HAMMOND | Peteyville is once again bringing holiday cheer to the Hammond neighborhood where Jean Shepherd, whose writings inspired the movie “A Christmas Story,” grew up.
Pete Basala, creator of Peteyville, stands Thursday outside his home in Hammond. Basala's light display fills his and four of his neighbors' yards.
A school bus stops Thursday so passengers can catch a glimpse of Pete Basala's Christmas display, known as Peteyville, at 3033 Crane Place in Hammond. Basala runs a separate power service through NIPSCO for the display, which he estimates costs $110 a week.
Pete Basala looks at Peteyville on Thursday from his front door in Hammond. The Peteyville Christmas display will continue nightly through New Year's Eve.
Pete Basala's Peteyville Christmas display lights up Crane Place in Hammond on Thursday. This year Basala added two 13-foot soldiers, a Snoopy and a merry-go-round to the display that takes up five yards. About 12,000 lights hang on archways along the sidewalks.
It was 25 years ago when Pete Basala, of Hammond, first started spreading Christmas cheer in his neighborhood with a few strings of lights and some holiday decorations. And each year, he’s added and added and added. He makes Clark Griswold look like a lightweight.
Clark Griswold's got nothing on Pete Basala. In his home in Hammond, just blocks from where Jean Shepherd (writer and narrator of the classic movie "A Christmas Story") grew up, Peteyville is lit up from Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve each year. It's a tradition for my family and many oth…
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