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Johnston’s River resident uses thousands of lights to help Santa’s Angels

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Johnston’s River resident Gary Woodhouse gets into a festive mood next to the donations box for his sequenced Christmas lights and music show that he runs from his home. This is the fifth year for the light show, which raises money for the non-profit Santa’s Angels group.

Johnston’s River resident Gary Woodhouse gets into a festive mood next to the donations box for his sequenced Christmas lights and music show that he runs from his home. This is the fifth year for the light show, which raises money for the non-profit Santa’s Angels group.

That’s clear to anyone who drives by Woodhouse’s Campbell Road residence this month with a vivid display that features thousands of bright Christmas lights sequenced to Christmas music.

This is the fifth year of Woodhouse hosting the vibrant lights show, each year raising about $700 for the Santa’s Angels non-profit charity.

“It’s going help some families out for sure,” said Woodhouse, who explained his interest in creating the show. “I’ve always liked music and lights…. Back in the 1970s, in the disco days, I took a cardboard box, put Christmas lights inside, put pegboard over it with a fan in front of it and it would put dots on the wall like disco dots.”

He has since taken that experimental DIY approach to the extreme with the Christmas lights show.

Woodhouse first wanted to make a lights show several years ago, but thought the technology involved would be too expensive.

However, that didn’t stop the self-described ”fix-it guy,” who realized he could take a more DIY approach of buying the controller, rigging up the lights and programming them to music for much cheaper.

He’s since put thousands of hours, and too many lights to count, into creating the unique show.

Read the full article on The Guardian

Mitch MacDonald (mitchell.macdonald@theguardian.pe.ca)
Published: Dec 03, 2017 at 6:47 p.m.
Updated: Dec 03, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.