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High-Tech Christmas Light Show Moves to Albert Lea

November 18, 2018 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Since 2014, the Carter family has brought Christmas cheer to neighbors in Austin through their synchronized light display.

But in 2018, they moved from Austin to Albert Lea, leaving folks wondering whether or not the light show would continue.

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Even though the family moved homes and cities, they did not move on from this holiday tradition, "We enjoy doing it. Might as well continue the tradition in Albert Lea so more families and folks in Albert Lea can enjoy it and folks in Austin can still come out and watch it," said Mike Carter who programmed the entire show.

The display this year is new and improved. There are 34,000 LED lights that are synchronized to music. That is 3,000 more lights than last year. Mike has also added five mega snowflakes.

Mike began hanging the lights in September—to the surprise of his new neighbors, "They were thinking I'm a little nuts. It was mid-September and I was putting Christmas tree lights up already. I've learned that I put them up in the warmth so I don't have to freeze my behind off," said Mike.

Neighbor children are excited to be part of the excitement.  Mike wants to make sure the kids experience the same joy he felt growing up, "Where I grew up the city put on a large Christmas light display in one of their parks. I'm from Chicago suburbs so they had the resources to do so. Small towns don't exactly have that kind of money lying around, so I wanted to provide the same excitement for the community,” said Mike. 

The show will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through December 31st.

For more information click here on this link:  https://www.carterxmas.com/

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