Apex holiday lights twinkle again after traffic gridlock prompted concern
Posted December 22, 2019 11:59 p.m. EST
Updated December 23, 2019 7:54 a.m. EST
Apex, N.C. — Visitors drove Sunday from near and far to take in the spectacle of holiday lights erected around an Apex neighborhood.
The display went dark -- temporarily -- after deputies from the Wake County Sheriff's Office said the amount of traffic on Holt Road was overwhelming neighborhood roads in the area.
A spokesman for the sheriff's office told WRAL News that deputies asked the homeowner to halt the light display for an hour to allow the traffic congestion to subside.
The light show begins at 6 p.m. every weekday night, although it is expected to commence at 5;30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
The lights go dark permanently on Dec. 26.
Brian Floyd, who is visiting Raleigh from Ohio, said the elaborate light display brought him to the neighborhood after he arrived in town to see relatives.
"No, 1, I was visiting family," he said. "And then, No. 2, to see this" light display.
Another visitor said he came from New Jersey to take in the festive lighting.
"We didn't know if it would be going on tonight," he said.
After the traffic gridlock subsided, fans were able to continue the tour of lights.
"It's actually one of my favorite parts of Christmas," said Jessi Floyd, also visiting from Ohio.
Himmshu Gurjar said he is in the Triangle while visiting from New Jersey.
"It's worth it," Gurjar said. "We are excited to see the lighting."