WARNER ROBINS -- The Registers’ home at 301 Laverne Drive is illuminated by thousands of Christmas lights for the fourth year in a row.
It took Jason Register about a week to hang more than 14,000 lights alone, and he almost didn’t do it this year.
“It’s a lot of work to put all that up,” said Register, a maintenance worker for the Houston County Board of Education. “It just wasn’t going right. I was like, ‘I just ain’t going to do it. It’s cold out here, I don’t feel like it today.’ Then my kids are out there and they’re like, ‘Come on daddy, put it up!’ You know how they get. ... So I finally went out there and (did) it.”
This year’s set-up won The Telegraph’s Holiday Lights Contest, which was voted on by readers. The Registers’ display used a total of 90 40-foot-long extension cords, Register said. Seven trees are wrapped with 1,000 lights each, colored red, green and white. It took about 4,000 lights to cover the arches, which also have blue lights.
The display, set to music, is called “Listen to the Lights,” because the different colored bulbs appear to move with the songs, Register said. He uses a computer program called Light-O-Rama for the special effect. Songs like “Winter Wonderland,” “Nutrocker” and “Music Box Dancer” are on a loop for this year’s display.
“We grow every year and we try to add a new song or so every year,” Register said. “You can’t keep doing to same old thing because then it gets boring.”
Though few people in his neighborhood install lights for Christmas, Register said he has seen people outside of his home who came to “listen to the lights.”
He doesn’t put the lights up for them, though.
“I do it because my kids enjoy it, really,” Register said. “They love it.”
To contact writer Laura Corley, call 744-4382.
Middle Georgia light displays
We asked readers to go online and submit homes with outstanding Christmas light displays. Readers voted on their favorite home. The winner was the Registers’ home in Warner Robins. For your viewing pleasure, here is a roundup of the submissions.
Address: 129 Kenan Drive NW, Milledgeville
Description: The display grows every year. This year there are more than 25,000 lights, which features a 20-foot mega tree and four dogwood trees with lights. Lights are on 6-9 p.m.
Address: 2017 Cutler Court, Macon
Description: For six years, we’ve continued to expand our computer-controlled music and Christmas Light display to over 11,000 LED lights. Lights are on 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday (except for rain). Enjoy the Christmas lights while listening to a variety of Christmas music on 87.9 FM.
Address: 8897 Lower Thomaston Road, Lizella
Description: Yard full of inflatables.
Address: 813 Forest Lake Drive South, Macon
Description: Lights have been on every year for the past 20 years.
Address: 114 Cohen Court, Warner Robins
Description: My husband’s grandmother started putting up these lights and other Christmas decorations years and years ago, and today we still continue her tradition. We have lights everywhere and lots of Christmas blow ups and plastic yard ornaments.
From: SPRLights (winning submission)
Address: 301 Laverne Drive, Warner Robins
Description: Come out and enjoy our 14,000 Christmas lights this year. Lights are on 6-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Christmas.
Addresss: 109 Fieldstone Road, Warner Robins
Description: We have more than 24,000 lights synchronized to music and you can turn your radio to 107.7FM to listen and watch. We have a nativity scene as well as a lot of other things. Santa will be making aappearances (through Dec. 23) from 7-9 p.m. giving out candy canes.
Address: 128 Cordele Ave., Macon
Description: These lights are by Edna and Chris Anderson of 2955 Ruark Road in east Macon. We go by there each evening to see them. Although in their late 70s, they hope to continue putting out their lights yearly.
From: The Blalocks
Address: 1355 Josey Road, Forsyth
Description: More than 12,000 lights, Santas, a polar bear and more.