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A group of Christmas-decorating neighbors is once again giving Clark Griswold a run for his money.

Larry Drum, Brian Todd and Chris Hoard have kicked off their annual Christmas in Cumming music and lights show.

The display can be seen from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays along Bryn Ridge Court in the Haley Farms subdivision in northwestern Forsyth County.

Unlike Griswold, who appears as the perfection-seeking holiday fanatic in the comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” the men donate the proceeds from their festive displays to Forsyth County Family Haven.

The nonprofit provides emergency food, shelter, clothing and other services to victims of domestic violence and their families.

“It’s hundreds of thousands of dancing lights,” said Drum, adding that visitors say the event has put them “in the Christmas mood.”

He said last year’s display raised more than $11,000 in cash and supplies for Family Haven.

Visitors to the show are asked to tune their car radios to 88.1 FM, where they will hear 20 Christmas music songs as they drive past six houses decorated with some 250,000 sparkling lights.

Family Haven was chosen as a beneficiary, Drum said, because in the past he had bought decorations from its thrift store.

“Family Haven is a very important, vital service,” he said. “Too many people think it’s just a thrift store behind the National Guard, but it’s so much more.”

Donations of cash and supplies are accepted for admission to the display, which runs until New Year’s Day.

Needed items include toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers of all sizes, twin sheet sets, copy paper, pasta dinners and cereal.