Christmas in Ansley kicks off 2023 season

Published 4:42 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Christmas enthusiasts for miles around, and many from Crenshaw County, have begun traveling to Troy to enjoy the events and lights on display at Christmas in Ansley.

According to owner Aaron Taylor this is the fourth year the event has featured a drive-thru display, but he and his wife Shanna Taylor have been putting together displays for the public much longer than that. 

“We’ve decorated for as long as I can remember,” Taylor said. “Shanna and I have been together for ten years and she has always decorated, but in 2020 we actually got started with our drive-through display. Every year since we’ve built more, added to it and enlarged the areas so that we can put more out.”

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Christmas in Ansley features eight acres of drive-through displays and around two acres of walk-through displays where visitors have the opportunity to meet with a variety of characters as well as stop for photo-ops. Additionally, visitors can purchase Pepsi products, hot chocolate and a selection of Christmas treats to appease their appetites.

Honoraville resident Callee Peterson visited Christmas in Ansley during its opening weekend this year and said she was impressed with the sights she witnessed.

“It was a beautiful place with so much to see,” Peterson said. “You can tell that there is a lot of thought and time that is put into it. I love that there is an area to purchase hot chocolate and snacks, as well as multiple places to take pictures!”

Highland Home resident Tina Mathis also visited Christmas in Ansley in previous years and said she plans to attend this year as well.

“It’s a really festive place and a great place to take children,” Mathis said. “I went with my sister last year and we had a great time at the drive-thru seeing all the lights.”

Christmas in Ansley is located at 5735 County Road 1135 in Troy and is open from 5:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays and from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Owner Shanna Taylor expressed that this year’s display will top previous years, and said individuals interested in attending should watch the Christmas in Ansley Facebook page to keep up with this year’s events.

“This year will be the biggest and brightest Christmas in Ansley yet,” Shanna Taylor said. “We’ll have more character visits than previous years, so make sure to keep a check on our events tab.”