BLUEWATER BAY — When you ask Jeff Werner how many people and how long it takes to put together the Geek Lights On The Corner Christmas light and music show, he’s a little hazy on the details.
The question was much easier to answer 14 years ago when he and his wife, Wendy, first decided to put on a Christmas light show set to music in the front yard of their home in corner of Antiqua Way and Bluewater Boulevard.
“When Wendy and I first did this. I did the design and assembly of everything. We only had 20,000 lights to manage then, so it was pretty easy.
Werner estimated that the first year took him and Wendy about three weeks to put together this show.
“Now it takes an army of people and a month,” Werner said.
This year’s production of GLOTC, as insiders call it, required the effort of 35 to 40 volunteers working three Saturdays in November. About half a dozen of these volunteers, who Werner calls “angels,” were heavily involved throughout the construction process and helped ensure the show was ready to open in late November.
“We wouldn’t really have a show if it wasn’t for these people,” he said.
The 30-minute show mixes music with thousands of multicolored LED lights, capable of creating a wide variety of colors and patterns on the lawn, fence and on the giant Christmas tree in the center of the yard. Between choreographed lights and music, a narrator tells a Christmas story.
The theme varies from year to year, Werner said.
“Most of the time it starts with the secular side of Christmas and then a character in the story brings out the real meaning and sharing,” he said. “The underlying theme of the show is always Happy Birthday Jesus.”
For about 10 years, the Werners have selected a charity to benefit from the money donated each year by viewers of the show. Last year, fans donated nearly $7,100 to Nice-based organization Crisis Aid for Littles and Moms (CALM). The organization provides a transitional living center where mothers can learn life skills and move themselves and their children from crisis to normal life.
CALM will once again be a beneficiary of Geek Lights On The Corner 2021.
Schedule and Directions
Geek Lights On The Corner is located at 201 Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. The show runs until January 6. The show starts every night at 6 p.m. and repeats every half hour. From Sunday to Thursday, the last show starts at 9:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the last show starts at 10:30 p.m.
Bonus. while you’re in the neighborhood, you can visit Gregg Velez’ Troon Goon Christmas light and music show. Now in its fifth year, the show is at 1074 Troon Drive E.. The show runs on an hourly and half-hourly loop from 6-9:30 p.m. through Jan. 6.
This article originally appeared on Northwest Florida Daily News: Geek Lights On The Corner Christmas Light and Music Show Returns