It’s November. Many of you are probably starting to think about what Christmas will be like, particularly after so many events this year were cancelled due to health concerns. 2020 has been a year of adjustment and doing things differently in a race to stay safe. For reasons unrelated to the pandemic, I am unable to commit to a regular sized lights display for this year. One possible option could have been to not decorate at all, but I also thought that the local area should still have something festive to look forward to with the kind of year that 2020 has been.
So in December 2020 I plan to still have some sort of display, but please understand there will be fewer lights. Think of it as a light at the end of the tunnel, or year, as it were.
It is busy-busy time here at Ryan’s Christmas Lights setting up the 2018 display! This year’s display should be on nightly from December 2nd (Sunday). Weather forecasts for the 1st predict heavy afternoon showers that may linger into the evening.
Some of this year’s changes are still in the construction phase so may not be put out until after the first week of December.
After an extended delay, the new display addition to the show is finally installed and working! What is this addition you ask? Now there are colour changing icicles along the length of the house, and they work nicely with last year’s new roof border!
You can see the new icicles for yourself between 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm nightly until December 31. Or stay tuned to facebook.com/RyansChristmasLights/ for a teaser video Thursday evening.
It has been quiet lately, but fear not Ryan’s Christmas Lights has not gone anywhere! Setup is well on the way for 2017 for a planned start of December 2nd (Saturday) from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Why the 2nd? Weather forecasts predict heavy rain for December 1st.
This year there will be a new song, and a new lighting addition along the front of the house (although there is still a bit to do to have this ready).
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!
Today 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.
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!
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!
Today is the first day of December – the start of the Christmas lighting season for many – and as promised Ryan’s Christmas Lights 2015 is lighting up Salisbury East! There is still a few things left that need ironing out, including the new roof outline, which I hope to have ready in the next day or two.
The display is now running nightly from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm until December 31st (rain permitting, of course).
December 1st is fast approaching; this coming Tuesday in fact! Where has the time gone?
The installation process of Ryan’s Christmas Lights 2015, despite almost being finished, is unfortunately falling a little behind schedule. Despite some full days (and nights!) of setting up this week, some elements have not yet been installed. A full scale test run is also yet to occur. Rest assured, I am still working towards a December 1 launch but there is a chance that some parts of the display may not be ready for a couple of days, after December 1.
The new roof outline I teased in the last update is one of the next elements to be installed tomorrow although because it is a different kind of lighting technology to anything else in the display this is going to take a little time to get working. As for the ‘flashy’ addition, a day time photo has been added to the 2015 gallery – any guesses what it could be?