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!

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!

Mega Tree Running ‘In Part’ Due To Electrical Issues

Firstly, Merry Christmas Everybody!

As stated in my previous entry, the mega tree is standing again thanks to Ed of RegencyChristmas who is also a Christmas lights fanatic.

Unfortunately due to the differences in how the replacement LED strings are wired to my existing ones I cannot get the white and blue colours to light without running risk of burning out the red colours. The green colours light at a lower brightness, whilst the red colours light at full intensity.

There is just not enough time left in the season to try and resolve the problem now – but next year it should definitely be fixed.

I’d also like to thank Grant of Highbury who was willing to help. It is great that the Christmas Lights community is able to work together.

No More Mega Tree – Thanks Mr Grinch

There will not be a mega tree for the rest of the year thanks to two or three naughty teenagers who I hope are on santa’s naughty list.

There may never be another mega tree I am not sure. I am too disappointed right now to explain what has happened so I shall let this photo tell you instead:

Mega Tree Broken by Vandals

At this stage I will probably continue to run without the mega tree until Christmas Night (25th) and then start tearing down.

Full Experience Is No More … Again?

UPDATE: For the time being the centre garden will be without a border.

It has not even been a week since the full display was back running, but bad news must be told. One key element of this year’s display is electrically faulty.

The garden borders which use LED rope light, appears to be broken. Whenever the set is connected to power, the electrical switch board disconnects power to the circuit it is connected to.

This raises this year’s damage closer to the $200 mark. I am hoping insurance will cover the costs, as I suspect the fault is due to storm activity earlier in the month. If not, my 2011 plans will need to be cut back.