Music show

North Huntingdon Light, musical show raising funds for a non-profit organization based in White Oak

Dec. 11 – A North Huntingdon family is once again spreading holiday cheer by going to extraordinary lengths to decorate the exterior of their home and yard with thousands of lights shining on displays of snowmen, Santa Claus , candy canes, a Nutcracker, horses, swans, a village and a star, all for a good cause.

The Harff Christmas Light Show, now in its 16th year, is on full display during the holiday season at 1907 Bernice Drive in the Markvue Manor neighborhood.

It’s a labor of love for Al and Cindy Harff and their son, Tim, who is a nurse. They start setting up the massive exhibit after Halloween, and it takes about two weeks, Cindy Harff said.

Mother Nature also plays a role in how quickly the display, which spans the yard and driveway, is completed.

In addition to the lights, Tim Harff programmed 22 songs into the light display so visitors could hear the music either with their vehicle windows down or by tuning their radio to 88.7 FM. The music is also synchronized with pyrotechnics on weekends, Harff said.

To give visitors something different every year, “we try to add a new character or two, as well as a few new songs,” said Cindy Harff.

Those who make the trip to see the light display more than once will likely see something different the second time they pass it.

“We also change the show during the season,” said Cindy Harff.

Santa Claus will visit the Harff Christmas Light Show from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. . Weather also permitting, a miniature train will run on tracks set up in the yard, she said.

The fair receives many visitors on weekends. Tour buses came down to their street, along with a bus from the nearby elderly community of Redstone Highlands, she said.

Covid-related restrictions likely contributed to so many people coming to the light show last year, Al Harff said.

“Every night we had people lined up,” he said. “People wanted to get out of the house.”

Lighting about 12,000 lights every night for nearly a month adds about $60 to their electric bill, Cindy Harff said. She noted that the cost is reduced because the lights are LED.

Once again, the family is accepting donations from a collection box along the road which will go towards Jamie’s Dream Team, a White Oak-based non-profit organization that makes the dreams of sick children come true. Donations are used to provide assistance and make distributions to or on behalf of people who are disabled, disabled, terminally ill, seriously injured or suffering from a serious medical condition, illness or trauma.

Over the years, they’ve been able to donate thousands of dollars to Jamie’s Dream Team, Harff said.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or via Twitter.