Video: Dramatic Christmas light show returns to Wall neighborhood this weekend

    An annual tradition, the wild “Christmas Light Show” returns to a Wall neighborhood this weekend, promising to dazzle the thousands of expected attendees. 

    In its ninth season, this year’s show will be “larger, brighter, and more elaborate” than ever, according to event organizer Daniel Brateris. 

    “Building on last year’s show with more pyrotechnics and special effects, the show will run for about 20 minutes,” he said. “Additionally, this year’s show will feature musical performances from one of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s lead singers, Chris Pinnella. Chris is a world-class vocalist and will perform before the shows on Sunday, Dec. 14.”

    The show features 1,000 individual strands of lights, over 80,000 bulbs, pyrotechnic effects, a 3D projection effect, concert lighting, color changing lights, and robotic effects synchronized to Christmas music, Brateris said. 

    The organizer says that while the show on Woolley Road is free, he suggests a donation to Challenged Youth Sports, Inc., a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity that sponsors sports programs and builds facilities for children with disabilities. 

    The suggested donation for a family of four is $20 to $25 and $10 for an individual adult. Last year’s audience donated nearly $10,000 to the cause last year. 

    IF YOU GO

    The show will run on Saturday, Dec. 13, Sunday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 20. Shows begin at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each day.

    All parking for the show is free and located at the North Wall Little League Field (2744 Belmar Blvd. Wall Township, NJ 07719).  Attendees must park at the field and walk to the show. The police controlled route is a 10 minute walk. Woolley Road will be closed with handicapped access at the discretion of the Wall Police Department. Arrive 30 to 40 minutes prior to show time and bring a flashlight.

    For more information, visit the show’s website

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