ROCKWALL, TX – December 13, 2021 — When it comes to making spirits bright during the holidays, Roger Shank and Donna Orr of Rockwall know just how to amp up the Christmas spirit within the community.
Throughout December, the couple welcomes the community to their spectacular drive-up Christmas lights display on their five-acre homestead at 2625 Rolling Meadows Drive (just north of Airport Road off FM 3549).
The one-of-a-kind display this year features a 16-foot mega tree, a 12-foot mega tree, six Midi trees, 16 mini trees, 16 arches, two snowflake towers, two pixel towers set beside a Mickey Mouse face, two snowflake towers, and 16 candy canes. Their home’s windows, roof outline and gutters C9 RGB lights, and the entire display dazzles with more than 10,000 RGB lights programmed to music.
“We use all RGBs which means each pixel has three LEDs in it and it can give you a combination of 256 different colors,” Donna said.
The display has gotten bigger and brighter each year since Donna and Roger first found their passion for extreme Christmas decorating seven years ago following a trip to Home Depot, where they saw lights that could turn on and off with music. They started out using LED lights and had programmers designing complex algorithms to sync up the lights to all the songs. It was a time-intensive project, but now can be done much quicker.
“Because of the developers that work on this software they have made it easier to program songs,” Donna said. “It used to take a week to program one song. Now you can do that in less than a day. And in the holiday lighting industry all kinds of small businesses have developed. You can now buy a programmed song from a vendor and map it to your display elements and have it done in an hour.”
Folks are welcome to drive up and tune their car radio to 102.7 to enjoy the mesmerizing display. The show runs from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The show runs approximately 20 minutes to a different set of songs each evening, Monday through Sunday.
Roger and Donna kindly ask visitors to the display to keep the neighbors in mind by dimming your headlights, allowing all traffic to safely pass, keeping the driveways clear and turning your radio to a level that is comfortable within your vehicle while you enjoy the show.
By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.
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