Norman family lights up season as 'gift to community'
The Downs family of rural Norman puts on a light show as a “gift to the community” and to collect donations of food and money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
If you go
Christmas light show
What: Downs family light show
Where: 2900 72nd Ave. SE
When: Weather permitting, from 6 p.m. to midnight every night through Jan. 1.
Info: For a current playlist, go to www.
Every year, the show changes slightly, with different configurations and different songs. This year, Kimberli Downs said, “yard rings” were added to give more movement to the display.
Pre-staging, such as building the arches and preparing the mega-size tree strands begins in September. Outdoor setup begins around mid-October and takes about a month.
The large mega trees have 64 light strands, with each strand consisting of a red/green/blue three-strand set, totaling 192 strands. The trees are 70 feet tall.
Ten mini trees, which are 8 feet in height, have 12 strands of lights on each.
The display also features large leaping arches that are 20 feet long, with 16 channels. The small arches are 10 feet long, with eight channels.
More than 80 control boxes and 13 miles of extension cords are spread across the yard, Kimberli Downs said.
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