Joey and Jenny Felix started operating their computerized light show at their home in 2006.
“I wanted to go do something different,” Joey Felix said.
He said he got the idea after seeing a website called planetchristmas.com.
His display features almost 100,000 lights that “move” to the music. A computerized version of the classic Felix the Cat cartoon character guides the audience through the show, he said.
Joey was able to get his wife to agree to the display by featuring a likeness of Elton John in the show, he said.
“Elton does the singing and Felix does the talking,” he said.
The show features some classic songs, and some more contemporary songs.
“We stick to the Christian theme of Christmas,” Mr. Felix said of the song selection.
The couple’s show times are Monday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 6 to 11 p.m. The show will extend to 11 p.m. during schools’ winter break, and will run through Jan. 1. The address for the display is 224 Oliver Overlook in Dallas.
The Felixes also have inspired others to follow their lead.
Roger Aubuchon is a newcomer to the world of computerized lights, this being his first Christmas season with his display.
Three years ago Aubuchon’s wife “forced” him to go look at Christmas lights around town, he said. Once they pulled up to the Felixes’ house, Aubuchon wanted to build his own display, he said.
He started with a Fourth of July show at work, and then created a Halloween show, he said. His ultimate goal is to surpass Felix’s display in size and variety, he said.
Aubuchon’s show features many different types of music, from “Amazing Grace” to “Gangnam Style.”
“I go across the board,” he said.
His show times are Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m. It will run through Jan. 2. His show is at 28 Southshore Pass in Dallas.
Steve Dau said he is obsessed with his lights. Dau is in his third year of his Christmas show. He has a different type of display because he uses all LED lights.
“Joey [Felix] was my inspiration,” he said.
Dau said he does not do the show for himself, but for others to enjoy.
“I love to see cars stopping, and kids looking at the lights,” Dau said.
His show features all Christmas-themed music at 1 Severn Way, he said. The show runs from 6 to 10 p.m. every night through Dec. 31.