Thousands flock to 'Winter Wonderland'

Scott Weaver of Rohnert Park stands in front of his "Weaver's Winter Wonderland."

December 23, 2009 1:32:32 PM PST
Scott Weaver of Rohnert Park is usually best known for an impressionistic sculpture he made of San Francisco using 100,000 toothpicks. But not during the holidays.

For 15 years, Weaver has transformed his Rohnert Park home into a castle with 293 handcrafted characters, 40,000 lights, a waterfall, a tower, a train and a bubble machine. His self-described "Weaver Winter Wonderland" gets bigger every year.

"I remember the first guy who got out to see my lights 14 years ago and I thought, 'Gee, I'm making a difference," he said.

His display takes one month of 12 hour days just to set up.

I get high school kids to help me; they get community service hours, just to graduate," Weaver said.

Weaver estimates that 4,000 people visited last weekend alone.

"You know you've arrived when you have to clean gum off the sidewalk," he said as yet another tour bus pulled up to his house.

Weaver is so prolific that his characters spill over into neighbors' yards. Next door, Kelly Butler has Sleeping Beauty, the Prince and a dragon, among others.

"It's not easy to say 'no' to Scott," she said.

"I just like to make kids smile," Weaver said. "People say the nicest things to me."

If you would like to see the house, the lights will be on from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. every night through December 31, 2009, at 1190 Cielo Circle, Rohnert Park, CA.


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