Southwest of Ardmore, just off of South Brock Road, the family at 126 Longhorn Trail has gone all out for holidays. Over 6,000 lights adorn the home — but the lights are only the beginning of the Christmas Cheer. The lights are all computer controlled to change colors and create pictures and patterns to music being broadcast on a special radio station.
Home owner Jon Harper said he’s been setting up the light show for three years now. He first got the idea a few years back after he watched a video of a similar display online.
“We’ve always done quite a bit of decorating inside for Christmas, and then I switched to the outside after I saw a video of a similar show on the internet,” Harper said. “I’m pretty hands-on so I thought, ‘I can do that.””
Harper said he starts programming the display sometime in July or August because programming the lights with the music can be a time consuming task.
“It can take up to 20 or 30 hours behind a computer to program one three minute song,” Harper said. “So it’s very labor intensive and something you’ve got to enjoy to do it, but it’s so rewarding on the back end.”
Harper said the entire show runs almost 30 minutes before looping back around and starting over. The song list contains a wide-range of artists and styles, so everyone who stops by will find a song to enjoy.
“It’s got a little bit of something for everybody,” Harper said. “I’ve got everything from TSO to Pentatonix to a clip from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ to a song that has Lil Jon on it.”
He said in addition to spreading cheer to everyone that stops by to see the show, one of his favorite aspects of the display is the joy it brings his own children.
“I have four kids,” Harper said. “My youngest are four and ten, and just watching their faces while they’re dancing to the music once I get everything going and set up just warms my heart.”
The light show takes place every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. through December 31. There are parking spots available for up to seven or eight vehicles at the bottom of the yard. For more information visit www.facebook.com/LightsonLonghornTrail.