The Christmas season is a time for unusual, fun events, even during this time of pandemic and social distancing. So when I heard about this thing called “DAKLIGHTS” in our region, I had to check it out. Previously, I’d also read about a light show in or near Natural Bridge, Virginia.

I remember seeing houses with lights blinking on and off to Christmas songs they played outside a number of years ago. This was something individual families did. But now there are some companies and communities with a synchronized light show, like one in Indiana.

I recently got to see the Christmas light show, called Daklights, recently, in Dublin Virginia. They had put up a big facade and LED lights, some 20,000 of them, were flashing shades of green, magenta, yellow, blue, black and white to Christmas songs played on car radio station 103.9 FM. And it’s a 30-minute show. There seems like the colors are almost “dancing” to the beat, blinking off and on or turning a different color for each beat, sometimes totally turning off. I was most impressed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s song “Wizards in Winter.” Sometimes the color schemes just jumped across the whole display or even seemed to whir around. Very unique.

Other popular songs on the radio the colors went along with included LeAnn Rimes’ “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas,” along with the “Little Drummer Boy,” and something that  didn’t make sense, the repeat of the words “Santa Shark.” Is that last one a popular song now? The words actually distracted me from enjoying the Daklights blinking to it.

You should look for a synchronized Christmas lights display in your area. The one in Dublin, Virginia runs through December 31, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with peak times (try to get in the front row or you may miss some of lights being blocked by other cars) being 6 to 9 p.m. For more info on that one, go to their home page here.

Image courtesy of Randolph Park



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