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South Hall neighborhood to light up streets with luminaries tonight
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As the sun sets Saturday night, the Royal Lakes Country Club Subdivision in south Hall County will hold its first Luminaires Night in 12 years by displaying Christmas lights along luminary-lined roads.

Located at 4700 Royal Lakes Drive on Sloan Mill Road and off Winder Highway in Flowery Branch, the subdivision will light all the neighborhood roads with 2,400 luminaries between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m.

“About 12 years ago we were doing this every year, and it came to an end because one year we had to light all the candles out there at 5 o’clock and it started pouring rain, so we gave up on it,” John Zelek said, who is on the board of the property owners association for the Royal Lakes Country Club.

This year new LED candle lights will replace actual candles in the sand filled paper bags lining the streets for one night only.

“We had such a big turnout 12 years ago, but no one really knows about it (now),” Zelek said.

All the residents have been asked to display their Christmas lights and trees during the event, and according to Zelek most of the houses are already decorated.

Anyone interested in a Christmas light filled drive is invited to appreciate the creativity and hard work the residents have put into their displays.