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Visit choreographed light display on Burton Drive

by Conner Howard | reporter Published: December 13, 2012 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- For 15 years, Brian Bailey has transformed his property into a vibrant display of light and sound, drawing onlookers from miles around.

He believes he may have outdone himself this year.

"We go through a four-or-five minute cycle or show, if you will, where everything's multicolored," Bailey said. "We make it so someone can sit there for a few minutes and the house changes, some things in the yard turn off and on, just to make it a little entertaining and (give) it a little 'wow' factor."

Involving more than 41,000 individual lights, Bailey's light show includes his fully-illuminated house and trees, holiday-themed light displays and even an outdoor train set.

A new addition to the display this year at 9872 Burton Drive is a donation receptacle for non-perishable food items and money, which will benefit the Emergency Assistance Center of Twinsburg. In the same bin, children can also submit letters for Santa Claus, which will be responded to if a return address is provided (Santa will not make any commitments on gifts).

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The display is active from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Bailey, who builds the display himself shortly after Halloween, said he wants to create holiday memories for area children and families.

"I just remember as a kid my parents taking me out and seeing houses that were just spectacular," Bailey said. "I always thought, you know what, when I get older, I want to do that so kids will have something they can remember. And that's basically how it started."

One might expect the light show to take a hefty toll on Bailey's electricity bill, but thanks to careful programming and the use of energy-efficient LED lights, he said the spike is manageable.

"To be honest, it only adds probably a little over $100 for the month of December," Bailey said. "It's really not bad."

Bailey said his annual light show receives positive attention from those who experience it, as even his neighbors don't mind.

"They've all been wonderful," Bailey said. "They think I'm crazy, but they also really enjoy it."

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