The top three signs of the holidays’ arrival are the increased occurrence of festive feasts, the reemergence of holiday lights, and sword fighting Santa with candy canes for the last cookie. Don’t shank the jolly man with today’s Groupon to Pleasant Ridge and Smokey’s BBQ in Wellsville and Rantoul. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a holiday-lights package (a $25 total value) that includes:
- One drive-through pass to Memory Lane Christmas Lights (a $5 value)
- $20 dining credit at Smokey’s BBQ<p>
- For $25, you get a holiday-lights package for four (a $50 total value) that includes:
- Two drive-through passes to Memory Lane Christmas Lights (a $10 value)
- $40 dining credit at Smokey’s BBQ for a minimum of four
This Groupon is valid Wednesdays–Saturdays only. Memory Lane Christmas Lights is open Wednesdays–Saturdays 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Smokey’s BBQ is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 6 a.m.–8 p.m., Fridays 6 a.m.–9 p.m., and Saturdays 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Diners chow through Smokey’s BBQ hickory-smoked meats in high holiday spirits after cruising down Pleasant Ridge’s cheery light display. Before the lights, chomp through Smokey’s barbecue sandwiches, choosing chicken, corned beef, beef, ham, or pork ($4.69 each), or sidle up to the barbecue bacon cheeseburger topped with onion rings and the tangy titular sauce ($3.99; $5.49 for a double). Once the pork spare ribs ($9.29) have been cleared of meat, they can be used to build tabletop homes for salt shakers, and the three-meat barbecue dinner combo ($10.29) defends tables with a trio of hearty protein. Barbecue dinners can include two hours of uninterrupted monologues performed by a waiter or two sides chosen from options that include coleslaw ($1.99), seasoned curly fries ($1.99), mashed potatoes and gravy ($1.99), or honey-apple cornbread ($1.99). In addition to lunch and dinner, Smokey’s offers breakfast delights and desserts, holds fundraisers throughout the year, and hosts karaoke nights where warblers croon love songs to the grill.
After sating stomachs with Smokey’s delectable chow, revelers set their eyes on the visual feast at Memory Lane’s vast lighted wonderland. More than 50 individual displays dot the wintery landscape, with subjects ranging from nativity scenes and reindeer to historically accurate depictions of Santa’s high school graduation. Lights cascade down the quaint farm’s rooftops, and displays of Winnie the Pooh, elves, and carolers peek brightly from the buildings’ windows.