Once we officially ring in the New Year, it's goodbye to the elaborate Christmas decorations in Hammond's Hessville neighborhood -- a huge display known as "Peteyville," which is put up by Peter Basala. He's been decorating his home for 23 years, adding a little bit each year. Last year, he took a break following knee surgery, but was back bigger and better this year. New Year's Eve is the final night for this season's display, which boasts about 60 inflatables (including a 20-foot tall Santa and a custom-made 27-foot tall snowman.) It's also located two blocks away from the childhood home of Jean Shepherd, the creator of the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story," so the glowing leg lamp (autographed by four of the movie cast members) in the window fits in perfectly.The lights go on at 5 p.m. and the place will stay lit up and inflated until about 2 a.m. Take down on New Year's Day is an 8-hour job, followed by a month of repacking all the decorations. Be sure to take a drive by to see this spectacular display in person.
December 30, 2010