Jackson, Tenn: What started off as an idea, turned into a plan, and 50,000 views on Facebook with over 600 shares later, local Realtor, Colleen Owens, launched a successful Christmas light tour for the city of Jackson. As a way to bring more holiday spirit to the city, Owens decided to create a Christmas lights list and Google map that shows beautifully decorated homes in Madison, Chester, Henderson, and Crockett counties.

"The idea came to me while I was decorating my own home," said Owens, Realtor for Crye*Leike Blue Skies. "I felt as if there werent as many residents who were putting up Christmas lights as the years before, and then I realized that those homes that are still decorating their outside are not necessarily all in one neighborhood."

After the Thanksgiving holiday, Owens took several nightly trips around the city to discover the homes that were the most festive and added them to a list and map. The public can access the information from her Facebook page which is frequently updated. Homes included on the list can be removed if they wish to do so. "A lot of the houses on the list are decorated extremely well, it takes a lot of time and energy to decorate the outside of your home and many of the homeowners have been excited to find their homes on the list," said Owens.

This is an affordable and fun way for families to explore the city and check out some beautifully decorated Christmas lights through the comfort of their vehicles. "Since this is the first year I have put this list together, I want to encourage more participants next year with a Christmas Lights Contest in 2018," said Owens.

To check out the Christmas lights list and Google Map go to https://www.facebook.com/cryeleikeblueskies/. For more information contact, Colleen Owens at (731) 343-0148 or via email at Colleen.owens@crye-leikeofjackson.com.

ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE. Crye*Leike Franchises is a division of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 40 years. As the fifth largest independently-owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South, Crye-Leike has more than 3,100 sales associates, 800 employees and 126 company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.36 billion in sales volume and 32,788 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2016 its biggest year ever and is on track to achieve the companys goal of $6.7 billion in sales volume this year.