Festival of Lights Has Some Competition

By WEEK Reporter

December 7, 2010 Updated Dec 7, 2010 at 9:43 PM CDT

The Annual East Peoria Festival of Lights is Central Illinois' top holiday attraction bringing families from near and far.

But this year's display has some competition, a Peoria Resident who is lighting the skies with Christmas Cheer.

In the spirit of Christmas, one might decide to decorate their house, maybe throw up a frosty, maybe a reindeer, but for one Peoria resident he's decided to take decorating to the next level.

"It would take a lot of time to do something like this" said spectator Nancy Stein.

"I've always wanted to this, I've always had a fascination with lights and music and pyrotechnics, like in Trans-Siberian orchestra, this is the closest I can get to it now." said the homeowner Brian Jones.

Jones, an American eagle pilot has set up a Christmas display this year with more than 50,000 lights, synced to music.

The display consists of nine mini trees, four arches, rows of flashing candy canes and a mega tree to name a few things.

All changing at various times and to multiple colors.

"It's a hobby, it actually keeps me entertained, like people have remote control cars, I do Christmas lights and displays all year round." said Jones.

Nancy Stein a Peoria resident, decided to spend the night out viewing the display with her grandson.

Stein said, "We've been to the East Peoria light parade, but that's not open yet, so I told him, I take him to this house, no I've never seen anything like it, it's awesome."

For Lidea Callear it was a chance to see Jones' creativity again.

"Well we saw the Halloween one that he had and last Christmas too actually, so we wanted to come down and see it again, it kinda gets you in the mood for Christmas, it's beautiful." said Callear.

The lights and music are synced to FM channel 99.1 through Jones' home computer using a program called lighter-rama.

All you have to do is find a good parking spot, tune into 99.1 and enjoy the show.

Jones started setting up the display early in November and estimates it took 130 hours to set up and he is already working on plans to add a projection screen to next years display,

Brian Jones' Christmas display runs weekdays from 5-9:30pm, and weekends from 5-10pm at 6431 Beacon Road in Peoria.

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