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Arlington Family's Flashing Lights Display Ready for Christmas

11:35 PM, Nov 24, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Thanksgiving, the Ellison family gets ready for Christmas by testing four weeks of work on a light display in the family's front yard.

Mike Ellison has 16,000 lights programmed to music by computer to make sure everything is in sync.

"Hopefully, we will be ready for tonight," said Ellison, who tied up loose ends on Thanksgiving to be ready for the neighborhood event in Arlington that starts at 6:30 p.m.

This is the fifth yard-lighting ceremony the family has held at its home in The Cove subdivision on Royal Port Drive.

Ellison said hundreds of hours go into putting together a 30- minute program that has music and lights synched to compliment each other.

"We are expecting about 70 (people) this year. It just grows. We even joked with our neighbor about putting up a set of bleachers over in their yard," said Ellison.

The house is at 4568 Royal Port Drive. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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