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2016 Christmas Light Schedule:
Saturday, November 26th thru Saturday, December 31st
7:00pm to 10:00pm ANIMATED DISPLAY (earlier/later on Fri-Sat-Sun)
(All times are approximate and weather/traffic permitting of course.)
UPDATE: Friday 01/01/2016
Happy New Year!!!
The lighting season wrapped up last night at midnight and today teardown began. In about a week almost all signs of Christmas lights will be gone and the yard will look boring again.
God willing the lights will start going back up in about 10 months. Is it bad that I'm already looking forward to that???
UPDATE: Friday 12/25/2015
Ho, ho, ho... Merry Christmas!!!
UPDATE: Wednesday 12/23/2015
NO LIGHTS DUE TO RAIN!!! WRAP PRESENTS AND EAT COOKIES!!!
UPDATE: Thursday 12/17/2015
The lights may or may not be on tonight due to the rain. Check our Facebooks page for details...
UPDATE: Wednesday 12/16/2015
Due to family commitments, the lights will be on from 7:00pm to 10:00pm tonight with a RESTRICTED PLAYLIST! Also, the blowups will not be turned on until after 8:30pm.
UPDATE: Monday 12/14/2015
62F and rain with a chance of thunderstorms! Sorry folks, NO LIGHTS TONIGHT! We will try it again tomorrow! Be sure to follow our Facebooks page for more updates.
UPDATE: Wednesday 12/02/2015
Unfortunately the rain soaked ground is making it impossible to run the lights. Sorry folks. We will try it again tomorrow! For more timely updates, be sure to follow us on the Facebooks.
UPDATE: Friday 11/20/2015
Setup is going well and everything looks to be on schedule. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to catch all my ramblings about projects, setup progress, and all things Christmas lights!
UPDATE: Friday 11/20/2015
Alright, here it comes... a little pre-season reminder...
So, even though we expanded and now have a Facebooks page we would like to ask something that's a little backwards from most every other page on there... please, please, please do not share us!
Those that have followed the display over the years know why... and now I'll explain it to the newest people here. Our location stinks! Well, not really but as far as being able to park somewhere and watch the lights it does. We can comfortably have four cars in our driveway watching the lights but the road doesn't lend itself very well to "parking".
Between the ditches, woodchucks flying over the hill doing way more that the suggested 35MPH(yes, that's actually posted on those nice roadside signs!), and the fact that we get weather most of Broome County doesn't... sometimes it's almost as much work trying to stop to watch the lights as it is to put them all up!
Over the years we have seen people do the dumbest things in order to watch the lights. Parking in the middle of the road with lights off ranks right up there! Please us common sense! If the driveway is full, the uphill side of the road across from the house seems like the best place to get vehicles close to being off the road. The ditch is there, but there is actually a shoulder you can use.
Weekday nights seem to be the slowest while weekends seem to pick up. And speaking of picking up... the few days before Christmas are usually insane! We understand why but we also don't? After Christmas it dies right off which becomes the perfect time for getting cozy with the lights(some cars have gotten too cozy... just remember you are on camera when you are in the driveway!).
So, there you have it. Don't share us! Keep this whole thing a little secret between us... and you. Watch the lights if you can do it safely. Don't do anything that would jeopardize you, your family, our family, or those woodchucks(for they know not that they are woodchucks).
And remember the reason for the season! God Bless!
If you plan to stop by to enjoy the lights we ask that you remember East Maine Road can be a very busy road at times and completely dead at others. The suggested speed limit is 35MPH over the crest of the hill(thanks Judge! ) but people do not seem to follow that suggestion. Feel free to pull into our driveway to enjoy the lights! Two cars can pull in side-by-side and if you go far enough another two can pull in behind you.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: We can not have people parked in the road... If this happens the lights will have to be turned off. Unfortunately some people travel well over the cautionary speed limit of 35MPH so... DO NOT STOP IN THE ROAD!!! PLEASE PULL INTO OUR DRIVEWAY and if there is not room consider stopping by later. If you have tried a few times and just can't get in, send us an email and we'll make arrangements.
One more note about the road, if you are pulling over to let someone pass, be careful of the ditch... once we get snow up here the ditches will magically disappear underneath the plowed snow. Only problem is they haven't really dissappeared and you'll be needing a tow.
The display is located at 1245 East Maine Rd in the Town of Maine(in NY).
We have always enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas and in 2007 we had a display with about 4,000 Christmas lights and 13 inflatable.
2008 was the first year that we had the display synchronized to music broadcast on 94.9 FM radio via a low-powered FM transmitter. There were around 45,000 computer controlled lights with Silver, Gold, and Red being the primary colors. In all, we could control 176 individual channels of lighting. The inspiration for the 2008 display was Richard Holdman of Utah. Our whole family has enjoyed his display for the past three years and our display tries to capture his style of synchronized lighting(and boy does he have style!).
Some items of interest in 2008 were a 21 foot Mega-Tree with 4,800 lights, four 10 foot animated arches with 1,700 dancing lights each, and a 12 foot tree with 4,800 lights.
In 2009, we kept everything from 2008 and added another 10,000 - 15,000 lights and 80 more lighting channels. We also added two snowflake trails on the house, four "jumping" arches in the yard, and doubled the lights on the two smaller 10' trees.
The display in 2010 was very similar to 2009. The 21' mega-tree was upgraded from 4,800 lights to 9,600 lights as well as some other upgrades. The blowups also made a comeback and they were a huge hit.
In 2011 we reduced the amount of lights to ~50,000 and we also reduced the time the display is on. The past year was a bit much for us and instead of taking the year off, we decided to try for a little less "show".
In 2012 and 2013 we were back to around 75,000 lights and put up the blowups a couple weeks before Christmas. The display hours were reduced to 7pm to 10:00pm weekdays and 6:30pm to 11:00pm on the weekends.
The 2010 Christmas Lights were dedicated to Great Grandma Billie. We love and miss you!