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CNN to feature Wichita Christmas light displays

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 1:01 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at 12:12 p.m.


Wichitans channel Clark Griswold with Christmas lights

Many Wichitans are producing elaborate animated Christmas light displays at their homes using computer software. Video by Denise Neil.

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Wichita’s lights on CNN

What: Wichita will be featured in a story on CNN’s Christmas morning edition of “New Day” on a segment about the best Christmas lights around the country. The segment should air between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Central Standard Time, producers said.

Watch the video: To see the video, which was produced by The Eagle to accompany a story about animated Christmas displays in Wichita, visit Kansas.com.

Wichita’s top animated light displays

Following is a look at some of Wichita’s most popular dancing, musical light displays. To see them all in action, watch a video on Kansas.com.

Lights on Barrington,7507 W. Barrington, near 21st and Ridge.

Dave Williams, with the help of his wife, Mindy, has created a display that features 40,000 lights dancing to songs such as “Winter Wonderland.” Visitors can hear the music through their car radios as they watch, and they can make donations to Make-A-Wish. The show will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit “Lights on Barrington” on Facebook.

Lights on Lawrence Court, 1122 N. Lawrence Court, near 13th and Woodlawn.

Brad Short and Scott Lawrence have one of Wichita’s largest Christmas display, which features 300,000 lights and many of the decorations that once decorated the Wey Mansion on Park Place (Short bought the lights several years ago). Their show includes music broadcast over the radio and a collection for Children’s Miracle Network. It runs from dusk until 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and dusk to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and will be up through New Year’s Eve. Santa will be greeting visitors at the display on Christmas Eve.

Marshall Family Christmas Lights , 620 N. Stratford Lane, near Central and Rock.

This display, run by Mark Marshall, his wife and their eight children covers the family’s large home with 100,000 dancing Christmas lights choreographed to songs selected and approved by family matriarch Susie Marshall, including classics such as “Oh Holy Night.” It runs from dusk until 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The Marshalls accept donations for the Lord’s Diner and St. Anthony Family Shelter. It will be up until the weekend after New Year’s. For information, go to https://www.facebook.com/MarshallFamilyChristmasLights.

Lights on Millwood, 1812 S. Millwood, near Seneca and Pawnee.

Mark Benoit runs this display, which he likes to inject with touches of humor, such as singing windows. One of his favorites is “The Christmas Can-Can” by Straight No Chaser. Benoit has almost 100,000 dancing lights and raises money for Camp Hope. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. daily through New Year’s Eve.

Lights on Longview Lane, 3805 Longview Lane, near Kellogg and Hillside.

Clayton Gossett’s house has 31,500 lights on it, all synced to funky, electronica Christmas carol mashups mastered by a musician friend. He’s running the show from 6 p.m. to midnight nightly through the second week of January.

Christmas at the McKinneys, 1462 S. Coolidge, near 13th and Woodrow in Riverside.

Steve McKinney put up his display almost seven years ago, and it just kept growing. It grew so much that he asked his next-door neighbor if he could spread it on to his property, too. Now, the 100,000-light animated display, which features 24 different programmed songs, is a Wichita favorite. It runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until the weekend after New Year’s. Money raised from donations is split between the Kansas Humane Society and Inter-Faith Ministries.

Titus family show, 1850 S. Battin, near Oliver and East Mount Vernon.

Musical display by Gary and Cindy Titus featuring more than 28,000 lights that spreads onto neighborhing house. Includes joke-telling Rudolph and a different show every three nights.

Lights on David, 409 N. David, near Central and 119th Street West.

Animated show by Terry and Kim Flory, who also do a big Halloween show. Lights are on from 5:30 to 9 p.m. weeknights.

Lights on Ninth, 3821 W. Ninth, near West Street and Zoo Boulevard.

Musical light display set to 16 different songs. Information and video, http://9thstreetlights.weebly.com.

Lights on Sycamore, 4620 S. Sycamore, near Seneca and 47th Street South.

Display by Harding family.

11608 Cedar Lane, near 119th Street West and 45th Street North.

Animated show in Maize that encompasses two houses.

6726 W. Ocieo St., near Ridge and 45th Street North.

Animated show by Josh and Millie Clyborne with 14,050 lights and seven musical sequences.

Lights on Gold, 5336 S. Gold, near 55th Street South and Seneca.

Animated display by Matt Robertson that uses 12,000 lights. www.lightsongold.com.

Christmas Lights on Morning Dove, 14921 Morning Dove, Clearwater.

Show designed by Cody Hanna, Clearwater High freshman.

Magic of Christmas, 143 E. Fourth St., Goddard.

Animated show by homeowner Eric Bader that features a giant Christmas tree, a train, snowman and more.

301 Stearns Ave., near 71st and Seneca, Haysville.

Display designed by Kenneth Ault with lights dancing to music that includes an Old West town-front and candy canes for visitors.

This year, there’s a consolation prize for parents whose children wake them up at 6 a.m. Christmas morning:

They’ll be able to catch Wichita’s big Christmas moment on national television.

A video produced by The Eagle featuring some of Wichita’s best Christmas light displays will be featured on CNN’s morning program “New Day” early on Christmas morning, producers say.

The video, which featured six of Wichita’s best animated Christmas light displays, was posted last Sunday on Kansas.com. That evening, a producer from CNN e-mailed asking for permission to use parts of the video on a Christmas morning segment that will feature the five best places for Christmas lights around the nation. The show was to be pre-taped earlier this week, he said.

The segment featuring Wichita should air between 6:30 and 7 a.m. CST on Wednesday on CNN, the producer said.

The video accompanied a story about Wichita homeowners who spend thousands of hours and dollars putting together computer-controlled light displays on their homes that coordinate to music broadcast over personal radio stations. The Eagle listed 16 area houses that have the displays.

Each display highlights the homeowner’s personality and artistry, from the traditional lights set to traditional carols on the Mark Marshall home at 620 N. Stratford to the humorous display with talking windows at Mark Benoit’s house at 1812 S. Millwood.

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