Broken Arrow Family Creates Elaborate Lights Display, Collects Donations For Nonprofit

Robert and Lori Slankard have put together an elaborate outdoor Christmas display at their home for the last 32 years.

Monday, December 11th 2023, 10:05 am

By: News On 6, Alyssa Miller


A Broken Arrow family is giving the Griswolds a run for their money.

Robert and Lori Slankard have put together an elaborate outdoor Christmas display at their home for the last 32 years.

"I have said for years if not a person came, I would still probably do a whole lot of this just because I like doing it," Robert said. "The fact that people enjoy it makes it even better."

He starts putting up the lights each year on Aug. 1st, trying not to bring too much attention to the home.

"It is already 100 degrees, and you look like an idiot putting Christmas lights in your yard," Robert said. "So, you have to figure out what will look the least strange, so it is the trees people will not notice."

Next come the lights on the roof and then by Halloween he is in full Clark Griswold mode.

"Usually by the middle of October it becomes seven days a week, 10 hours a day, nonstop," Robert said.

While there are other light displays in the area, the Slankard's are one of a kind. Todd Fulps lives a mile up the road and has been coming with his family for at least five years.

"That is what makes it unique is you have got the Rhema Lights, you have got Silver Dollar City, but this is down the road, and it is just people," he added. "It seems to have grown every year."

Fulps said he also likes that the Slankard's use their Christmas lights to give back to Broken Arrow Neighbors.

"We have been able to raise several thousand for a wonderful charity," Robert said. "They are not just a food bank; they take care of people's financial needs."

Out in front of their home is a drop box built by Centennial Middle School students where people can drop off canned goods and cash donations. The Slankard's then deliver the donations weekly to Broken Arrow Neighbors.

Bringing the Christmas spirit not only to those in need but the entire community who is invited every night starting at 6 p.m. to walk the property and enjoy the lights.

Lori Slankard said that is her favorite part about it all.

"I always say the lights are wonderful, but it is what happens in the yard at night for me," she said. "I give out candy canes, it gives me the opportunity to meet people, and just give them a moment to forget about their problems."

Santa and Mrs. Clause also visits the Slankard's Acre and More Christmas Galore every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

You can see the display for yourself at 10105 S. 197th E. Ave. in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

If you cannot make it by, donations for Broken Arrow Neighbors can be submitted online HERE.


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