Christmas in Madrid
During the 1930s, the coal-mining town of Madrid to the east between Albuquerque and Santa Fe was world-famous for its Christmas display. Sponsored by the mining company and powered by the company's generators, the valley featured huge lighted billboards, cutouts, and mobile displays; the ballpark was transformed into "Toy Land", with animated cutouts and 3D installations. "Christmas City" became so noted that special trains and tours were arranged to it during the holiday season, and airliners diverted over the town so passengers could see the display. Tradition has it that each year 100,000 light bulbs were used in the displays and 100,000 visitors came to see them, and that Walt Disney may have been inspired to build Disneyland after visiting Madrid during the Christmas season.