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Couple continues tradition of sharing the season

Bill and Bonnie Leech's residence on Forest Vista Drive in Flower Mound is a winter wonderland each Christmas.
Bill and Bonnie Leech’s residence on Forest Vista Drive in Flower Mound is a winter wonderland each Christmas.

For over 15 years Santa and Mrs. Claus (a.k.a. Bill and Bonnie Leech) have invited residents of southern Denton County into their home to celebrate the joys of Christmas.

Santa’s Village at 951 Forest Vista Drive in Flower Mound, across the street from Forest Vista Elementary School, will open this Tuesday, December 6.

The Christmas display, known as Santa’s Village, features blow-ups, lights, music, decorations, a display of over 300 ceramic Christmas houses and, when the weather permits, family Christmas movies on Friday and Saturday nights.

“It’s just something we want to give back to the community, family and friends,” Bonnie Leech said. “And the response has been fantastic. Parents tell us that their kids are waiting every day and asking ‘is it up yet, is it up yet?’”

Starting in June, Bill Leech begins his annual transformation into Santa Claus, complete with white beard, hair, and an assortment of jolly outfits.  Many times, he can be seen visiting local stores and restaurants.  Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Claus (aka Bonnie), the two are excited to bring Christmas cheer to all they see. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus are often available for family photos.

“This is a free event, feel free to take pictures. We welcome any groups who would like to carol,” said Leech.

Santa’s Village is open nightly during the week from 6 to 9 p.m.; weekends from 7 to 10 p.m.

“I think it really sends the message of Christmas,” Leech said. “The center point there is the nativity scene, so we just want to keep the ideas of love, and sharing and Christmas with everybody and share it with our neighbors.”

CTG Staff
CTG Staff
The Cross Timbers Gazette News Department

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