Musical lights dazzle valley residents this holiday season

At the end of Terraza Court in Temecula, valley residents will find an extravagant holiday light display. The LaFornaise family, Chris, Kerilyn, Joe and Lilly, have been decorating their front lawn since November 13 with a total of 43,000 lights, 5,500 feet of power cords and numerous inflatable holiday characters. What makes this display unique is not just the sheer number of lights but the fact that the display is also choreographed to Christmas music. Holiday carols are broadcast on a low-frequency FM transmitter directly to the car stereo. The display features several holiday favorites such as a snowman village, a nativity, the Grinch and Santa Claus and his reindeer. In addition, there are more than 130 lighted candy canes that also flicker with the tunes on the radio.

The rendering of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is delightful. Lights flash in unison with each word to create a whimsical effect through the trees on the hillside. The kids will be tickled while listening to the music from Linus and Lucy as they watch Snoopy and the gang light up.

Christmas decorating has always been a passion for Chris and Kerilyn. Their first display was in 2002 and it has grown annually. Preparation for this year began in June. Chris spent countless hours working with his home computer, synchronizing the lights to the music. Kerilyn hand-made 11 of the 20 lighted Christmas trees that are part of the presentation. Joe, 12, placed hundreds of lights along the fence and across the grass.

When asked, “Why do you do it?” Kerilyn replied, “The answer is simple. We want to create memories with our kids that last beyond the holiday season.”

The family greets visitors and passes out candy canes every Saturday in December from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition, they are hosting a collection box for canned or boxed food donations for the Temecula Community Food Pantry.

Visitors can view the display at 44001 Terraza Court in Temecula. The exhibit is lit from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday through December 31. The radio broadcast can be located at 105.5 FM. For directions visit www.socalchristmas.com.

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