Rock Hill Christmas lights display perfectly timed to music

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Rock Hill Christmas lights in the 1300 block of McKinley

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By Heidi Glaus

Rock Hill, Mo (KSDK) -- Four homes in Rock Hill have Christmas lights perfectly timed to music, so Jeff wanted to know how people make it happen.

NewsChannel 5's Heidi Glaus went to meet the creative genius behind the Christmas display in this week's Hey Heidi's segment.

When it comes to decorating, Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold character from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" doesn't hold a candle to Geoff George.

"I have a little over a mile and a half of extension cords run," George says.

He is a man who's been wrapping utility poles and draping decks with lights for 14 years, but nine years ago he discovered Light-O-Rama and well, the difference has been music to anyone who passes ears.

"This runs the whole light show," George says pointing to a computer.

Of course, it doesn't program itself, and truth be told, it's a rather time-consuming process.

"Between the 16 songs, I probably have between 400 or 500 hours of programming," George adds.

Not too mention, all kinds of cords have to be connected to several boxes attached to his and his neighbors' houses, which kind of happened by accident when he was decorating his own house.

"He was leaving for work and he kind of chuckled and said 'oh, when you get done with your house you can do mine?' He came home and his house was decorated," George says followed by a laugh.

The following year he added two more houses, and well now there are four houses with lights dancing to the same music thanks to a wireless unit.

"You can be out there and the two sides kind of make you feel like you're in the middle of it," George says.

It is a mesmerizing sight, leg lamp and all, but there is something missing.

"People will come in and they're like there's no Christmas tree in your house, I'm like there's 90,000 lights outside," George says with a little extra emotion.

He might not have a tree, but his heart is the size of Santa's stomach because he not only brings joy through his light show he also collects canned goods and takes donations for BackStoppers.

So his lights may fade in and out, but his Christmas spirit is shining brighter than ever.

You can see George's hard work now through New Year's Eve.  The houses are in the 1300 block of McKinley.



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