Walking into Jean Kohorst’s mobile home is like taking a step into the world of make believe. What appears to be literally thousands of Christmas decorations are exquisitely arranged throughout her home and she wants anyone who is curious to stop by and see for themselves.
“I just enjoy Christmas; I love Christmas decorations,” she said. “It’s really unique and everybody who sees it says they’ve never ever seen such a beautiful Christmas display in their life.”
Every room is filled with the theme of Christmas. From Santa hat-wearing stuffed bears, to miniature villages, to tree ornaments, to snow-filled water globes, there is not a single space in the trailer that doesn’t exude the holiday spirit. And it’s all displayed expressly for the Christmas season — each year it takes her two to three weeks to unpack her storage boxes and arrange everything perfectly into place.
“It’s just a mobile home but it’s just completely loaded and everybody who comes and sees it says they’ve never ever ever seen anything that looks as nice,” said Jean. “I wouldn’t even hope to guess how many decorations… It grows every year.”
Jean has loved decorating for as long as she can remember, but it’s only been the last three to four years that she’s been inviting the public to view her work while raising donations for the food bank in the process.
“One year I had over $200 and over three apple boxes full (of nonperishable food items),” said Jean.
She’s hoping for even more visitors this year and welcomes anyone who wants to drop by.
To get to Jean’s mobile home, drive north on Highway 93/95 and turn right on Lambert Road, then stay right (effectively doing a right U-turn off the highway) and continue along the gravel road until you reach the Juniper Heights Mobile Home Park on the left. Driving into the park, Jean’s home is directly ahead. The address is trailer #10A, which is brightly decorated with Christmas lights with three blow-up holiday displays on the front lawn.
Jean said the best time to view her inside display is at night and she usually shuts the lights off by 9 p.m. so make sure to arrive before then.