The Christmas Light Show In Wall Returns [VIDEO/AUDIO]
One of the shore area’s favorite holiday events is back for a 7th year.
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The Christmas Light Show is hoping to follow last year’s successes of drawing more than 6000 people and raising over $6000.
The yearly tradition takes place at the Epp residence, which is located at 2702 Woolley Road in Wall, 07719. The house is graciously donated to use for the event by the Epp family to founder Dan Brateris and his crew.
Brateris, owner of DJ Dan, started the event as a way to bring the community together during the holidays with a free light show. Soon, he realized that he could accomplish that goal and give back to a great cause in the process. Each year, donations are collected and sent to Challenged Youth Sports, which sponsors sports programs and builds facilities for children with disabilities.
The generosity has also extended to help fund Team Leo, a charity effort for a family in need of funds to purchase a power wheelchair and install a ramp. To date, more than twenty-three thousand dollars have been donated to Challenged Youth Sports. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to that charity, as well as the post-Sandy recovery effort.
“Entertainment and family community-oriented things are very important around here, especially holidays, and especially after a disaster,” said Brateris.
Production for the show began in mid-October, which will include pyrotechnics, concert lighting, color changing lighting, and robotic effects all synchronized to Christmas music.
“The event is one of the largest computerized Christmas shows in the world. It has about one hundred thousand lights on it,” he explained.
Show times this year are Friday, December 14th, Saturday, December 15th, and Sunday, December 23rd. Each night will feature two 20 minute shows that start at 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM.
“With Hurricane Sandy, it’s important to keep people’s spirits up. It’s important to keep focused on what you are doing with your community.”
Brateris promises this year’s show will be larger, brighter, and more elaborate than ever.
“So, our goal is really to keep the Christmas spirit alive around the holidays, and to give families great things to do around the holiday.”
To maintain a traffic flow for the crowds in that area during the show, police will turn Woolley Road into a one-way street, flowing from New Bedford Road to Lincoln Avenue. Parking will be allowed on both sides of the street.
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