. It is 21.5 feet high and weighs 1,100 pounds. The students completed their Snowman Project concept in 2015 with the creation of the Snowman Family, two additional gigantic metal sculptures -- Mrs. Snowman and Junior.
In Christmas Village
- Ditto, the donkey, is the star of the Overly’s Country Christmas® manger. He is smart, gentle and spoiled. He is happiest at the end of the evening when he returns to the barn to spend time with his horse friends. Ditto is 18 and can live to be 40. His favorite treat is red and white peppermint candy but only in extreme moderation and fed to by the Overly's folks.
- During the summer months, with the help of the young men and women from the Westmoreland County Probation Department giving time back to the community, up to 25 cords of wood can be split to use at the bonfire.