David Snell’s holiday light tours offer the sort of view typically reserved for Santa himself.
At 1,500 feet, Snell guides his Cessna 172 from one neighborhood to the next, pointing out the lay of the land by rote.
Bright lights from the big city dominate, with steady white lines snaking along the major thoroughfares. Holiday lights appear in pockets. Trees get in the way now and then, and the finer details of yard displays go unnoticed. But the brilliant sparkles accenting geometric shapes are a memorable sight from the dark sky above.