Some of you like to learn more about what goes into running a Christmas show. This year (so far) we have a limited amount of songs up. This fact is mostly due to the design changes we implemented this year to incorporate “Smart Pixels”. As you watch our show, you’ll notice the columns and the two arches are extremely bright and change colors. These smart pixels allow me to change individual bulb color. With that ability comes a new controller and a whole new way to program the lights. It took me late into the fall to finally get all the parts from China and test everything. The design had to change a few times because my Arches were initially too big to support their own weight. I had to trim them down from 16′ to 10′ so they would stand up. I had to redo the programming I had already done.
Next the software option for programming smart pixels is limited. There are pro’s and con’s to whatever software you pick (including exorbant prices), and my pick crashed whenever I tried to add all my pixels. You’d think it’s not hard to add 320 lights to a software program, BUT since each light can display invidual spectrum of Red/Green/Blue on each bulb it’s really not 320 light. It’s 960 lights or “channels”. For reference, 2013’s show only had 36 Channels. This year it’s 996 Channels. A lot of the tricks to get the show to look right have to be imported and exported across multiple pieces of software. This was all a learning process this year. I should have started the new project in June to be ready, but I didn’t get started until late August.
Now, I have to make all the old songs conform to the new channel layout. I have so busy at work lately, my free time is sparse. I’m working every night to get several of the other songs back up as well as a completely new song for this year. With that check back weekly for new information.
I really hope you enjoy the show. Please tell your friends to come visit as well. Remember, we’re donating to “Toys for Tots” again this year, so we appreciate anything you feel you can give. Leave us a note in our mailbox and tell us what you like about the show.
Thanks to everyone for coming out this year and seeing the lights! A special Thank You to the people who donated to “Toys for Tots”. I tallied everything up and mailed a check today. The grand total was $140.97!!! What an awesome job. We also had 1 peso and a Canadian .10 piece which couldn’t be converted. I appreciate everyone’s time and effort, and please look forward to some big changes next year.
A big thank you to everyone who came out and saw Santa last night. He really enjoyed it and we look forward to doing that again next year. I’d like to remind everyone that our show will run until Jan 1st, so if you haven’t come by yet, please do so soon.
We have tallied up the donations so far, and we’re at $102.xx and some jingle change I haven’t counted yet. I thank everyone for their generosity. I will update the page again soon before Jan 1.
Ho Ho Ho.
Our letters to Santa have finally reached the North Pole. Santa will be showing up Monday, December 23 from around 7-8pm (ish). Santa is very busy and we’re glad he said he would stop by. Come wave hi to him and enjoy the lights!
Two of our new songs are finally posted on Vimeo as of this morning. Check the video’s page.
Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas.
The final new song of the season is now up. I finished the “Christmas Vacation” theme song enough to put on display. I’ll tweak it some more soon. I’m hammering out the details with Santa to make sure his time of his visit will work out. I should have that info soon. The video’s of this year’s show should be on display soon. I will be recording them tomorrow if all goes well. So far we have raised $56 for Toys for Tots. This is great, and we can’t wait to give it to the foundation! Stay tuned.
Christmas 2013 is almost upon us, and our lights have already gone up. Our biggest exciting news for this year is that we’ve decided to sponsor some kids through “Toys for Tots”. We have setup a locked donation box next to our radio sign that has a slot for cash donations. We will empty the box every night and near Christmas we will make a donation in the name of “Denver NC Christmas Spirit”. 100% of the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. We figured since we’re going to do the light show anyway, why not make something more positive out of it. I will update the website with the grand total donation around Christmas. I hope this brings some extra joy to families in need.
I hope everyone enjoys the new songs. As always, we have kept the old ones up as well. We added a few more LED lights to the show and rotated out some of the incandescents. We did not have a budget this year to expand the show again, but next year is looking like we should be able to. Pretty soon I’m going to have to install an electrical sub panel! HA!
Don’t be shy, leave us a note. We’ve even taken a few song requests.
This year’s show will run Monday-Thursday 6pm-9pm. Friday-Sunday 6pm-1030pm.
This years track list so far is: Carol of the Bells, Sandstorm, Christmas Vacation, Queen of the Winter Night, and Decorations. We will be putting the final touches on a few more songs as well.
Santa caught wind of our light show and was so impressed he is supposed to stop by one night and hand out candy canes. Keep checking our website for an update on when that’s going to happen.
From my family to yours, I hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas.
Hello everyone! The show has been running great this year. I’ve already seen bus loads of youth groups, school kids, families, etc all enjoying the lights. I think the record so far this year is 7 cars lined up in a row. I’m glad everyone is enjoying the lights so much.
If you were curious the show runs on weekdays from 5:30pm – 9:00pm and weekends from 5:30 – 10:00pm. Since we added some new channels this year I haven’t put all the old songs up yet, and I won’t until I can add the new channels into the old programs. Since we have so many songs now, I’m limiting the shows to 4-5 songs in a row, and the songs will change every couple of nights. Please check back to see if you’ve missed anything as we get toward Christmas.
I wanted to (and still might) get Santa to pass out candy canes on the day before Christmas Eve. Stay tuned for that, as I’ll make a post if I can arrange it.
Enjoy the show and we hope to hear from everyone soon.
The light show is scheduled to start tomorrow! In the next few days I’ll be putting up a track list, times, and some more information on the show. I’ve been sick for the past 5 days, so not all the songs are configured for the new setup but they will be soon. I also haven’t setup my voice intro, or promoted this website yet. It’s coming together, even if it’s a little late this year. I hope everyone enjoys the new lights and songs. Leave my family a note, it makes our day!
I see cars lining up now. See everyone soon.
The hard part is over. The gutter and roof LED’s are up as well as the Mega tree. You’ll see a re-designed tree on the left. The cat is partially out of the bag now. Just wait and see what it does! The windows and window frames are complete as well as the green tree. The ladders can be put away now. Time for all the small things as well as adding some new features this year. I’ve been busy all day soldering in my workshop. Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I gotta keep working.
The hard part is over. Now for all the small stuff