Welcome to the 2016 Christmas Lights

Its that time of year again…time to get ready for our 34th Annual Christmas Light Spectacular! As always, the light show will begin on Thanksgiving Day and end on New Years. Santa has already confirmed that he will be present every evening during Christmas week (Friday, December 17th thru Friday, December 23rd).

I’ve been working on the 400 figures since the beginning of September and am happy to report that I have gone thru all of them. I replaced about 3,000 lights and re-taped around 15,000 lights. This is actually a significant improvement over previous years, so I’m not complaining.

For those of you who do not know, each light on the figures (about 65,000-70,000 total) is taped on with strapping tape and the tape is good for approximately 4 years. I noticed, when working on the figures, that some of the lights are over 15 years old…pretty good life-time for the mini-bulbs (especially when compared to the newer LED lights which do not seem to last more than 2 seasons!).

I will start working on putting up the actual display the first week in November. 23 days to put out about 135,000 lights and about 400 figures! As the work progresses, I will keep you updated on my progress on at least a weekly basis during November.

As always, there will be changes in the display and its up to you to discover them.

All good things must come to an end. This is my 34th year of putting on the light production and I’m not getting any younger. This is the last year I will be doing 8 houses. Next year it will be only the 2 main houses (which account for about 70% of the lights and figures anyway). It will also be the last year (my 35th) of my mega light display.


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    Mona Says:

    My family looks forward to this every year. It’s such a special thing to see as a neighborhood comes together. It reminds me of vintage Christmas village sets, it’s not something that you see much now in communities. We’ve always lived on a pretty tight budget and this was a highlight in our Christmas an experience will always mean more than any gift can. Thank you for all the years of lights and smiles.

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