- Posted December 9, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your spectacular Christmas decorations
24-Home Holiday Light Display Brings Smiles
If you drove down the sleepy cul-de-sac of Bainbridge Circle in Murrieta, California during the day you would never guess that at night it transforms into a musical light-fest that rivals even an electrical light parade. Each house has its own unique lighting and décor yet all of them blink and move in synchronized motion to the beat of the music played through the neighborhood.
It is the fifth year neighbors on Bainbridge Circle in unincorporated Murrieta have come together to put on the synchronized light display as a way to "give back to the community." The neighbors have affectionately changed the street name from Bainbridge Circle to “Bainbridge Falls”, to go along with the theme from ‘It's a wonderful life’.
The synchronized holiday light display that encompasses 24 homes this year, is drawing delighted spectators from all over Southern California and beyond.
When homeowners on Bainbridge Circle set out five years ago to do something to "give back to the community," the light display was the best way they knew how, said one of the neighbors.
"Everybody is into the Christmas spirit around here," he said. "It really does bring us all together."
The cul-de-sac has grown more and more popular every year with a bit of traffic starting on Thanksgiving night and gradually increasing throughout the month of December until the traffic slows to a crawl that rivals rush-hour. But no one minds, it's just more time to enjoy the spectacular display.
Bainbridge Falls utilizes approximately 300,000 LED lights and the entire show runs on an estimated 750 electrical channels in order to synchronize the lights to the music. Because they use LEDs, their electric bills only go up $15 to $30 for the month.
The display can be seen--and heard--from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week beginning Thanksgiving night to New Year's Eve.
According to the neighbors, thousands have come by to witness the attraction so far this season. If driving, motorists can tune to FM 88.5 to hear the music while watching the lights move in rhythm from house to house, down the block. If outside their cars, the holiday tunes can be heard through loudspeakers.
Many who come tend to get out of their cars and walk the block. They are welcomed by the Bainbridge Circle crew, who sit out on their driveways on most nights handing out candy canes.
"There is always someone out here to greet people," one of the neighbors said. "The amount of smiles we get is phenomenal. That is why we do it."
"It is just beautiful, I just love the music coordination", said one of the vistors. "You could spend at least an hour out here."
So if you need a boost of Christmas cheer, drive on over to Bainbridge Falls and enjoy the festive cheer on display from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night through the 31st of December.
Here is a video on YouTube, but it is much better in person.
And here is the French version of what is required to do this.