Thinking Christmas already: The lights-by-the-water-tower guy

Hundreds of West Seattleites enjoyed his work last holiday season … and even though Christmas is more than seven months away, Jim Winder is well on his way to creating this year’s lights-and-music extravaganza. He sent us photos of a special delivery the other day, with this update:

Been working since January on this year’s Christmas display, welding up a new, bigger Mega Tree and some Mini Trees…and I (just) received my 785 lbs of LED lights!!!

We will be adding nearly 45,000 lights to this year’s display for a total of nearly 55,000 lights!!! We are adding a lot of more elements to the display and hopefully a few other surprises to really make the display a lot more interactive for the people. We are also planning our own website which will have the show hours and when and what songs will be playing. Lighting ceremony will be Thanksgiving night, and will hopefully have a Northwest Celebrity to do the honors.

Along with all that we are also planning on having a collection box for those who would like to donate to a charity to be announced later. We will also be collecting food stuffs for a West Seattle Food bank…

So we are quite excited and can’t wait for the colder weather!!!! (well…at least me anyway…)

What – you don’t quite remember Jim’s lights? Maybe this will refresh your memory.

8 Replies to "Thinking Christmas already: The lights-by-the-water-tower guy"

  • 35this35mph May 17, 2010 (10:31 pm)

    Sweet! This was a highlight of last Xmas for the “is35mph” family. Would be glad to donate to a spposored cause and WS food bank.

  • Denny May 17, 2010 (11:05 pm)

    Will bring canned food for cool Xmas Show.

  • Noelle May 18, 2010 (12:39 am)

    Christmas spirit 24/7 !

  • alywest May 18, 2010 (10:52 am)

    I can’t wait…I told a lot of people about it and they loved it too

  • pam May 18, 2010 (3:24 pm)

    How exciting – good to know this will happen again this year. We really enjoyed showing our then 18 month grandson the lights – lots of oooooo’s and aaaaaaaah’s!

  • mike May 18, 2010 (4:31 pm)

    My bother is NUTS! But I am sure it will be fanastic! Make it big enough that I can see it on the east coast!

  • jsrekd May 19, 2010 (9:01 am)

    That’s quite an investment – thank you from your WS neighbors ;-)

  • Brendan May 20, 2010 (10:52 pm)

    785 lbs of LED lights!!! Wow, that is impressive. I wonder what the record amount of lights purchased for residential use in one year is?

    No wonder he has to start in Jan. putting that many lights together by yourself takes 11 months.

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