Christmas lights are back in town!

Ryan’s Christmas Lights 2016 launched as planned last night, December 1, and the new roof border using digital lighting technology worked perfectly – phew! There were a few small hiccups with some other older lights that needs fixing over the next few days, but that won’t stop the display lighting up the neighourhood 8:30 – 10:30 pm nightly until the end of the month (weather permitting).

Bordering on a new dimension as set up continues for 2016

With less than a week to go until December 1, I have now reached the testing stage for some parts of the display. This evening a new colour-changing roof border was tested successfully and should be ready for switch on next month. This is quite a relief as the roof border, which is made of a different type of lighting, didn’t make it into last year’s display due to equipment failure.

There is still quite a bit to install before the display can light up, so setup will definitely continue tomorrow. Early weather forecasts look promising for a Thursday December 1st launch!

Ryan’s Christmas Lights returns for 2016

Mega Tree partially installedToday is the day of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant when Santa Claus comes to town and for many this event marks the start of the festive season. For some it has become tradition to put up the Christmas tree on this day, only this isn’t your average Christmas tree.

YES, I am happy to announce Ryan’s Christmas Lights will be back this season! In less than 3 weeks Ryan’s Christmas Lights will once again light up Salisbury East nightly, beginning December 1.

Stay tuned … later in the month I will post about some additions/changes to the display – one of which is a new sequenced song.

It is Christmas Eve … keep an eye out for Santa.

It is just hours away until Ryan’s Christmas Lights gets under way this Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is typically the busiest night for the display so please be extra mindful of the increased pedestrians and cars, if you plan on coming by. The supply of candy canes has been replenished for any children who would like one.

And finally because Christmas Eve is extra special, a little elf has told me that all the boys and girls ought to keep a special eye on one of the windows just in case Santa decides to drop in and wave to everybody!

Tonight’s display begins from 8:30 pm and concludes at 10:30 pm.

Merry Christmas to all.

A gift of a gingerbread house

A gingerbread house gifted by one fan of Ryan's Christmas LightsSomething very special happened this week when one frequent visitor surprised me with an amazing looking gingerbread house (complete with multicolour icicle lights on the gutters!) as thanks for doing the light display. How awesome is that?

This was completely unexpected and I am still buzzing over just how much the Christmas light display really means to some people, be they children or children at heart. Thank you!

The new roof outline, and when to expect 2015 videos

Christmas is fast approaching with under 1 week to go, and other than one wet night Ryan’s Christmas Lights has been running throughout the month. At this time of the month there is a higher volume of traffic (pedestrians and cars) so I would like to ask everyone to be extra cautious of this when in the area. Street parking is available in both Emerald Street and Jet Road if you would like to take a closer look at the display, stretch your legs, et cetera.

Unfortunately, the new roof outline that was planned to be part of the 2015 display will not be working by Christmas and may not feature until 2016 due to unexpected equipment failure. It is thought that the source of the problem could be a faulty power supply that was providing a higher voltage output than it should have, resulting in equipment damage. There is the slimmest of chances the roof outline might be working after Christmas before the end of the month so the official display videos have been delayed until then!

First photos of 2015 are now online

Photo of Ryan's Christmas Lights 2015The first photos of the 2015 display are now online for viewing – woohoo!

Of course, Christmas lights always look better in person. If you’d like to visit the display the Directions page will tell you how to get here (and as a bonus, addresses for some other synchronised musical Christmas light displays around Adelaide).

Ryan’s Christmas Lights turn on nightly at 8:30 pm until 10:30 pm (unless it is raining).

A return to nice weather … the display is back on!

After ending the show early last night due to wet and stormy weather, the conditions are much more pleasant this evening so Ryan’s Christmas Lights will be back up and running as normal from 8:30 to 10:30 pm.

Meanwhile, the new roof outline which although is now physically in place, remains out of action this time due to suspected broken electronics – investigations continue. It is a little disappointing this element to the display is not working although on the upside the display as a whole still looks good if you ask me!

Display cancelled due to wet weather

In the interest of safety Ryan’s Christmas Lights has been cancelled for tonight (7 December 2015) due to the patchy wet weather. Sorry folks! Fingers crossed tomorrow’s conditions are more favourable.

In other news, I am still working on the new roof outline which I had hoped would be all done by tonight (before the weather change), but it did not work out that way. This new roof outline is now installed but some computer configuration issues are delaying lighting this element up once and for all.