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37th Street knows how to light up the night

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Christmas lights mark the sign of another holiday season.

But for decades, few people have been able to light the night like neighbors on 37th Street in Central Austin.

It’s a long-standing holiday tradition. Calla Florist owner Jenny Park said when she opened her shop, she was expected to do her part and decorate.

"Every house is a little chapter of its own in the book of 37th Street and you just never know what people are going to put up," neighbor Jamie Lipman said.

Recycled goods don Lipman’s yard. Being creative with lights is a 25-year tradition in his family.

"It creates a neighborhood cohesiveness that isn't normally there and the whole community seems to enjoy it. A lot of people come just to walk down the street," he said.

The holiday spirit isn't the only thing spreading around the neighborhood. Residents know their high electric bill is part of the holiday budget.

"Last year it was about a $350 jump for a month. The meter is spinning at about 60 rpm's. My goal is 78," Lipman said.

The lights are a pricey tradition neighbors plan to continue.

If you'd like to drive through their winter wonderland, 37th Street is located off of Guadalupe Street just north of the UT campus. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP