MILLIS, Mass. - A Christmas spectacular of lights and displays that attracted thousands to the home of Imperial car dealership owner Kevin Meehan, was a holiday tradition for years.
A unique holiday tradition, but eventually the lights went out and the last few Christmases, the Meehan’s have observed Christmas quietly, without the crowds.
People used to line up on Causeway Street in Millis for hours just to drive through the gates of the Meehan family house and see their Christmas display. They might get that chance to do that again.
"People ask every year, are you going to reopen, is it going to be open ever again?" said Leah Meehan.
Leah is Kevin's daughter and she and her twin brother Jason work at the family business. They miss Millis Wonderland so much she asked her parents to bring it back.
They responded with a Facebook challenge. So on Tuesday night, Leah posted to Facebook asking for 1,000 likes, 500 comments and 300 shares by Christmas for a chance to bring the display back.
The response was overwhelming.
"I beat the goal in under 11 hours. It hasn’t even been 24 hours and it's beyond what I ever thought it would be," said Leah. "It's just crazy that something we set up brought this much joy to so many people."
Jason never had a doubt about the Millis Wonderland's popularity, saying "I knew right away what was going to happen. It was going to blow up."
In Millis, a viral Facebook post could mean the return of a local Christmas Legend: Millis Wonderland. The spectacular has attracted thousands, but has been dark in recent years. It could soon see a big comeback. My story @boston25 6pm #Christmas pic.twitter.com/eMHt2rIl4S— Bob Ward Boston 25 (@Bward3) November 28, 2018
Now, it's time to talk to the parents.
"I do believe there’s a very good chance it will happen because of the feedback that we are getting. But it’s really nice to hear the stories and I think it’s going to help convince them," said Leah.
And if that happens, this Christmas legend could return for Christmas 2019.
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