Looking for a way to add some holiday spirit to the holiday season, one Antioch family is doing its part to keep you festive until the start of the New Year.
Betsy and Even Kohler have created a synchronized light display of morethan 148 channels. Thee display also features two nine-foot and twoseven-foot candy canes containing 3,200 programmed lights, all creating abeautiful animated light show.Courtesy Betsy Kohler
Betsy and Evan Kohler spent years taking their grandchildren around town to check out all the festive lights.
Over time the couple realized that there were no extravagant light displays downtown so they decided that they would do their part to keep Antioch festive and make a display of their own.
“This is our second year of our over-the-top Christmas display,” Evan Kohler said.
Through their travels around town, the Kohlers always appreciated displays with the brightest lights like the ones done for years on Bluerock Road and Camby Road in Antioch. So when designing their lighted decorations they followed their lead.
The Kohlers’ display features a synchronized light show with more than 148 channels, including an exploding four-color star on five-section light pole above the roof. There is also a four-color mega tree with rotating star topper, five three-foot, three-color mini trees and two nine-foot and two seven-foot candy canes containing 3,200 programmed lights, all creating a brightly colored animated light show.
The festive display covers the entire front yard of the family’s downtown West 16th Street home and uses about 20,000 lights in total. The lights are mostly all LED to keep the cost of the electricity down. Kohler even has Christmas music playing through speakers in the street.
“My wife and I put the display up all ourselves, so it takes some time getting the whole light show up,” Kohler said.
Generally the couple begins putting the display together on Oct. 1, in hopes of completing the project by the day after Thanksgiving.
“This year we just barely got it finished in time,” he said.
The theme of the show is candy canes and the Kohlers encourage viewers to get out of their cars and tour the show. They even have free candy canes for children.
The Kohlers’ holiday light show is open to the public seven days a week from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. until New Year’s Day. They intend to keep the lights on until 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Kohlers’ light display show is located at 29 W. 16th St. in downtown Antioch just off A Street. The street dead-ends; however, Kohler said that it is wide enough at the end for easy u-turns. The lightshow is featured on You Tube at https://youtu.be/-GFs34oaDA0, as well as http://www.lightsofthevalley.com/Properties/Antioch.asp where you can find a map on how to get to the show.
Published at Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:39:17 +0000