Town hit hard by Hurricane Michael puts up annual Christmas display to ‘get some normalcy back’

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One Florida Panhandle community isn’t letting Hurricane Michael ruin the holidays.

In the St. Andrews area of Panama City, the annual Christmas lighted village is up. It’s done by a group of volunteers called the “Lamplighters.”

This year they thought they would only put up lights, but the Panama City Commission has a special request.

Lew Nuckols, a Lamplighters volunteer, said “The City Commission came to us and said ‘we need to get some normalcy back’ and ‘can you please put up the houses and get everything back the way it always is?’ So, we said OK, we’ll do it.”

All the miniatures are based off historic St. Andrews businesses including a tavern frequented by actor Clark Gable from when he was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base during World War II.

The official tree lighting will be this Saturday.

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