Country Acres Christmas Lights Display in Knob Noster Will Amaze You
One of my favorite things about the holidays is going to see the Christmas lights that people display, whether it be the Holiday Express or going door to door. I love seeing how people are so creative. One display that I have seen year after year as it is in my old stomping grounds outside of Knob Noster in Country Acres. This home lighting display is put on by David and Donna Grygierczyk. You can see their lighting display as you go north on FF and make a left just before the train tracks at 1290 NE 140. You will be amazed by the hard work they have done to do this year after year.
“Our display (Country Acres Christmas Lights) is a computerized light show with 192 channels all synchronized to music and broadcast to your car stereo (107.1) and consists of over 42,000 lights,” David Grygiercyzk said. “The light show will run through Jan. 5, 2014 and you can see it Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5:00 p.m. until Midnight. For safety reasons the display will not be run during heavy rains.”
When you pull up to the home, you’ll see more than just lights. They have decorations in their yard and home and also have a cabinet full of Christmas themed dolls.
“Some of the features include two large live trees hand wrapped with over 5,000 lights per tree, four singing faces and a large animated faces as well. Arches, numerous handmade mini trees and a 10-foot ferris wheel,” David Grygiercyzk said. “My personal best is the 33-foot tall Mega Tree which had to be completely rebuilt this year after the tornado in May destroyed the previous mega tree tower, which serves a dual purpose. the tower serves as a flag pole in the off months. The tornado also damaged some of our trees and destroyed the Ferris wheel, which was also completely rebuilt. There are also a series of weatherproof boxes that house numerous Christmas animated dolls for your viewing.”
Many people who come to view the lights often ask how many lights are involved and how do they maintain it. “We use a commercial grade LED light that is weatherproof, crush proof, will not fade, and last over 50,000 hours,” David Grygiercyzk said. “Over 35,000 of the 42,000 lights are currently LED the other 7,000 our incandescent bulbs with hopes of changing them out to LED in the next couple years. The display is actually a year long process between building new projects, changing out incandescent lights to LED and programming music to lights. The actual setup starts in September, so we can be ready to run the display on Thanksgiving night. Weather dictates how long it takes to take down the display as we will not climb the trees or the roof until it is safe to do so.”
The Grygiercyzk’s have been displaying the lights in various ways for over 30 years and has evolved on how they put it together. As much as people enjoy the spectacle, the Grygiercyzk’s enjoy bringing fun for all.
“It’s a good feeling seeing all the people who come to view our display, the smiles on the kids faces and the pleasant comments made are payment enough, but the real reason we continue year after year to put on our display is that we have been very fortunate over the years to have had help from family and friends whenever we needed it, and this is our way of saying thank you to all those who helped us when we needed it.”
Santa and Mrs.Claus have been known to make frequent visits, and rumor has it they will be stopping by for visits on Dec. 21, 22 and 23.
Have you seen a great looking Christmas display? Let us know about it.