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Christmas Lights Tour with a Horse on a Hayride a big hit in Pocatello

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - For the last few years, the corner of Hiskey and Butte Street in Pocatello has been a magical place to meet during the holiday season.

Snake River Doodles held their annual Christmas Lights Tour with a Horse on a Hayride throughout the week of Christmas.

"We have our miniature horse Duke and he's the smallest walking therapy horse in the U.S.," said Nikki Jorgenson. "He goes on board the hay trailer and rides along to get pets and loves with people as we travel around the neighborhood and see the Christmas lights."

When you are on the hayride, you get to say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus, see some houses that light up the neighborhood, and Duke is a fun hang as well.

"A lot of times at first they're surprised that the horse is on board and not pulling the trailer, but then they love it," Jorgenson said. "They love to see the little horses. We've had a few on the rides over the years. We have some families that call me immediately when we announce we're doing it so they can get on board. It's an annual tradition and a lot of fun."

The hayride went for five nights, with a long line each night to enjoy some wholesome family fun.

Jorgenson says they felt like the neighborhood they selected was the perfect spot for the event.

"This neighborhood is very welcoming," Jorgenson said. "They have really good lights and the the roads are good on the route that we found, so we can keep going in the winter storms in this neighborhood."

By doing this every year, Jorgenson says it allows her to give back on a holiday that has giver her so much.

"The Christmas season means everything to me," Jorgenson said. "My grandfather raised me growing up and he was a Santa's helper and I got to grow up as his helper elf. So it means a lot to me. I love Christmas time."

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