The Christmas Katy Story

 

Christmas Katy celebrates its tenth year of synchronized lighting in 2016.  We look forward to tweaking the display again this year and challenge our repeat visitors to catch the subtle changes.  We begin preparation in late October by moving all the lights and props from storage to the house for testing lights and dusting off and painting.  November 1st we will actively begin putting lights up and props out and have to be completed in 22 days to begin our shows on Thanksgiving night.  When Christmas Katy started the original show used 48 channels of LOR (Light O Rama) controllers.  This has grown over the years and this year ballooned to 6866 channels.  We have 8 Cosmic Ribbons which really accent the show, and these have been augmented by the addition of additional RGB smart ribbon, RGB strings, and RGB modules which run off additional controllers on separate networks.   Each Cosmic Ribbon (from LOR) has 50  RGB LED lights.  These are individually color controlled and together add 1256 channels to our show.  Each LED light must be programmed when to turn on or off, and what color to produce.   The RGB smart lights are on 6 mini arches along the street and add additional pop to the show.  We have also built some RGB modules for each of the 16 posts around the Triple Mega and the 8 posts which border the sidewalk.  Last year we added a circular arch over the front door made up of 8 RGB circles that we built and were a big hit last year.  We added six RGB Coro Candy Canes which are back.  Our neighbors on the street who joined our show last year are all back as well.  There are 17 songs, or sequences for 2016.  The 32 ft. Triple Mega Tree is back and is the largest item in our display.  There is a second Mega Tree which is red/green.  Other notable features are the RGB “Marty Fan” with 16 Channels and the Cosmic Arches on the left side of the display.  We hope you can visit and enjoy the holiday music and the light synchronization.  We will start our shows Thanksgiving night and will continue through Sunday, December 25th.  Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM. Christmas Day the show will be extended to 10 PM. Please remember to turn your headlights off, and use your parking lights when you watch the show.  Please no emergency lights flashing .  If you get a chance to park please do not park against the flow of traffic.  Turn your radio to  FM 89.9 for the music.

Christmas Katy 2016

Christmas Katy 2016  (Photo by Tom@Txdronepics.com )

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Christmas Katy 2011

 

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  28 Responses to “The Christmas Katy Story”

  1. Simply espextacular! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for this light show. It is amazing! Really fantastic! Everyone in our family loves it!
    How about extending it until New Year’s Eve??? 🙂

    Christmas Day will be our last show 2016. Thanks for asking but we need to take the display down during that time.

  3. Thank you so much for this! Our kids look forward to seeing the lights every year. It’s such an amazing sight to see. Merry Christmas!!!

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