One of the biggest displays of holiday lights and decorations in Indian River County is celebrating 30 years. Christmas may be over with but the spirit lives on at TARA through December 30th!
Christmas at Tara, a free drive-through experience, features about 500,000 miniature lights and 90 figures across the lawn of the Grall Law Group property, 7555 20th St., west of Vero Beach, said Heather Grall Barwick. It runs 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. “It’s a tradition,” Barwick said. “There’s just something magical about Christmas and Christmas lights.” Barwick, now 40, remembered being 10 years old when her parents, Bernie and Marge Grall, started the family tradition. Her dad built the law firm offices in 1989 and, as a big “Gone with the Wind” fan, designed it and named it after Tara Plantation. A local group that used to do a Christmas house asked if it could move the display to the Gralls’ new property. It started small, with only the inside of the building decorated, but Bernie Grall decided to step it up the next year. He added a few pieces in the yard: a Nativity scene, Santa’s sled and reindeer. For 22 years, the Grall family decorated the inside of the building with 15 Christmas trees, 300 snow-village pieces and trains running between rooms. “It was amazing,” Barwick said. “It just always felt like such a special place — a magical place — to grow up.” With just a few more days left to enjoy this “Magic” don’t miss out! You and the family will experience JOY! JOY! JOY!