Murrieta neighborhood lights up the night with 300,000 lights
Friday, December 27th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.
In its fifth year of tradition, 24 houses have come together for a synchronized light display; they all move and twinkle to Christmas music played throughout the neighborhood.
"…Seeing the little ones, that are just dancing to the music, you can’t even describe it," said Kurt Hager, who helps engineer the light display.
For those in their cars, they are directed to turn their radio to 88.5 FM to keep with the synchronization.
The whole experience will surely bring out the child in everybody, said Ted Weist, the main engineer of the light display.
The show uses about 300,000 LED light and runs on an estimated 750 electrical channels to be able to synchronize the lights to the music. The LED lights help save electricity, too.
Many come from near and far to see the spectacular display. Even those who are visiting relatives from out of the country, such as Germany, want to see it, according to Hager.
"We have busloads of seniors come through to see the lights…and the smiles on their faces when you see them, you just can’t describe it," said Weist. "They just have a blast."
Every year Bainbridge tries to add something new, this year it includes talking trees on a couple houses and multicolored candy canes. There’s even a Santa Claus.
When the neighborhood first started the light display, they didn’t know what to expect. But over the years they’ve received a lot of positive feedback.
"It brings up our Christmas spirit," said Hager.
Not only does it bring up their Christmas spirit, but also for those who would not have a great Christmas otherwise, this is one of the reasons why they keep the tradition alive.
As for the future of the light display, Weist said they’ll keep going because they don’t think they can stop now.
"It has touched so many people," he said. "They’ve made it their tradition…"
The neighborhood does not charge or accept donations. Hager suggested donating to a charity instead.
Around the days closer to Christmas, Weist suggests getting there early because by the time 6 p.m. hits the street is completely full. After 7 p.m. the cars are lined up all the way down the street.
He estimated there were over 1,000 people walking to see the lights on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The display can be seen from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. every day until New Year’s Eve.
Bainbridge Circle is located at Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, 92563.
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