CNN to feature Wichita Christmas light displays

12/21/2013 1:00 PM

08/06/2014 9:17 AM

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 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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