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Neosho Christmas display draws in spectators from across the Four States

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Putting up the Christmas lights is never an easy task, but one homeowner in Neosho, MO has taken it to the next level by creating a musically choreographed display, which he programmed by himself.

With an estimated 40,000 lights, spectators are amazed by the Gardner family's Christmas display.

"I think it's real nice," said Michael Duncan, spectator. "It looks like they put in a lot of hard work and time into it. It's pretty impressive."

87-year-old Clarence Bowler built the house many years ago and now lives across the street.

He watches the display almost every night.

""I really enjoy it," Bowler said. "I take my dogs up there and they enjoy it too."

The homeowner estimates it took nearly 10 hours of programming for each minute of music in the display.

"It's just a grid of time and channels," said Steve Gardner, homeowner. "You tell each channel what you want it to do, when it comes on, when it goes off, whether it blinks of flashes or whatever function you want it to do."

The display features three Christmas songs, lasting about eight minutes total.

While the programming software and lights cost thousands of dollars, Gardner says it's worth it to spread Christmas cheer to the 20 to 30 cars that drive through each night.

"It's a hobby for me, but then it's always rewarding to see my kids and grandkids enjoy it and all the family and friends, and everyone that comes to watch it," Gardner said. "It's just fun."

Many spectators come back time and time again for an encore.

"It brings a lot of Christmas spirit to the community," Duncan said. "Some of those that can't afford lights or don't want to spend the time, they can go over here and enjoy what he has spent time and money on."

"To me, it's fantastic," Bowler said.

The choreographed scene will remain on display through Dec. 31.

All programming boards were purchased through Light-O-Rama, a nationwide company that also provides displays for museums, parks, zoos and other organizations.


The display is located at 917 Tabitha Terrace.

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