Potwin Place
Neighborhood Christmas Display

SW Greenwood & SW Woodlawn
Topeka, Kansas 66606 

November 28, 2020 - January 2, 2020

Potwin Place Christmas Display Map  History

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2019 Potwin Place Christmas Theme
Potwin Place Neighborhood Christmas Display - Topeka, Kansas

The Potwin Place Neighborhood Christmas Display is one of the most impressive stops on our tour of Topeka holiday lights. This national historic district has 8 blocks of well decorated, beautiful old homes, plus theme displays on the small roundabouts at each intersection. Potwin has an attractive mixture of Victorian, Italianate, and nineteenth century farmhouse style homes on brick streets.

Start the tour driving north on Greenwood Avenue from Willow Avenue (4th Street) 4 blocks to Grove Avenue. West (left) on Grove to Woodlawn Avenue and back south on Woodlawn.

Potwin Place has used several themes over the years and repeats a theme using much the same decorations every 5 or 6 years. The 2016 theme set was retired following the season. It was To Christmas with Love, based on the book by Topeka native Bonney Miller. The 2017 Christmas light display theme was Potwin Comes a' Caroling by Ganriella Adorino, 2018 was International Celebration (the oldest of all the sets), and 2019 was Holiday TV Classics.

The 2020 Potwin Place Christmas Theme is The Christmas Story. and this year's traffic circle decorations are stylistically different than the past few years. A mouse named Emil appears in each display.

The set and lights will be setup on the Saturday morning following Thanksgiving and will be taken down, weather permitting, the morning of January 2, 2021.

The volunteers added a low power radio station with Christmas music in 2018 and it continues this year, broadcasting on 96.9FM.

Promise roundabout display - Potwin Place
The 2020 theme is "The Christmas Story."


The theme of the roundabout displays changes each year - for 2019 it was "Classic TV Holiday."

Classic TV - Arthur's Perfect Christmas at Potwin Place
"Arthur's Perfect Christmas" was one of the roundabout displays in 2015.

Classic TV Christmas - Rudolph at Potwin Place
Rudolph in 2015

The History of the Potwin Place Christmas Displays

In the 1950s, the man who owned 305 Greenwood made small wooden figures for his yard.  He added to them over the years and extended his display into the circle at 2nd and Greenwood. About 20 years later, the owners of 333 Greenwood and others painted the fire hydrants on the traffic circles to look like toy soldiers, and the neighborhood started organizing the big circle decorations we know today.

Thanks to Carrie Riordan for help with this history.

Potwin Place Neighborhood Christmas Display
This was one of our favorite homes for 2013 and it is similar in 2020.

England: Yule Log
This roundabout display and the following two are from 2008 when the displays were very elaborate
and the theme was An International Celebration. They were brought back in 2013.

Spain: Naciminto - Christmas in Spain
Spain Nacimento

Sweden: Lucia Day - December 13
Sweden Lucia Day

329 SW Woodlawn Avenue in Potwin Place, Topeka
329 SW Woodlawn Avenue in 2014

Potwin Place Christmas Display Map - Topeka, Kansas
Potwin Place Christmas Display Map

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