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Durham app, local Christmas light fan team up to offer self-guided holiday light driving tours

Posted December 18, 2020 9:21 a.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2020 9:54 a.m. EST

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A locally built app and a local lover of Christmas lights have teamed up to offer contactless, socially-distanced and self-guided driving tours of festive holiday lights across the Triangle.

Durham-based Built Story, a smartphone app that offers self-guided and contactless tours, and Al Parker, who has been curating a list of top homes and neighborhoods with lights in the Triangle for several years, are working together to offer families a safe way to celebrate the holidays.

Here's how it work ...

Parker has converted his lights list into two tours that take you through local neighborhoods to see some of the region's most over-the-top displays:

The tours are available via the Built Story marketplace, and you can access them through the Built Story app, which is available for iOS and Android.

The tours cost $10 each, but your first tour is free. Tour creators, such as Parker, earn revenue when their tour is sold. Parker will be donating all proceeds to the Hope Center at Pullen, which connects young people who are aging out of foster care in Wake County with the resources they need to transition successfully to adulthood.

For those in Durham, there's also a South Durham Holiday Christmas Lights tour, which is created by a different tour operator.

“If you live around Raleigh, and love Christmas lights, these are the tours for you! I know December looks different this year," Parker said in a press release. "I’m glad to offer this holiday fun to help people celebrate a little extra.”