Take a drive past 3299 Spreading Oak Drive, in Douglasville, any night between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. (till 11:30 p.m. on weekends) and you'll see a dancing light show that will set your holiday happy meter on high.
With more than 60,000 lights, the show is synced to music and even includes a rear-projection video of Santa sneaking past the window and giving on-lookers a wave.
Bill Learning said all of his hard work is therapy. He starts putting the yard display up in November but, in reality, he's already working on next years show. "It's really work all year," he said. "I'm already deciding what music to change and thinking about changes I'll make for next year."
"Every year the show is different," said neighbor Eugene Turner. He and his wife, Sue, have enjoyed the Christmas light show across the street now for three years in a row. "With all of the activity it really makes the neighborhood feel more like Christmas," he said. "It's beautiful," Sue added.
Passers by, the Huggins family agreed. They heard about the show from a relative that lives in the area and drove by to check out the show. "I think it's awesome this is right here in Douglasville," Jason Huggins said. "We've never seen anything like it." Jason brought the whole family including wife, Sandy; one-year-old son Chase; seven-year-old daughter Dakota; and mother-in-law Sheila Warren.
Learning said he started his light shows seven years ago when he lived in Smyrna. "One year a choir came out and sang and danced like a flash mob," he said. "They sang Hallelujah. It brought tears to my eyes."
Learning has entered his Christmas music and light show in the Patch "Deck the House" contest and could win $100,000 for the local school district and $500 to pay his electric bills. To vote for his entry, visit: http://deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/douglasville/entry/1066213.