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The Viles family home at 44 Kentucky St., Wheeling Island is decorated for the holiday season and includes a Santa seat for photos.

A Wheeling Couple is bringing a little Christmas cheer to the crowds on Kentucky Street this season with their lighted house, Santa seat, candy canes and more.

Jamie and Shaun Viles recently relocated to Wheeling from Texas and purchased a historic home at 44 Kentucky St., Wheeling Island. They decorated the house from top to bottom and encouraged people to come and see it.

“We will have the lights on from dusk to 11pm every night from now until just after the New Year,” Jamie Viles said on her social media page.

“We’re also going to be giving out candy canes and we’ve got these 3D glasses that you can all look through at the Christmas lights… They’re pretty awesome. It’s something everyone can enjoy.”

The outdoor exhibit also includes a Santa Claus seating area where people can stop and take photos of their seated friends and family members.

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Seen here is Santa’s seat at the Viles family home at 44 Kentucky St., Wheeling Island, which people can use for photos. Santa Claus is scheduled to appear on November 19 and 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The couple will also have Santa Claus available for photos on November 19 and November 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In case of bad weather, Santa Claus can be postponed. They also plan to visit the Grinch for photos.

The Viles decided to relocate to the Ohio Valley for a number of reasons and after a shopping spree, they settled on Wheeling.

“We moved here for the history and the scenery. We don’t have hills and trees where we were,” Jamie Viles said Monday. “We wanted something different. Our kids (Aspen and Dakota) are young and we wanted them to have a chance to explore and see different things before they were 18.”

Shaun Viles said the house on Wheeling Island was built in 1880 and was known as the Pratt-Ferris House. Before choosing Wheeling, the pair explored other locations along the east coast.

“We came to Steubenville last year to celebrate Thanksgiving with a friend and fell in love with the area,” he said.

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Wheeling’s Viles family includes Shaun and Jamie Viles and their children Aspen and Dakota.

His wife’s brother also lives in Belpre, Ohio.

Jamie Viles said the historic home also had a lot to do with her decision.

“That was the house we fell in love with,” she said.

Regarding their Christmas decorations, Jamie Viles said they have been doing this in Texas for many years.

“This is a big thing for me. It makes me happy. … The best thing is to see smiles on people’s faces,” she said.

Jamie Viles lived in Columbus, Ohio until she was 12 when her family moved to Texas.

She noted that some people might wonder why they party the way they do. Because it makes them happy too.

“We both have big hearts,” she said.

Shaun said since they were doing the same thing in Texas, he didn’t know people would enjoy it as much or even more in Wheeling.

“I didn’t know it was going to be such a big deal up here,” he said.

He only noticed last weekend that they were visiting four different families in one evening. A couple from Buffalo, New York, who were visiting family in the area, even stopped by.

“It’s open to everyone. If you need help, ring the doorbell,” Jamie Viles said.

The couple installed cameras so they can see when people arrive and come out and greet them.

“It’s amazing how widespread it has become. I never thought it would be like this,” said Shaun Viles.

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