12 years of twinkling: Krasley Christmas kicks off Nov. 30

By on November 28, 2018

A rainy summer and fall are problematic when it comes time to put up a big holiday light display at a house in the woods.

“This has been the worst year for rain,” said veteran lightsman Don Krasley. “With all the rain and then the snow, we have very little traction and the mud is like ice! We had to drop wood strips on the ground so we can walk. Early snow also means we have to wait for the roof to melt before we can get up there.”

But get up there he did, and the 12th year of the animated, computer controlled display will open for the season on Nov. 30. The final show is on Jan. 2.

“We will start at 6 p.m. every evening,” explains Krasley. “ Sunday through Thursday, the show will enter shutdown mode at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, the show enters shutdown mode at 11 p.m. When the show enters shutdown mode, it finishes the song playing, plays the good night sequence and shuts off.”

Krasley runs his intricate program using a Light-O-Rama Showtime package. Those who view the display, located at 525 Woodland Drive, in Manheim, are encouraged to tune to 87.9 FM to get the full effect of the musically-synchronized display.

All the music has been carefully selected, too.

“We have our tribute to the ladies and men in blue, and the breast cancer tribute for my wife,” said Krasley.

Tammy Krasley is a breast cancer survivor. A portion of the show is very pink — a departure from typical holiday colors — in tribute to Tammy and other survivors.

Other songs include five by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and four by Mannheim Steamroller.

The lights at the Krasley Christmas display occasionally “go pink” to honors those who have dealt with breast cancer.

Judy Pancoast

Judy Pancoast returns to perform at Krasley Christmas the evening of Dec. 2. The show starts at 6 p.m.

“This will be the fourth time we hosted Judy on her Christmas tour,” said Krasley. “Her show is always fun with dancing and singing for everyone. Due to the rain this year, guests should bring a chair and plan on sitting in the driveway. Judy will perform some Christmas favorites and some of her original music. She really gets the audience involved and evokes the spirit of Christmas. It’s an hour of pure enjoyment.”

Parking for the concert is available along Woodland Avenue and surrounding streets.

Donations will be accepted for Ronald McDonald House at the display.

To learn more, visit facebook.com/krasleychristmas, or call 717-615-7725.

Melissa Hunnefield is the features editor of the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments at mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.

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