SEQUIM — The Bixby family has a love of lights and other exterior holiday decorations, and a happiness in sharing them with their community.
After moving from west Sequim Bay to their new home this year, they have the yard space to put on their biggest show yet.
Dad Corey Bixby has programmed all the lights to flash and change with the beat of the music, mostly Christmas songs, that he broadcasts using a local FM channel.
“Our son and daughter love it,” he said. “We are huge Christmas fans.”
The Bixbys invite the community to view their light show between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at 22 Maharaj Lane.
People are asked to park in the cordoned area so as not to cause any trouble for the neighbors, who have been very kind about it, Corey said.
Tune into 89.1 FM to hear the music.
Colin Bixby said the blow-up decorations are his favorite.
“They can be all different kinds,” he said.
The Bixbys have a line of them facing both sides of their corner lot: reindeer, Santas, snowmen among other decorations.
“They’re fun to set up,” he said.
Colin and his sister Emma help their parents set up the decorations and decide on what else they should display. They plan to create an even bigger show next year.
Corey bought most of his lights at local stores, but some special ones and the controllers are from Light-O-Rama in New York State. They have a pixel tree and singing tree faces that flash special patterns according to the programming of the music.
Bixby said some of the programming comes with the songs, and he does some himself.
The cycle has about 20 songs and is about an hour long before it restarts.
It begins with Clark Griswold’s voice from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and includes a variety of songs from classics such as “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” to a song from “The Greatest Showman” to “All I Want for Christmas is You,” by Mariah Carey.
Colin said there was a boring song but his father deleted it. Bixby said they constantly refine the song list.
The Bixbys welcome people to park in a cordoned area across from their house — nearby Gunn Avenue is too dangerous at night — and tune into the music on their car radios and enjoy the show.
Bixby said about 20-30 groups of people have come by at night since Dec. 5.
Emily Matthiessen is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.